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Who we are

Inspire every child to create their best digital future

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation founded in the UK in 2016, with the aim of inspiring every child to create their best digital future.

We do this by:

  • developing hardware and software that inspires young people to get excited about technology and the opportunities it presents for them
  • creating free, user-friendly educational resources to support teachers in delivering engaging and creative lessons
  • working with like-minded partners to deliver high-impact educational programmes across the globe.
Four children wearing micro:bit step counters and activity monitors

Our history

The micro:bit was originally created by the BBC in collaboration with 29 other leaders in business and academia as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative. This major UK-wide project launched in 2014 with a focus on creating the next generation of digital innovators.


From early 2016, up to 1 million micro:bits were distributed to Year 7 students (or equivalent, aged 11-12), non-formal education settings and libraries across the UK in a project led by BBC Education. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the impact continues to this day.


The Micro:bit Educational Foundation was created from the original BBC project in October 2016. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for maximising opportunities for students around the world to learn with the micro:bit.


You can read more about the origins of the micro:bit and milestones in our story here.

Our mission

Inspiring children
Inspiring children

We enable and inspire all children to participate in the digital world, with particular focus on girls and those from disadvantaged groups

Making easy & effective learning
Making easy & effective learning

We make micro:bit the easiest and most effective learning tool for digital skills and creativity

Collaborating with educators
Collaborating with educators

We work in collaboration with educators to create and curate exceptional curriculum materials, training programmes and resources

Support communities of educators and partners
Support communities of educators and partners

We build and support communities of educators and partners to remove the barriers to learning digital skills

Our values

These are the values that inform everything we do. They enable us, as a small organisation, to do amazing things and have more impact by creating partnerships all over the world:

Trust

Trust

Partnership

Partnership

Simplicity

Simplicity

Passion

Passion

Our partners

Founding Partners

We are grateful for the long-standing support of our Founding Partners, who have been with us since the very early days and continue to play an integral role in our work.

Arm

BBC

British Council

IET

Lancaster University

Microsoft

Nominet

Partners

With thanks to the following organisations who have made major contributions to our work:

Infosys Foundation USA

Lenovo Foundation

World's Largest Lesson

Community Partners

We work in close collaboration with Community Partners who deliver programmes focused on digital learning and creativity internationally. These include:

Global

  • Python Software Foundation

Asia & Pacific

  • Centum Charitas Foundation

  • Infocomm Media Development Authority

  • MDEC

  • Smilegate Foundation

  • Tencent

  • code.org.ja

Europe

  • CS Inc

  • Camara Education Ireland

  • Central South Consortium / Consortiwm Canolbarth y De

  • Computing At School (CAS)

  • DR

  • Digital Xtra Fund

  • EU Code Week / European Schoolnet

  • Education Scotland (DigiLearn Scot)

  • Girl Guiding Northwest

  • IRIM

  • Kompuiterikui Fondas

  • Leeds Museums, Galleries and Libraries

  • Libraries NI

  • Microsoft Ireland (DreamSpace)

  • National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE)

  • Scottish Libraries Information Council (SLIC)

  • Scouts

  • Slovak Python User Group

  • Teknisk Museum

  • Ulster University

North America

  • AVID

  • BootUp PD

  • Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

  • Georgia Tech College of Computing

  • GirlStart

  • Kids Code Jeunesse

  • Silicon Valley Education Foundation

  • Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

Latin America

  • Plan Ceibal

  • Programa Inova Educação - Secretary of Education of São Paulo State

  • Scratch al Sur

  • Sesi, São Paulo

Board

Stephen Pattison

Stephen has been the Foundation's Chairman since 2017, but has been involved in the micro:bit project since its early days as VP Public Affairs at Arm. Stephen's varied career has included him working as a British diplomat in the UK and overseas, Head of International Business Development for Dyson, and CEO of the International Chamber of Commerce (UK).

Dr Ambily Banerjee

Ambily is a Director in Global Regulatory Affairs for GSK and joined the Foundation board in 2021. Following her PhD in Molecular Biology, Ambily worked in academia before moving to the pharmaceutical industry in 2007. She is an active advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and is a board member for Slough Council for Voluntary Services.

Cerys Griffiths

Cerys jointly led the original BBC micro:bit project and has been a board member since 2018. A former journalist and editor, Cerys currently works as Head of Content Production for BBC Education. She also has overall editorial responsibility for Tiny Happy People, the BBC’s early years language and communication initiative.

Adam Leach

Adam is the Chief Information Officer at Nominet and has been a Foundation board member since 2016. Adam has a background in software engineering and was the technical lead for the world’s first smartphone, the Nokia Communicator. He has previously worked for Ovum and Vodafone, where he defined its software strategy for smartphones.

Michelle Richmond

Michelle is the Director of IET's Membership & Professional Development Directorate and has been a Foundation board member since 2016. Having previously worked as Chartered Engineer, Michelle was "Young Woman Engineer of the Year" in 1990 and awarded an MBE for services to engineering in 2019.

Gareth Stockdale

Gareth has been a board director since 2016 and was appointed CEO in January 2018. As Head of Operations for BBC Education, Gareth was the joint project lead for the micro:bit project and led the process which culminated in the formation of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. Prior to this, Gareth worked for Twofour, using digital media to enhance education and training.

Meet the team

Gareth Stockdale

CEO

Jonny Austin

CTO

Magda Wood

Chief of Learning

Emma Mumford

Operations Director

Giles Booth

Educational Content Manager

Chloe Browitt

Head of Fundraising

Waris Candra

Head of Asia

Aimée Fagan

Head of Partnerships EMEA

Professor Joe Finney

Device Software Lead

Sara Hata

Community Lead – Japan

Katie Henry

Head of Partnerships, North America

Matt Hillsdon

Web Technology Lead

Jo Inglis

Producer

Sam Kent

Graduate Software Engineer

Rachel Lancaster

Head of Global Channels

Stephanie Lucas

Event Coordinator

Pauline Marshall

Project Manager

Carlos Pereira Atencio

Software Engineer

Bisi Safo-Antwi

Administrator

Jose Scodiero

Latin America (Brazil)

Emma Smart

Communities Officer

Anna Smirnova

Education Production Assistant

Roz Sutton

Project Manager

Mark Williams

Tech Support Engineer

Work for us

We are a small but ambitious team who are passionate about education and the part technology can play in children's learning.

We're also a global team, many of us work remotely and we collaborate online with colleagues located across many time zones. The Foundation is an incredibly busy but rewarding place to work.

Please read our Privacy policy and our Hiring policy before applying.

Current vacancies

Contact us

Support and feedback

The best way to contact us to get help using your micro:bit device is by searching our support site or raising a support ticket - these are answered by real human beings in our team who have a vast amount of knowledge and experience of the micro:bit.

General enquiries and press

Email us at info@microbit.org

Registered address

Please note that as an organisation with team members working remotely all over the globe, we encourage contact by email to discuss any delivery options.

Micro:bit Educational Foundation
12 New Fetter Lane
London, EC4A 1JP
United Kingdom