Upcoming Events

May 28, 2019 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley
Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime takes readers behind closed doors to follow the lives and careers of women who were largely written out of history—until now. Through their experiences juggling work and family, the featured leaders and others continue to shape the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, literal punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and male-dominated industries. Despite setbacks, they have rewritten the rules for an industry they love, paving the way for the next generation of women along the way.
"If you read one book about women in business, Alpha Girls should be the one."
—Peter Diamandis, New York Times Bestselling Author, Founder & Executive Chairman of XPRIZE

How do women, through grit and ingenuity, become stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley to help build some of the foremost companies of our time?

Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime takes readers behind closed doors to follow the lives and careers of women who were largely written out of history - until now. Through their experiences juggling work and family, the featured leaders and others continue to shape the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, literal punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and male-dominated industries. Despite setbacks, they have rewritten the rules for an industry they love, paving the way for the next generation of women along the way.

Award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie will share unforgettable stories of women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time. Joining her will be Alpha Girl and venture partner Sonja Hoel Perkins and seasoned executive Abe Kleinfeld to share their experiences as a male/female team who challenge stereotypes as they guide Silicon Valley companies to awards for innovation and employee satisfaction and multi-million dollar exits. Join us for a powerful conversation moderated by Alpha Girl and early Tesla investor Laurie Yoler with book author Julian Guthrie and ultimate power duo Sonja Hoel and Abe Kleinfield.
Books Inc. will be selling copies of Alpha Girls before and after the program.

This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

About the Exponential Center @CHM
This event is produced by the Exponential Center @CHM. The Exponential Center captures the legacy—and advances the future—of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact.
May 29, 2019 9:00 AM Speaker Series
Common Sense and CHM Present
Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being
Join Common Sense and the Stanford d.school for a conference on technology and well-being. Featured speakers include Craig Newmark, Tristan Harris, and Dr. Jenny Radesky, who, along with other industry leaders and child health experts, will explore ethical design that creates a healthier digital ecosystem for all.

Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being will engage experts in health, technology, education, and legislative advocacy around...
Join Common Sense, the Stanford d.school and the Computer History Museum for a conference on technology and well-being. Featured speakers include Craig Newmark, Tristan Harris, and Dr. Jenny Radesky, who, along with other industry leaders and child health experts, will explore ethical design that creates a healthier digital ecosystem for all.

Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being will engage experts in health, technology, education, and legislative advocacy around some of the most pressing issues of our time, from data privacy to quality content, equity, and ethical design. This full-day event will convene diverse perspectives and identify innovative solutions that could move us closer to a digital world that works better for all of us—especially kids and families.

Registration fee waived for all government employees, students, and educators.
Jun 12, 2019 6:30 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Technically Speaking
If Software, Then Space
Perspectives on Computing and Space History
As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing approaches, the Museum is delighted to present a distinguished panel to provide insights and perspectives on the place of computing in space history: Dan Lickly, who played key roles in the development of the software for the Apollo Guidance Computer;; Matthew Shindell, historian of science and a Space History curator at the National Air and Space Museum; and Charles Simonyi, legendary programmer, Microsoft executive, and two-time space tourist.

This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page.
Humanity’s activities in space have changed how we understand our place in the Universe, and have become essential to life as we know it. Space science – from astronomy to planetary science – have provided new understandings of how we and our planet fit into the cosmic puzzle. Space services – from GPS to communications, and from imaging to scientific measurements – have become invaluable to our everyday lives, from daily navigation to weather prediction, and much, much, more. From the very beginning of humanity’s space history, digital computing has played a vital, enabling role. The importance of computing to space history even compares to that of rocketry. Once the exclusive domain of nation-states, space activities are increasingly pursued by private firms. From launch services to satellite fleets and commercial tourism, computing remains absolutely vital to these pursuits.

