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Sep 8 – Atari’s Impact on Silicon Valley: 1972-84

Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 6:30-8:30pm

6:00 PM: Doors open for refreshments and networking
6:30 PM: Panel presentation

SOLD OUT


Venue: KeyPoint Credit Union,

2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara 95051
(Just south of Central Expressway)

Park in lot adjacent to building on Bowers Ave.

Our Thanks To KeyPoint Credit Union

IEEE SV Tech History committee is extremely grateful to KeyPoint Credit Union for use of their auditorium as our prime venue. Many thanks to Doron Noyman of KeyPoint for his support in making that happen.


Abstract:

In the 1970s, Silicon Valley was a very different place.  There were few consumer companies.  Companies were started by PhDs and seasoned business people.  The value of a company was measured in the depth of its patent portfolio or its profits.  Venture money went to companies that solved difficult technology problems.

HP gave us the story of how a couple of young engineers started in a garage and built a major company over a 25-year period. Atari modified that story: a couple of young engineers started in a garage and built a major consumer company in less than 10 years, while having a blast doing it.  The Atari story was the basis for Apple and many of the major valley companies that followed.

Atari, founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell, Ted Dabney and Al Alcorn, created the earliest successful arcade and home video games, as well as early personal computers.  This event will include stories about products such as Pong and the Atari 2600, as well as the fun and turmoil surrounding this corner of Silicon Valley from 1972 to 1984.


Participants:

Nolan Bushnell, the legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur who co-founded Atari in 1972, was a founding father of the video game industry, and was named by Newsweek as one of “50 Men Who Changed America.”

Al Alcorn: Atari employee #3 who designed Pong (the first commercially successful coin-operated video game), built the first video game on a custom chip (home Pong), and led the development of the Atari VCS home video game machine which launched the cartridge video game industry.

Owen Rubin: early coin-op engineer who helped in the transition from all-TTL games to microprocessor-based games.

Steven Mayer: chief Atari architect for home video games and computer systems, and who was on the team that brought Activision back from bankruptcy to become the world’s largest independent game’s software company.

Brian Berg, IEEE Silicon Valley History Committee Chair, will moderate this panel.

Ken Pyle, Managing Editor of Viodi, is videographer for this event.

One Response to “Sep 8 – Atari’s Impact on Silicon Valley: 1972-84”

  1. tom94022 says:

    Hi Anthony
    It will be recorded and the video subsequently linked from our events page. It may take several months before it gets linked
    Tom

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