Tech Pioneer, Steve Furber launches Summer Festival
Viva Computer! A People’s History of Home Computing summer festival and new exhibition opened on Sunday 26 June.
The launch event, hosted by tech entrepreneur and Acorn founder Hermann Hauser, included a guest appearance from computer pioneer, Steve Furber, Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Manchester, – a principal designer of the BBC Micro (1982), the Acorn RISC Machine (1985), and now working on SpiNNaker – in conversation with BBC technology writer Bill Thompson.
Over 50 invited guests, including Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner, were welcomed to the Centre by CCH Trustee and Chief Technology Officer of ARM, Mike Muller.
Centre CEO, Jason Fitzpatrick said: “We are really delighted that Steve could join us for the festival launch. His involvement is hugely valued by all our team of staff and volunteers. No one could be more appropriate! Steve has enjoyed an unparalleled career in computer engineering. His reputation is acknowledged across the world and it all started here in Cambridge.
"Equally, Bill Thompson always dazzles with his close knowledge of the subject. His understanding of Steve's career is second to none.
"We are extremely grateful to both Steve and Bill for making the launch a truly memorable occasion. Their filmed conversation will now become a valuable addition to the Viva Computer! archive and available online."
The Viva Computer! festival is the highpoint of an 18 month project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to record the memories of the engineers, inventors, microchip designers, game developers, tech entrepreneurs and tech users who have helped create the high-tech world we live in today. The exhibition focuses on a number of these stories. It's designed to be a celebration of Cambridge’s computing history, told by the people who made it and the people who use it.
The entertainment kicks off this weekend (July 2-3) with Come, See and Make History! Visitors will be able to explore high-tech tales of the computing pioneers, software wizards, innovative engineers, gamers and entrepreneurs who made Cambridge the nation’s foremost tech hub. They will also be encouraged to make history of their own by joining the Centre’s ‘great gadget’ vox-pop recorded for posterity.
Raspberry Pi founder, Eben Upton will be on hand to lead a coding workshop, as well as tell the story of the Raspberry Pi project and how it fits into the history of computing in Cambridge.
Jason Fitzpatrick said: “We believe we have put together a programme which genuinely has something to offer everyone. We are also very excited about unveiling our new audio-visual archive of memories. Many of the stories, just like Steve Furber's, are fascinating and inspirational!”
All events are free
Normal admission applies
Heritage Lottery Fund
For further information please contact:
Tel: 01223 214446 M: 0733179293
Photographs: Terry Harris - Centre for Computing History (c)
Date : 27-06-2016