All Things Open 2016 – Raspberry Pi for everyone!

I recently attended All Things Open, an open-source conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, run by Red Hat. I was invited by my friends at – and it was a great opportunity to meet the team and some of the moderators, columnists and contributors.

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I was asked to give a lightning talk, and I decided to speak about the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s mission: what we do, how we do it, and where we’re at now! Here’s the video of the talk (3m20s):

What is the Raspberry Pi Foundation? 10 million computers sold

The Raspberry Pi Foundation began with the purpose to find a way to get more students at Cambridge University to study Computer Science. A small, cheap Linux computer called the Raspberry Pi was created as the solution, and since the first product in 2012, educators, hobbyists, and industrial users have been creating amazing projects with it.

My slides are published on speakerdeck. I also wrote an article on the same subject for my column that month: Raspberry Pi continues to blaze new trails.

I also got the opportunity to visit Red Hat Towers, and meet their CEO Jim Whitehurst to talk about why I contribute to And for the conference social afterparty, they’d booked nerdcore artist MC Frontalot!

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You have more stickers on your laptop than I’ve ever seen. Would you like a Vim mug?” #ATO2016

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There’s no money in open-source

Thanks to the All Things Open and teams, to Red Hat, to Jim Whitehurst, and to all the speakers at ATO!

New York 2006

Well, I’m in New York, New York. I frickin’ love this place!

Times Square has to be the coolest place I’ve ever seen in my life.

I haven’t got time to write up what I’ve done so far, so I’ll mention a few; today I went to Grand Central Station and the Morgan Museum, I’ve also been up the Empire State Building, been to ‘Ground Zero’ (the World Trade Centre site), been on a helicopter around the edge of the city, been to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the Hard Rock Café in Times Square and all the other cool stuff. I did a bus tour and took many many photos with my new camera (Canon PowerShot SD450) and went to the world’s largest store, Macy’s. In my opinion the worst store in the world, boring as hell.

Washington, D.C.

I’m now in Washington for the weekend, came on the train from NY yesterday morning, going back there on Monday morning, then staying in the Big Apple till Friday night. Woo!

Went for a wander yesterday once we’d located the Hotel and our rooms, and just happened to come across the White House. It’s pretty cool. Got many many photos since I got my camera. My parents bought it me as an early 18th birthday present, it’s a Canon Powershot SD-450. Perfect for what I want it for. Will be shooting some parkour footage and getting some editing done.

I’m back in the country!

Got back today (Saturday). To start, here’s the list of all the stuff I did in NYC and DC:


  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island
  • Times Square
  • Chrysler Building
  • Rockefeller Centre
  • Broadway (I saw Lion King)
  • Central Park
  • Strawberry Fields (the John Lennon memorial part of CP)
  • Dakota Building (where John got shot)
  • Chinatown
  • Little Italy
  • Helicopter ride over NYC skyline
  • Macy’s (largest store in the world)
  • The Hard Rock Café
  • Ground Zero (WTC site)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Morgan Library and Museum
  • Madame Tussuards
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Brooklyn Bridge

Washington D.C.:

  • Washington Monument
  • The White House, and visitors’ centre
  • JFK Grave in Arlington Cemetery
  • The Hard Rock Café
  • Senate Building
  • FDR Memorial park (Roosevelt)
  • Scouts Monument
  • Post Office tower with view of Washington
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Columbas Monument
  • and many many more Monuments…

Here are a few photos from the trip: