About me

Nazarko Sam

Sam Nazarko

Name:Sam Nazarko
Date of birth:03/02/1994
Address:London, UK
I'm a 21 year old recent graduate from King's College London. I'm the CTO of HearToday and CEO of OSMC and Statefully in the day -- and an open source developer at night.


06.2014 - present


CEO and Founder

As the CEO and project lead of OSMC, I oversee development and provide technical guidance, leading a multi-disciplined team of developers.

I also manage the trading side of the project which ensures that OSMC has sufficient resources for the forseeable future and can remain a sustainable open source project.

OSMC is just shy of 750,000 users as of November 2015. It has been featured in Wall Street Journal, New York Times and a multitude of other journals. Its predecessor Raspbmc has been used in hotels and airports around the globe.

12.2013 - present



Originally started working on the development of a classroom hearing aid device to provide speech enhancement technology for children suffering from hearing loss in less developed countries.

On the software side, I developed embedded software which regularly tested a child’s hearing and delivered real time speech enhancement based on adaptive digital signal processing based on their hearing profile. Testing was conduced in adherence to the British Audiological Society’s specification. On the hardware side, my role involved identifying and advising on affordable and compatible components for the HearToday device.

In 2015, I was promoted to Chief Technical Officer. The HearToday project is now emerging in to new markets. We are working on providing a web based platform to store medical data confidentially and HearToday’s classroom hearing device is a reference implementation showcasing this platform.



Statefully is a new approach to cloud provisioning that helps corporations avoid expensive vendor lock in. The Statefully project allows for consistent, scalable deployment in a reactionary manner. Cloud hosting providers often offer customers with provisioning tools but never offer an open, portable standard.

Statefully caters to both enthusiasts and the B2B market with its unique template system which can be deployed on any standard server (dedicated or virtual) with live migration capabilities to avoid downtime.

Statefully will be available for public testing in 2016.


Computer Science BSc

King’s College London. 2012-2015

OSMC Stable Release (Raspberry Pi)

2015 07.
Liz Upton

We first met Sam Nazarko early in 2012 when he was still at school, in the sixth form. He’d been working on a packaged version of XBMC, the open-source media player, specifically built for the Raspberry Pi. He called it Raspbmc: he’d created a way to boot your Raspberry Pi straight into a really slick media player.

Read more

A Tiny Computer Attracts… (New York Times)

2013 01.
John Biggs

Truly adventurous Raspberry Pi fans can even turn the product into a small home media center. Because the Pi has a powerful graphics chip on board, users have been able to stream video and photos to their big-screen TVs using little more than a Pi and a Linux program like RaspbMC at www.raspbmc.com. This fully-featured media center lets you stream video from a hard drive on the network and supports AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary video and audio streaming system.

Raspbmc was OSMC’s predecessor. At peak popularity, it amassed 300,000 regular users.

Read more

Raspberry Pi 2 Review… (Wall Street Journal)

2015 02.
Joanna Stern

But the Pi doesn’t have to live on your desk. I turned the little box into an alternative to an Apple TV or Roku with the help of Sam Nazarko, who developed OSMC, media-center software specifically for the Pi when he was in high school.

Read more

AirPlaying music and… (Ars Technica)

2013 04.
Jon Brodkin

The best part is I didn’t have to do anything other than follow instructions. All the heavy lifting was taken care of by the creator of Raspbmc (a 19-year-old student, believe it or not), and the developers of XBMC, the popular home media software on which it’s based. XBMC developers reverse-engineered the AirPlay protocol to let it work on non-Apple devices.

Read more

Let's keep in touch