Putting out feelers: Compute Module Symposium

It’s been a few months since we originally announced the Compute Module. Now we’re beginning to see orders from industrial customers, and designs incorporating it hitting various crowd funding websites, we thought it might be time to have a get-together to share a little!

The Compute Module is not a consumer product. It was developed specifically to help our industrial customers. There are a lot of businesses out there using standard Raspberry Pis inserted into their products: the Compute Module allows them to redevelop their products to be smaller and to address their task more specifically. Over the past few months we’ve seen new products being developed through the Raspberry Pi forums and on social media, and we thought it was about time to think a little more seriously about how we can help.

Gordon tests CM

The other day I was talking with the team at ARM about their Connected Community, and it rang a bell with me about what we’re trying to do with the Compute Module on a slightly different scale. So I thought a developer symposium would be a great way to get people who are interested in the Compute Module together to discuss their projects and designs.

So we’re putting out a call for participation/presentations/papers. We want to invite people who are using the Compute Module in their own products to take part, and we will also give at least the following 30 minute presentations:

  • James Adams – Hardware design with the compute module
  • Gordon Hollingworth – Software design and platform configuration with the compute module
  • Gordon Hollingworth – Compute module automated test development for high volume production

We’ll also be available during the symposium to discuss designs individually, and to help direct people in the right way of doing things.

We have not yet set a date because we don’t know what demand will look like. So if you’re not interested in presenting please tell us what you would like to see from the event, and what you’d like to learn: we’ll see if we can incorporate that into the symposium.

For presentations please send a short abstract (150 odd words will do) explaining what you’d like to talk about to [email protected]. And let us know if you’d be interested in coming in the comments below too, so we can gauge interest.


Glyn Hudson avatar

Great idea, looking forward to attending

Michael Attenborough avatar

I’d be interested in attending.

Gordon@IQaudIO.com avatar

Add me (another Gordon) to the list of those wishing to attend…

Jeremy Winder avatar

If at all possible, please video the sessions. I am currently using the compute module, but I do have an idea for a product that I would like to use it in. It would be awesome for new who pickup projects later to be able to go back and refer to the presentations.

Gordon avatar

In general we’ll make any presentations available but will have to be aware of customer confidentiality… Not sure about videoing the presentations


David avatar

+1 for making the presentations available in some form. Unless you hold it in Munich I won’t be able to attend, and I think that applies to many, many other Pi fans. Except the bit about Munich.

Ioannis avatar

Great Idea,
Just a question
When and where it will take place ?
As also what is the deadline for the presentation submission?

Thank You
Warmest Regards


Gordon avatar

Currently we’re still discussing whether it’ll go ahead (depending on how many people / presentations we get). But I’d guess sometime in the February / March timescale.

Deadlines have not been made up yet, but email me if you’re interested in presenting (just a couple of lines abstract for us to get an idea of the type of people it’ll interest)


Ioannis avatar


What is you email.
Please send it to [email protected]

Warmest Regards

Liz Upton avatar

His email’s in the blog post you’re responding to. ;)

Ioannis avatar


I saw it :-)

[email protected]

as usual the most difficult things to see are on the front of my face

Thank you !!!!!!

Have a nice weekend

meltwater avatar

Superb idea, look forward to seeing materials on this, very interesting.

Unfortunately I’ve not got a good excuse at the moment to go.

Thomas avatar

On a different topic: Could anyone here be so kind and tell me the manufacturer and model of that keyboard in that picture?

It looks cute, nothing else.

Tom avatar

I would also like to know which keyboard is used in that picture.

Liz Upton avatar

I’ve just raided Gordon’s desk: it’s an HP model OHOU.

Shakir avatar

Excellent idea!
Would love to hear about any of the following topics:
– manufacturing experiences using CM
– costs and pricing analysis while using the CM based designs
– experiences using CM for applications in industrial, high vibration and dusty environments
– share information about projects related to using multiple cameras with CM

Warren avatar

This sounds like a great idea and would be helpful to others (like me) in other countries if they could be delivered online too or video’d for later viewing.
I am also wanting to find ways of connecting with developers, I have ideas and some limited development knowledge but I feel limited in who or how I can connect with others to further these.

AndrewS avatar

There’s always http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=98 if you’ve not already seen it.

zoel avatar

amazing, I hope it will be cheap module for global market ;-)

Jim Manley avatar

Something that I’ve wondered about since the inception of this gem is how can a small developer surmount the FCC/CE certification hurdle for a board using the CM? It costs lots of pretty little pennies just for passing that one step, and it can become iterative if you’re not completely lucky the first time. If you’re constrained to a small market, how can that be afforded? Obviously, a lot of Pi plug-on projects (ala shield/Pi plate/etc.) don’t make any mention of it and apparently just hope that no one notices, but … Murphy can be so cruel.

Gordon avatar


James and I will cover EMC testing and how to make sure you don’t get any nasty surprises… In general the answer is ‘do it like we did’!


MIke avatar

Oooh – if you video anything, video this bit please! Not sure I’ll make the conference, but that would answer a good number of my questions.

Alban Rampon avatar

Hi Gordon,
Would you mind telling who you met at ARM about their Connected Community program?

Bruce Naylor avatar

Count us in. Hold it preferably in the UK please.

We had a product design based around the CM for the Print industry, but lack of SMI documentation has put the project on hold until we find a suitable work-around/repacement – would love to come and chat to other CM developers though.


Gordon avatar

This is another point of the conference, for people to turn up and tell us what they need to complete their products…

Please email me for more information concerning documentation



Alan Smith avatar

I would like to come please let me know when & where

Paul Buenger avatar

I have a team that would like to come. But sadly no travel budget.

Exergy Devices avatar

We are definitely interested in attending the symposium – looking forward to more details.

Aqua21 avatar

We would be really keen on attending. Look forward to it.

Jason S avatar

I would like to attend at the very least via a conference bridge. I would like to hear the obstacles others have faced and also learn what to look out for. Also interested in the future of the compute module and if the form factor will stay the same.

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