Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Raspberry Pi Foundation
Type Charity
Founded May 2009
Founder(s) David Braben
Jack Lang
Pete Lomas
Alan Mycroft
Robert Mullins
Eben Upton[1][2]
Headquarters Caldecote, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom[3]
Products Raspberry Pi
Website www.raspberrypi.org

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity founded in 2009 to promote the study of basic computer science in schools, and is responsible for developing a single-board computer called the Raspberry Pi.


[T]he lack of programmable hardware for children – the sort of hardware we used to have in the 1980s – is undermining the supply of eighteen-year-olds who know how to program, so that's a problem for universities, and then it's undermining the supply of 21 year olds who know how to program, and that's causing problems for industry.

Co-founder Eben Upton in 2012[4]

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charitable organization registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.[3] The board of trustees was assembled by 2008[1][5] and the Raspberry Pi Foundation was founded as a registered charity in May 2009 in Caldecote, Cambridgeshire, UK.[3] The Foundation is supported by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Broadcom.[2] Its aim is to "promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing."[6] Project co-founder Eben Upton is a former academic, currently employed by Broadcom as a system-on-chip architect and associate technical director.[4] Relatively small numbers of components were able to be sourced from suppliers, due to the charitable status of the organization.[5]


The foundation currently has 5[7][8] Trustees who are,

Early expectations[edit]

The Foundation expected that children would program using Scratch and that the input/output functionality would be used to control external devices. Additionally, the low power requirement facilitates battery-powered usage in robots, while the video capabilities have led to interest in use as a home media centre.[9]


In October 2011, the logo was selected from a number submitted from open competition. A shortlist of six was drawn up, with the final judging taking several days. The chosen design was based on a buckyball.[10]

Raspberry Pi[edit]

Raspberry Pi Model-B Beta

In 2011, the Raspberry Pi Foundation developed a single-board computer named the Raspberry Pi. The Foundation's goal was to offer two versions, priced at US$25 and $35 (plus local taxes). The Foundation started accepting orders for the higher priced model on 29 February 2012.[11] The Raspberry Pi is intended to stimulate the teaching of basic computer science in schools.[12][13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ a b Brookes, Tim (24 February 2012). "Raspberry Pi – A Credit-Card Sized ARM Computer – Yours For Only $25". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Mullins, Robert (2012). "Robert Mullins: Raspberry Pi". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "1129409 - Raspberry Pi Foundation". Charity Commission for England and Wales. 6 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Halfacree, Gareth (March 1, 2012). "Raspberry Pi interview: Eben Upton reveals all". Linux User & Developer. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Vilches, Jose (22 May 2012). "Interview with Raspberry's Founder Eben Upton". TechSpot. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Raspberry Pi Foundation". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Upton, Liz. "A new trustee". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Robert Mullins, Co-Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Unboxes Raspberry Pi". Element 14 community (Premier Farnell). February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Humphries, Matthew. "Raspberry Pi selects a very clever logo". geek.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Richard Lawler, 29 February 2012, Raspberry Pi credit-card sized Linux PCs are on sale now, $25 Model A gets a RAM bump, Engadget
  12. ^ Raspberry Pi: Cheat Sheet
  13. ^ "FAQs". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Cellan-Jones, Rory (5 May 2011). "A £15 computer to inspire young programmers". BBC News. 
  15. ^ Price, Peter (3 June 2011). "Can a £15 computer solve the programming gap?". BBC Click. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  16. ^ Bush, Steve (25 May 2011). "Dongle computer lets kids discover programming on a TV". Electronics Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 

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