Oracle Corporate Giving: The Raspberry Pi Foundation

Antoine Chaya is a senior manager with an extensive background in information technology and team-building. Since 2006, Antoine Chaya has been a senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle in Redwood Shores, California.

As a worldwide leader in information technology applications, Oracle strives to ensure that children have the technological resources to excel in the computer sciences. To that end, Oracle has been a proud sponsor of the Raspberry Pi Foundation since 2014, providing children with low-cost pocket-sized computers to develop programming skills. Since entering production in 2011, the Raspberry Pi computer has since become one of the fastest-selling personal computers in the United Kingdom, offering a versatile and powerful platform for computer education at an affordable price point starting at $25.

Itself an example of the creative potential of computer technology, the Raspberry Pi computer has given rise to countless innovative applications both inside and outside the classroom. Most notably, the Raspberry Pi community came together this past Pi Day on March 14 to construct various devices, including a portable gaming system for online emulators, a makeshift cellphone, a high-tech mirror with local headlines and weather displays, and even a semi-autonomous quad-copter.

Georgia Tech’s 2015 InVenture Competition Winners

Antoine Chaya is a Silicon Valley-based executive with over a decade of experience in information-technology management. In preparation for his career with Oracle, Antoine Chaya completed his graduate and doctoral degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

As home to several of the top-ranked MBA programs in the nation, the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business encourages innovation through a number of unique programs, not the least of which is the largest undergraduate invention contest in the nation. Since its inception in 2009, the annual InVenture Prize Competition has been a major platform for student inventors from all backgrounds, providing them with cash prizes and access to Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint startup engineering program.

For 2015, the first-place prize of $20,000 went to the makers of FlameTech Grill Defender, a safety device designed to alert operators when gas levels reach an unsafe threshold. The second-place prize of $10,000 went to Oculostaple, a medical device to improve treatment outcomes for drooping eyelids, and the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 was won by Haplit, an interactive learning device designed around the Braille writing system.