Summer Bytes 2014 boots up

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Summer Bytes Festival at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park.

Every day 11am-5pm from 26 July – 2 September 2014

Summer Bytes supported by Bloomberg

The six-week long Summer Bytes Festival boots up at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Saturday 26 July 2014 with a LEGO feature. The festival of digital fun and games and extraordinary applications is for all the family and is open 11am - 5pm daily from 26 July until 2 September. In the world’s first purpose-built computer centre, visitors can see some of the fantastic machines that paved the way to our digital world, catch up with the latest developments and get creative with machines new and old.

Chris Monk, mastermind of Summer Bytes, said: “The Summer Bytes Festival is all about being creative with technology in the first purpose-built computer centre in the world. It is a truly unique setting to explore new and old technologies in the context of seven extraordinary decades of computing developments. There is something for everyone and we guarantee your fingers will be itching to get hands-on with a huge variety of digital devices.

Summer Bytes will start with ten glorious brick-strewn days when youngsters of all ages can indulge in the joys of LEGO. They will be able to:

  • build robots using LEGO Mindstorms EV3
  • see a LEGO robot solve the Rubik's Cube
  • enter the Summer Bytes LEGO competition.

LEGO activities will also be available in the final week.

Special events on specific days throughout Summer Bytes at the home of Colossus include:

  • daytime astronomy
  • creating your own special effects
  • see some of the vintage special effects from Dr Who and Blake’s 7
  • explore computer music
  • meet and talk to the professional computer games-makers
  • make your own computer game
  • try out the famous Oculus Rift virtual reality headset!

Drop-in activities on specific days during Summer Bytes:

  • get creative with Raspberry Pi and Fuze
  • take your first steps with Coding with helpful guides
  • explore the Bletchley Park virtual maze to find the geese eggs, decode their clues and win a prize
  • explore codes and ciphers and see a real Enigma machine
  • test your knowledge with the Date Your Heritage Quiz
  • browse the history of computing in 30 books, examples of our great book collection.

Chris Monk continued: “We are delighted to have such supportive sponsors who see the importance of exploring the links between yesterday and today’s technologies. We are especially grateful to Bloomberg whose support has been enabling us to expand the programme. We recommend that visitors keep an eye on the website for even more Summer Bytes specials. There will be lots of reasons to visit Summer Bytes several times!”

The up-to-date, day-by-day Summer Bytes timetable can be seen at: www.tnmoc.org/bytes

Notes To Editors

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 320,000 subscribers globally. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength, leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively. Through Bloomberg Government, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Bloomberg BNA, the company provides data, news and analytics to decision makers in industries beyond finance. And Bloomberg News, delivered through the Bloomberg Professional service, television, radio, mobile, the Internet and three magazines, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits, covers the world with more than 2,400 news and multimedia professionals at more than 150 bureaus in 73 countries. Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs more than 15,500 people in 192 locations around the world. For more information visit www.Bloomberg.com/now/

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

A recent pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, and 4Links.

The whole Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon, spring and summer Bank Holidays and increasingly during school holidays. Colossus and Tunny galleries are open almost every day. Guided tours are available at 2pm on Tuesdays. There are often additional opening times for the public -- see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and may be on any day or evening by prior arrangement.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.

Media Contacts

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e s.fleming@palam.co.uk

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