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2014 Events

Jul 9, 2014
Special Events
Fearless Genius Exhibit Opening Party
Invite Only Event

The Computer History Museum invites our special guests to the opening of Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985–2000. The evening will include food, wine, and great conversation. Please join us to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit.

Jul 9, 2014
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Fearless Genius by Doug Menuez

Fearless Genius by Doug Menuez
Award-winning photographer Doug Menuez documented the leading innovators of California’s Silicon Valley during the digital revolution as they invented the technology that would change our world forever. Menuez's project, Fearless Genius, began in 1985 with Steve Jobs as Jobs was starting over after losing a boardroom battle and leaving Apple.

Jun 11, 2014
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar in Conversation with The New York Times' John Markoff

Tonight Dr. Arati Prabhakar will join John Markoff for a conversation about her remarkable career, the Agency's history and impact, initiatives, and new breakthrough technologies like self-destructible computer chips. We will also learn more about her vision for DARPA's future and ways to keep the engine of innovation running in the face of fiscal constraints and other threats.

May 31 - Jun 1, 2014
Special Events
Community Event
Mountain View Community Weekend at the Computer History Museum!
Featuring our new exhibit: Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles

The Computer History Museum invites Mountain View residents and their families and friends to be our special guests and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Museum.

May 9, 2014
Special Events
Member Only Event
Member Preview of New Exhibit: Where to? A History of Autonomous Vehicles

We invite you and a guest to an exclusive member reception and debut of the Computer History Museum's latest visitor experience, Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles on Friday, May 9 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The morning will include a light brunch, mingling and a viewing of the new exhibit before it opens to the public.

May 8, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Creativity, Inc: Author Ed Catmull in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar

Creativity, Inc: Author Ed Catmull in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Ed Catmull, a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, joins John Hollar for a conversation about how to build a sustained creative culture, nurturing both the technical and artistic "poles of creativity."

Apr 10, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Game Changers: Sony Computer Entertainment's Shuhei Yoshida in Conversation with Mark Cerny

Game Changers: Sony Computer Entertainment's Shuhei Yoshida in Conversation with Mark Cerny
Shuhei Yoshida is President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). He has been with SCE since its inception and has been an integral part of the development of the PlayStation® family. Yoshida has overseen several successful product launches and was responsible for creating SCE's internal product development team. He was an executive producer for Gran Turismo™, and produced ICO, Ape Escape™, and The Legend of Dragoon®, among other popular titles.

Mar 27, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
The Art & Technology of Cirque du Soleil

The Art & Technology of Cirque du Soleil
From its beginnings 30 years ago as a group of 20 street performers, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 countries. It has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in more than 40 countries on 6 continents.

Mar 12, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaries:
Technion's President Peretz Lavie in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology was founded in 1912 in Haifa and is the oldest university in Israel and the Middle East. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, as well as related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management, and education.

Mar 4, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaries:
MLB Advanced Media's Robert A. Bowman in Conversation with Museum President & CEO John Hollar

Bob Bowman serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Advanced Media, a position he has held since 2000.

Following Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig’s recommendation in January 2000, professional baseball owners voted to centralize their collective internet and interactive media operations under one roof by building a technology company – MLBAM. Over its first 13 years guided by Bowman and his team, MLBAM’s developmental evolution and work in the interactive space has not only made it a model for building a successful and sustainable 21st Century digital media operation, but ultimately may define it as one of the great American business success stories.

Mar 3, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaries:
The New Digital Age: Authors Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen in Conversation with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg

In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected — a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and harness.

Feb 20, 2014
Special Events
NextGen Advisory Board Presents
Ninja Innovation and Startup Culture

Fresh from his command performance at CES 2014, Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro joins moderator and tech evangelist Robert Scoble in a wide-ranging conversation about Gary’s New York Times bestseller, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses.

Ninja Innovator [ˈninjə ˈinəˌvātər] noun
Leaders who exhibit the traits of ancient Japanese warriors: they are disciplined, determined and passionate, and willing...

Feb 18, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Cisco's Padmasree Warrior in Conversation with NPR's Laura Sydell

Padmasree Warrior is a true revolutionary. As a young woman she came to the U.S. to pursue her masters degree in chemical engineering at Cornell University with $100 in her pocket and a one-way plane ticket. Just over twenty years later, she’s one of Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women,” and Cisco CEO John Chambers says she’s among those at the top of the list to succeed him.

Feb 13, 2014
Special Events
How Do We Continue to Power Modern Civilization Without Destroying It? A Film Screening of Pandora's Promise

From time to time, the Computer History Musuem joins with partners from around the country to bring programming of special interest to our broad audiences. We are pleased to invite you to just such a program: a screening of Pandora’s Promise, an award-winning documentary by Academy Award® nominee Robert Stone. The film is presented in partnership with GW & Wade, LLC.

Please note that you’re also...

Feb 6, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Regis McKenna in Conversation with John Markoff

Regis McKenna founded his own high tech marketing firm, Regis McKenna, Inc., in Silicon Valley in 1970 after working in the marketing departments of two early semiconductor pioneering companies. Over the past 30 years, his firm evolved from one focused on high tech start ups to a broad based marketing strategy firm servicing international clients in many different industries and countries. McKenna retired from consulting in 2000 and is concentrating his efforts on high tech entrepreneurial seed-ventures.

Jan 9, 2014
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum and Commonwealth Club of SF Present
Telecommunications Policy: Remarks by new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama, will appear for the first time in Silicon Valley to deliver remarks on his vision for national telecommunications policy. Wheeler became the 31st Chairman of the FCC on November 4.

For more than three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution...

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2013 Events

Dec 14, 2013
Education Event
Education Event
The Hour of Code!

Code for an Hour!
This year, on December 14, we will participate in The Hour of Code, a national campaign sponsored by code.org, which will introduce the creativity, excitement, and fun of computer programming for everyone. From 10am to 4pm, visitors will be able to try their hand at a variety of self-guided tutorials that can be done on any device by anybody, from students to seniors. No experience necessary!

Dec 11, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
OSTP's Director John P. Holdren with John Markoff of The New York Times

OSTP's Director John P. Holdren with John Markoff of The New York Times
This event is part of the Museum's Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling, educational conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences gain insight into the remarkable process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Dec 9, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Technology Legend: Honoring Douglas Engelbart

Honoring Douglas Engelbart
Join us for an evening of celebrating his achievements, and of challenging some of today’s pivotal leaders to think about how his unfinished revolution may be useful going forward.

Dec 7, 2013
Special Events
Members Only Event
Member Appreciation Day

As a special thank you to our loyal members, the Computer History Museum is hosting its Annual Member Day celebration! Friends unite for a one-stop shopping experience in our Museum Store, and what better timing than right before the holidays. Find favorite gadgets, hundreds of books, geeky apparel, unique jewelry, games and receive 25% off everything. The day will also include...

--Unlimited guests! Members can...

Nov 20, 2013
Special Events
Members Only Event
IBM 1401 Demo Lab: Member Preview

Please join us for a special celebration of the Computer History Museum’s latest visitor experience: IBM 1401 Demo Lab. This invitation is for Museum members and their guests to join us on Wednesday, November 20, for a reception and private demonstration as we open the IBM 1401 Demo Lab.

The IBM 1401 Demo Lab represents a new era in the Museum’s continued growth. Through generous...

Nov 18, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects: Author Richard Kurin in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects: Author Richard Kurin in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Please join Museum CEO John Hollar as he moderates a conversation with Dr. Kurin about the genesis of the book and the journey he took in pulling it together, and the surprises he encountered along the way.

Oct 27, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
A Special Screening of 10x10's Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World

The Computer History Museum is proud to host this special screening of Girl Rising. Intel Corporation is the film’s Strategic Action Partner, and Intel’s Vice President and CMO, Deborah Conrad, will introduce the film. Following the screening, Museum CEO John Hollar will have a conversation about making the film with its Senior Producer and Creative Director, Martha Adams.

Oct 25, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Deus Ex Machina
IBM Fellow Grady Booch on Computing: The Human Experience

This presentation is the next in our series for Computing: The Human Experience. No matter your individual position on the matter, it is a reality that faith is a powerful element of the human experience, and so it comes as no surprise that computing intersects with the story of belief in many profound ways. In this lecture, we will examine several of these stories, leading to an understanding in how different faith traditions have reacted to and in some ways contributed to the advance of computing. From Pope Benedict’s blessing via Twitter to the growth of the Digital Sabbath movement, from the technology-driven exegesis of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the rise of the virtual church, computing has impacted the ways we believe and the means by which some make their faith manifest.

Oct 23, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Game Changers: Trip Hawkins with the New York Times' John Markoff

Game Changers: Trip Hawkins with the New York Times' John Markoff
This event is part of the Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Oct 8, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
An Evening with Intel's Justin Rattner

An Evening with Intel's Justin Rattner
This event is part of the Computer History Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Aug 27, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
America's Cup Comes to San Francisco: Technology Under Sail

America's Cup Comes to San Francisco: Technology Under Sail
This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Aug 8, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
An Evening with Qualcomm's Dr. Paul E. Jacobs

An Evening with Qualcomm's Dr. Paul E. Jacobs
This event is part of the Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Jul 16, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
The Totalisator - An Algorithm that Led to an Industry

Before the advent of computers, special-purpose hardware was used to solve computational problems. For the pari-mutuel system of gambling the main problem was keeping accurate totals of the bets placed on each horse in a race, and the grand total of all bets, in the frenzied half hour before the race, when, at the larger racecourses, tens of thousands of bets would be placed...

Jun 11, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
An Evening with IBM Research's Dr. John Kelly

Revolutionaries is the Museum's acclaimed speaker series distributed throughout the world on multiple platforms. It features renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling, educational conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences gain insight into the remarkable process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Tonight’s event is another in our series celebrating innovation at our research labs. Please join us.

