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When Great Minds Think Alike

Press Release Date 
Friday, 26 February, 2010
Leading thinkers from the arts to the sciences will converge at The Tech Museum for this unique conference aligning technical and human tools to help solve global challenges.

The "Program for the Future Conference 2010: Collaboration Mash-Up" is inspired by the vision of technology pioneer Douglas Engelbart, who decades ago saw that our biggest problems were growing faster than our ability to solve them. In response, Engelbart began his life-long quest to improve our collective intelligence by helping people work better and smarter together. The groundbreaking conference brings together technology leaders and representatives of many disciplines — including health, business, education and science — who will unveil innovative collaborative tools and technology and experiment with others in this hands-on, interactive event. Those unable to attend in person will be able to participate virtually through the Web and Second Life.

"Engelbart is steadfast in his belief that you don’t need a lot of money to change the world; you simply need good ideas," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. "During this conference, The Tech Museum is bringing together some of the finest minds to fast-track those ideas by identifying better ways for people to work together, by considering new collaborative models, by empowering people to help solve problems."

As part of the conference, the semi-finalists of the museum’s "Program for the Future Global Design Challenge" will be announced. The challenge is meant to find new ideas to facilitate collaboration and improve outcomes in some important area of human endeavor. A handful of the 47 entries from around the world will be named semi-finalists, and one will be awarded the Engelbart Prize for Best New Collaborative Tool. This prize includes a $1,000 cash award. The final winners of the Design Challenge, announced at a later date, will receive additional cash awards and their designs will be featured in The Tech Museum, The MIT Museum and elsewhere. Among the conference participants: Verna Allee of Value Networks; Nilofer Merchant, author of The New How; Bill Fenwick of Fenwick & West.

WHAT: Program for the Future Conference 2010: Collaboration Mash-Up, bringing together some of the brightest minds to increase our collective ability to solve world problems. Also, global design challenge awarded.

WHEN: 8:45 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum – located in the Capital of Silicon Valley – is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.

Contact:
Roqua Montez
Senior Manager Public Relations

(408) 795-6225
rmontez@thetech.org