We’re delighted to announce Pete Lomas, Co-Creator & Trustee of Raspberry Pi and Director of Engineering at Norcott Technologies, as our guest speaker for the seventh MERLIN workshop dedicated to lean hardware on 22 May 2019 at St John's Innovation Centre.
This interactive workshop will take delegates through the phases of development of an electronic product from concept through to manufacture. Using the iconic Raspberry Pi’s development journey to provide a context Pete will discuss, the “what if” mindset, getting to your minimum viable product and the challenges for manufacture.
Coupled with this he will also briefly look at how Raspberry Pi created a voice, a viral marketing campaign and a community around the mission the educate and the importance of brand identity.
About the Speaker
Pete Lomas holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Manchester. His passion for teaching and sharing ideas led him to take up a lecturing post at Manchester. During this time he became heavily involved in the ‘hobby computer’ movement and set up a local computer club that engaged the local community in this new and exciting field.
In 1986 the lure of industry became too great and he set up an electronics design consultancy. In 1997 he sold the company and established Norcott Technologies, today a leading UK provider of electronic design and manufacturing services serving a wide range of customers ranging from innovators and early stage businesses through to blue chip multinational companies and academic research institutions.
Within Norcott he serves as Director of Engineering and is heavily involved at the engineering “coal face”. He has led on designs as diverse as engine management units, high performance cryptographic engines, x-ray scanning systems and “internet edge” devices.
In 2008 his passion for education resurfaced. With a group of like- minded individuals based in Cambridge they established the Raspberry Pi Foundation. As a UK registered charity it has a keen focus on putting creativity, experimentation and fun into the teaching of digital making, primarily through the use of the low cost Raspberry Pi Linux computer.
Pete was responsible for the design and manufacturing support for the first three million devices including the transfer of operations back to the UK at Sony Pencoed. Over a period of seven years the Raspberry Pi computer has gone from being a small scale educational project to a worldwide phenomenon with sales of over 20 Million units and becoming the third best-selling computing platform behind the Apple Mac and the ubiquitous ‘86 based PC .
Within Raspberry Pi, Pete has now taken up a role as a foundation trustee focusing on helping to bring computer science and engineering centre stage in young people’s search for a fulfilling career through mainstream and ad hoc educational opportunities.
In 2017 Pete was a co-recipient the prestigious MacRo