Mission statement

Raspberry Pi was developed to get children into programming, PiFace continues this mission with the added goal of getting children excited about electronics and connecting their projects to the outside world.

History of PiFace

PiFace started life as a light bulb moment of Dr. Andrew Robinson to make it easier to connect the Raspberry Pi with the physical world.

Meet the team

Dr. Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson is passionate about education and runs workshops and training sessions for all levels of experience, from design engineers to teachers and school children. His projects with Raspberry Pi have appeared in the national press and on ITV, Channel 5 and BBC television.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Manchester, where previously he completed his PhD in low power embedded processors.

Andrew can trace his enthusiasm for electronics and computers back to building a working model lighthouse aged 5.

Andrew's book, Raspberry Pi Projects book published by Wiley is packed full of fun projects to make with a Raspberry Pi.

Thomas Preston

Thomas first realised he was interested in electronics when he started pulling apart expensive toys to see how they work. He also became interested in developing open-source software after feeling bad for freeloading for so many years. Now he combines the two and helps people program the Raspberry Pi.

Thomas Macpherson-Pope

Thomas enjoys developing projects for the PiFace range and has a keen interest in education. He plays with laser cutters and 3D printers in his spare time. After having been an avid Arduino enthusiast, he was online at 4am trying to get one of the first Raspberry Pis, though he sadly missed out on the first batch.


Steve is PiFace's unofficial mascot and has been used in many PiFace demonstrations, most notably as the 'Twittering Chicken' where he would read out tweets, impressing audiences and scaring children. He has also appeared on national TV, cautioning dieters to stay away from their sweets cupboard. Steve is a robot chicken.