May 22, 2013
Speaker Series
Ethernet Innovation Summit Day Conference
Inspired by 40 Years of Ethernet Innovation

Ethernet Innovation Summit: Inspired by 40 Years of Ethernet Innovation
May 22nd 1973 was the day the Ethernet concept was first outlined in a memo from the young Bob Metcalfe at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and, forty years on, this key moment in the history of human communications is being celebrated in the form of a two day Ethernet Innovation Summit looking at past, present and future innovations in networking. Tickets: $375 per person.

May 22, 2013
Speaker Series
Ethernet 40th Birthday Party Celebrations
Ethernet Innovation Summit Evening

Ethernet 40th Birthday Party Celebrations and Charity Auction Awards Dinner (May 22nd - Evening):

“Ethernet Idol” Innovation Awards: From a short list of the industry’s most innovative and dynamic contenders, a team of analysts and IT industry gurus have eliminated all but their top three contestants. The three finalists will each make a brief presentation to the assembled dinner guests before a select panel of...

May 15, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Chroniclers of Technology: An Evening with David Kirkpatrick, Steven Levy & John Markoff

Chroniclers of Technology: An Evening with David Kirkpatrick, Steven Levy & John Markoff
Kirkpatrick, Levy and Markoff will take the stage with moderator John Hollar, to tell their personal versions of history gleaned from three decades covering one of the most riveting journalism beats on the planet.

May 8, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Author Sheryl Sandberg in Conversation with Google's Eric Schmidt

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.
This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Apr 29, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
The Martian's Daughter: A Memoir. Author Marina von Neumann Whitman in conversation with John Hollar

The Martian's Daughter: A Memoir.  Author Marina von Neumann Whitman in conversation with John Hollar
Join Museum CEO John Hollar as he moderates a conversation with Whitman about her life with her father and her remarkable rise to become the first or highest-ranking woman in a variety of areas he unfortunately did not live to see.

Apr 20, 2013
Special Events
CHM Presents
Hack the Future

Hack the Future is an all-day party / hackathon to show you what it's like to be a hacker and see if it's for you. We won't tell you what to do. You'll be free to work on whatever you want. We'll try to keep you from getting stuck, and we'll give you a place to start (if you want one). This is a unique opportunity to learn the state of the art in software and hardware design and engineering from mentors in Bay Area startups and companies like Facebook and Microsoft.

Apr 17, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Innovating the Future: SRI's Curt Carlson and Bill Mark in Conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times

Innovating the Future: SRI's Curt Carlson and Bill Mark in Conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times
This event is part of the Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Mar 14, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America Author Ernest Freeberg in conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar

Author Ernest Freeberg in conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Please join us as we welcome Ernest Freeberg, the distinguished professor and historian, for a conversation with John Hollar about the technological revolution Edison’s light bulb unleashed.

Mar 11, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
“I Think, Therefore I Am”

IBM Fellow Grady Booch on Computing: The Human Experience

In this lecture, IBM Fellow Grady Booch explores the development of intelligent computers as projections of what we both dream and what we fear. We examine what it means to be intelligent, and take a journey through past and future approaches to building sentient software-intensive systems. Some such as Minsky believe the mind to be computable; others such as Penrose do not. In the end, we are compelled to consider the question of what it means to be human: producing even the illusion of the mind raises profound questions as to their personhood and our relationship to these machines.

Feb 19, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government
Author Gavin Newsom in Conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny

Citizenville:  How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government
Revolutionaries is the Museum’s acclaimed speaker series distributed throughout the world on multiple platforms. It features renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling, educational conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences gain insight into the remarkable process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Jan 29, 2013
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Author David Alan Grier on The Company We Keep

Following up on 2009’s Too Soon to Tell, The Company We Keep is a second compilation of essays based on and growing out of “The Known World” column in Computer magazine. Like the original column, this collection explores the human side of how technology is developed, deployed, and used.

Jan 22, 2013
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
An Evening with Elon Musk

An Evening with Elon Musk
Join Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues for a lively conversation with Elon Musk about what inspired his entrepreneurial journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley; the lessons he learned at PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity; and how he manages to lead two ground-breaking companies simultaneously. Why does he believe that electric cars are a vital component in the move away from oil to a more sustainable energy economy? And what is behind his fascination with creating a multiplanetary future for mankind, including a self-sustaining base on Mars?

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2012 Events

Nov 14, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
An Evening with Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

An Evening with Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
This event is part of the Computer History Museum’s acclaimed speaker series Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling and educational conversations about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Nov 7, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Game Changers: Mark Cerny with EA's Rich Hilleman

Game Changers: Mark Cerny with EA's Rich Hilleman
This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Nov 1, 2012
Special Events
25th Anniversary Panel Discussion and Luncheon
SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future
Presented by the Computer History Museum Semiconductor Special Interest Group

This panel will discuss the origins and evolution of the SPARC processor on its 25th anniversary. When a small startup -- Sun Microsystems -- decided to develop their own microprocessor in the mid 1980's, it chose a Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) architecture. The 1987 debut of the Sun-4, the first SPARC based computer, ignited meteoric growth at Sun and ultimately transformed the industry. The panelists will recollect the technical and business challenges of this revolutionary path, the risks and rewards of the development of multiple generations of increasingly complex chips, and the critical role of software. The panel will also address the current state of the market, and speculate on future challenges and opportunities.

Oct 27, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM, Big Picture Science and Bay Area Science Festival Present
Doomsday Show

Join us for a live production of the Big Picture Science podcast and radio show as scientists separate fact from fiction in end-of-world scenarios. From hoopla over the 2012 doomsday prophesy to asteroid strikes, computer sentience, and climate change, we’ll interview top scientists on stage about the spectacular predictions about the end of the world as well as scientific theories about how it might end.

Oct 16, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Microsoft Research's Rick Rashid in Conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times

This is another event in a series designed to give our audiences unique insight into the remarkable work being done in research labs around the world – a celebration of innovation. The Museum is most grateful to John Markoff for offering to participate in many of these conversations.

Sep 13, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
The Financial Times and CHM Present: The Anthropology of Innovation

This event is part of the Computer History Museum's acclaimed speaker series Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling and educational conversations about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Aug 20, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents:
Data Storage in the Flash Memory Revolution

Please join us as we welcome physicist, inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Eli Harari. He will be interviewed about his life’s journey from Israel to the UK, and then coming to America to study at Princeton and work in Silicon Valley. This journey culminated in the inventions that led to the use of Flash Memory for data storage, an essential component of every significant...

Aug 8, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
The Art & Technology Behind Google Doodles

The Art & Technology Behind Google Doodles
Tonight we will meet members of the doodle team and get a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process. They will discuss how technology’s evolution has enabled them to create more beautiful and highly interactive doodles, and the challenge that brings to the technical members of the team. We will also find out about possible risks and rewards involved when one’s "canvas" is viewed by millions worldwide.

Jul 31, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success. Author Ken Segall in conversation with TIME's Harry McCracken

Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success
Many people consider Apple the most powerful brand in the world – an accolade that’s hard to dispute when its product line includes iPad, iPod, iPhone, iMac and MacBook Air. Companies all over the world try to emulate Apple’s creative genius and groundbreaking marketing. But what is the real secret to Apple’s success? According to Ken Segall, the man who put the...

Jul 24, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
DARPA's Dan Kaufman in Conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times

This event is part of our 2012 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum's permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Jun 27, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Transforming Music: From Guitar Hero to Robotic Opera & Beyond

Transforming Music: From Guitar Hero to Robotic Opera & Beyond
Join us for an evening with musician, inventor and educator Tod Machover, the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music & Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he directs the Opera of the Future Group. An influential composer, he has been praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries; his music has been performed and commissioned by some of the world’s most important performers and ensembles. He has also created the technologies behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Jun 18, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Driving Innovation: Detroit Comes to Silicon Valley - An Evening with Bill Ford

Driving Innovation: Detroit Comes to Silicon Valley -- An Evening with Bill Ford
We look forward to welcoming Bill Ford to the Computer History Museum for a conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar about Ford's dedication to mobility, his lifelong dedication to sustainability, and Ford's evolution from a car company into a 21st century experience company.

Jun 12, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Doing Well by Doing Good: A Conversation with Matthew Flannery and John Wood, moderated by KQED’s Dave Iverson

Doing Well by Doing Good:  A Conversation with Matthew Flannery and John Wood
Join KQED's Dave Iverson for an inspiring, educational and thought-provoking conversation with two leading social entrepreneurs.

This event is part of our 2012 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum's permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

May 9, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
From the UNIVAC to Web 2.0: Politics, Computers and the Making of a 21st Century Presidency

From the UNIVAC to Web 2.0: Politics, Computers and the Making of a 21st Century Presidency
This event is part of our 2012 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Mar 28, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. Author Jon Gertner in conversation with KQED's Dave Iverson

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
This event is part of our 2012 Revolutionaries series, featuring conversations with some of the most distinguished minds in the computing field. Join author Jon Gertner for a fascinating conversation with KQED's Dave Iverson about the people and history of Bell Labs, and the ways it fostered a culture of innovation and ideas.

Mar 7, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Turing's Cathedral. Author George Dyson in Conversation with John Hollar

Turing's Cathedral. Author George Dyson in Conversation with John Hollar
Legendary historian George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution—in other words, computer code.
Join John Hollar for a captivating conversation with Dyson about John von Neumann and the beginnings of the digital universe.

Feb 24, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Woven on the Loom of Sorrow: The Co-Evolution of Computing and Conflict, presented by Grady Booch

Did you use the Internet today? Did you find your way using GPS? Have you used a credit card, or made a call on your mobile phone, or flown on an airplane? The very fabric of our lives, – from semiconductors to Silly Putty™, from work to play - has in many ways been shaped by war and woven on the loom of sorrow

The human needs for survival, protection, and dominance are powerful forces that have driven civilization for millenia. What does it say about us that we expend all this energy, concentration, money and emotion on fighting rather than talking?

Feb 16, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions that Spark Game-Changing Innovation. Author Phil McKinney in conversation with CHM's John C. Hollar

Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions that Spark Game-Changing Innovation
Join innovation expert Phil McKinney for a conversation with the Computer History Museum’s John Hollar about killer questions and some of the ways we can all learn to harness the power of innovation.

Jan 12, 2012
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
An Evening with Google's Marissa Mayer

This event kicks off our 2012 Revolutionaries series, featuring conversations with some of the most distinguished minds in the computing field. Join NPR Correspondent Laura Sydell for a wide-ranging conversation about the educational choices Marissa made, her early role models and mentors, and her continuing role as a mentor – to the next generation of computer scientists as well as women entrepreneurs like Tanzania's Susan Mashibe, TanJet Founder and Executive Director.

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2011 Events

Dec 13, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Steve Jobs: The Authorized Biography. An Evening with Walter Isaacson

We are proud to welcome Isaacson for a conversation about Jobs' life, inspiration and legacy with Museum CEO John Hollar.

Nov 15, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
A Computer Called Watson: IBM Research's David Ferrucci in Conversation with the Financial Times' Richard Waters

A Computer Called Watson: IBM Research's David Ferrucci in Conversation with the Financial Times' Richard Waters
This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Nov 8, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
The Technology of Animation

The Computer History Museum is proud to announce that DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ed Leonard will kick off this series, in a conversation moderated by HP's Phil McKinney. Over the course of the evening they will discuss the history, techniques, challenges and future possibilities of digital animation. You will receive a behind-the-scenes look at Silicon Valley's contributions to creativity with today's leading digital moguls.

Nov 5, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
The Challenge and Promise of Artificial Intelligence, a Bay Area Science Festival Wonder Dialog

The Challenge and Promise of Artificial Intelligence
Join leading researchers Dr. Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research and Dr. Peter Norvig of Google for an intriguing discussion about the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, moderated by KQED's Tim Olson.

Oct 25, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Worm: The First Digital World War. Author Mark Bowden and Microsoft's T.J. Campana in Conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times

Worm: The First Digital World War
We are very pleased to welcome John Markoff of The New York Times back to our stage to moderate a conversation about the Conficker worm and the wages of this digital war, with author Bowden and T. J. Camapana, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit. Campana is responsible for investigating cybercrime issues related to malware, botnets, hacking and other criminal and security incidents involving a Microsoft technologies, properties and services.

Oct 15, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams

Join us for this special night and learn about the importance and impact of analog circuits on current technology and be inspired by the life and work of Jim Williams.

Sep 21, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Venture Capital in the Valley: Past, Present & Future

Venture Capital in the Valley: Past, Present & Future
This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum's permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Aug 24, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Soundbytes
Software Patent Debate

Proponents of software patents argue that software deserves the protection of patents just as any other invention does. Critics of software patents argue that they stifle innovation rather than promote it by cutting off the free flow of ideas needed to advance technology.

Jul 27, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Soundbytes
MIPS: Risking It All on RISC

Stanford University President John Hennessy and MIPS colleagues Bob Miller, Skip Stritter and Joe DiNucci will discuss the story of MIPS, a groundbreaking company in the computer industry.

In 1981, Hennessy led the Stanford research team that developed a Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) microprocessor that had the potential to dramatically increase performance and reduce costs.

Then in 1984, Hennessy joined Skip Stritter and John Mousourris to...

Jul 14, 2011
Speaker Series
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
SOMETHING VENTURED

About the Film. SOMETHING VENTURED tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen...Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class...

Jun 29, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Soundbytes
The History of Magnetic Striped Media Technology - A Lecture by Jerome Svigals

Magnetic striped media are used by more than 80% of the world's population. They are swiped through slot readers more than 50 billion times a year. They are used for financial transactions, automatic teller machines, mass transit access, identification and access control devices. Their information content is specified by national and international standards.

May 11, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Sir Maurice Wilkes: The Man and His Machine

This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

May 11, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Soundbytes
Computer Conservation in the United Kingdom: The EDSAC Replica Project

The Computer History Museum is very pleased to welcome Kevin Murrell to our stage for a lecture about computer conservation in the United Kingdom. Mr. Murrell will provide an overview of the British Computer Society’s Computer Conservation Society (CCS) and its restoration projects, including the EDSAC replica project, and the restoration of the Harwell Dekatron computer. The CCS has a twenty year track record in successfully recreating pioneering computers.

Apr 25, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Idea Man: Author Paul Allen in Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Apr 6, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaires
In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Author Steven Levy in Conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell

This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Mar 9, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaires
Author Jane McGonigal in Conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell. Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

We’re going to see games tackling women’s rights. We’re going to see games around climate change. We’re going to see games around medical innovation that doctors are going to play.- Jane McGonigal

Mar 6, 2011
Cinema Series
CHM Film Showing
Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II

In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told.

Feb 23, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
40th Anniversary of SPICE

Please Join us for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis), circuit simulator. You will get to witness a roundtable discussion of those responsible for the creation and world-wide propagation of this invaluable and universally used software program. Topics will include the origins, evolution, and future of SPICE, and its seminal role as early open-source software.

Feb 10, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Soundbytes Revolutionaries
William H. Draper III, Author of The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership Between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs, in Conversation with KQED’s Dave Iverson

This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Jan 27, 2011
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Jane Smiley, Author of The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer, in Conversation with CHM's John C. Hollar

This event is the first in our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum's permanent exhibition: Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

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2010 Events

Aug 19, 2010
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Net@40: Not Your Father’s Internet: Redefining Digital Culture. Intel’s Dr. Genevieve Bell and UC Berkeley’s Dr. Abigail De Kosnik in Conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell

In 1998 Americans represented nearly three quarters of all Internet users; today they are less than fifteen percent. The complexion of the Web - its users, their desires, their languages, points of entry and experiences - has subtly and not-so-subtly changed. All these new online participants bring with them different values, social norms, and styles of expression. Today's Internet is increasingly a reflection of the world's cultures and its governments, which often have very different ideas about how to shape what happens online.

Jul 21, 2010
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Net@40: The Facebook Effect, Author David Kirkpatrick, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in Conversation with NPR’s Guy Raz

As part of its Net@40 series, the Computer History Museum is proud to present an evening of fascinating dialogue between Kirkpatrick and Zuckerberg on the past and future of Facebook. The moderator will be Guy Raz, the Peabody award-winning host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

Jul 15, 2010
Speaker Series
Contains Video
The CHM Affiliated History Program Presents
Before Bangalore and Silicon Valley: How Indian MIT and IIT Graduates Have Shaped Computing History

CHM’s July 15 “In Conversation With” program will feature Dr. Bassett and T.M. Ravi an IIT graduate, Silicon Valley businessman, and member of TIE discussing the roots of the Indian IT industry and its influence on the computing history.

Jul 13, 2010
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Affiliated History Program Presents
The Foundation of Today's Digital World: The Triumph of the MOS Transistor

Join us for a discussion of the often-difficult path to mainstream acceptance of the MOS transistor and its lasting impact on computing and communications. Technology historian, Dr. Ross Bassett, will chair a conversation with three early MOS champions and semiconductor pioneers---David Hodges, Bell Labs and UC Berkeley; Dr. Lewis Terman, IBM and 2008 IEEE president; and Les Vadasz, Fairchild and Intel. Dr. Bassett authored the definitive book on the topic, “To the Digital Age, Research Labs, Start-up Companies, and the Rise of MOS Technology” from John Hopkins University Press.

Jun 23, 2010
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The Real Revolutionaries, a documentary film about the Fairchild Eight and the birth of high tech in Silicon Valley

The Real Revolutionaries is the last great story of the American West. It is the untold story of America in the ‘60’s. While the hippies got the headlines, a handful of earnest young men dared to dream about the future, then figured out the science to make all their dreams come true.

Jun 2 - Jun 3, 2010
Speaker Series
Contains Video
PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from an amazing variety of technology innovators, including Don Bitzer, creator of PLATO and co-inventor of the flat-panel gas plasma display, Microsoft's Ray Ozzie (who got his start on PLATO at the University of Illinois), and many others.

Jun 2, 2010
Special Events
CHM Presents
PLATO@50 Reunion: Luncheon and Docent-Led Tour


May 13, 2010
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Net@40: Visionary Robert W. Taylor in Conversation with National Public Radio's Guy Raz

As part of the Net@40 year-long celebration at the Museum, Bob Taylor and NPR’s Guy Raz will share a stage to discuss the origins of the personal computer revolution and computer networking.

Apr 21, 2010
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Net@40: Hackers and Phishers and Carders- Oh My!

The panel will examine the kinds of threats out there, how they've evolved, and what the future may hold. It will also tackle some of the key questions around cybercrime today: Are there steps individuals should take to protect themselves? How important a threat is cyberterrorism? Can society combat cybercrime in ways that don't restrict the net's openness, or civil liberties?

Mar 4, 2010
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Author Kurt W. Beyer in Conversation with Northern California Public Broadcasting’s Linda O’Bryon – Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age

Don’t miss what is certain to be a lively and inspiring discussion, moderated by Northern California Public Broadcasting’s Chief Content Officer Linda O’Bryon.

Feb 18, 2010
Special Events
Contains Video
Free Event
IBM ACS System: A Pioneering Supercomputer Project of the 1960's

Please join us to hear former project members describe the exciting atmosphere of the ACS team and the computer design innovations that ACS created.

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2009 Events

Dec 12 - Dec 13, 2009
Special Events
Visible Storage Celebration Weekend

Please join us for a special celebration of the Computer History Museum’s Visible Storage exhibit. The exhibit will be closing in December as the Museum prepares for the major, new exhibition opening in the fall of 2010.

Dec 7, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with Author Chuck House in Conversation with KQED's Dave Iverson - The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation

Author Chuck House is the only person in the history of HP to win the company’s Award for Meritorious Defiance. KQED's Dave Iverson will moderate a discussion with House on HP's ethos, its spirit of innovation and the complex matter of product and business strategies that drove the Company’s success. He will give us an insider’s view of a HP, whose history and evolution is really the history and evolution, he believes of the Silicon Valley.

Nov 20, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Microprocessor Marketing Wars: Chip Makers Discover the Consumer

Join us for more discussion on how the marketing of microprocessors changed as the semiconductor industry grew at unprecedented rates during the 70’s thru the 90’s. Learn about the events and the decisions that shaped the both the semiconductor and computing industries. Wonder at how annual chip marketing budgets ballooned from $100,000 to over $1Billion in less than 20 years.
The panelists and moderator for this session were all protagonists in these microprocessor marketing wars at three of the major players: AMD, Intel and Motorola.

Nov 10, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The 50th Anniversary of the Legendary IBM 1401

Please join us for a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the IBM 1401 Data Processing System, the world's most popular computer during most of the 1960s. Activities will include presentations by the original 1401 chief architect, program manager and marketing lead, followed by a Q&A panel session.

Oct 20, 2009
Special Events
2009 Fellow Awards

Since 1987, the Computer History Museum Fellow Awards annually honors distinguished technology leaders who have forever changed the world with their accomplishments. This prestigious award distinguishes the Fellows’ role in the advancement of computing history, as well as the impact of their contributions: They have truly bettered our lives and our society.

Sep 24, 2009
Special Events
CHM Presents
WHIZ KIDS Documentary Film

America’s future rests on the shoulders of our next generation. At a time when our teens lag far behind other countries in math and science, Whiz Kids is a coming-of-age documentary that tells the story of three remarkably different yet equally passionate 17-year-old scientists who vie to compete in the nation’s oldest, most prestigious science competition: Intel Science Talent Search, which was formerly sponsored by Westinghouse.

Sep 23, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Total Recall: An Evening with Authors, Jim Gemmell and Gordon Bell... How the E-Memory Revolution will Change Everything

The authors will discuss how Total Recall provides a glimpse of the near future and what this means for you as a member of the digital society. Imagine heart monitors woven into your clothes and tiny wearable audio and visual recorders automatically capturing what you see and hear. The range of potential insights is truly awesome.

Jul 30, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Books, Google and the Future of Digital Print

Please join us as the Computer History Museum presents history in the making to examine this groundbreaking agreement and its many implications for digital print and the public at large.

Jul 22, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Programmable Logic: Computing Bit by Bit

Steve Trimberger, holder of over 150 PLD patents and Xilinx Fellow, will discuss the challenges and key milestones in the development of programmable logic and its impact on computing history. He will outline the successes and failures of configurable computing, and discuss the prospects for the future in this thought provoking session. Join us as the CHM continues celebrating the Salute to the Semiconductor with this Soundbyte event on Wednesday, July 22, 2009. Bring your brown bag lunch and enjoy this informative and engaging discussion from 12 pm to 1 pm at the Computer History Museum!

Jun 30, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with Gary Reback In Conversation with Michael Arrington of TechCrunch

Join Gary Reback, author of the new book Free the Market! in conversation with Michael Arrington of TechCrunch to discuss how the Obama Administration’s antitrust enforcement policies will affect Silicon Valley’s economy.

Jun 25, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Into the Future: Man and Machines | In Conversation with Intel CTO Justin Rattner Moderated by Kate Greene of MIT’s Technology Review

Justin Rattner, Intel Corporation's Chief Technology Officer takes a fascinating look at how technology will bring man and machines much closer together.

Jun 11, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with NetApp Founder Dave Hitz

Having been ranked #1 on FORTUNE magazine 2009 “Best Companies to Work For” List, NetApp makes for a great case study for Silicon Valley tech companies. Join us when Dave Hitz, co-founder and executive vice president at NetApp, shares his insights on growing a company from 3 to over 8,000 people and the major business cycle NetApp had to go through to get there —from the jack-of-all-trades mentality of a start-up, to the tumultuous period of the dot-com boom and bust, and finally to a mature enterprise company. He'll also share stories and anecdotes from his new book: How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business.

May 14, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
In Conversation with Judy Estrin-Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy

Join us for a lunchtime talk with our CEO, John Hollar as he speaks with serial entrepreneur and business advisor, Judy Estrin.

May 2 - May 8, 2009
Special Events
Salute to the Semoconductor
50th Anniversary to the Integrated Circuit

The Computer History Museum is partnering with the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section to celebrate the 50th anniversary of these transformative developments.

Apr 16, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Flashback: A Story of Flash Memory

This CHM Soundbytes will feature a panel discussion of the team that conceived Intel's NOR-type flash memory and brought it to market: Program Director Dick Pashley, Technologist Stefan Lai, Chip Designer Niles Kynett and Marketing Manager Bruce McCormick. Together they will tell the story of Intel's flash memory work and how their skunk works produced an industry-leading standard. CHM's Jeff Katz from the Museum's Semiconductor SIG will host this panel of flash memory pioneers.

Apr 15, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
David Alan Grier – "Too Soon to Tell: Essays for the End of the Computer Revolution"

The Revolution is Over. The computer has won. It occupies a place in every aspect of our lives. Yet, we know little about the revolutionaries, the people who changed the world with computing technology.

Mar 30, 2009
Speaker Series
Virtual Worlds, the Origins and Evolution of a New Medium

Like the invention of the motion picture in the late nineteenth century, the virtual world of the late twentieth century is a new way of human interaction. Of course, the Virtual World diverges from the medium of film in many important ways particularly in that it is not a passive medium, but is instead interactive and immersive—in which everyone is an actor.

Mar 10, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with 2008 Fellow Awardee Bob Metcalfe in Conversation with Cisco SVP Kathy Hill

Metcalfe will sit down with Cisco Senior Vice President Kathy Hill to discuss his experiences in the technology industry, life lessons and current passions. He has been very active in finding a solution for the world’s energy challenge and identifying the innovations (and innovators) who will meet that challenge. Join the CHM community as we celebrate the work of this remarkable individual.

Feb 4, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Richard S. Tedlow, Harvard Business School Professor and Historian, presents the Intel 386 Case For Teens

Join Harvard Business School Professor Richard S. Tedlow's presentation about Intel, the company that drove the business innovations during the 1980s, which have led us to where we are today. Learn how HBS teaches using the Case Method, where you can ask questions and draw conclusions while the professor creates an interactive discussion environment!

Jan 26, 2009
Speaker Series
CHM Soundbytes
Richard S. Tedlow, Harvard Business School Professor and Historian, Leads the Intel 386 Case

Professor Tedlow will present the business case, as taught in his Harvard Business School classes, to describe how these important decisions were made and what valuable lessons we can learn from Intel’s industry-changing business choices.

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2008 Events

Dec 16, 2008
Speaker Series
Hail to the Historians
Remix – Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

During the presentation, Professor Lessig will expound on these concepts, as he maps out in his latest book Remix – Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy: Our past teaches us about the value in 'remix.' We need to relearn the lesson. The present teaches us about the potential in a new 'hybrid economy' — one where commercial entities leverage value from sharing economies. That future will benefit both commerce and community. If the lawyers could get out of the way, it could be a future we could celebrate.

Nov 20, 2008
Speaker Series
Hail to the Historians
The Secret History of Silicon Valley

Hear the story of how two major events – WWII and the Cold War – and one Stanford professor set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. In true startup form, the world was forever changed when the CIA and the National Security Agency acted as venture capitalists for this first wave of entrepreneurship. Learn about the key players and the series of events that contributed to this dramatic and important piece of the emergence of this world renowned technology mecca.

Nov 5, 2008
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The 40th Anniversary of the Dynabook

Join Steve Hamm of BusinessWeek as he moderates a panel discussion to celebrate this idea that provided metaphor, motivation and inventions for the personal computers of today.

Oct 27, 2008
Speaker Series
Co-hosted by the Computer History Museum and Churchill Club
An Evening with Sam Wyly in Conversation with Dixon Doll

You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear from Sam Wyly, who Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute calls, "a wonderful American character, a natural entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist with an outsized personality and humor to match his success."

Oct 22, 2008
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with 2008 Fellow Awardee, Jean Jennings Bartik - One of the first programmers of the 1945 ENIAC computing system

In conversation with Linda O'Bryon, Bartik also will discuss:
- Leading the programming team to convert ENIAC to one of the first stored-program machines (and working with Dr. John von Neumann on ENIAC's first instruction set)
- Working in “Technical Camelot” at the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, as programmer of BINAC and logic designer of UNIVAC
- Sexism and stereotypes at Remington Rand and her first-hand experience with the abuse of women and the misuse of technology
- Friends and pioneers computing history should not forget, including tributes to Betty Holberton, Kay Mauchly Antonelli, the other ENIAC programmers, Dr. John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert

Oct 21, 2008
Special Events
CHM Presents
2008 Fellow Awards

Since 1987, the Computer History Museum Fellow Awards annually honors distinguished technology leaders who have forever changed the world with their accomplishments. This prestigious award distinguishes the Fellows’ role in the advancement of computing history, as well as the impact of their contributions: They have truly bettered our lives and our society.

