Bob  Ketner

Bob Ketner

Exponential Center
Computer History Museum

Bob Ketner is a product developer, experienced in web products, museum experiences, and some consumer products. Since 2013, Ketner has served as a support engineer (vendor) at Google, having worked on Project Glass and with the Aura (wearables) software development team.

From 2008 to 2012, Ketner ran an award-winning online platform for collaborative museum exhibit design and also served as curator at The Tech Museum in San Jose, California. While at The Tech he developed, pitched, and delivered the "Tech Test Zone," which brought emerging prototype and research-stage interfaces directly to the museum floor. Other exhibitions he curated and project managed included an Intel-funded Microchip Gallery and a "tangible bits" art installation by MIT research and artist team Zigelbaum and Coelho as part of San Jose's Zero1 Biennial in 2012.

On the computer history side of things, Ketner served on the core organizing team for the Program for the Future conferences, which took Doug Engelbart's human augmentation approach as inspiration for reimagining collaboration of all kinds. Ketner founded and led special interest groups (SIGs) with Silicon Valley Forum for nine years, creating over 45 technology-focused events with the organization and has curated and produced workshops with SRI and NASA Ames Research Center.

Ketner earned an MA in industrial product design from San Francisco State University and has served on the teaching team at Stanford University's “Design for Science” course during 2012. You can view Ketner’s portfolio at