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Princeton Tech Meetup #36 w/Evan Koblentz - Mid-Atlantic Retro Comp. Hobbyists

  • May 13, 2015 · 6:45 PM
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6:45 - Arrival - Snacks, Pizza and Networking.

7:15 - Introduction / Announcements by the organizers.

7:20 - 7:30 Start Demo / Pitches (ONE MINUTE each)

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7:30 - Evan Koblentz - "The prehistory of portable computing" - Co-Founder and President, Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists (MARCH) 

8:30 - Open-mic to quickly promote your business or broadcast a need that someone in the group might be able to fill. 

8:45 - Wrap-Up, discussion of Meetup, feedback and opportunities for improvement or future topics.

8:55 - End of formal part of meeting.

9:00 - Exit Venue and head to After Hours Party - Location: TBA

About the Topic: Most people, and even more techies, think of mobile/portable computers as being relatively new and small inventions. It wasn't always that way! Mobile/portable computing goes back to the early days of vacuum tube machines -- and in some examples the systems are just as large. None of these systems are a secret, but Evan's research into their development and historical context may open your eyes about the places from which your iPhone traces its DNA.

This speech will be both educational and entertaining for anyone from preteens to serial entrepreneurs. It would be wonderful to have some young techies in the audience, so please consider bringing your kids. Anybody eighteen or under will have free admission this evening!

About the Speaker: Evan Koblentz co-founded and serves as president of a user group, MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists).

MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists) is a decade-old organization devoted to saving and teaching the history of computing. They're setting trends by having a fresh, fun perspective, and it's working — because others are copying it. MARCH activities include administering an email list, hosting the annual Vintage Computer Festival East, and operating a bricks-and-mortar computer museum at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, N.J.

Find out more about MARCH here:

Evan has been an author, adviser, and/or expert source on computer history topics for ArsTechnica, (also via MSN Money and Fox Business), BBC Radio, CBS Radio New York, CNN, Esquire and many others.

His primary expertise is the history of portable computers. He was an adviser for the mobile computing portion of the Computer History Museum's "Revolution" exhibit. 

He frequently lectures and/or exhibit at hobbyist events such as Hackers On Planet Earth, Maker Faire, New Jersey Science & Engineering Festival, Philadelphia Science Carnival, Trenton Computer Festival, and Vintage Computer Festival.

He spent 15 years in technology journalism. His work appeared in Electronic Component News, eWeek, the former FierceEnterprise, IEEE The Institute, Law Technology News, Light Reading, Mobile Enterprise, Technology Review, TMC Labs, Wireless Week, and elsewhere. 

You can find out more about Evan here:

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  • Evan

    Hello everyone -- great news! A digital version "1.0" of my book is now available. It is only in PDF edition; print/Kindle editions are forthcoming. The PDF is only eight bucks. :) Please visit Thank you.

    June 16, 2015

  • John C.

    Hi everyone! I'll be attending and writing an article about this meeting for Looking forward to being there and meeting everybody.

    4 · May 12, 2015

    • Evan

      Oh, okay. I'd appreciate it if you could include my fundraising link.

      May 15, 2015

    • John C.

      The article is up now. Thanks again for such an interesting presentation! http://www.njtechweek...­

      1 · May 27, 2015

  • Ben B.

    I wish I could make this one! If anyone (including speaker) is willing/able to record the talk, even just audio, would love that. Computer history is one of my areas of interest.

    1 · May 12, 2015

    • Mathew P.

      I am working with Venu to capture these great keynote speakers in podcast form. Will let you know if we're able to get it done again tonight.

      1 · May 13, 2015

    • Mathew P.

      We were able to capture it. Sorry it's a bit echo-ee but here's the presentation. -­

      1 · May 14, 2015

  • Hema M.

    This was such an interesting topic! I am looking forward to visiting the museum and you are sure to get more traffic soon. Evan- I hope you have a facebook page that I can share with my techie parents and kids-I am going to look for it. Thanks again. Hema Malini

    1 · May 14, 2015

  • Mathew P.

    Here is the audio of Evan Koblentz of MARCH from last night's Meetup.

    2 · May 14, 2015

  • Evan

    I appreciate all of the comments. My organization is social at and Our primitive web site is To help fund my book, please visit

    1 · May 14, 2015

  • theresa

    Great educational presentation on the history of computers; looking forward to visiting his museum.

    1 · May 14, 2015

  • Evan

    Thanks to everyone who came to hear me talk about computer history tonight. If you'd like to help me complete my book, then please visit

    May 14, 2015

  • Navjot S.

    Really great :)

    1 · May 14, 2015

  • Navjot S.

    Hope it is fantastic and the presenters do well again :)

    1 · May 13, 2015

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