A lively panel discussion on making in the classroom comprised of the founder of Raspberry Pi Eben Upton, everyone's favorite modder Ben Heck, Matt Richardson from MAKE magazine and a California education professional who can speak to the Maker movement in the classroom."
Benjamin J. Heckendorn
Ben is a graphic artist turned internet celebrity, famed in the world of electronics "modding". From hits like his Bill Paxton pinball machine to the in-demand XBOX 360 Laptop, Ben is known for hacking-in-to pop culture's biggest gadgets and giving them his own unique and playful spin. He is also the host of the popular online television series The Ben Heck Show, which is now entering it's second season.
Matt Richardson is a student, writer, and freelance creative technologist. As a master’s candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), he created the Descriptive Camera, a concept camera that outputs text descriptions instead of photographs. Matt is also a contributor to MAKE Magazine and Makezine.com, covering creative uses of technology in the maker community. He’s the founder of Awesome Button Studios, a technology consultancy.
Eben Upton is the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is developing a $25 microcomputer with the goal of putting programmable hardware in the hands of every child in the UK. Eben is responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi device.
Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, discusses the inspiration behind developing the $25 pocket-sized computer. He explains that his goal was to make it easy for kids to learn to program at home, arguing “I don’t think you learn to program in two hours a week in a lesson at school, I think you learn to program in four hours a night at home.”