Upcoming Events

Jul 10, 2015 9:30 AM Speaker Series
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build Featuring Georgia Tech's Thad Starner
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum.
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum. These one day long events are designed to introduce Bay Area middle school students, particularly those from populations that are typically underrepresented in high-tech professions, to the basic concepts behind coding and applied mathematics, in order to excite them about pursuing STEM in their education and future careers.

Through activities that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and project-based learning, students gain hands-on experience building and programming a Raspberry Pi, designing instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and working with Museum docents to investigate historic methods of computer programming. Each event is keynoted by a “rock star” – a tech industry luminary who shares his or her personal story to inspire students and pique their interest – and supported by other tech professionals who act as role models and mentors throughout the day.

Please note that this program is designed for grades 6 through 8.
Jul 25, 2015 9:30 AM Education Event
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build (July 25th)
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum.
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum. These one day long events are designed to introduce Bay Area middle school students, particularly those from populations that are typically underrepresented in high-tech professions, to the basic concepts behind coding and applied mathematics, in order to excite them about pursuing STEM in their education and future careers.

Through activities that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and project-based learning, students gain hands-on experience building and programming a Raspberry Pi, designing instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and investigate historic methods of computer programming. Each event is keynoted by a “rock star” – a tech industry luminary who shares his or her personal story to inspire students and pique their interest – and supported by other tech professionals who act as role models and mentors throughout the day.

Please note that this program is designed for grades 6 through 8.
Aug 9, 2015 9:30 AM Education Event
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build (August 9th)
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum.
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum. These one day long events are designed to introduce Bay Area middle school students, particularly those from populations that are typically underrepresented in high-tech professions, to the basic concepts behind coding and applied mathematics, in order to excite them about pursuing STEM in their education and future careers.

Through activities that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and project-based learning, students gain hands-on experience building and programming a Raspberry Pi, designing instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and investigate historic methods of computer programming. Each event is keynoted by a “rock star” – a tech industry luminary who shares his or her personal story to inspire students and pique their interest – and supported by other tech professionals who act as role models and mentors throughout the day.

Please note that this program is designed for grades 6 through 8.
Aug 27, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents:
Machines of Loving Grace Author John Markoff in Conversation with the Museum's John Hollar
Machines of Loving Grace Author John Markoff in Conversation with the Museum's John Hollar
Markoff, who was the first reporter to describe the World Wide Web, travels across the country, from the brain trusts in Palo Alto and Silicon Valley to the expanding tech corridor between Boston—home of MIT—and New York, the latest incubator for future tech development, and evaluates the present state of the A.I. versus I.A. debate. He goes deep inside the science fiction worlds of Battlestar Galactica, Terminator, and the Jetsons, which are fast becoming a reality, and talks to the insiders—scientists, entrepreneurs, ethicists, hackers and others—who are shaping the future. The result is an incisive and chilling look at our lives today—and what may come tomorrow.
As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—those who design the machines have a stark choice to make. They can design systems to enhance the quality of human work and life-or they can design systems that replace humans entirely. Both approaches will reshape the modern world. In MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter John Markoff, explores this issue and searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these robots help us . . . or will they replace us?

Markoff, who was the first reporter to describe the World Wide Web, travels across the country, from the brain trusts in Palo Alto and Silicon Valley to the expanding tech corridor between Boston—home of MIT—and New York, the latest incubator for future tech development, and evaluates the present state of the A.I. versus I.A. debate. He goes deep inside the science fiction worlds of Battlestar Galactica, Terminator, and the Jetsons, which are fast becoming a reality, and talks to the insiders—scientists, entrepreneurs, ethicists, hackers and others—who are shaping the future. The result is an incisive and chilling look at our lives today—and what may come tomorrow.

Museum CEO John Hollar will moderate a captivating conversation with John Markoff on the evolution of our relationship with robots and the profound changes the future might hold. Please join us.

Kepler's Books will be onsite selling copies of John Markoff's book before and after the program.