Sep 11, 2008
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
IBM Stretch: The Forgotten Computer that Helped Spark a Revolution

Please join us for a very special celebration of a little-known, yet incredibly important, chapter in computing history. IBM’s STRETCH program for the Government’s Los Alamos lab, later its commercial offering as IBM 7030, was IBM’s audacious gamble at creating the world’s most advanced computing system: “about 100 times faster than the most advanced computer working today” according to then IBM chairman Tom Watson, Jr.

Aug 14, 2008
Speaker Series
Hail to the Historians
Richard S. Tedlow, Harvard Business School Professor and Historian, Leads the IBM 360 HBS Case

Professor Tedlow will discuss the story of IBM as the leading technology company in the 1960s taking a huge risk in developing a new family of computers – a financial investment approximately three times its annual sales (1960). In 1966, Fortune magazine called this “perhaps the riskiest business judgment” of the era.

Jun 13, 2008
Speaker Series
Hail to the Historians
CSIRAC - One of the Only Intact First Generation Computers Left on the Planet

The fourth computer in the world, CSIRAC (pronounced 'sigh-rack') (1949 – 1964) was designed and built in Australia. It made its first successful test run in November 1949. CSIRAC is derived from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Automatic Computer. An international icon of the digital age, CSIRAC is the only intact first-generation computer surviving anywhere in the world.

May 10, 2008
Special Events
Exhibit Launch & Open House: Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2

Join the Computer History Museum in launching its exciting new exhibit: Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2, exhibited for the first time in North America. Bring your family and friends to see and hear the Engine in action!

This five-ton Engine is one of only two Charles Babbage’s computing engines ever built, consisting of 8,000 parts of bronze, cast iron and steel and measuring 11 feet long and 7 feet high. It was designed to calculate and print mathematical tables. Come to see the docents “crank” the Engine and watch it mechanically calculate - an arresting spectacle of automatic computing.

The exhibit launch and open house, a Victorian-themed event, promises a stunning display of Babbage’s elegant design and inspired engineering. His designs for vast mechanical calculating engines rank as one of the startling achievements of the 19th century.

The Babbage Exhibit is made possible through the generosity of the following donors: Nathan Myhrvold, Andreas Bechtolsheim, Bell Family Trust, Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Judy Estrin, Fry’s Electronics - Kathryn Kolder, Dorrit & F. Grant Saviers, Marva & John Warnock, and special thanks to Science Museum, London.

Come to see what no Victorian ever saw.

May 1, 2008
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum Presents
An Evening with Nathan Myhrvold and Doron Swade: Discussing Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine

Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to see and hear a brand new Charles Babbage Difference Engine in action. Join us in discussion with Nathan Myhrvold, who commissioned the building of this engine, and Doron Swade, who completed the first Babbage Engine in 2002 from Babbage's original plans.

Exhibited for the first time in North America, this Babbage Difference Engine No. 2, the second of only two ever built, is a stunning display of Victorian mechanics and an arresting spectacle of automatic computing. The Engine consists of 8,000 parts of bronze, cast iron and steel, weighs five tons and measures eleven feet long and seven feet high.

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) is known as the visionary innovator whose designs for his vast mechanical calculating engines rank as one of the startling achievements of the 19th century. Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2, designed in the 1840’s, but never built, is monumental in logical conception, physical size, and intricacy.

Join Myhrvold and Swade as they discuss Charles Babbage, the importance of his work, and why they are passionate about bringing this startling display of elegant design and inspired engineering to the world.

The Babbage Exhibit is made possible through the generosity of the following donors: Nathan Myhrvold, Andreas Bechtolsheim, Bell Family Trust, Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Judy Estrin, Fry’s Electronics - Kathryn Kolder, Dorrit & F. Grant Saviers, Marva & John Warnock, and special thanks to Science Museum, London.

Apr 30, 2008
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum Presents
An Evening with Jim Morgan, Chairman of the Board, Applied Materials, in conversation with G. Dan Hutcheson, CEO, VLSI Research

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Mar 18, 2008
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum Presents
An Evening with John Hennessy, in conversation with Paul Saffo

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Feb 7, 2008
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum Presents
Dr. Charles Simonyi Presents Space Tourist

Almost 50 years ago, many countries competed in technology innovation – specifically, The Race to the Moon was a competition between the Soviets and Americans that the entire world watched. As the Cold War diminished, technology competition lessened and an era of cooperation materialized, and as early as 1975, scientific cooperation between the US and the Soviet Union was launched with the first cooperative human space flight.

From the competitive to cooperative – Now, the age of space exploration has advanced to a point where private citizens can travel to space. Using proven equipment and working side-by-side with professional astronauts and cosmonauts from a variety of countries, this new era is defining “outer space” as a new tourist destination.

Between April 7 and April 21, 2007, Dr. Charles Simonyi successfully completed his 14-day mission to the International Space Station. Convinced that humans will one day travel and live in space, Dr. Simonyi traveled with the hope of advancing civilian space flight, assisting space station research, and involving the world’s youth in the science of space travel.

Jan 23, 2008
Speaker Series
Computer History Museum Presents
Digital Crossroads: It's Easy Being Green

"Greening" your life doesn't have to mean spending a fortune on solar panels or fuel-efficient cars. There are hundreds of easy and inexpensive ways to reduce your carbon footprint, help save natural resources, reduce pollution, protect wildlife and benefit our community. From providing tips on eco-friendly household products to detailing the benefits of recycling, our panel of experts will share ways you can make conscious...

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2007 Events

Dec 10, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Impact of the Commodore 64: A 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a well-deserved celebration of this historic demonstration that spawned a tremendous market for home, small business, distributed and networked technology uses. These technology advances provided a foundation for many companies and technologies driving the Internet, wireless, social networking and other innovative technologies underway.

Nov 7, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum and Web History Center Present
Major Internet Milestones: A 30th Anniversary Celebration of the First Three-network Transmission

Please join us for a panel presentiion with recollections and perspectives from Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, Don Nielson and other key pioneers and luminaries involved.

Oct 17, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
An Evening with Morris Chang in conversation with Jen-Hsun Huang

Please join us for a rare and fascinating conversation with one of the most innovative semiconductor pioneers and esteemed business leaders of our time.

Jun 4, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
An Evening with Former Apple Industrial Designers Robert Brunner and Jerry Manock, with moderator Bill Moggridge

The evening will include a photograph exhibit and book-signing of Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers Featuring Machines from the Computer History Museum with photographer Mark Richards and author John Alderman, published by Chronicle Books.

May 15, 2007
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with Gideon Gartner, in conversation with Neill Brownstein

For 30 years, IT industry analysts have held sway as global intermediaries between technologists and media, governments, universities and investors. Yet, they are also fundamentally tethered to the evolution of technology. Join us as we present industry analyst marketplace pioneer Gideon Gartner, in conversation with venture capitalist Neill Brownstein, for an evening of candid and personal insights on the rise of IT industry analysts.

May 1, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
An Evening with Legendary Venture Capitalist Arthur Rock in Conversation with John Markoff

A 1951 graduate of Harvard Business School, Arthur Rock began his career as a security analyst in New York City before joining the corporate finance department of Hayden, Stone & Co. In 1957 he worked with Alfred “Bud” Coyle to raise financing from Sherman Fairchild to found Fairchild Semiconductor, the company that established Silicon Valley as a world center of innovation in integrated circuit technology.

Apr 29, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CCRMA & Computer History Museum Present
A Celebration of Max Mathews and 50 Years of Computer Music

A Celebration of Max Mathews and 50 Years of Computer Music
Join us in honoring Max for an afternoon of sound, celebration and discovery of his ideas, works, music, and writings.

Mar 29, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Great Principles of Computing

Great Principles of Computing
Computing is no longer a science of the artificial. It is a science of natural information processes. The remarkable shift to this realization occurred only in the last decade.

Jan 9, 2007
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
An Evening with Robert Kahn in conversation with Ed Feigenbaum

Join us for a very personal evening with a true pioneer of the computing revolution.

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2006 Events

Nov 13, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Computer History Museum and Intel Museum Present
35th Anniversary of the Intel® 4004 Microprocessor

35th Anniversary of the Intel® 4004 Microprocessor
The Computer History Museum and the Intel Museum invite you to mark the 35th anniversary of one of the most important products in technology history. Introduced in November 1971, the Intel® 4004 microprocessor was an early and significant commercial product to embody computer architecture within a silicon device. And it started an electronics revolution that changed our world.

Nov 6, 2006
Special Events
A Gathering of Our Friends and Supporters
Sixty Years of SRI's World-Changing Innovations

Join SRI International President and CEO Dr. Curtis Carlson and a panel of SRI luminaries moderated by Paul Saffo.

Nov 2, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Crucial Crossroads: Technology X Retailing

A unique opportunity for technology consumers, retailers and fans to hear colorful and authentic behind-the-scenes stories and perspectives. You won’t want to miss it!

Oct 26, 2006
Special Events
CHM Presents
Public-Key Cryptography (PKC)30th Anniversary Celebration

An event to honor the inventions, inventors, historical milestones and the future of Public-Key Cryptography.

Sep 21, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
The Cray-1 Supercomputer: 30th Anniversary Event—Celebrating the Man and the Machine

Together with tonight's panel discussion, guests will get a glimpse of the early world of high performance computing they won't see anywhere else. The photography exhibit runs only until December so be sure to visit!

Sep 12, 2006
Special Events
Hard Disk Drive 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Hard Drive Imprint : Past, Present and Future

An evening to chronicle 50 years of hard disk drive innovation and its impact on the fabric of society

Aug 17, 2006
Special Events
Volunteer Appreciation Day BBQ

Come join us on Friday, 8/17, at the Computer History Museum. We will enjoy good food, games, surprises and have a small awards program to say thank you to all the hard working and dedicated volunteers. All active volunteers and their immediate families are invited to join.

