November 06, 2007

Invisible Computers: The Untold Story of the ENIAC Programmers.

UPDATED: THE DINNER HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JANUARY, 2008.

Thursday night at Google in Mountain view there is a fundraiser dinner for the making of the documentary about the ENIAC prgrammers, and one of them will be attending and discussing their story.

They happened to be 6 women, and when Kathy Kleinman was getting her computer science degree, she found a photo of them, in front of the ENIAC. Her CS professor sent her to a computer historian to ask about it. He told her the 6 women in a photo she'd found, taken in front of the ENIAC were models. In fact, they were the programmers of the ENIAC and it was the first demonstration of it. She's now making a documentary about these 6 women, and the funds raised at the dinner will go toward the film costs.

If you have any interest, you should join in and attend the dinner.

Here are the Event Announcement and Links:
Did you know that sixty years ago, six young women programmed the ENIAC, the first all-electronic programmable computer?

And when LIFE magazine published a post-ww2 story about the ENIAC, the women were not mentioned. The article only featured information on the machine, not the engineers who made it work.

Today, Kathy Kleiman, a software engineer who was inspired to stay in computing because of the success of these 6 women, is making a documentary (using Adobe software, naturally!) to highlight these achievements. Google heard about it and kicked in support, Laszlo Systems is behind it, and I think we should be, too.

How we can help:
1. Buy a ticket (or better yet, get some friends and buy a table) to the fundraising event to help get this documentary made.

Information about ENIAC can be found here
http://eniacprogrammers.org/index.html

Information about the event can be found here:
http://www.google.com/events/eniac/

Invisible Computers: The Untold Story of the ENIAC Programmers.
Thursday, November 8, 2007 6pm
Google Headquarters
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA

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