Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Raspberry Pi Foundation
Founded May 2009
Founder 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]


When the declining of numbers and skills of students applying for Computer Science became a concern for a team that includes Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory in 2006, a need for a tiny and affordable computer came to their minds. Several versions of the early Raspberry Pi prototypes were designed but were very limited by the high cost and low power processors for mobile devices at that time.[7]

In 2008, the team started a collaboration with Pete Lomas, MD of Norcott Technologies and David Braben, the co-author of the seminal BBC micro game Elite, and formed the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Three years later, the Raspberry Pi Model B was born and it had sold over two million units within in two years of mass production.[7]

Founders and current leadership[edit]

The original founders of the organization includes

  • Eben Upton
  • Rob Mullins: a Senior Lecture in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge
  • Jack Lang: an affiliated Lecturer at the Computer Laboratory and the founder of Electronic Share Information Ltd
  • Alan Mycroft: professor of Computing in the Computer Laboratory and co-founded the European Association for Programming Languages and Systems
  • Pete Lomas: director of Engineering at Norcott Technologies
  • David Braben: CEO of Frontier Developments and co-writer of the seminal Elite

The organization is made of two parts. The engineering and trading activities are overseen by Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd and its founder and CEO Eben Upton. Lance Howarth took over the charitable and educational part from Eben and became the Foundation CEO in 2013.[8]


The foundation currently has 5[9][10][11] 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.[12]

Education fund[edit]

In April 2014, the foundation announced a £1 million education fund to support projects that enhance the understanding of computing and to promote the use of technology in other subjects, particularly STEM and creative arts for children.[13] They offer to provide up to 50% of the total projected costs to successful applicants.[14]


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.[15]

Raspberry Pi[edit]

Raspberry Pi Model-B Beta
Main article: Raspberry Pi

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.[16] The Raspberry Pi is intended to stimulate the teaching of computer science in schools.[17][18][19][20][21]


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  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. ^ a b "About Us". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Welcome Lance!". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Upton, Liz. "A new trustee". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "About us". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Robert Mullins, Co-Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Unboxes Raspberry Pi. Element 14 community (Premier Farnell). February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "ANNOUNCING OUR MILLION-POUND EDUCATION CHARITY FUND". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "EDUCATION FUND". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Humphries, Matthew. "Raspberry Pi selects a very clever logo". geek.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  16. ^ Richard Lawler, 29 February 2012, Raspberry Pi credit-card sized Linux PCs are on sale now, $25 Model A gets a RAM bump, Engadget
  17. ^ Raspberry Pi: Cheat Sheet
  18. ^ "FAQs". Raspberry Pi Foundation. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  19. ^ Cellan-Jones, Rory (5 May 2011). "A £15 computer to inspire young programmers". BBC News. 
  20. ^ Price, Peter (3 June 2011). "Can a £15 computer solve the programming gap?". BBC Click. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  21. ^ Bush, Steve (25 May 2011). "Dongle computer lets kids discover programming on a TV". Electronics Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 

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