A dandy-looking gold medal, a £50,000 (around $65,000) prize, and withal a wheelbarrow full of tech kudos- all in the bucket of the pocket-sized game changer in the field of computer science! The revolutionary affordable computer, Raspberry Pi thus took home the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Award for 2017.
Ever since its first release in 2012, Raspberry Pi had been the UK’s best-selling PC of all time. This tiny, low-cost micro PC can be used as the control center of almost anything, from video games to robots, multi-room sound systems, pet feeders, or scientific experiments. And hence, it has been marked as a game changer in the field of computer science.
The Raspberry Pi was launched in 2012 as a cut-rate educational tool to inspire and educate a new generation of programming and coding enthusiasts. This pocket-sized computer received unanimous applaud for re-engaging people with the power of coding and helping the future generation to become well equipped for the challenges of the digital job market of the future.
In 2011, the single-boarded computer Raspberry Pi was developed aimed at promoting the basic computer science study in schools. With its mission to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, Raspberry Pi has successfully paved the way of computer programming into classrooms in a fun and engaging way.
In collaboration with Pete Lomas, MD of Norcott Technologies and David Braben in the year 2008, the team designed several Raspberry Pi prototypes, and finally, the Raspberry Pi Foundation was founded in the following year. Three years later, the Raspberry Pi Model B was born and it got sold over two million units within its two years of mass production. Till date, more than 12 million units of the small computer have been sold and recently has partnered with Google to add artificial intelligence.
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s official blog, the group was invited as part of the UK Tech Reception on late June and met the Queen and Prince William at the event. Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has been a supporter of the Raspberry Pi project ever since visiting the foundation’s offices in October 2013, and was also in attendance at the event.