Each week, as we get to know our community and the broader IoT movement, we’re fortunate to connect with some remarkable individuals and organizations. In our “Makerspace Profile” series, we interview makerspace founders to learn more about the maker movement around the world.
In this profile, you’ll meet Singapore Raspberry Pi Group based in Singapore.
How did Singapore Raspberry Pi Group start?
The group was formed early in March 2014 with the intention of creating a group that helped non-Raspberry Pi users to learn all the benefits and features of the Pi. There are no restrictions for joining the group so we have participants from all walks of life with technical and non-technical backgrounds. The group started off with 30 ppl, but now has developed into a meetup of 140 members. Our target is to reach 200 by August 2015.
What was the initial response to the Singapore Raspberry Pi Group like?
We held our first meetup in August 2014. Around 40 people showed up and it was a hang out session. Second session was more exciting, we partnered with element14 with the theme (Hardware is the new software baby!) and had a turn-out of 60 ppl. Element14 was gracious enough to provide vouchers for the participants too. As it is, we are also partners with Plug-in@blk 71 , which is a hotbed space run by the National University of Singapore, so we get lots of fun and hungry – for knowledge and not literally 😉 – people come to our events.
What does “hacking” mean to you and your community?
Our meetup is not “Hacking” directed, we love humour and bombastic ideas and usually members within the community share what they have done and learnt from the Pi and their project.
What projects are people working on?
Projects are both hardware and software based, so really diverse set of projects we get. But I can admit that projects are more hardware connected with lots of data collection from sensors and so on.
What are your future plans?
The future of this group is to build a base of Pi developers that can help new-born Pi users and really to get Singaporeans up and working on their own Pi initiated projects. Our next meetup is tentatively in Feb 2015.