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MicroPython: a journey from Kickstarter to Space

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MicroPython is a lean and efficient reimplementation of Python 3 with a
reduced standard library, and brings the awesomeness of Python to computing
devices with few resources, such as microcontrollers. In this talk I will
detail my journey in building MicroPython and the various projects that it
has been used in and the people who are using it. I will talk about running
a successful Kickstarter campaign (actually two of them!), circuit board
manufacturing, working with the European Space Agency, working with the BBC
on the micro:bit project, and the challenges of managing and funding
open-source software. There will also be some live demos!

Damien George

Damien has a background in theoretical physics, robotics and computer
engineering, and loves to program and build things. He is the creator
of MicroPython and ran two very fruitful Kickstarter campaigns to
build a community around this microcontroller language. He has built a
successful company based on MicroPython and the pyboard, brought it to
makers, teachers and industry developers around the world, worked with
the BBC on the micro:bit project, and embarked on projects with the
European Space Agency to bring MicroPython into space. Damien now
works full time improving and maintaining the MicroPython ecosystem.