Save the date! micro:bit Live 2019, 4-5 October

micro:bit Live 2019

BBC MediaCityUK, Greater Manchester, England on October 4-5

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It’s nearly time for the first ever micro:bit Live! This will be the very first annual gathering of the global micro:bit community of educators and partners. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, we are looking forward to meeting you in Manchester soon.

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation's mission is to inspire every child to create their best digital future. micro:bit Live 2019 is an opportunity for you to share the experiences, tips, and best practices that are helping to achieve that mission.

You'll discover the latest teaching and learning materials, as well as finding out what's new in hardware and software. Learn how micro:bit is being adopted around the world and hear how we're meeting the challenge of broadening participation in computing for all children.

Come back soon to see the highlights of micro:bit Live 2019!

If you have any questions about the event please email


Friday 4 October

Speaker Session Time Location
Micro:bit Educational Foundation Welcome 9:10 - 9:30 Q5
Stephen Whiffin, Dave Sands, Patricia Gartland, School District 43 (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) System wide STEM Implementation with micro:bit 9:50 - 10:20 Q5
Jacqueline Russell, Peli de Halleux, Microsoft Microsoft MakeCode - a platform for all 9.50 - 10:20 CQ5
Keith Quille, Karen Nolan, Rosin Faherty, Technological University Dublin Promoting Computer Science for All - Our Amazing Journey with the micro:bit 10:30 - 10:50 Q5
Celeste Moreno, Laboratory for Playful Computation, University of Colorado Boulder Using the micro:bit to conduct data-rich science experiments for biology education 10:30 - 11:00 CQ5
Izzy Bartley, Claire Duffield, Leeds Libraries From Historical Collections to Digital Creations: Museums, Libraries and micro:bits. 11:00 - 11:20 Q5
Martin Capay, Magdalena Belayova, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia Workshop: Awake the Student's Enthusiasm for Programming through Getting Physical with micro:bit 11:10 - 11:40 CQ5
Joe Finney, Tim Bailey, Lancaster University Energy In Schools: Saving the world with a micro:bit and a hair bobble. 11:30 - 11:50 Q5
John Hegarty, Dr Richard Millwood, Computers in Education Society of Ireland Workshop: Live Coding with MicroBlocks - an alternative approach to physical computing 11:50 - 12:20 CQ5
Miguel Brechner, Plan Ceibal Learning by doing. An innovative strategy of Plan Ceibal for the universalization of Computational Thinking with micro:bits. 12:00 - 12:20 Q5
Martin Exner, Ultra:bit Radiogames and fun with the danish project Ultra:bit 13:30 - 13:50 Q5
Magda Wood, Giles Booth, Micro:bit Educational Foundation What's coming for teachers- an update from the micro:bit Education team 13:30 - 13:45 CQ5
Sway Grantham, NCCE NCCE - What's happening in England 13:50 - 14:20 CQ5
Caroline Keep, Spark Penketh Makerspaces & micro:bits - Using micro:bits to enable cross curriculum learning with maker education. 14:00 - 14:20 Q5
Alan O'Donohue, Exa Foundation Changing the world bit by bit 14:30 - 14:50 Q5
Rob Leeman, arm Unleashing potential - a project based STEM pedagogy for micro:bit 14:30 - 15:10 CQ5
Panel Discussion, British Council Core skills for learning, work and society: An international and cross-cultural perspective from the British Council on using micro:bit as a tool for learning and engagement across 30+ countries 15:00 - 16:00 Q5
Michal Moskal, Thomas Ball, Peli de Halleux, Microsoft Static Typescript 15:20 - 15:50 CQ5
Sara Hata, Code for Everyone (Japan) Code for Everyone in Japan 16:10 - 16:30 Q5
Liz Smart, Code Club North West Workshop: How to use the Code Club projects in an extra-curricular environment to make interactive badges, reaction games, & other inspiring devices. 16:00 - 16:30 CQ5