Jun 12, 2006
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with Robert Price: The Control Data Story in Conversation with Mel Stuckey

An Evening with Robert Price: The Control Data Story in Conversation with Mel Stuckey
Join Robert Price as he shares behind-the-scenes history and personal stories about Control Data's legacy of lasting lessons on innovation.

Jun 5, 2006
Speaker Series
Wireless Sensors: Inventing the Future

The possibilities for wireless sensors have excited scientists and
researchers, the business community, military and government
officials, and consumers alike for many years. The potential
applications for wireless sensors and transducers (sensors combined
with actuator mechanisms) are limited only by the imagination.
Sensing alone is not enough for many applications-the ability to act
on the sensory data is also required. Small, battery-powered
platforms capable of sensing and actuation are beginning to appear,
with increasingly compelling technology on board. Richard Newton,
D.K. Arvind, and Roger Meike are all heavily involved in the design,
production, programming and utilization/deployment of wireless
sensors. In a three-way discussion, they each will offer their own
perspectives and experience in this rapidly evolving technology arena.

May 24, 2006
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
The History of the Future of the City

As head of research at IBM in the 70s and at Hewlett Packard in the 80s, Joel Birnbaum played a seminal role in helping to conceive and lay the technical groundwork for pervasive computing; computing seamlessly incorporated into everyday life.

One of the prime sites for pervasive computing is the city: its buildings, its transportation systems, its services, and, of course, its residents.

May 15, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
The Mouse That Roared: PDP-1 Celebration Event

Please join us for a unique bonus event: One of the Museum’s PDP-1 computers has just been painstakingly restored and will be demonstrated during the evening. A special commemorative gift--created by the PDP-1--will also be given to all attendees!

Apr 24, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
An Evening with Wiki Inventor Ward Cunningham in Conversation with John Gage

Join wiki inventor Ward Cunningham and Sun Microsystems' chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office, John Gage, for a thoughtful and spirited discussion about the socialization of creativity and the past, present and future views of models to support this trend.

Mar 15, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
Pioneering the Laptop: Engineering the GRiD Compass

Join us as key members of the original GRiD engineering team – Glenn Edens, Carol Hankins, Craig Mathias and Dave Paulsen – share engineering stories from the Wild West of the laptop computer. Moderated by New York Times journalist John Markoff.

Feb 27, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
The Rise of Silicon Valley: From Shockley Labs to Fairchild Semiconductor

On February 13, 1956, co-inventor of the transistor William Shockley formally announced the establishment of Shockley Labs, Silicon Valley’s first semiconductor company. In their modest Quonset hut laboratory on San Antonio Avenue in Mountain View, Shockley’s hand-picked team of some of the nation’s brightest young scientists and engineers developed innovative technologies and ideas that forever changed the way we live, work and play. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal event in the history of our region, join technology historian Michael Riordan in a conversation between early Shockley employees and associates Jim Gibbons, Jay Last, Hans Queisser, and Harry Sello.

Feb 14, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
Social Computing: From Message Boards to Blogs & Beyond

Bring your honey, bring a friend or come solo to the Computer History Museum on Valentine's Day. Join Usenet guru Erik Fair, virtual worlds pioneer and Yahoo! Community Strategist Randy Farmer, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and Six Apart co-founder Mena Trott, together with top Wall Street Journal columnist Kara Swisher, to hear fascinating personal stories and perspectives about social computing: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Valentine's Day surprises will abound.

Jan 18, 2006
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with Michael Ruettgers in conversation with Mark Veverka, Barron's

Mike Ruettgers is retired chairman of the board and special advisor to EMC Corporation, the world leader in products, services and solutions for information management and storage. A frequent speaker at influential venues around the world, including the World Economic Forum and major IT industry conferences, Ruettgers joined EMC in 1988 and served as CEO from 1992 until 2001. Ruettgers has been named one of the World's Top 25 Executives by BusinessWeek; one of the Best CEOs in America by Worth magazine; one of the 25 Most Powerful People in Networking in 2000 by Network World; and CEO of the Year for 2000 by Massachusetts Investor's Digest. Please join us as this extraordinary leader and visionary shares personal stories from his multi-decade odyssey in the high-tech industry.

Jan 11, 2006
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
Sun Founders Panel

Please join us for this very special event at the Computer History Museum.

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2005 Events

Dec 7, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
An Evening with Paul Baran, in conversation with Henry Lowood

Baran will discuss the origin and development of his accomplishments—which span a lifetime of entrepreneurial activity, including 150 papers, 40 patents, and five start-up companies—and how these continue to have an impact on our everyday lives.

Nov 7, 2005
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
The Origins of Zelenograd: The Amazing Story Of Two U.S. Engineers In Cold War Russia

Author and BioCentury Publications Senior Editor Steve Usdin tells the fascinating story of two American engineers, Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, who were recruited into espionage by Julius Rosenberg, and, driven by ideology, evaded the FBI and escaped to carry on their work on behalf of the Soviet state. Barr and Sarant rose to the pinnacle of power in the Soviet establishment and managed the building of the postwar modern Soviet military machine and microelectronics industry. Based on new files and a personal friendship with the late Barr, who gave Usdin interviews and letters revealing his entire life story, Usdin shares new stories on computing during the Cold War and how Zelenograd, the Soviet Silicon Valley came to be.

Usdin is joined by Alexander Galitsky, former Soviet Space Agency president and general manager, to discuss other aspects of how the high tech industry began in the former Soviet Union and how it continues to evolve today.

Oct 20, 2005
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
A Public Discussion on the National Science Foundation's Large-Scale Computing Research Efforts for the Future

This gathering, programmed by the NSF’s Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Advisory Committee, will feature an open session of research projects of interest to NSF, the advisory committee and the public. NSF has historically supported seminal computing research in small projects. Since the beginning of the its IT Research Program in 2000, the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate of the NSF has funded a number of larger scale efforts that are already having major impact. Presentations will highlight work on optical-network based computing, sensor networks, and cyber security and privacy. The presentations will focus on outlining both the fundamental research results and some of the possible applications and extensions that will be of interest to industry.

Oct 19, 2005
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
Research and Fun

One who seeks to manage research must, like a good coach, create something more than the sum of the players. Good research management seeks the reverberation of ideas that produces results. Good research management builds pride in the environment, pride in the support and understanding researchers feel, and pride in the team. Remember that research is a human endeavor fraught with technical and emotional risks and frustrations. Reduce drudgery, stamp out frustration, encourage spirit, provide support, and recognize achievement to get both loyalty and results.

Sep 29, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
The 40th Anniversary of Moore's Law with Gordon Moore, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, Intel, in conversation with Carver Mead, Chairman and Founder, Foveon

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Moore’s Law, Gordon E. Moore's 1965 observation and prediction about the exponential growth in the power of semiconductor technology. Moore observed that semiconductor technology had doubled in power every year and predicted that it would continue along this developmental path. Originally named Moore's Law several years later by the physicist Carver Mead, that simple observation has proven to be the bulwark of the world's most remarkable industry. In 1975, Moore updated this to a doubling about every two years. History has thus far proven Moore's law correct, and this special conversation between Moore and Mead looks back on the past 40 years on what has made this electronics revolution possible.

Sep 13, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
An Evening with Carol Bartz

Please join us for the Computer History Museum’s ongoing “Odysseys in Technology” series featuring Carol Bartz, Chairman, CEO, and President of Autodesk, Inc. in conversation with veteran Silicon Valley author and journalist Michael Malone.

Sep 10, 2005
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
MASTERING THE GAME: A HISTORY OF COMPUTER CHESS NEW EXHIBIT DEBUT AND OPEN HOUSE

On September 10, the Computer History Museum will debut its newest physical and online exhibit, Mastering The Game: A History of Computer Chess.

Sep 8, 2005
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The History of Computer Chess: An AI Perspective

This panel, comprising seminal contributors to the solution of this challenge—including two of AI’s leading pioneers—will discuss these and other questions as well as the origin and development of computer chess and what it tells us about ourselves and the machines we build.

Jun 8, 2005
Speaker Series
SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series
"What the Dormouse Said"

In this talk, John Markoff, Technology writer for the New York Times, highlights how 60's counterculture in the Bay Area shaped the personal computer industry.

Jun 6, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
When Computers Were Human

What did it mean to be a human computer? Who were the first ones? Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term “computer” referred to people who did scientific calculations by hand. In his book When Computers Were Human, David Alan Grier, editor of IEEE Annals of History of Computing, offers the first in-depth account of these workers, who were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. Beginning with the return of Halley's Comet in 1758 and the effort of three French astronomers to compute its orbit to the UNIVAC electronic computer projecting its 1986 orbit, Grier traces “human computers” through the ages. Come join Grier, along with former “computers,” for this look into a little-known slice of high tech history.

Proceeds of the book sale benefit the Computer History Museum.

May 25, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
My Life on the Wireless Frontier
Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of QUALCOMM, in conversation with Elizabeth Corcoran, Senior Editor, Forbes

Dr. Irwin Jacobs helped found QUALCOMM in 1985 and under his leadership it became a Fortune 500 company, listed in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and traded on the NASDAQ. This former professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and of computer science and engineering at the University of California-San Diego led the commercialization of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, regarded as the world's most advanced voice and data wireless communications technology. CDMA technology--which converts speech into digital information that is transmitted over a wireless network and reconverted to speech on the other end--was first demonstrated in 1989. Elizabeth Corcoran is a senior editor at Forbes Magazine and has been covering the technology sector for years from the publication’s Silicon Valley bureau. Jacobs will share with Corcoran his journey from hallowed halls of academia to the vanguard of telecommunications and also comment on the next wave of new technologies driving the wireless world.

