Tucked away in the undergrowth of the semi-rural suburbs, just outside a small town called Leyland, is Monk Makes HQ. Inside, many wondrous things are made, with wires and circuitboards and imagination. But it hasn’t always been this way.
Simon Monk has always had a passion for fiendish gadgetry and electronic experiments. In 1991, he graduated from Lancaster University with a doctorate in Software Engineering, and went on to co-found a software development firm based in Manchester. Yet the call of emerging technologies in Open Source hardware harkened him back to his youth, and so in 2010 he found himself writing his first commercial book, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius. His success opened a doorway for him to go on to write even bigger and better works, and now Simon is the proud author of over 15 different self-help books on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone, including the best-sellers Programming Arduino and The Raspberry Pi Cookbook.
Yet something was still missing. Fans of Simon’s books used to have a difficult time gathering all the various parts to get started with the exciting hardware that Simon wrote about in his books. That’s when Simon had another bright idea. With the help of his partner-in-crime Linda Taylor, they started developing the kits themselves designed with customers in mind, and thus Monk Makes was born.
Now, Simon and Linda find themselves travelling the world talking about the future of Open Source programming, attending conferences in Edinburgh, Mexico City and San Francisco, with plenty more lined up. They have also helped bring programming into local schools to help people of all ages discover their inner genius.
Oh, and they’re also very much in love, which is handy. Simon and Linda are soon to be married, and can’t wait to continue taking over the world together, one happy customer at a time.