Brennen Bearnes

My name is Brennen. I make software. From 2007 to 2014, I worked at SparkFun Electronics, an online electronics retailer which has helped to redefine the hobby electronics market, technology education, and open source hardware. Between 2014 and early 2019, I worked for Adafruit Industries in multiple roles, and did a stint as a technical writer for DigitalOcean. At Adafruit I wrote customer-facing educational materials, worked on the in-house webdev team, and eventually landed as a Creative Engineer with a focus on the Raspberry Pi, CircuitPython, and adjacent projects.

At this writing, I’m a member of the Release Engineering team at the Wikimedia Foundation.

In the rest of my time, I write — about culture, the landscape, and technology. I travel, often to concerts and festivals. Sometimes I take pictures. I build things, ride my bike, and spend a lot of time in tents.


Software Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation (Remote)

February 2019–Present

Contract Work (Remote)

December 2014–January 2019

Technical Writer, DigitalOcean (Remote)

October 2015–June 2016

Lead Developer, SparkFun Electronics

November 2007–November 2014

Content Expert / Developer, Home & Abroad

May 2006–August 2007

Shipping & Receiving, Sun Microsystems

September 2005–January 2006

Acquisitions Assistant, University of Nebraska Press

Fall 2004

Ongoing Projects


University of Nebraska-Lincoln