Monday, 5 March 2012

The Raspberry Pi – inspiration for the IT sector?

Does the inspiration for your software career stretch back to the days of the Sinclair Spectrum and the BBC Micro? If so you may appreciate what the team behind the Raspberry Pi are trying to do for the next generation of computer programmers. The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer, selling for just £22, and can be programmed by users, including British school children. According to a review in the Guardian newspaper, once the computer is used in schools students will be able to ‘learn to control computers, rather than be controlled by them.” Demand from all areas of the industry has been so high that the website, of the charitable foundation behind the product, crashed last week. Eben Upton, a Cambridge-based engineer, developed the idea when he realised that new graduates "[didn't] seem to know enough about what a computer really was or how it worked”. Find out more including demonstration videos at

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