Back in 2000, Jason Long, P. Eng, then an electrical engineering student at the University of Calgary, underwent an epiphany. He’d just been handed an 8-bit microcontroller by a fellow member of an electronics club––one which been set up by the students themselves to provide some practical experience in electronics––and was shown the basics of its operation.
“Although I was in my third year at university, until that moment I had little idea of what I wanted to do,” recounts Long. “But after I’d played around with the chip I realized it was exactly what I was looking for. That formed the basis of my passion for the next decade.”