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Celebrating Doug Engelbart and the 45th Anni­versary of the Mother of All Demos

EVENT: Technology Legend: Honoring Douglas Engelbart, Computer History Museum, December 2013, sponsored by SRI International and Logitech, Inc.
A special public tribute event to honor the passing of Douglas Carl Engelbart (1925-2013)

The Mouse a contestant in first-ever Tech Tournament

Learning From Revo­lu­tion­aries: Doug Engelbart's Design for High Performance Innovative Organizations, by Patricia Seybold, Patricia Seybold Consulting Group

Tributes from the Press to Doug Engelbart (1925-2013), a compilation of articles noting the passing of Douglas Carl Engelbart (1925-2013)

Doug Engelbart, computer visionary and pioneer, dies at 88
See Press Release from SRI International and John Markoff's NY Times article and links to key articles and newscasts in Press Tributes to Doug Engelbart on his Passing
See also:
Blogpost: The Human Side of Doug Engelbart
Tributes posted on our Facebook Page
Tributes posted on NY Times Guestbook
Tributes to Doug on his 85th Birthday (2010)

Doug Engelbart's Design for High Performance Innovative Organizations: Change Your Organization's Nervous System,
by Patty Seybold,, July 17, 2013
I have been a fan and follower of Doug Engelbart since I first discovered his work in the early 1970s. After his death in 2013, I revisited a videotaped interview I did with Doug in November of 1991 [in which Doug described] much of his seminal thinking about how to design high performance organizations. [...] In this article, I summarize a few of the high points from that interview.

Doug The Mouse Inventor's Vision of Computing,
by John Markoff, NY Times, July 13, 2013
Beginning in the 1950s, when computing was in its infancy, Douglas C. Engelbart set out to show that progress in science and engineering could be greatly accelerated if researchers, working in small groups, shared computing power. [...] In December 1968, however, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration...

CHM Fellow Douglas C. Engelbart,
by Marc Weber, Computer History Museum, July 12, 2013
His goal was building systems to augment human intelligence. His group prototyped much of modern computing (and invented the mouse) along the way...

Did Silicon Valley Abandon Doug Engelbart?,
by Mike Cassidy, The Mercury News TECHblog, Jul 5, 2013

What Douglas Engelbart Taught Me About Designing User Interfaces,
by Nathan Manousos, FLINTO, 03 July 2013
Defending a multi-button mouse, Englebart explained to the group that immediate learnability should not always be the goal of a hardware device or a software interface...

The Pioneers of the World Wide Web,
By Andrew Beattie, Techopedia, April 29, 2013
Tim Berners-Lee deserves praise for putting together the World Wide Web, but others can take credit for giving him the idea....

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Improve Your Ecosystem's Ability to Tackle Complex Issues,
by Patty Seybold, in Outside Innovation, June 6, 2010
For internetworked organizations [...] there’s also a robust body of proven practices that reminds us how to accelerate our capacity for innovation as a group of people. Many of the basic principles for “bootstrapping innovation” among people who are working together online (and offline) to address complex issues were invented and practiced by Doug Engelbart. [...] At our recent Visionaries’ meeting, Christina Engelbart, Doug’s daughter, reminded us that her father’s life work revolved around helping groups of people tackle really complex issues. (read the article)

photo Christina Engelbart presenting at PDA Conference
Christina Engelbart speaking re:
the vision driving Doug's work

[photo courtesy SRI International]

Bootstrapping Innovation: Leveraging the Collective IQ to Achieve Powerful Results,
by Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst, Patricia Seybold Group, June 3, 2010
At our Spring 2010 Visionaries meeting, Christina Engelbart, executive director of the Doug Engelbart Institute and heir apparent to the visionary thinking of her father, Doug Engelbart, presented the concepts and action model for Bootstrapping Innovationů (read the article)

Celebrating friendship and the computer mouse in Southeast Portland,
Anna Griffin, The Oregonian, Jun 18, 2010
When Engelbart was a boy, gravel covered Southeast Foster Road, most people kept cows ... "Doug is the man he is because he grew up in that environment. ...

Doug Engelbart to receive Weatherford Award: Entrepreneurship, innovation honored at awards ceremony,
OSU Press Release, Jan 14, 2010
A lifelong commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation in business will be recognized at Oregon State University's Austin Entrepreneurship Program's annual award ceremony...
• See also the official Award Citation, as well as Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart for this and other awards he has received.

photo Steve Wozniak with Doug at his 85th birthday party
Steve Wozniak with Doug at his 85th birthday party
[photo by Patrick Tehan/Mercury News]

Honoring a creative force in high tech: Douglas Engelbart turns 85,
San Jose Mercury News, Jan 30, 2010
• See also Celebrating Doug's 85th Birthday page, as well as our Birthday Greetings site for heartfelt posts from colleagues, family, old friends, and admirers

The Computer History Museum, SRI International, and BBN Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of First ARPANET Transmission, Precursor to Today's Internet,
SRI Newsroom - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ARPANET - the first distributed computer network...
• See also Engelbart's role in launching the ARPANET

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"If the name Douglas C. Engelbart ever comes up on TV's Jeopardy game show, the question doubtless will have been: "Who invented the computer mouse?" In fact, that's hardly Engelbart's only claim. [...]

Ask Engelbart, and he says his life's work is about an even more audacious goal: trying to figure out ways to help the human race solve its increasingly complex problems..."

– Source: A man, a mouse, a mission. By Peter Burrows, Business Week, November 2, 2004.

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2018: The Demo @50
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of
Doug's Landmark Demo
past - present - future
celebrated on 3+ continents

2013: Tech Legend
Honoring the Passing of
Douglas Engelbart
at the Computer History Museum

2010: Doug's 85th
Doug's 85th Birthday
(Jan 30, 2010)
at The Tech Museum

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Watch President Obama cite Engelbart's innovations

Watch the evolution of the Mouse - from Doug's original invention to more modern design