May 19, 2005
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Distinguished Speaker Series – The Linux Kernel Development Process

In this talk, Morton will describe how the Linux kernel actually comes to be, how features are chosen, and how the develop/test/release cycle is managed. He'll explain how commercial Linux distributions such as Red Hat and SuSE fit into this process. More generally, he'll consider what motivates kernel developers, and why system software is a particularly good fit for the open source model.

May 16, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
A Human Story of Computer Animation

It took 20 years of dreaming, planning and ingenuity to create Toy Story, the world’s first computer animated full-length feature film, in 1995. It represented a significant departure from the long-established methods of animation, where artists would hand draw characters frame by frame, and painstakingly incorporate movement and color to complete a feature film. Today, thanks to advances in computing power and ingenious software, there is little separation between the refining of an idea and its execution on screen (save for thousands of hours of rendering!).

Apr 27, 2005
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
Innovation is Nothing New: 100-Odd Years of Venture Capital Wisdom

Reid Dennis, founder of Institutional Venture Partners, and Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, founding partner of Asset Management, review their combined 100 years of venture capital experience and observation, from the major mistakes to the spectacular successes. How does venture capital affect innovation? What have we learned? What is really new? Come learn and be entertained by the very personal stories and views of these two legendary venture capitalists.

Apr 21, 2005
Speaker Series
SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series
The Emerging Economic Paradigm of Open Source

In this talk, Perens will consider the economics of Open Source. Says Perens: Many people don't understand how Open Source could be sustainable, some may even feel that its effect upon the proprietary software industry is an economic detriment. Fortunately, if you look more deeply into the economic function of software in general, it's easy to establish that Open Source is both sustainable and of tremendous benefit to the overall economy. Open Source can be explained entirely within the context of conventional open-market economics. Indeed, it turns out that it has much stronger ties to the phenomenon of capitalism than you may have appreciated.

Mar 23, 2005
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
Pixels and Me

Computers have revolutionized image media. Richard Lyon, one of the current pioneers of digital cameras, has found that several generations of pioneers in this field have been entangled with the terms “picture element” and “pixel” and that studying the history of the terminology is a fruitful approach to the history of the people and technology. Vladimir Zworykin's television research group at RCA popularized the term “picture element” in the 1930s, while the TV researchers at Bell Labs ignored that term, preferring “image element.” Fred Billingsley and others at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed computerized image processing and propagated the term “pixel” in the 1960s, while image processing researchers at Bell Labs ignored that term, preferring “pel.” In the early 1970s, “pixel” was spread through computer image processing publications from NASA, USC, IBM, Stanford, University of Missouri, and other places, eventually coming to be applied to elements of image sensor hardware, such as Lyon's optical mouse in 1980 and digital camera sensors more recently. Many of the people involved in this complex history have provided their personal recollections and documents to help piece the story together, and more such inputs will be solicited from the Computer History Museum audience.

Mar 17, 2005
Speaker Series
SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series
Toward A Literacy of Cooperation

In regard to the role of cooperation and collective action in human enterprise, our level of knowledge is scarcely higher than knowledge about disease before the discovery of microorganisms. Descartes decreed that a “new method” was required to think about the physical world: from that new method of thinking, scientific method led to biology, biology created the knowledge that served as the foundation for medicine; before we can approach the solution to problems of conflict, cooperation, and governance - the “medicine” for social ills ¬ we need fundamental knowledge - the “biology” of collective action. But before an interdisciplinary understanding can emerge, a new way of thinking across disciplinary boundaries is required; it is that understanding we hope to catalyze.

Mar 9, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
How Computer Storage Became a Modern Business

All of our panel members have participated in the storage industry's efforts to provide continual improvements in data storage products, industry standards, and system reliability. Their leadership has made possible much of the computer industry's movement to more flexible interconnection of storage products and systems, combined with the enhanced reliability of RAID technology, and the ability to quickly utilize the annual improvements in disk and tape products. The panel members will discuss the challenges, achievements and key events in helping storage evolve into a modern industry.

Feb 23, 2005
Speaker Series
SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series
Python: Building an open Source Project and Community

In 1991, Guido van Rossum made his creation, the Python programming language, open source. Today, Python is one of the three P-languages which enjoy massive popularity among developers as part of the open source LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python). In this retrospective, Guido looks back on the early days of the Python community, describes its development into maturity, and explains why he is still having a good time after 13 years of herding cats.

Feb 23, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
From Gutenberg to Galaxy: Accessing Cultural Assets Online

Few of us dispute the importance of providing access to our cultural heritage. Yet we still seem years away from fulfilling the promises of access: opening long-dormant archives, enriching culture and begetting creativity, and turning cultural consumers into producers. What can we do, and what are we now doing, to resolve obstacles to access, whether rooted in financial, legal or quality concerns? Focusing on how we might navigate these obstacles and turn them into opportunities, our panelists will discuss what they have done to provide access to cultural assets, how their mindsets about access have developed, and where they hope cultural access will evolve.

Jan 26, 2005
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
Information Security—Before, During, and After Public-Key Cryptography

In the 1970s, the world of information security was transformed by public-key cryptography, the radical revision of cryptographic thinking that allowed people with no prior contact to communicate securely. “Public key” solved security problems born of the revolution in information technology that characterized the 20th century and made Internet commerce possible. Security problems rarely stay solved, however. Continuing growth in computing, networking, and wireless--including applications made possible by improvements in security—have given rise to new security problems. Where is this going? Diffie, a key figure in the discovery public-key cryptography, will trace the growth of information security through the 20th Century and into the 21st.

Jan 20, 2005
Speaker Series
SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series
“What's Craigslist About: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Going?”
Introduction By Maya Draisin, Co-founder, The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

In 1995, Craig Newmark started craigslist which serves as a non-commercial community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums. Using a common sense, down-to-earth approach, craigslist strives to make the 'net more personal and authentic, while advocating social responsibility through the promotion of small, non-profit organizations. The philosophical themes of craigslist are:

*We're about people giving each other a break;

*We're about restoring the human voice to the Internet, reversing the corporate voice and over commercialization;

*We're about providing useful, down-to-earth, common-sense function.

As a result of this attitude, Craig is now recognized as one of the true pioneers of online communities.

Jan 12, 2005
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Steve Case in Conversation with Walt Mossberg

It's been nearly 20 years since America Online was founded. The world was a very different place back then. Affordable PCs were just making their way into people's homes; cellular telephones weighed around two pounds each; CD technology was still in its infancy, and most people didn't even have cable television. Little did anyone know the Internet was about to transform nearly every aspect of their lives. It was Steve Case’s belief that the online experience had unlimited potential to change the way society communicates, does business and learns about the world around us. During the past two decades, America Online, with Case at the helm, has been a key driver in pushing the Internet further into our everyday existence. Join us on January 12 as Case in conversation with Walt Mossberg, personal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, shares his shares his personal stories and discusses his perspectives on the Internet’s amazing evolution.

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2004 Events

Dec 16, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series - "Universal Access to all Knowledge"

Advances in computing and communications mean that we can cost-effectively store every book, sound recording, movie, software package, and public web page ever created, and provide access to these collections via the Internet to students and adults all over the world.

By mostly using existing institutions and funding sources, we can build this as well as compensate authors within what is the current worldwide library budget. The talk offers an update on the current state of progress towards that ideal, which would allow us to bequeath an accessible record of our cultural heritage to our descendants.

Dec 14, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
Odysseys in Technology
Music Meets The Computer

Join Chowning and Mathews in conversation with Curtis Roads, composer and music historian. This will be followed by Chryssie Nanou (pianist) performing, Duet for One Pianist.

Nov 30, 2004
Speaker Series
A Celebration of Kenneth Iverson
(1920-2004)

The creator of APL (A Programming Language) and J (J Language) will be
remembered and celebrated in a series of talks presented by those
who knew him well.

Nov 19, 2004
Speaker Series
Stump The Historians

Board members of the IEEE's Annals of the History of Computing share how they view the history of computation and what they see for the future. Come loaded with your questions and try to “stump the historians!

Nov 16, 2004
Speaker Series
The 8th Annual Industry Hall of Fame

The CRN Industry Hall Of Fame honors the creators of information technology and those that steer the high-tech industry and channel in new directions and lift it to new heights. Since 1997, CRN and the Computer History Museum have held a special ceremony to induct the new Industry Hall Of Fame members. This year, CRN will recognize new members in an awards ceremony on Nov. 16, 2004, at the Computer History Museum. The Hall Of Fame will be expanded into an all-day event attended by dozens of industry VIPs and hundreds of top solution providers.

Nov 6 - Nov 7, 2004
Special Events
Vintage Computer Festival

The seventh annual Vintage Computer Festival will be held on
November 6-7 at the Computer History Museum.

Nov 3, 2004
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
What Do They Want?

When Bill Moggridge graduated from design school in London in 1965, he was expecting to design products manufactured in metals and plastics for the rest of his life. Now he finds himself a founding member of a design firm that is capable of creating innovative designs for products, services, environments, and almost everything that is both digital and interactive. He will share how one thing led to another, explain why it all happened, and illustrate his story with objects, images, and video clips.

Oct 27, 2004
Speaker Series
COVAD Communications, Commonwealth Club, and the CHM present
Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Internet

Join us and hear panelists discuss the history of the Internet, including the vision behind its initial design; the growth of corporate networks and the role of the network in today's business environment; the current trend towards convergence of voice and data; and how the Internet has changed consumer behavior.

