Computer History Museum Features
'Make Software Change the World!'
On January 28, the Computer History
Museum will open its newest exhibition "Make Software: Change the
World!" The $7 million, 6,000 square foot exhibition explores how the
lives of people everywhere have been transformed by software. Structured
around three areas of transformation -- Life and Death, Perception and
Reality, and Knowledge and Belonging -- the exhibition is designed for
middle schoolers, families, and adults and features multimedia and
touchscreen interactives, including the Stata Family Software Lab where
visitors can explore coding hands-on.
"From our vantage point in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Computer
History Museum is the major institution in the world attempting to work
out the meaning of this ongoing era of transformation -- to identify,
preserve and present it even as the forces of change shape events in
real time," said John C. Hollar, the Museum's president and chief
executive officer. "We collect, exhibit, educate, publish and story-tell
for a singular purpose: We seek to enhance understanding of this
•Exponential Center, opened in 2016, is designed for entrepreneurs and those who support them. Entrepreneurs and computing go hand in hand. Across the world, people want to understand why that is, how it happens, what is special about the way it works in Silicon Valley, and how past innovation connects to the future. The Exponential Center, supported by an advisory board with some of the leading innovators and investors in Silicon Valley, will capture and preserve that history and make those forward-looking connections.
•Center for Software History, designed primarily for historians, academics and researchers. This $20 million center leverages the Museum's extensive collections to understand and tell the story of software, preserving this history for posterity. This center will house the Museum's growing collection of source code.
•Education Center, scheduled to open
mid-2017, is designed for families, educators and students of all ages.
This IDEO designed center extends the Museum's award-winning education
programs that explore not only the "what" but also the "why" and the
"how" of computing and encourage visitors to think critically about how
technology is changing our lives.
•Exhibits. In addition to the "Make Software: Change the World!" exhibition, the Museum presents a range of exhibits that explore the Transformation Age.
•"Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing" is a 25,000-square-foot exhibition, featuring 19 galleries, 1,100 objects and an array of original multimedia experiences that chronicles the history of computing on a global scale.
•"Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles" explores the decades-long challenge of bringing self-driving cars to the public.
•"Fairchild, Fairchildren, and the Family Tree of Silicon Valley" celebrates the legacy of Fairchild Semiconductor, the company that spawned hundreds of ventures that established Silicon Valley as a world center of entrepreneurial activity and technological leadership.
•CHM Live. A speaker series designed
for a broad audience curious about the evolution of computing and its
role in our lives. Past speakers have included Mark Zuckerberg, Elon
Musk, Paul Allen, and Eric Schmidt. Future areas of exploration are
cyberwarfare, artificial intelligence, medicine, digital currency and
entertainment & gaming.
•Shustek Center, designed for scholars and historians. The Shustek Center is a $4 million, 50,000-square-foot research center, named for Museum's Chairman of the Board Len Shustek. The Shustek Center, including a new software preservation lab, will anchor the Museum's expanding research agenda and house our large and rapidly expanding collection of digital assets.
•Cisco Archive Project. This groundbreaking collaboration with Cisco Systems taps into the Museum's extensive experience in computing history and archive management to preserve and reveal Cisco's significant role in shaping the Internet.