Confronted with declining interest in computer science programs, Eben Upton was inspired to create an inexpensive, fully functional, programmable computer to encourage students to engage with computers and learn to code. Upton’s Raspberry Pi single-board computer combines embedded, low-power video and graphics cores with an ARM CPU to create a simple, standardized low-cost com-puter platform. With the addition of a keyboard, mouse, and moni-tor, the Raspberry Pi provides a complete 64-bit desktop computer with access to millions of Linux applications. Upton has allowed students, enthusiasts, and technologists to focus their creativity on their projects—whether it be a media player, laptop, lawn-sprinkler control, or robotic kits—to name just a few. Upton launched the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2009 to promote the study of computer science and to put the fun back into learning computing.
Upton is currently chief executive officer with Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd., Cambridge, UK.