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing approaches, the Museum is delighted to present a distinguished panel to provide insights and perspectives on the place of computing in space history: Dan Lickly, who played key roles in the development of the software for the Apollo Guidance Computer;; Matthew Shindell, historian of science and a Space History curator at the National Air and Space Museum; and Charles Simonyi, legendary programmer, Microsoft executive, and two-time space tourist.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Antje and Paul Newhagen. About Technically Speaking @CHM
Technically Speaking is a part of the Museum’s CHM Live programming. It showcases leading historians, authors, professors, and technology experts exploring historical and technical elements of computing. These conversations or lectures provide an in-depth look at surprising, unusual, or little-known topics. As respected experts in their fields, speakers provide insightful and unique perspectives on technology. computerhistory.org/chmlive

About the Software History Center @CHM
The Software History Center @CHM collects, preserves, and interprets the history of software and its transformational effects on global society. Software is what a computer does. The existence of code reflects the story of the people who made it. The transformational effects of software are the consequences of people’s creation and use of code. In the stories of these people lie the technical, business, and cultural histories of software—from timesharing services to the cloud, from custom code to packaged programs, from developers to entrepreneurs, from smartphones to supercomputers. The center is exploring these people-centered stories, documenting software-in-action, and leveraging the Museum’s rich collections to tell the story of software, preserve its history, and put it to work today for gauging where we are, where we have been, and where we might be going. For details, see computerhistory.org/softwarehistory.
Jun 21, 2019 5:00 PM Speaker Series
Friday Nights @CHM
Teen Takeover: Idea to Influence
The Computer History Museum invites teens and families from across the Bay Area to join us from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 21 for a fun-filled night packed with activities, food, and music. Organized by CHM’s Teen Engagement Council (TEC), Idea to Influence is a free after-hours event that allows teens to explore the ways in which technology helps define the past, present, and future of society.
The Computer History Museum invites teens from across the Bay Area to join us from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 21 for a fun-filled night packed with activities, food, and music. Organized by CHM’s Teen Engagement Council (TEC), Idea to Influence is a free after-hours event that allows teens to explore the ways in which technology helps define the past, present, and future of society.

Follow an idea from its conception as it gains support and influenced people all over the world! Learn how modern popular culture and social innovation have been shaped by social media and other forms of technology.

This event is open to the public. Teens and young adults will find lots to see and do throughout the night, and families of all ages are welcome.

The Teen Engagement Council at CHM fosters collaboration among teens to create, coordinate, execute, and promote events by teens for teens. “Idea to Influence” is an event aimed at paving the way for increased teen participation at the Computer History Museum.

Bring your Eventbrite confirmation for free admission and to receive 15% off at the Museum Store. Offer valid for this event only.

#CHMTeenTakeover
Jul 17, 2019 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
The Code
Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
Long before Margaret O’Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet. There she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government, and how shallow the common understanding of the Valley’s success actually was.

Now, after years of...
Long before Margaret O’Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet. There she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government, and how shallow the common understanding of the Valley’s success actually was.

Now, after years of in-depth research, O’Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time. THE CODE: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America is a complete tour of the foundation of the digital age. Beginning with Silicon Valley’s initial boom in the postwar era at the hands of academic administrators and eccentric trust-funders, and spanning Ross Perot’s 1960s pioneering of data services, the influence of Reagan’s White House on the tech boom, Jeff Bezo’s lean operations in the early days of Amazon, and up through Steve Jobs’ private memorial service, O’Mara peels back the surprising stories behind the characters at the center of the technology revolution.

But THE CODE is not only a tale of the mavericks and visionaries of the tech boom. O’Mara also reveals how government contracts and defense spending played an enormous role in building Silicon Valley, and how powerful institutions like the Pentagon and Stanford University created a framework for innovation that allowed entrepreneurial juggernauts to rise. Throughout, O’Mara is on the ground at all the key companies of the tech sector, wrestling with its politics and its relation to the larger cultural narrative about tech as it has evolved over the years. Most impressively, she has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms—the insular and still remarkably old-boy world that has become the cockpit of American capitalism.

The transformation of big tech into the engine room of the American economy and the nexus of so many of our hopes and dreams—and, increasingly, our nightmares—can be understood in O’Mara’s masterful hands. As her lucid writing makes clear, the fate of this patch of land in Northern California is the fate of us all.


This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page.
About the Exponential Center @CHM
This event is produced by the Exponential Center @CHM. The Exponential Center captures the legacy—and advances the future—of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact.