Upcoming Events

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 conception to innovation to influence. Learn how social media and other forms of technology have influenced popular culture and social innovation today.

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.

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Jul 12, 2019 6:30 PM Speaker Series
Friday Nights @CHM
LIKE
A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.

Watch the film trailer here.

Join us for Friday Nights @CHM before the program! Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy food and drinks in our front patio. CHM exhibits are open from 5 to 9 p.m. and are free to event guests.

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.
Aug 2, 2019 6:30 PM Speaker Series
Friday Nights @CHM
The Bit Player
Join us for a screening of The Bit Player, a film that combines interviews with leading scientists, archival film, inventive animation and compelling commentary from Shannon himself to tell the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world but never lost his childlike curiosity. After the film, there will be a Q & A with the director Mark Levinson (Particle Fever).
In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the notion of a “bit” and laid the foundation for the Information Age. His ideas ripple through such diverse fields as communication, linguistics, genetics, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and cosmology. In later years, he constructed a mathematical theory of juggling, rode unicycles, wrote the first paper on computer chess and built a flaming trumpet!

Join us for a screening of The Bit Player, a film that combines interviews with leading scientists, archival film, inventive animation and compelling commentary from Shannon himself to tell the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world but never lost his childlike curiosity. After the film, there will be a Q & A with the director Mark Levinson (Particle Fever).

Watch the film trailer here.

Join us for Friday Nights @CHM before the program! Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy food and drinks in our front patio. CHM exhibits are open from 5 to 9 p.m. and are free to event guests.