San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Eben Upton is the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is developing a $25 microcomputer with the goal of putting programmable hardware in the hands of every child in the UK.
While studying computer science Eben started to realise that the number of undergraduate students was declining every year and the things that students knew how to do was declining as well. They knew less every year.
The problems stemmed the rise of the home PC and consoles to replace the machines we used in the 1980s, the Amigas, BBC Micros, Spectrum ZX and Commodore 64 machines the previous generation learned to program on.
They sat down to produce a machine of the sort. Something that was cheap enough that children could buy it themselves or have it given to them as a gift and that was reasonably powerful.
"Part of our story with the Raspberry Pi is that we want to give children access to engineering, because engineering is enormously good fun. A lot of the time people focuses on this from an economic angle: it's about what's good for the country. Countries need engineers in order to be competitive. But I always thought of this the other way around, that actually it's about the kids themselves. We're not necessarily doing this to help Britain be competitive. We're doing this because engineering is an enormously fun thing to do and it's sad that children don't have access to this fun thing."
Come and see him talk about how the product has taken off in a way its creators never imagined...