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Your invitation to attend the first conference ever celebrating the history of the remarkable PLATO system.

A Conference Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of the PLATO System
 

Perhaps the greatest untold story in the history of computing is the development of the PLATO system at the University of Illinois and later also at Control Data Corporation. Largely unknown today to the general public, PLATO's list of innovations and seminal influences is considerable. For the first time ever, this event will assemble many of the key people involved with the creation of the PLATO phenomenon.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from an amazing variety of technolgy innovators, including Microsoft's Ray Ozzie (who got his start on PLATO at the University of Illinois); Don Bitzer, creator of PLATO and co-inventor of the flat-panel gas plasma display; Dave Woolley, creator of PLATO Notes (which inspired Ozzie to later create Lotus Notes) and many others to be announced soon.

HANDS-ON FUN
Fully restored, original PLATO terminals will be available. Explore examples of vintage PLATO lessons, or conquer the universe in EMPIRE!
Hands-on access to PLATO terminals
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FEATURED SPEAKERS:
Ray Ozzie
RAY OZZIE
Chief Software Architect,
Microsoft Corporation
Donald Bitzer
DR. DONALD BITZER
Founder of PLATO and
Distinguished Research Professor
of Computer Science
NC State University
A full list of presenters and program information is available on this page.
 

 
A TWO DAY CONFERENCE PROGRAM
covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • A rich history of eLearning / CAI / CBT
  • Education success stories, example lessons
  • Social media 1970s-style
  • Early timesharing on the ILLIAC
  • The invention of the gas-plasma display panel
  • Fundamental patents on touch panels
  • Control Data Corp.'s marketing of PLATO
  • The TUTOR programming language
  • Rare footage of PLATO demos from 60s & 70s
  • How authors created content on PLATO
  • PLATO's legendary multiplayer games
  • NewsReport, the first online newspaper/blog
  • PLATO Notes, Personal Notes (Email),
    Talk-o-Matic, TERM-talk, Monitor Mode, etc.
  • Military, University, and Industrial Uses
  • What happened to PLATO?
  • A blast from the PLATO past: Cyber1.org

 

THIS CONFERENCE IS CO-PRODUCED BY:
PLATO History FoundationComputer History Museum

 

THIS CONFERENCE IS SPONSORED BY:
MicrosoftPLATO Learning, Inc.

 

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