We are very pleased that KQED Radio will be recording the program for future broadcast.
Sep 17, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Medium's Evan Williams & Steven Levy in Conversation with the Museum's John Hollar
John Hollar, a former journalist himself, will sit down for an in-depth conversation with Medium's CEO Evan Williams, and the editor-in-chief of its tech hub Backchannel, Steven Levy. Medium was launched in 2012 as a beautiful platform for writers. Levy joined its ranks in 2014 after a distinguished career at WIRED Magazine, among other traditional publishing outlets, because of the opportunity to work with Williams, and to create quality content. Why are over 25 million people visiting Medium monthly and why is that not the only metric Medium uses to measure its success? Medium uses the term 'platishing' to describe this form of journalism – an amalgam of "publishing" and "platform." What is 'platishing,' and how will it influence the future of journalism?
The written word is the most accessible yet powerful form of media there is.Evan Williams
Wired, April 2015


One of the things that I love about Medium is its commitment to experimentation, one that I fully embrace. So a precise description of what this new venture [Backchannel] is going to eventually become is gleefully elusive. But I can tell you this – it will feature not only my own best writing but the work of contributors who share my belief in deeply reported, colorfully rendered stories in and around the tech explosion.Steven Levy
Medium, June 2014


Tonight we continue our Re/New: The Future of News track, a series of conversations with news leaders and innovators about how technology is disrupting the news and journalism industries – from gathering to disseminating, to audience behavior and participation as well.

John Hollar, a former journalist himself, will sit down for an in-depth conversation with Medium's CEO Evan Williams, and the editor-in-chief of its tech hub Backchannel, Steven Levy. Medium was launched in 2012 as a beautiful platform for writers. Levy joined its ranks in 2014 after a distinguished career at Wired Magazine, among other traditional publishing outlets, because of the opportunity to work with Williams, and to create quality content. Why are over 25 million people visiting Medium monthly and why is that not the only metric Medium uses to measure its success? Medium uses the term 'platishing' to describe this form of journalism – an amalgam of "publishing" and "platform." What is 'platishing,' and how will it influence the future of journalism?

Join us tonight to learn the answers to these and so many other questions about Williams' and Levy's vision for Medium and Backchannel, and how they view this "hybrid" company’s place within the ranks of other news and media companies.

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.
Sep 22, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
SuperBetter Author Jane McGonigal in Conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell
SuperBetter Author Jane McGonigal in Conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell
Jane McGonigal first graced our stage as a Revolutionary in 2011, on her bestselling Reality is Broken book tour, in conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell. Join us as we welcome the return of McGonigal and Sydell for another enlightening and inspirational conversation about the ways we can harness the power of games to improve our lives.
SUPERBETTER: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient - Powered by the Science of Games

In 2009, game designer and author Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion that wouldn’t heal. Unable to think clearly, or work, or even get out of bed, she became anxious and depressed, even suicidal—a common symptom for concussion sufferers. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a game. What started as a simple motivational exercise became a set of rules she shared on her blog. These rules became a digital game, then an online portal and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health. Today more than 400,000 people have played SuperBetter to get happier and healthier.

Jane McGonigal first graced our stage as a Revolutionary in 2011, on her bestselling Reality is Broken book tour, in conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell. Join us as we welcome the return of McGonigal and Sydell for another enlightening and inspirational conversation about the ways we can harness the power of games to improve our lives.

There will be a book signing immediately following the program’s end. We are pleased that Books, Inc. of Mountain View, will be on-site selling copies of SuperBetter before and after the program.

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.
Sep 24, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
MIT's Cynthia Breazeal and Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz with the Museum's John Hollar
We've invited two leaders in the field of artificial intelligence for a conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar to explore and update us on the challenge and promise of artificial intelligence.
The final frontier of robotics is actually the human environment and robots need to be social in order to engage with us in a natural way, to be part of our lives.Cynthia Breazeal
ReadWrite, August 2014


My own view is that AI will be incredibly empowering to humanity. It will help solve problems, it will help us do better science, it promises to really help with challenges in education, health care and hunger….I’m very optimistic about machine intelligence, and I see a need for studying and guiding its influences on people and society, and for continuing dialogue with the public.Eric Horvitz
AAAS Science Insider, January, 2015


We've invited two leaders in the field of artificial intelligence for a conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar to explore and update us on the challenge and promise of artificial intelligence.

Returning to our stage is Dr. Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research. Dr. Horvitz made a landmark gift to Stanford in December 2014 to fund a century-long study of the effects of artificial intelligence on society: the Stanford 100 Year Study of AI, or AI100. He has been working in the field of AI for more than two decades, and his interests include the computational foundations of intelligence – how do our minds work? - as well as the ways that human and machine intelligence might complement one another.

Joining Dr. Horvitz will be Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, founder and Chief Scientist of the social robotics firm Jibo, and Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at MIT's Media Lab. At MIT she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group. Dr. Breazeal, a pioneer and leader in social robotics, was inspired at an early age by Star Wars, R2D2 and C3PO. She has been quoted as saying that "if R2D2 and an iPad had a baby, it'd be Jibo." In addition to learning more about her work at MIT, we'll inquire about her vision for Jibo and about the company's highly successful crowdfunding campaign - $2.2 million in pre-orders in four hours. Jibo received an additional $25 million funding round from a group of venture investors, and now employs more than 20 people in the Boston area.