Saturday 5 October

Speaker Session Time Location
Micro:bit Educational Foundation Welcome 9:10 - 9.30 Q5
Pauline Maas, Chris Dorna, micro:bit 101 What's next after 5 lessons with the micro:bit? 9:40 - 10:00 Q5
Cat Lamin, Independent Consultant Connecting the dots: Using Scratch and micro:bit 9:40 - 10:00 CQ5
Mark Williams, Micro:bit Educational Foundation Workshop: The micro:bit noise ensemble 9:40 - 10:30 Boardroom
James Devine, Thomas Ball, Peli de Halleux, Lancaster University Turning blocks into code with MakeCode and CODAL 10:10 - 10:30 Q5
Waris Candra, Micro:bit Educational Foundation Collaborate to Innovate with micro:bit in schools 10:10 - 10:30 CQ5
Selcuk Arslan, Ankara Ataturk Vocational and Technical High School More Coding More Girls 10:40 - 11:00 Q5
Josh Keys, Jacob Lingley, Jeff Wilson, Brilliant Labs Workshop: Limitless making with the micro:bit powered open-source hardware/software b.Board platform 10:40 - 11:20 CQ5
Oliver Kastner-Hauler, University College for Teacher Education, Lower Austria Workshop: BBC micro:bit and external sensors for temperature (humidity) measurement 10:40 - 11:30 Boardroom
Matheus Moraes, Positivo Plantations, soccer, autism and programming! How the Inventura Experience is doing in Brazil. 11:10 - 11:30 Q5
Lightning talks 11:30 - 15:40 CQ5
Viltaute Zvirzdinaite, Kestutis Mačiulaitis, Microcomputers for Kids Foundation One simple tool can make a difference - Microcomputers for Kids Foundation Journey to change formal IT education in Lithuania 11:40 - 12:00 Q5
Les Pounder, Creative Technologist Workshop: Make something cool with micro:bit 11:40 - 12:30 Boardroom
Jonny Austin, Micro:bit Educational Foundation Shaping the ecosystem together; what we're building in tech 12:10 - 12:40 Q5
Yin Jie Soon, Tinkertanker Pte Ltd micro:bit for Teachers: Getting the Digital Maker Programme off the ground for over 100 schools in Singapore 13:40 - 14:00 Q5
Neil Rickus, University of Hertfordshire, Workshop: Let's implement all the programming elements of the English Primary Computing National Curriculum using the micro:bit 13:40 - 14:20 Boardroom
Children's Panel micro:bit in the community: a childs perspective 14:10 - 15:10 Q5
Sarah Townson, Science Oxford Workshop: Moon Buggies 14:30 - 15:10 Boardroom
Sigurd Hunstad, Jon Haavie, Norsk Teknisk Museum SmartCity - programming the future! 15:20 - 15:40 Q5
Nic Hughes, Latymer Prep School Workshop: Combining DT and Computing. Making things move with micro:bit 15:20 - 16:00 Boardroom
Tamim Mostafa, British Council Introducing creative computing through micro:bit to 100,000+ children in Bangladesh 15:50 - 16:10 Q5

Lightning Talks CQ5 Saturday 5 October

Speaker Session Time
Sara Berkai, Nefiti micro:bits Offline: Teaching with no internet connectivity (and sometimes electricity) 11:30
Josh, EduBlocks Making the transition from Blocks to Python easier 11:45
Femi, Avni, Nishka, Alex, Young Coders Young Coders making a difference 12:00
Olalekan Adeeko, Tedprime Hub micro:bit, the go to device for promoting STEM in Low Income Communities 13:40
Niranjan Meegammana, Shilpa Sayura Foundation Microbit impact on girls STEM education in Sri Lanka. 13:55
Avni, Aaron, Young Coders The Magic Key to Coding 14:10
Dominic Kelly, Poplar Primary School micro:bits in primary school? They work! 14:25
Paul Clifford, Institute of Imagination The Imagination Machine 14:40
Karen Ahmed, Secondary Teacher of Computer Science micro:bit Scheme of Work for Key Stage 3 14:55
Jamilya Baimukhambetova, ILAB Genova Empowering kids to invent 15:10
Jay, Robotics by Jay The versatile and cost effective teaching tool for coding and robotics from a child's point of view 15:25
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