About Christina Engelbart0

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Christina at recent speaking engagement

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Christina with her father Doug Engelbart
2005 CHM Fellows Awards

[Photo Credit: Bernt Wahl]

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Christina on site visit with VCU collaborators Bootstrapping Brilliance in Education
[Photo Credit: Jon Becker]
Christina's Portrait

Christina Engelbart, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Doug Engelbart Institute, worked closely alongside her father for over a decade on all aspects of his work.1

Christina got her start in 1978 as in intern in Doug's lab, then as an East Coast field rep for early customers of the NLS/Augment organizational computing system developed in Doug's lab (as seen in his seminal 1968 Demo), and later specified the user interface for Augment hypermail. From there she served as Director of Marketing Services and Co-Founder of DynaTrac, a Silicon Valley start-up delivering state-of-the art retail accounting systems and streamlined operational practices to convenience store chains, employing customer-centric design thinking strategies at scale, resulting 2

She then joined forces with her father as Associate Director and Co-Founder of the Bootstrap Institute (now the Doug Engelbart Institute*), working closely with Doug to refine his vision and implementa­tion strategy, develop software, and promote his teachings via writings, workshops, courseware, expeditions, communities of practice, and the first Bootstrap website. She then served for three years managing operations at Solari, Inc., including website development, strategic planning, marketing communications, and economic research, and helped conceive and produce the Solari Audio Seminars series, before returning to the Doug Engelbart Institute in 2007 as Executive Director. In this capacity, Christina works along three intersecting vectors: (1) as head curator of the Engelbart Archive, bringing his considerable historic legacy to life online; (2) as producer of the Engelbart Academy featuring Doug's still prescient call to action; and (3) as instigator of Bootstrapping Brilliance, bringing that vision to practice as an actionable stragety that dovetails with prevailing innovation strategies for greater impact.3

"Christina has taken her father's considerable body of work to a whole new level, distilling the conceptual into an accessible, actionable strategy for Bootstrapping Innovation and Collective IQ."
     — Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst,
Patricia Seybold Group [Source]

Christina earned a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, with honors, with a special focus on applied anthropology, the culture of organizations, and organizational behavior. She is experienced in business management, operations, marketing communications, customer service, community building, program management, webmastery, computer systems design, knowledge management, groupware, and continuous improvement.4