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How Raspberry Pi
(an Educational Charity)
funds itself without
rattling a tin
BEN NUTTALL
RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION
Dedication
John Pinner
Organiser of PyConUK
Raspberry Pi Foundation
Raspberry Pi Foundation
UK Educational Charity based in Cambridge
Raspberry Why?
A computer (1981)
A computer (2010)
ICT Lessons
Cambridge University Computer Lab
Prototypes
Raspberry Pi Blog (2011)
Get your stickers! £1 for charity
Get your stickers! £1 for charity
Beta boards on Ebay
Raspberry Pi (2012)
700MHz single core CPU
VideoCoreIV 3D GPU
256MB RAM
$35
Raspberry Pi Model B Launch
29 February 2012
10, 000 in stock
2 online distributors
Both websites crashed
Raspberry Pi Model B Launch
29 February 2012
10, 000 in stock
2 online distributors
Both websites crashed
100, 000 orders ...
Community
Awesome projects
Awesome projects
Awesome projects
Awesome projects
insπredinsπred
Open source software libraries
Schools
Raspberry Pi Model B (Rev 2)
September 2012
Same CPU/GPU
512MB RAM
$35
Made in the UK
Sony Pencoed
1 Million Sales in 2012
Foundation and Trading Co
Foundation and Trading Company
Trading company
● Hires engineers
● Makes money
Foundation
● Hires education dudes
● Spends...
Raspberry Pi Model A
February 2013
Same CPU/GPU
256MB RAM
1 USB, no ethernet
$25
Google Schools Project
Education Team
Michael Gove
Michael Gove
Michael Gove
Michael Gove
New computing curriculum
“From 5, children will learn to code and program with
algorithms, sequencing, selection and repet...
New computing curriculum
“From 5, children will learn to code and program with
algorithms, sequencing, selection and repet...
Michael Gove
Investment in retraining ICT teachers
£3M
Investment in retraining ICT teachers
£170 per school
New website
Free Learning Resources
Picademy
Compute Module Development Kit
April 2014
Prototyping development board
Build a custom Raspberry Pi
$150
Compute Module
April 2014
Same spec as Raspberry Pi
Runs same software
More flexible form factor
~$30
Raspberry Pi Model B+
July 2014
Same CPU/GPU
512MB RAM
More USB, GPIO, etc.
$35
Raspberry Pi Model A+
November 2014
Same CPU/GPU
256MB RAM
Smaller profile
$20
4 Million Sales
Education Fund
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
February 2015
Quad core CPU
1GB RAM
Manufacturing 20,000 per day
6x speed of previous model
Fully c...
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
February 2015
Quad core CPU
1GB RAM
Manufacturing 20,000 per day
6x speed of previous model
Fully c...
5 Million Sales
No deprecation
Weather station project
Astro Pi
Creative Technologists
Picademy <insert country>
BETT
BETT
Take a card!
Ben Nuttall
Development & Outreach
Raspberry Pi Education Team
@ben_nuttall
ben@raspberrypi.org
github.com/be...
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How Raspberry Pi (an educational charity) funds itself without ratlling a tin - Nordev 2015

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How Raspberry Pi (an educational charity) funds itself without ratlling a tin - Nordev 2015

  1. 1. How Raspberry Pi (an Educational Charity) funds itself without rattling a tin BEN NUTTALL RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION
  2. 2. Dedication John Pinner Organiser of PyConUK
  3. 3. Raspberry Pi Foundation
  4. 4. Raspberry Pi Foundation UK Educational Charity based in Cambridge
  5. 5. Raspberry Why?
  6. 6. A computer (1981)
  7. 7. A computer (2010)
  8. 8. ICT Lessons
  9. 9. Cambridge University Computer Lab
  10. 10. Prototypes
  11. 11. Raspberry Pi Blog (2011)
  12. 12. Get your stickers! £1 for charity
  13. 13. Get your stickers! £1 for charity
  14. 14. Beta boards on Ebay
  15. 15. Raspberry Pi (2012) 700MHz single core CPU VideoCoreIV 3D GPU 256MB RAM $35
  16. 16. Raspberry Pi Model B Launch 29 February 2012 10, 000 in stock 2 online distributors Both websites crashed
  17. 17. Raspberry Pi Model B Launch 29 February 2012 10, 000 in stock 2 online distributors Both websites crashed 100, 000 orders on first day
  18. 18. Community
  19. 19. Awesome projects
  20. 20. Awesome projects
  21. 21. Awesome projects
  22. 22. Awesome projects insπredinsπred
  23. 23. Open source software libraries
  24. 24. Schools
  25. 25. Raspberry Pi Model B (Rev 2) September 2012 Same CPU/GPU 512MB RAM $35
  26. 26. Made in the UK
  27. 27. Sony Pencoed
  28. 28. 1 Million Sales in 2012
  29. 29. Foundation and Trading Co
  30. 30. Foundation and Trading Company Trading company ● Hires engineers ● Makes money Foundation ● Hires education dudes ● Spends money
  31. 31. Raspberry Pi Model A February 2013 Same CPU/GPU 256MB RAM 1 USB, no ethernet $25
  32. 32. Google Schools Project
  33. 33. Education Team
  34. 34. Michael Gove
  35. 35. Michael Gove
  36. 36. Michael Gove
  37. 37. Michael Gove
  38. 38. New computing curriculum “From 5, children will learn to code and program with algorithms, sequencing, selection and repetition” “From 11, how to use at least 2 programming languages to solve computational problems, to design … computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems; and how instructions are saved and executed within a computer system” - Michael Gove, UK Education Secretary
  39. 39. New computing curriculum “From 5, children will learn to code and program with algorithms, sequencing, selection and repetition” “From 11, how to use at least 2 programming languages to solve computational problems, to design … computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems; and how instructions are saved and executed within a computer system” - Michael Gove, (ex-) UK Education Secretary
  40. 40. Michael Gove
  41. 41. Investment in retraining ICT teachers £3M
  42. 42. Investment in retraining ICT teachers £170 per school
  43. 43. New website
  44. 44. Free Learning Resources
  45. 45. Picademy
  46. 46. Compute Module Development Kit April 2014 Prototyping development board Build a custom Raspberry Pi $150
  47. 47. Compute Module April 2014 Same spec as Raspberry Pi Runs same software More flexible form factor ~$30
  48. 48. Raspberry Pi Model B+ July 2014 Same CPU/GPU 512MB RAM More USB, GPIO, etc. $35
  49. 49. Raspberry Pi Model A+ November 2014 Same CPU/GPU 256MB RAM Smaller profile $20
  50. 50. 4 Million Sales
  51. 51. Education Fund
  52. 52. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B February 2015 Quad core CPU 1GB RAM Manufacturing 20,000 per day 6x speed of previous model Fully compatible with Pi 1
  53. 53. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B February 2015 Quad core CPU 1GB RAM Manufacturing 20,000 per day 6x speed of previous model Fully compatible with Pi 1 Sold 500, 000 within 2 weeks
  54. 54. 5 Million Sales
  55. 55. No deprecation
  56. 56. Weather station project
  57. 57. Astro Pi
  58. 58. Creative Technologists
  59. 59. Picademy <insert country>
  60. 60. BETT
  61. 61. BETT
  62. 62. Take a card! Ben Nuttall Development & Outreach Raspberry Pi Education Team @ben_nuttall ben@raspberrypi.org github.com/bennuttall

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