BBC micro:bit – for writing the future

BBC micro:bit – for writing the future

Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio


Please note: This event took place in March 2018

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

In this talk we’ll hear from friend of the Studio, Howard Baker who created the BBC micro:bit in response to the BBC’s ambition to inspire its audience to engage with coding, computer technology and digital creativity.

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized, programmable micro-computer. One million were given away free to every child in the UK during 2016 aged 11-12. This was due to a collaboration between the BBC and 29 partners. The micro:bit became the BBC's most ambitious education initiative for 30 years, it’s big ambition to not only inspire a new generation of coders and digital creativity but also support creative digital making and find the tech pioneers and inventors of the future.

The micro:bit has since gone global and now managed by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, it is available in over 50 countries, including the USA, Japan and China. Join us and Howard to find out more about the micro:bit and exactly what this amazing little device can do, why the BBC initially developed it and how they are now being used in the Pervasive Media Studio.

The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to