6:45 - Arrival - Snacks, Pizza and Networking.
7:15 - Introduction / Announcements by the organizers.
7:20 - 7:30 Start Demo / Pitches (ONE MINUTE each)
Demo 1 - Apply to present
Demo 2 - Apply to present
Demo 3 - Apply to present
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: http://www.midatlanticretro.org
Evan has been an author, adviser, and/or expert source on computer history topics for ArsTechnica, Bankrate.com (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: http://snarc.net
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