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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

David Braben – founder of Frontier Developments and the Raspberry PI Foundation – is the first confirmed speaker for the new Develop Visionaries track at this summer’s Develop in Brighton conference, which takes place from 10-12 July 2012 at the city’s Hilton Metropole Hotel.

Braben will present Raspberry Pi to the games development community for the very first time. Raspberry Pi is a $25 credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV and keyboard through HDMI and USB connectors. Designed by the foundation to introduce a whole new generation of kids to computer programming and to give a leg up to bedroom coders, Raspberry Pi was launched, and promptly sold out, at the end of February. Distributors are now waiting for the second batch.

Braben’s presentation - ‘Raspberry Pi – the story so far’ – will reveal how programming the Pi is working out in practice, what the uber-cheap hardware is really capable of and what coders have done with it so far. Delegates will learn how they can get involved and be given a sneak preview of the next piece of Pi.

“We’re very excited to announce David Braben as our first Develop Visionaries speaker,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of Develop in Brighton organiser Tandem Events.

“From social games and mobile apps to motion-controlled consoles and virtual goods sold in virtual worlds – all the big business trends in games began years ago with a bright idea from the fringe. Through Develop Visionaries, we're dedicated to finding the kind of people who have these sorts of ideas, and sharing their ideas with Develop’s delegates.”

Develop in Brighton runs across three days:

Tuesday 10 July     Evolve Conference

Wednesday 11- Thursday 12 July     Develop Conference, Develop Expo, Indie Showcase and Education track

Thursday 12 July     Indie Dev Day and Audio track

The first ever Develop in Brighton super early bird rate, which can save delegates up to £160, ends today, Monday 30 April 2012.

Notes to editors:

About the Develop Conference:

The seventh Develop Conference will take place at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton, UK, from 10 - 12 July 2012. Last year’s event attracted 1,559 game developers from over 20 different territories. The event is now firmly established as the leading conference in Europe for games developers. Tracks include: Art, Audio, Business, Coding, Design, Education, Evolve, Production and The Den.

Evolve focuses on how to develop games for new and emerging platforms, new technologies and new markets like social and casual gaming. It opens on Tuesday 10 July.

Indie Dev Day the new day-long conference and networking event running alongside Develop is designed for established independent studios, new start-ups, wannabe indies, freelance developers and students. The sessions will complement the Indie Dev Showcase: a dedicated area within the Develop Expo (11 - 12 July) featuring some of the exciting and new indie projects currently under development.

About Tandem Events:

Tandem Events has over 25 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors, including Develop and Evolve in Brighton, Evolve in London, Develop in Liverpool, GamesDevMasterClasses, Games:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads.