Upcoming Events

Mar 14, 2015 10:30 AM Education Event
International Pi Day Celebration
Be Irrational, Celebrate Pi Day!
Each year on March 14th, math and science lovers everywhere join together in an international celebration Pi. “π” is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is a constant equaling approximately 3.14159. The year 2015 brings a rare opportunity to celebrate on the date of the first five digits of pi!
Join us at the Computer History Museum for a once-in-a-century opportunity on 3/14/15.

Each year on March 14th, math and science lovers everywhere join together in an international celebration Pi. “π” is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is a constant equaling approximately 3.14159. The year 2015 brings a rare opportunity to celebrate on the date of the first five digits of pi!

See the schedule of activities for all ages to explore the origin and impact of Pi around the world, workshops to try building and programming a real computer using a Raspberry Pi computer kit.....and delicious PIE will be available for purchase in the Cloud Café!


All activities are included with Museum admission.
Mar 19, 2015 6:00 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.
Apr 7, 2015 6:00 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 Authors Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
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.

Apr 15, 2015 7:00 PM Special Events
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries on the Road
KQED's John Boland & NPR's Jarl Mohn in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Invitation-only Event
KQED's John Boland & NPR's Jarl Mohn in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
"Re/New: The Future of News" will kick off with a conversation with KQED President & CEO John Boland and NPR President & CEO Jarl Mohn. Boland is re-inventing KQED on a local and regional level and setting a new generation of news in motion on television, radio and the internet. Mohn, who has headed NPR for less than a year but has significant media experience, plans to extend and deepen broadcast and digital news at NPR. Together they represent some of the best thinking -and action – about the future in either commercial or public media.
In 2015 the Museum will produce a new track within our Revolutionaries series, "Re/New: The Future of News." Technology is changing everything about the news and journalism industries—from gathering to processing to disseminating, and audience behavior and participation as well. This track will feature a series of conversations with news leaders and innovators about that changing landscape.

"Re/New: The Future of News" will kick off with a conversation with KQED President & CEO John Boland and NPR President & CEO Jarl Mohn. Boland is re-inventing KQED on a local and regional level and setting a new generation of news in motion on television, radio and the internet. Mohn, who has headed NPR for less than a year but has significant media experience, plans to extend and deepen broadcast and digital news at NPR. Together they represent some of the best thinking -and action – about the future in either commercial or public media.

Tonight’s program will be an in-depth conversation with these outstanding executives about everything from their beginnings in media, the history of their organizations, how their approach to journalism is evolving, technology’s impact on what they do, and the changing nature of digital audiences. Our moderator, John Hollar, began his career as a reporter, so he’s well suited to conduct an insightful and engaging conversation with these two media mavericks.

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. Please Note: This Revolutionaries on the Road will take place in KQED’s Studio A in San Francisco. Because seating in the studio is extremely limited, the program will be invitation-only. It will be available on our YouTube channel within a week. And, KQED Radio is recording the event and will broadcast it on Saturday, April 18 at 2pm, and again on Thursday, April 23 at 8pm.
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. The Cloud Café will be open, come grab a quick bite, a glass of wine and connect with fellow CHM friends!