These two distinguished guests will discuss a wide range of AI topics, beginning with their backgrounds, education and career paths, and their own projects. We'll then expand the discussion to explore the possible perils of machine "superintelligence" and the huge potential both of our guests see for machines to enhance our lives and to positively impact humanity.

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.
Sep 26, 2015 9:30 AM Education Event
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build (September 26th)
Educators! Join us on September 26th for a very special Educator edition of Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build led by the Computer History Museum (DCB)!
Educators! Join us on September 26th for a very special Educator edition of Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build led by the Computer History Museum (DCB)!

This interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program is a free, one-day event, designed to help educators develop a deeper understanding of computer programming and engineering-minded problem solving. Educators will gain confidence while exploring these topics, allowing them to better support all students as they help them to develop an interest in computer science and other technology-related studies and careers. Inspired educators inspire students!

The DCB program is designed for a middle school age audience, and this Educator edition will be a unique opportunity for educators to experience the day just as our students do! We will explore the concepts of computer programming and coding through activities that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and project-based learning. Participants will gain hands-on experience building and programming a Raspberry Pi computer, designing instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and investigating historic methods of computer programming. The event is keynoted by a “Rock Star” – a tech industry luminary who will share his or her personal story and passion.

All classroom teachers and community educators are invited to participate in this program.
Sep 27, 2015 9:30 AM Education Event
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build (September 27th)
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum.
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum. These one day long events are designed to introduce Bay Area middle school students, particularly those from populations that are typically underrepresented in high-tech professions, to the basic concepts behind coding and applied mathematics, in order to excite them about pursuing STEM in their education and future careers.

Through activities that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and project-based learning, students gain hands-on experience building and programming a Raspberry Pi, designing instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and investigate historic methods of computer programming. Each event is keynoted by a “rock star” – a tech industry luminary who shares his or her personal story to inspire students and pique their interest – and supported by other tech professionals who act as role models and mentors throughout the day.

Please note that this program is designed for grades 6 through 8.

Nov 4, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Hodding Carter III with Museum CEO John Hollar: Journalism After Snowden
John Hollar will moderate a wide ranging conversation with Carter about his career as a journalist, the changes he’s seen over the years in the business of journalism and the press, technology’s impact from the “immaculate collection” of personal data to social media companies’ algorithms, which are largely unknown but determine which articles we see and more importantly those we don’t.
In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished to so that the press would remain forever free to censure the government. The press was protected so it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. To find that the President has "inherent power" to half the publication of news ... would wipe out the first Amendment and destroy the fundamental liberty and security of the very people the Government hopes to make “secure.” Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black


We continue to explore the future of news and journalism with a conversation with Hodding Carter III, a distinguished journalist and State Department veteran who has now turned his attention to the First Amendment in a technology-dominated, post-Edward Snowden world.

In After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy and Security in the Information Age, Carter reminds us that the first newspaper published in America was printed on September 25, 1690. It was the first edition of Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic, and its first press run was its last as the governor and council of Massachusetts “suppressed and called in” as many copies as possible.

Over three hundred years later, Carter posits that the government is still collecting and suppressing information, and a half century of dramatic technological change has helped make that collection and suppression possible.

Carter, having spent over sixty years in public life and journalism, is deeply concerned about the public’s limited appreciation of the First Amendment, as well as the government’s deep intrusion into individual privacy through a combination of the bulk collection of personal data, the media’s complacency, and an absence of public debate.

John Hollar will moderate a wide ranging conversation with Carter about his career as a journalist, the changes he’s seen over the years in the business of journalism and the press, technology’s impact from the “immaculate collection” of personal data to social media companies’ algorithms, which are largely unknown but determine which articles we see and more importantly those we don’t.

You won’t want to miss this conversation with a trailblazer who argues strongly that the merger of Big Media and Big Data may create an America unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers.

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 14, 2015 9:30 AM Education Event
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build (November 14th)
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum.
Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is a program of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events led by the Computer History Museum. These one day long events are designed to introduce Bay Area middle school students, particularly those from populations that are typically underrepresented in high-tech professions, to the basic concepts behind coding and applied mathematics, in order to excite them about pursuing STEM in their education and future careers.

Through activities that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and project-based learning, students gain hands-on experience building and programming a Raspberry Pi, designing instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and investigate historic methods of computer programming. Each event is keynoted by a “rock star” – a tech industry luminary who shares his or her personal story to inspire students and pique their interest – and supported by other tech professionals who act as role models and mentors throughout the day.

Please note that this program is designed for grades 6 through 8.