The UK electronic systems trade organisation NMI has honoured the Raspberry Pi Foundation for its low-cost PC platform and the potential it provides in helping to encourage a new generation of engineers. The skills, training and development award was presented to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s founder and trustee Robert Mullins by NMI CEO, Derek Boyd.
Boyd said: “Nurturing young talent in electronic and software engineering is essential for the future of the UK’s electronic systems industry; and the stripped-down, low-cost Raspberry Pi enables anyone with a curious mind, regardless of background to develop these skills from an early age.”
The Raspberry Pi is an ARM based PC, developed and manufactured in the UK with the intention of stimulating the teaching of computer science in schools. It was launched in July 2012 with a large ecosystem evolving and over 500,000 units shipped in its first three months with the 1 million mark anticipated before Christmas.
The award was sponsored by the IC Group. The company’s Director Neil Dickins said that he was optimistic that current initiatives, such as Raspberry Pi, would bring much-needed engineering talent into the industry: “We foresee excellent career opportunities and options available to engineers graduating in the UK and Europe for many years to come. If we can shift the emphasis in secondary education from ‘how to use a computer and its software’ to ‘how to design a computer and its software’, our industry and economy will expand…as will the minds of the students who represent the next generation of innovation.”
The importance of skills development was a key theme throughout the awards ceremony which is held annually in London. Among the award winners were ST Microelectronic’s Kevin Moore as 2012’s top young engineer and the University of Edinburgh’s Rares-Mihai Popa as UKESF Scholar of the year. These categories were sponsored and presented by ARM’s HR director, Kirsty Gill, and IC Group’s Neil Dickens respectively.
Photo caption: Raspberry Pi Foundation founder, Robert Mullins, receives the NMI award for advances in skills, training and development with Raspberry Pi’s Daniel Bates, NMI CEO Derek Boyd and IC Group’s Neil Dickins.