South Florida Technology Alliance Celebrates the birth of the personal computer

From: Chris
Sent on: Monday, August 15, 2011 12:05 PM


Did you know the IBM PC and the first smarphone were developed in South Florida?

Join the South Florida Technology Alliance as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the birth of the personal computer in Boca Raton.  The South Florida region has produced tech innovations that have shaped today’s IT platforms on a global level.  The development of the PC, the first Smartphone, application virtualization are just some of the technologies that were created in South Florida.  Come and meet some of the innovators that have made South Florida a prominent place in global technology innovation. Chris Fleck VP of Mobility Solutions at Citrix Systems will be hosting a panel discussion with these notable contributors that helped change the world and made it a smaller place.  

Ed Iacobucci - the founder of Citrix in Fort Lauderdale, and the original Microsoft-IBM OS/2 Architect.

Patty McHugh -  one of the infamous 12 at IBM that developed the PC in Boca Raton. Also known as the "Mother of the Motherboard"  

Joe Sarubbi - led development of the IBM XT in Boca Raton 


Jaime Borras - SVP of research at Motorola who led development of the “PushToTalk” technology and the Nextel phone in Plantation

Gary Wisgo – led engineering for the "Simon", the industry’s first Smartphone a joint development of Bellsouth and IBM

The meeting will be held on site of the original IBM Boca campus. On display will be the original IBM PC 5150, the IBM XT, the BellSouth-IBM Simon Smartphone, Motorola devices and other significant tech memorabilia developed in south florida and elsewhere. 


In addition to the Tech legend panelists, the "Who's Who in South Florida Technology" that are building our tech future are also planning to attend this historic event including:

Dr. Zee Aganovic - CEO and Founder of HiConversion, the leader in web conversion optimization
Frank Azor - General Manager and Co-Founder of Alienware, now the gaming PC division of Dell
Dr. Tom Bradicich -  Fellow at National Instruments, former IBM Server CTO
Dan Cane - Founder of Blackboard the leading provider of education apps and services, now CEO of Modernizing Medicine
John Duffy - CEO and Founder of 3Cinteractive, the fastest growing Mobile Software provider on the Inc. 500
Bob Fleming - Founder of Prism Venture Partners the $1.25 billion Tech VC firm, now Managing Director Inlet Partners   
Gary Gofman - President of IFFT provider of inovative tablet PC's and eReaders found at major distributors and retail stores
Bob Greenberg - Microsoft Employee # 5
Jerry Huang - CEO & Founder of Gladinet, provider of Cloud access solutions for Desktop and file servers
Chet Heath - IBM Inventor of Plug-n-Play technology & Co-Founder of OmniCluster Technologies the pioneer of Blade Servers
Traver Gruen-Kennedy - CEO and Founder of Molecular Power Systems
Scott Moody - Co-Founder of Authentec, the top provider of Fingerprint sensors shipped on hundreds of millions of devices
Brad Pedersen - Chief Architect and Senior Fellow at Citrix Systems
Michael Platner - Co-Founder of Layered Technologies a leading Cloud provider, also a partner at LBBS Law
Lee Rautenberg - Inventor & developer of "PC Anywhere" the original remote PC software solution
Akshay Sharma - CTO of early smartphone firm Calypso Wireless and VoIP entrepreneur, currently an Analyst at Gartner Inc.
Dr. Tom Walsh - CEO of NEXX Systems, a leading Semiconductor Equipment manufacturer enabling the next generation of mobile devices
Myk Willis - CEO and Founder of Myxer, a leading mobile technology company with 47 Million users


This is an all-star lineup, don't miss out.  More information about this event can be found here:



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