A “hello” from a hobbyist-turned-evangelist

Hello! I’m Matt Richardson, the newest member of the Raspberry Pi team. I’m so excited to be on board because I’m such a big Raspberry Pi fan. Ever since I first got my hands on a board in May of 2012, I’ve been doing a lot with Raspberry Pi. I made projects like this bicycle accessory, I produced videos about Raspberry Pi, wrote articles, gave talks, and even teamed up with a friend to write a book about how to get started with Raspberry Pi. There’s still so much that I want to do, which is why I’m so glad to be a part of the team.

A selfie with my first  Raspberry Pi taken in May of 2012.

A selfie with my first Raspberry Pi taken in May of 2012.

Before coming to Raspberry Pi, I was a contributing editor for Make: Magazine, the premier magazine for makers. Raspberry Pi was my beat for a majority of my time there, so I kept an eye on Pi projects, hardware, and accessories. I also had the chance to go to many Maker Faires to give talks and meet fellow makers. As part of my new position, I’ll continue to go to Maker Faires, but now I’ll help carry the Raspberry Pi banner in an official capacity.

I’m based in San Francisco and as a Raspberry Pi Evangelist, I’ll be responsible for outreach with a focus on the United States. I’ll connect with organizations, talk to people about how they use Raspberry Pi, and make regular appearances here on the blog. If you’d like to connect with me, I’m on Twitter, where I post about Raspberry Pi and all my other interests including technology, making, art, design, travel, airliners, ham radio, television, and a small dash of politics.

I’m looking forward to being involved in all that lies ahead in the realm of Raspberry Pi!

58 comments

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Welcome Matt – great to hear you’re on board!

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Thanks, Michael!

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Great news. Brill addition to the team. Very excited to see what you get up to on the Good Ship Pi. =o)

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Thanks, Alan. I can’t wait either!

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Welcome!

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Thanks Russell!

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Congrats Matt and Pi team!

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Thanks Limor and Phil!

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Welcome Matt! Great to have you on board!

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Thanks! Looking forward to working together!

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Fewer tiring transatlantic travel tours for Ben now? ;-)

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Excellent. What a good fit!

Here’s to unlocking more potential of Pi in the US. :)

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Thanks Alex! I hope to see you again soon!

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We’re *so* pleased you’ve joined us, Matt – here’s to a great 2015 and beyond!

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I’m so pleased to be working with all of you. Let’s have fun and do great stuff!

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Oh God… More Matts?! We are all called Matt! There is me. Matt Manning. Matt Hawkins. Matt Richardson now…

Just kiddin’! Welcome! Hope that you have great fun and do awesome work at the Foundation!

The Raspberry Pi Guy

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MORE MATTS! Moo ha ha ha!

Thanks for the welcome, Matt!

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The Raspberry Pi is truly going global with someone in the US – good to hear you are joining the team Matt. Looking forward to seeing exciting things from you in the future, as well as the rest of Team Pi of course!

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Thanks Stewart! There’s a lot of work to be done in the US, but I’m looking forward to making a dent in it.

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Congrats Matt. It was your article on my CameraPi idea back in August 2012 that triggered it’s major coverage across the web. Thanks for that! Onwards and Upwards! :)

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Thanks David! I now show your PiPhone project when I give talks about Raspberry Pi!

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Hi Matt. It’s going to be fun! :)

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Looking forward to working with you, Clive! It definitely will be fun!

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Looking forward to hearing about your work in the States with the Pi.

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Thanks so much, Tim! There’s a lot to be done in the US with Raspberry Pi and I’m looking forward to making a dent in it.

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Congrats Matt! Congrats Pi!

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Thanks Sophi! I hope to see you again soon!

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Congrats & welcome.

Being based in SF does mean, of course, that you’ll be a regular at the Silicon Valley Jams, right? See you between 1:30 Pm and 4:30 PM at the Computer History Museum on the third Sauturday of each month, starting win Jan. 17th?

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Yes, I plan to come to the Silicon Valley Raspberry Jams. I’ll have to miss the first one of 2015 since I’ll be at Pi Towers, but I have the February Jam in my calendar.

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As Hal said, “I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that.” Oh, wait, wrong HAL :D I’d already invited Matt back-channel and if he doesn’t show up, well, as we say in the Intelligence Community, “We know where he lives.” ;) Talk about an extraordinary rendition – corporate jets are fun to fly on, but not when you’re in the baggage compartment!

Looking forward to working with you here on the Best Coast. Matt!

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Great to hear! I had a great start with your book and highly recommend an update to reflect the new models. Enjoy the new job!

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Thank you! Keep an eye out for the second edition, which is up-to-date!

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Great!
I saw your book in polish.Nice job.Now please spread your “Good word” to the USA,because if you do that I`ll have a cheaper addons here in Poland,and will have granted system developing for next years – most important!!! Rpi is nothing without it`s good software.
All best
Marek

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Will do, thanks Marek!

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Great to see you’ve joined the Pi team! Your past guidance has been instrumental in my tinkering, so I look forward to what comes next. Hope you have fun with it!

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Thanks for the support Tom! It’ll be great fun, I’m sure!

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Great to see the team expanding, welcome Matt. I’ll see you on Friday if you’re in the office :)

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Ahh! I just noticed you’re Stateside! :)

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I’ll be at Pi Towers all next week, though! Thanks for the welcome!

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What a fabulous addition to the Pi team! I’ve always been hugely impressed with your work, and your passion for making. Can’t wait to see what you do at the RBpi Foundation. Congrats, Matt!

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Thank you so much, Gar! I really appreciate all your support over the years!

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Cool. So, let’s get the wine and beer working with raspberry pi….

Helen Lynn

Hello Matt! It’s fabulous to have a colleague who’s likely to be awake when I still am ;-) See you at Pi Towers next Friday?

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Hello Helen! Great to be on board. See you at Pi Towers next Friday!

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So excited to have a contact in the U.S. Just discovered Raspberry Pi during this past Christmas. I find myself searching daily for new resources. Interested in what’s happening in education and any connection to STEM. Is there a How-To for doing a Raspberry Jam?

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Keep an eye out for developments on Raspberry Pi in the realm of education and STEM in the US. Here’s all you need to know about hosting a Raspberry Jam: http://www.raspberrypi.org/jam/how/

I’m hoping to attend as many US Jams as I can in 2015!

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A few got up and running after my visit!

Helen Lynn

James Mitchell (@monkeymademe on Twitter) has a great write-up of his experiences setting up a Raspberry Jam in Berlin last summer: http://bytingidea.com/2014/07/08/me-myself-and-raspberry-jam/.

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Welcome, and congrats. Slightly jealous of your job. :)

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Thanks Zak!

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Great to have a US evangelist….Please, no politics, even a small amount!!

Bill

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I’m looking forward to advancing the mission of the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the US.

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Good Luck Matt!
Lisa

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Matt,

Great to finally have a U.S. evangelist. I’m on the other side of the country in Atlanta. Let me know if you ever come out this way and I can rally the local Makerspace groups like when Ben came through.

Jerry Wasinger
Pi-Plates.com

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Congrats on the new job, Matt! See you at the next big faire.

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A lot of us will be at the Bay Area Faire – please come and say hi to all of us!

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Hey Matt,

Im in the education sector(mainly in the nursing sector)
Im working on a project with technology and the education sector and I never thought about using the Pi until now. But I do need to talk. Please contact me.
Cheers.

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How awesome is this? Congratulations Matt!

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