Oct 20, 2004
Speaker Series
Odysseys in Technology
How I Became Interested in Programming Languages

In 1960, the opportunities for building computers in universities were fading. Computers had become too big, complex, and expensive. The focus shifted to programming and to bringing order into the new subject of software design. Even though this task seemed elusive, mainly because it involved not only designing better languages, but also educating people to make use of such improvements. Nevertheless, for Dr. Wirth, the goal was worthwhile—a goal he pursued for more than three decades, during which time he designed and implemented Algol W, Pascal, Modula-2, and Oberon.

Oct 19, 2004
Fellow Awards
CHM Presents
2004 Fellow Awards

PLEASE JOIN us to celebrate the accomplishments of five new Computer History Museum Fellows whose creativity, persistence, vision, and worldwide influence in the field of computing have helped reshape our everyday lives.

Oct 1, 2004
Speaker Series
Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect of Microsoft, in Conversation With John Hennessy, President of Stanford University

This exceptional Friday afternoon event will feature Gates sharing his thoughts on the theme, Building Confidence in a Connected Marketplace. With the world increasingly operating as a global network, and companies around the world innovating and contributing to its rapid growth, Gates will be discussing with Hennessy his vision of how technology will contribute to commerce and society in the years ahead, the opportunities and challenges facing the technology industry and the shared responsibility to ensure trust in the digital future.

Sep 28, 2004
Speaker Series
The Glacial Rate of Breakneck Change
Odysseys in Technology

It's really easy to equate the breathtaking exponential growth in computing technologies with an underlying innovation in computing architecture. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this unabashedly personal perspective of our living computer history, Greg Papadopoulos distills what has -- and hasn't -- been happening in the design of computers over the past few decades, and uses that to make some predictions as to what the next few will bring. He discusses that, when you boil it all down, there are perhaps only four or five basic ideas in computing; everything else we experience are (just) constant factors.

Sep 18, 2004
Special Events
A Core Circle Appreciation Party
A Core Circle Appreciation Party

The Computer History Museum salutes its Core Circle Donors with a private appreciation party, hosted by Sheldon Laube and Dr. Nancy Engel. The event will be highlighted by Dr. Engel.s first public exhibition of photographs from her extensive 15-year collection of notable high tech figures, celebrities and entertainers.

Jul 28, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
The Mars Exploration Rover Project
How Spirit and Opportunity Got to Mars

In January of this year, two golf-cart sized rovers landed on the planet Mars to seek evidence about whether the environment there might once have been capable of supporting life. Originally intended to last 90 days and rover 600 meters, these two Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have far exceeded those expectations.

Jun 22, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Inktomi's Wild Ride: A Personal View of the Internet Bubble

The Inktomi story is about a technology company on one of the wildest rides in the wildest era in the history of technology. After fast growth to the rare state of profitability, Inktomi joined the Nasdaq 100 as a representative of the Internet. Despite having real value, Inktomi was pulled down -- not by the dot coms -- but by the collapse of the telecom sector (including Worldcom and Enron). In this talk, Inktomi co-founder, Dr. Eric Brewer, covers the fascinating history of Inktomi, and gives an up close and personal view of what the Internet bubble meant -- both on the way up and on the way down. He shares his views on the Internet and on what a rational leader must do in an irrationally exuberant environment.

Jun 17, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Envisioning the Connected World

In the not-too-distant future, the majority of electronic devices will be connected via the Internet or wireless protocols, bringing convenience and simplicity to daily living, but adding layers of technology and complexity to devices we use everyday. Jerry Fiddler will offer a glimpse to his vision of the future: "The Connected World." He will discuss how this "world system" will evolve through the convergence of multiple technologies resulting in one, giant interoperable system. The audience will learn that the road to the connected world is wide open, and that today marks the beginning of a new era in the embedded industry.

Jun 10, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Then and Now: Computer Graphics in Games

If you enjoy video games, then you won't want to miss this exciting combination of creative talent, historical collections, and cutting-edge demos. If video games are not your passion, then come learn about how they have been responsible for exciting innovations in computing history. In either case, prepare to have fun!

May 25, 2004
Special Events
CHM Presents
Intel Night at the Computer History Museum

Intel Night at the Computer History Museum
The program committee and the Computer History Museum invites you and your guest to
Intel Night at the Computer History Museum.

This one-time-only event for current and former Intel executives will feature treasures from Intel's past and a chance to see friends and computers you have known and loved.

You are invited to bring an artifact to share; a coffee cup, a chip, a wine bottle, an ad, a tee shirt, anything to contribute or just to share for the evening.

May 20, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
We the Media

What happens when anyone can make and distribute news to the whole world? In this talk, columnist Dan Gillmor previews a central theme from his upcoming book. The collision of journalism and technology is transforming the roles of newsmakers, reporters, editors, and readers, as the audience becomes an active participant in the newsmaking process.

May 19, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
ROLM Corporation, Competing with Giants

This roundtable discussion by the four founders of ROLM Corporation will cover its founding in 1969, the start of a rugged mini-computer business using Data General software, and the introduction of an all-digital, computer-controlled telephone system that successfully competed against the giant Bell System. ROLM was purchased by IBM in 1984. During its 15 years, ROLM made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley Community. In addition to inserting modern technology into an archaic telephone world, ROLM pioneered such employee innovations as the Great Place to Work philosophy, Extended Service Leave, and the hiring and promotion of women in management positions.

Apr 8, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Making and Measuring Effective Virtual Environments

In this talk, Dr. Brooks will discuss his current work in virtual environments. The Effective Virtual Environments project at Chapel Hill is trying to determine which technological factors are crucial, which important, and which are negligible in making virtual environments illusions effective. Says Brooks, "We have studied eight different factors so far, with interesting and sometimes surprising results. I shall briefly describe the experiments and the chief findings."

Apr 7, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
360 Revolution
A 40th anniversary celebration and inside look at the $5 billion bet that changed computing and business forever

Join computer pioneers and National Medal of Technology awardees Erich Bloch, Fred Brooks, Jr. and Bob Evans with current IBM technology chief Nick Donofrio for a conversation about the extraordinary System/360 project.

Mar 25, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The Osborne Odyssey

Please join Lee Felsenstein, Jack Melchor, and Richard Frank, together with guest host and moderator John Markoff, as we explore the fascinating stories behind the start-up days in the back room through the rise and fall of Osborne Computer.

Mar 18, 2004
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The Next Big Thing

The enterprise software industry is searching for the right words to describe the Next Big Thing -- on demand, utility, autonomic, adaptive enterprise. Pick a buzzword. The goal is information technology that adapts to business requirements, not the other way around. Two technologies are critical to this vision of flexibility: grid computing and web services. The combination of these two technologies is greater than the parts. In fact, it's the Next Big Thing. Now if we can just come up with the right words

Feb 3, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Mom Loved Him Best: Bert & Ivan Sutherland with Bob Sproull

Join us as computing industry legends and brothers Bert and Ivan Sutherland reminisce about their collective 100 plus years with computers and electronics.

Jan 22, 2004
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
The Macintosh Marketing Story: Fact and Fiction, 20 Years Later

Join us as six key members of the Macintosh launch team tell the inside stories behind one of the most insanely great product launches of all times.

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2003 Events

Dec 3, 2003
Speaker Series
A Dozen Precursors of Fortran

The history of a subject helps us not only to understand how the important ideas were born but also to appreciate the amount of progress that has been made. The history of programming languages is a striking example, because basic concepts that we now regard as self-evident were by no means obvious a priori; many years of hard work by brilliant and dedicated people were necessary before these basic principles were learned.

Nov 20, 2003
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Lessons from Game Design

Consider the impact auto racing (visibility, technologies) has had on the automotive industry. Computer games have evolved into a similar relationship with the computer industry. Because we get to design the problems that our players face (the game challenges) we have an opportunity to push the boundaries of graphics, user interface, AI, metrics and simulation. What we're currently learning about mapping these abilities to the psychology of our players will be used in the mainstream software of the future.

Nov 12, 2003
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
The Road Less Taken: The Technology Transitions of Suhas Patil

On this very special evening, Suhas will share insights gained from his lifelong fascination with recognizing transitions in technology, finding new solutions, and doing what it takes to bring them to fruition.

Oct 23, 2003
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Ubiquitous Open Source: What Does It Mean for the Software Industry?

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Oct 23, 2003
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
An Evening with David Wheeler

David was trained as a mathematician, but always had the aim of getting things practically right rather than theoretically correct. Join us for a unique, revealing look at the early events that influenced him.

Oct 22, 2003
Speaker Series
Contains Video
CHM Presents
Documents, Data and People: World Wide Webs

This talk will look at the design and growth of the World Wide Web, at the weblike connections between people, and toward a future of a web of machine-readable knowledge.

Oct 21, 2003
Fellow Awards
CHM Presents
2003 FELLOW AWARDS CELEBRATION

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of three new Fellows whose creativity, persistence, vision, and worldwide influence in the field of computing have helped reshape our everyday lives.

Oct 11 - Oct 12, 2003
Special Events
CHM Presents
The Vintage Computer Festival and Book Sale

The Sixth Annual Vintage Computer Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11th through Sunday, October 12th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Sep 25, 2003
Speaker Series
CHM Presents
Three Decades of Innovation: Philippe Kahn's Personal Stories

Join Philippe as he discusses three decades of history, vision, and innovation, from working on the Micral up through today's leading-edge camera phones and the revolution in telecommunications. Philippe will share his personal stories on how he started three successful high technology companies. This year marks the 20th anniversary since Philippe founded Borland. He'll look at success factors for starting a new company, how to build a vision into reality, as well as how to manage a growing and successful business, even when economic conditions are difficult. Philippe will also share his vision for the next few years. Don't miss this sure to be entertaining, informative, and very personal view.