Upcoming Events

Sep 17, 2015 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Medium's Evan Williams & Steven Levy in Conversation with the Museum's John Hollar
Medium's Evan Williams & Steven Levy in Conversation with 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.

We are pleased that KQED Radio will be recording this program for future broadcast.

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 6:30 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.

We are pleased that KQED Radio will be recording this program for future broadcast.

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 6:00 PM Speaker Series
Revolutionaries
MIT's Cynthia Breazeal and Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz with the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones
MIT's Cynthia Breazeal and Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz with the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones
This Revolutionaries evening not only features two of the world's foremost experts in artificial intelligence, but also opens what we hope will be a new co-production partnership with the BBC World Service, which reaches 190 million listeners per week around the globe.
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


Artificial Intelligence is remaking our world. In a special edition of Revolutionaries, two of the field’s world-leading figures join the BBC’s Rory Cellan Jones to discuss how.

This Revolutionaries evening not only features two of the world's foremost experts in artificial intelligence, but also opens what we hope will be a new co-production partnership with the BBC World Service, which reaches 210 million listeners per week around the globe.

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.

Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's Technology Correspondent, will travel from London to moderate.

Because this is a co-production with the BBC World Service, this program will run longer than usual. In addition, the format will be a little different from a traditional CHM evening. More details will be provided to the audience prior to the program's start.

KQED Radio will broadcast this program on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm.

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.

The BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 28 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 210 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 283 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.
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.

Oct 17, 2015 9:30 AM Speaker Series
Broadcom Presents:
Design_Code_Build (October 17th)
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 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.

Jan 14, 2016 7:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
An Evening with the U.S. Digital Service Team
Behind the scenes within the Obama Administration, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) is quietly rethinking - and remaking - the way the federal government harnesses digital technology to serve the nation in the 21st Century. In this Revolutionaries evening, we will meet the brain trust behind this landmark initiative.
I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives. President Barack Obama


Behind the scenes within the Obama Administration, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) is quietly rethinking—and remaking—the way the federal government harnesses digital technology to serve the nation in the 21st Century. In this Revolutionaries evening, we will meet the brain trust behind this landmark initiative.

USDS was created in 2014 by the White House and is housed within the Office of Management and Budget. It began as a small team of digital experts who were recruited to repair the HealthCare.gov website. That elite digital team now works in collaboration with other government agencies to make websites more consumer friendly, to identify and fix problems, and to help upgrade the government’s technology infrastructure. Along the way they are saving taxpayers a lot of money as well.

We have assembled a panel of USDS leaders for a conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar about the great work they’re doing to basically redefine the experience of government. They will talk about how they were recruited and why they continue to serve, and what’s so powerful about the idea of "giving back." In addition, they have a steep recruitment goal to hit to help build an ongoing pipeline of tech talent bound for the nation's capitol – and the response to their pitch has been overwhelming.

This is going to be an inspirational evening you won’t want to miss.

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.