Welcome to Scratch Conference Europe 2019!
Scratch Conference Europe brings teachers, education professionals, and volunteers together from all over the world to collaborate and learn from each other. It is the first Scratch Conference to be held in the UK. Join us to discuss creative ways to use Scratch, find others to connect and collaborate with, and take the lessons you learn back to your own community.
The conference will take place in Cambridge, UK, a beautiful city with old-world charm, steeped in history and learning. The event will be small enough to allow every voice to be heard, but large enough to host a generous range of enriching experiences. You’ll be exposed to lots of new ideas, expand your scope of thinking, and create connections with like-minded people.
You can also expect lots of lively discussion surrounding the awesome new Scratch 3, which was released this year.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. It is available for free at scratch.mit.edu.
A conference for educators:
The conference is for educators — both educators working in schools, and volunteers — who want to be inspired by the cutting edge of Scratch-related educational practice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide childcare facilities or activities for young people, so this event is for adults only.
Dates and location:
Friday 23 August – Sunday 25 August 2019
- Friday 23 August: 2pm–6pm followed by optional networking and drinks
- Saturday 24 August: 9.30am–6pm followed by dinner
- Sunday 25 August: 9.30am–3:30pm
On Friday, there will be a relaxed, informal afternoon of networking, and you will have an opportunity to complete your registration early and get orientated ahead of the main conference days. The conference will end at 3.30pm on Sunday to allow plenty of time to say goodbye and travel back.
We have an exciting schedule of content, kindly curated and delivered by members of the community, with plenty of options for you to choose from. This includes:
- Showcase stands (Friday): Once registered, browse the demo stands and meet your fellow Scratch enthusiasts
- Talks: 20-minute talks and presentations across two auditoriums
- Workshops: 50-minute interactive sessions appropriate for a range of skill levels, across various themes
- Discussions: 30-minute informal discussions providing opportunities to give feedback and gain insights directly
- Ignite talks: Blocks of consecutive 5-minute talks, often provoking passionate debates!
- Poster sessions: Visual displays available to view at any point throughout the weekend
- Lots of opportunities for informal networking
The full schedule and floor plan will be available very soon.
What you can look forward to:
- Interactive displays and demo stands
- Hands-on, easy-to-follow workshops on a range of topics, including Scratch 3
- Talks from world-class computing educators, including Scratch co-creator Mitch Resnick
- Opportunities to liaise with members of the Scratch Foundation team directly
- Networking with fellow educators — build your own network of Scratchers!
- Inspiration for taking your learning in new directions when you return home
- More information about how the Raspberry Pi Foundation can support you in your club or classroom
- A beautiful venue with excellent facilities
Important information and tickets:
- Entry is only available to ticket holders. You will only be able to purchase one ticket per person, and each person must have their own ticket.
- Tickets are available to educators, such as teachers and volunteers. The event is designed for adults only, and there will be no childcare facilities or activities for young people.
- Early bird tickets cost £90. Tickets will cost £120 from 1 June 2019. Visit our booking page to find out more and reserve your place.
- Ticket holders will need to bring a laptop or device that they can work from, with power, internet access, and a plug adaptor suitable for a UK socket.
- Tickets are expected to sell out very quickly. We strongly recommend that you book your ticket before arranging accommodation, to ensure that you have a place first.