Upcoming Events

Jan 29, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Composer & Cellist Philip Sheppard in Conversation with Sid Lee's Will Travis
Sheppard says that, for him, creativity is like oxygen. The Museum has invited him to bring his cello to help illustrate exactly why that is so. Please join us for an inspiring and illuminating evening.
I like smashing new technology into old technology and the older the technology the better. One of the cellos I use was made in the 17th century, and some of the equipment I use was made last week. I find if you pull from as far away as possible, you often end up with a much more interesting result.”
Philip Sheppard
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, June 2014


Philip Sheppard has gathered international acclaim for his diverse career as a composer, conductor, an arranger, and innovative performer. His work reinvents perceptions of classical music and succeeds in engaging a huge range of audiences from different musical backgrounds. Musical collaborator for both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France, Sheppard has also worked with such musical legends as David Bowie and Jeff Buckley and frequently speaks and plays at technology and creative conferences. A cellist and graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he is now a professor and a fellow, he lives happily in both the classical and rock music worlds. He has also forged a highly successful career as a film music composer and recently wrote the score for the new BBC Two Human Universe series, featuring English physicist Professor Brian Cox.

Will Travis of Sid Lee returns to the Museum’s stage to moderate a conversation with Sheppard about the intersection of music and technology. They’ll discuss the impact technology has had on Sheppard’s work, from composing to teaching to performing, while also addressing how he bridges the new and old worlds, including what exactly it means to “smash” new and old technologies. Other topics of conversation will include Sheppard’s views on today’s changing music industry—the impact on musicians and how the world finds and experiences music.

Sheppard says that, for him, creativity is like oxygen. The Museum has invited him to bring his cello to help illustrate exactly why that is so. Please join us for an inspiring and illuminating evening.

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.

Members, please note that there is no member reception before the program.
Feb 3, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
FIA Formula E Racing: Drive the Future
Fasten your seat belt and plan to join us for an inspiring and educational ride as we learn more about how Formula E is revolutionizing the world of racing.
The inaugural race was unexpectedly dramatic. A crash at the last turn of the final lap involving the leading cars allowed the Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi of the Audi Sport ABT team to win. The Beijing ePrix took place in Olympic Park, site of the 2008 Olympics. The cars made 25 laps on the 3.44 kilometer course, weaving between the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest.”
Becky Davis, The New York Times
September 13, 2014


Formula E is a new FIA (International Automobile Association) single-seater championship and the world’s first fully electric racing series. It runs from September 2014 through to June 2015, and will compete in the heart of nine of the world’s leading cities, from Beijing to London, racing around their iconic landmarks. For the inaugural season, ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head to head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans. Team owners include Sir Richard Branson, the four-time Formula One champion Alain Prost and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Drivers include Formula One veteran Jarno Trulli, Lucas de Grassi and Katherine Leggae.

Formula E represents CEO Alejandro Agag’s vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for R&D around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. Agag sees the research and development of electric racing cars as a catalyst for the development of tomorrow’s clean city cars. With over a decade of motorsports experience and years of shaping global and social issues as a politician, Agag is determined to revolutionize the world of clean mobility on the racetrack, city streets and consumer markets.

We look forward to welcoming Alejandro Agag to our stage, and to learning more about his vision for this inaugural race and beyond. John Hollar will moderate a conversation about the nuts and bolts of how racing electric vehicles really works and the larger sustainability mission driving Agag. They will also talk about the challenges involved in raising the $100 million necessary to launch, and in recruiting ten teams and drivers. And, of course we’ll learn about the technology that’s been incorporated into the cars, and how Formula E is using social media to enhance the fan experience.

The Museum is very fortunate to host this program in advance of the two races in U.S. cities – Miami in March and Long Beach in April. We’ve also invited Agag to bring along a team owner and a driver, and hope to confirm their participation very soon.

Fasten your seat belt and plan to join us for an inspiring and educational ride as we learn more about how Formula E is revolutionizing the world of racing.

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.

Members, please note that there is no member reception before the program.
Feb 18, 2015 12:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Believer Author David Axelrod in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Believer Author David Axelrod in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Join us for an engaging conversation with a man who, after 40 years in politics, is still a believer, and is working to help inspire and train the next generation of leaders.
The strategist who masterminded Obama’s historic election campaigns, and their breakthrough use of technology, opens up about his years as a young journalist, political consultant, and ultimately senior adviser to the president.

The man behind some of the greatest political changes of the last decade, David Axelrod has devoted a lifetime to questioning political certainties and daring to bring fresh thinking into the political landscape. Whether as a child hearing John F. Kennedy stump in New York, or as a strategist guiding the first African American to the White House, Axelrod shows in Believer how his own life stands at the center of a tumultuous American century.

Believer begins in 1960s New York, but rapidly moves west. As a young newspaperman in the Chicago of the 1970s and 1980s, Axelrod reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines, along with the emergence of a black, independent movement that made Obama’s ascent possible. Seeing the golden age of Chicago journalism collapse, Axelrod switched careers to become a political strategist, working for path breakers like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and morally conflicted characters like John Edwards. For better and worse, Axelrod helped to redefine the techniques by which modern political campaigns are run.

Our moderator, John Hollar, will explore with Axelrod all of the above plus the impact story of technology – from social media to Web 2.0 and big data and beyond – utilized by campaigns but also by the electorate, and what the implications may be on our politics and public policy.

Join us for an engaging conversation with a man who, after 40 years in politics, is still a believer, and is working to help inspire and train the next generation of leaders.

Kepler's Books will be onsite selling copies of Believer before and after the program. There will be a book signing when the program adjourns.

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. Note that this Revolutionaries program will begin at 12:00PM, with a 30 minute book signing following the program's end about 1:15PM.
Feb 27, 2015 8:30 AM Education Series
CHM Presents
Talking to the Future 2015
Talking to the Future 2015
Talking to the Future is a live annual event that brings local high school students and their teachers together with a diverse group of innovators.
Talking to the Future is a live annual event that brings local high school students and their teachers together with a diverse group of innovators to share ideas on how to solve real-world problems and learn the steps necessary to transform ideas into technology-based solutions. This program exposes students to various tech careers, gives them an insider’s perspective, and sparks curiosity for creative thinking.

The schools participating in Talking to the Future program on February 27, 2015 are John F. Kennedy High School, Burlingame High School and El Cerrito High School.
Apr 7, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Becoming Steve Jobs Authors Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily life of billions of people?
Still, I was always the reporter and Steve was the source and subject; I was the ink-stained wretch, and he was the rock star. More than anything, he wanted to get his stories told to the biggest and best audience possible, and I could give him that. For my part, I could sense he was bound for even bigger things and wanted to have a front-row seat. And so the overarching purpose for our social and personal interactions for the next 20 years would be journalistic transactions. And not all of them would please him.
Brent Schlender, Fortune Magazine
October 25, 2011


There have been many books—on a large and small scale—about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others.

Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily life of billions of people?

Drawing on incredible and sometimes exclusive access, Schlender and Tetzeli tell a different story of a real human being who wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strengths over time. Their rich, compelling narrative is filled with stories never told before from the people who knew Jobs best, and who decided to open up to the authors, including his family, former inner circle executives, and top people at Apple, Pixar and Disney, most notably Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Robert Iger and many others. In addition, Brent knew Jobs personally for 25 years and draws upon his many interviews with him, on and off the record, in writing the book. He and Rick humanize the man and explain, rather than simply describe, his behavior. Along the way, the book provides rich context about the technology revolution we all have lived through, and the ways in which Jobs changed our world.

John Hollar will moderate a conversation with the authors about Steve Jobs’ evolution and also about the book’s genesis and their collaboration. Please join us.

A book signing will follow the program. Kepler's Books will be on-site selling copies of the book before and after the program.

Members, please note that there is no member reception before the program.
May 5, 2015 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage Author Sydney Padua in Conversation with Google Doodle Leader Ryan Germick
Sydney Padua in Conversation with Google Doodle Leader Ryan Germick
Sydney Padua is a graphic artist and animator. Sydney wrote this “Steampunk” graphic novel based on thorough research on the biographies and correspondence between Babbage and Lovelace, as well as other bits of early Victoriana, which is then twisted for humorous effect. Ryan Germick, our moderator, first graced the Museum’s stage in 2012 as a panel participant in The Art & Technology of Google Doodles Revolutionaries program. His pairing with Sydney will most definitely result in a thrilling and adventurous evening you won’t want to miss. Please join us.
A graphic novel debut that transforms a compelling scientific collaboration into an unexpected -- and hilarious -- series of adventures

A unique take on the unrealized invention of the computer in the 1830s by the eccentric polymath Charles Babbage and his accomplice, the daughter of Lord Byron, Ada, Countess of Lovelace. When Ada translated her friend Babbage's plans for the "Difference Engine," her lengthy footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory—one hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a few years after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines. But now Sydney Padua gives us an alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine, and then use it to do battle with the American banking system, the publishing industry, their own fears that their project will lose funding, and a villainous street musician who will force the two friends to reevaluate their priorities—"for the sake of both London and science."

Sydney Padua is a graphic artist and animator. Sydney wrote this “Steampunk” graphic novel based on thorough research on the biographies and correspondence between Babbage and Lovelace, as well as other bits of early Victoriana, which is then twisted for humorous effect. Ryan Germick, our moderator, first graced the Museum’s stage in 2012 as a panel participant in The Art & Technology of Google Doodles Revolutionaries program. His pairing with Sydney will most definitely result in a thrilling and adventurous evening you won’t want to miss. Please join us.

There will be a book signing following tonight’s program. Kepler's Books will be onsite selling copies of the book 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.

Members, please note that there is no member reception before the program.