LETTER: Hub bringing people together

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What a wonderful innovation it is to have a community hub like HackHorsham in the town.

The initiative is bringing new life into the area, and giving people of all ages the chance to work together, including people from outside the District like Crawley.

George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian recently calling for such community hubs as a way of bringing new life into areas, and here with HackHorsham we have a wonderful example.

The Blue Flash Music Trust had been working for years with James, a blind musician, and realised great potential when visiting a HackHorsham event.

The Tablet Ocarina Project came into being because of the chance of meeting up with people who could help to find a way to bring sound into reading braille tablature for the ocarina.

This was achieved through a technological innovation dubbed the Raspberry Pi, so helping James.

It is a delight to meet up with the community once a month and see how the project can be taken further.

The aim is so that James can read the ocarina tablature with his fingers, and at the same time hear the sound the tablature generates when he touches the metal studs on the ‘purpose made keyboard’ attached to the Raspberry Pi.

Flyn, an eleven year old from Crawley, has been a great help along with teenager, Jonathan, who first spotted a way of generating sound through the Raspberry Pi device.

Things have moved on further and now Peter Ross, who is on loan from local tech company Red River, to HackHorsham, has taken the project even further.

Without HackHorsham any development like this would not have been possible. I believe that such a community hub is indeed the way forward for Horsham.

There are many intriguing projects taking shape at HackHorsham; a giant Dalek, and a giant ‘Frankie’, all being developed with the use of the Raspberry Pi.

Robert Mayfield

Hamilton Road, Horsham

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