Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00 PM: Doors open for refreshments and networking
6:30 to 8:30 PM: Presentation and Q&A

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KeyPoint Credit Union
2805 Bowers Ave (just off Central Expressway)
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Our Thanks To KeyPoint Credit Union

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


Many people got interested in technology by taking things apart in order to learn how they work, and this was an important step in their learning how to build stuff themselves.  This event will feature important players in the history of the Maker/Hacker Community in Silicon Valley and beyond.  They will describe how various Maker communities started, and what their impact has been.  They will also offers insights into the trends that shaped the Maker movement, and will discuss why making is as important for our future as it was in our past.  It’s not just about tools and materials – it’s also about the people who learn to use them creatively.


Lee Felsenstein: CTO of Fonly LLC, and a Computer History Museum Fellow. One of the earliest engineers developing personal computers he took a countercultural route of exploration in finding development projects, leading to the realization that computers and terminals could be designed to “grow a computer club around itself” for support. In the process Lee helped set up the first public-access computer social media system, designed the first kit modem for hobbyists, and ran the meetings of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club. Calling himself “post-employable”, Lee takes on design contracts, speaks and writes about the relevance of personal computer history to today’s world

Dr. Andrew Cromarty: President and CEO of Heathkit. Dr. Cromarty has served as a corporate scientist and corporate marketer for several corporations, served on the Board of a corporate VC, and performed due diligence on over 60 opportunities for investments, mergers, and acquisitions.  At Heath Company, Dr. Cromarty has applied his corporate, startup and recovery skills to restore this century-old former $100 million manufacturing company from bankruptcy back to successful operations, developing and overseeing all manufacturing, staff development, product development, back-office and fulfillment operations, customer service, and marketing and sales. Heathkit now has shipped new products to thousands of customers worldwide under his leadership.

Doug Dougherty: CEO of Make Media is a leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine in 2005, where the term “makers” was first used to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play.  Dale started the Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this has led to nearly 200 events in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees.  Both Make: and Maker Faire were catalysts of the Maker Movement.  Dale is President of Make: Community, and was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media where he was an editor of many early technical books.  While at O’Reilly, he developed GNN, the first commercial website, which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995.  He coined the term “Web 2.0.”

Camp Peavy: Founder of the HBRC Challenge and HomeBrewed Robots.

Tom Coughlin, the moderator, is an officer of the IEEE Silicon Valley Tech History Committee, an At-Large Director of IEEE-CNSV and the IEEE-USA President.