Cambridge computing history lecture next week

Dr Andrew Herbert (pic Wolfson College)
Dr Andrew Herbert (pic Wolfson College)

The latest talk in the Wolfson @ 50: Fiftieth Anniversary Lecture Series at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, England is set to take place next Wednesday, 17 June 2015.

The distinguished lecturer, Dr Andrew Herbert, Emeritus Fellow of the College, will be speaking in Lee Hall, Wolfson College, on the fascinating topic ’50 years of Computing – A Cambridge Perspective’, between 18:0018:50.

When Wolfson was founded, computers were large, expensive machines only used by a privileged few. In this the College’s 50th anniversary year we are surrounded by computers, most of which are seen as essential, everyday consumer items. Dr Herbert will tell the story of how Cambridge has contributed to the evolution of the computer from the mainframe to the cloud and offer a view on what the next 50 years might hold.

To take his audience back to 1965, Dr Herbert hopes to be able to demonstrate a working Elliott minicomputer from the mid 1960s – the kind of machine on which he first learned to program in 1970. The size of two chest freezers, weighing over 300kg and costing the equivalent of £200,000 at present day prices, the 903 has a tiny fraction of the memory and computing power of a modern Raspberry Pi computer.

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It’s Game On in Manchester this weekend!

Johann Sebastian Joust game at Manchester Day (pic Manchester City Council)
Johann Sebastian Joust game at Manchester Day (pic Manchester City Council)

The wait is almost over as Manchester Day returns this Sunday 14 June, midday – 6pm, for a free family-friendly celebration of all things marvellously Mancunian.

More importantly for gamers, especially indie and board game fans, this year’s Manchester Day theme is Game On! – celebrating the idea that games have helped shape modern Manchester and will have an important impact on the city’s future.

Game On! will see a whole weekend of gaming-themed fun on Saturday as well as Sunday, with video games as well as games of the more traditional variety given imaginative interpretations, as more than 2,500 participants from more than eighty community groups take to the streets for a spectacular parade through the city.

GAMING CONVENTION

In celebration of this year’s Manchester Day theme, a multi-platform gaming convention will come to Manchester’s Town Hall for the first time.

The free two-day gaming event will bring together the whole spectrum of gaming, from traditional table-top and board games to the best of UK and local computer game development.

The Manchester Day Games Room will have interactive fun for all ages, with a family orientated, creative and inclusive approach to video games and gaming.

Plugging in on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June (10am – 6pm each day), town hall will become the city’s living room for a weekend, giving gamers the chance to test their nerve at some of the newest indie titles and unusual board games.

GAMING INDUSTRY LINKS

Manchester has one of the fastest growing computer game development industries in the UK, with start-up companies finding support in new media hubs such as the Sharp Project in east Manchester.

More than 21,000 people are employed within the software, data and Games / AR industry in the city – with 5% of Greater Manchester’s population working within the digital and creative industries.

More than 300 creative start-up businesses each year are recorded in the city, with the next generation of coders finding the support network they need with coding clubs across the region. Coding is also taught in some primary schools as part of their curriculum.

Top titles such as Mutiny! and Sublevel Zero are hotly tipped as some of the most anticipated independent games on the market – and gamers will have the opportunity to have a go and meet their creators at the Manchester Day Games Room.

Also available to play is the much loved Johann Sebastian Joust game – a screen-less multiplayer game played using motion sensor technology in a battle of wits and a steady hand!

The Manchester Games Room will also showcase a range of low-tech alternatives with the help of the Tabletop Manchester group. Purveyors of extraordinary games, Tabletop are willing gamers away from the standard family favourites, opening a world of exciting board game fun.

Volunteers will be on hand to oversee some of the rarest and interesting board games, which most players won’t even have heard of. This is your chance to broaden your gaming horizon with some knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts!

PIXEL THE ROVING ROBOT

Pixel powers up for Manchester Day! (pic Manchester City Council)
Pixel powers up for Manchester Day! (pic Manchester City Council)

And don’t forget to follow Manchester Day’s official 16-bit mascot, PIXEL – a highly advanced, sentient robotic explorer who has been researching the city in the run up to Manchester Day! Pixel will be tweeting enthusiastically about Manchester’s incredible history. Follow @PixelMcrDay for some fascinating facts about Manchester, as well as the most up-to-date Manchester Day news.

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