- Raspberry Pi says it has far exceeded its own expectations by producing and selling more than 10 million units in just four years.
- The organization says it’s now manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the United Kingdom, and exporting Raspberry Pis all over the world.
- Sales of the Raspberry Pi help fund both the organization’s engineering work and educational outreach programs.
The organization’s goal is "to put cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people" in order to encourage their interest in computer science.
There has been much discussion about the tech skills shortage, and how colleges aren’t necessarily the best avenue for preparing students to work in the tech field. The demand for Raspberry Pi proves there is interest in learning tech skills in a hands-on manner. Promoting an early interest in the field can help fill the tech talent vacuum in years to come.
Computer Science have one of the highest earning potentials among 319 college majors recently ranked by PayScale. There are only an estimated 50,000 computer science grads each year, with demand far outpacing supply. The lack of viable talent can often lead to bidding wars, with some companies priced out of hiring necessary tech professionals.