A history of Computing through IBM's eyes

A timeline reviewing the last 100 years of Technology and exploring its future direction.

10 November 2011, 6.30pm arrival for 7.00pm start

IBM Innovation Centre, IBM United Kingdom Limited, 76/78 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PZ


100 years of Innovation - Mandy Chessell (PDF)
Inventing a Smarter Planet - Prof Andy Stanford-Clark (PDF)


The history of computing is not a complete tale without an understanding of IBM’s pivotal role in shaping it. Evolutions of technology from punch card tabulating machines via commercial transistorised computers through to personal home computers all carry the IBM birthmark.

IBM's flurry of inventions is littered with firsts that include the first disk drive, the memory chip, typewriters, vacuum tube calculators, mainframes and supercomputers.

IBM's societal impact are far reaching and span social insurance (U.S Social Security systems), globalised economies (magnetic strip technology), communication (early forms of Email), portable Computing (DRAM), financial transactions (ATM machines), logistics/retail (UPC) through to more efficient and faster computing (Carbon Nanotubes).

IBM has just celebrated its 100th year in business and will use this session to take a look back at computing through recent history and some of the effects it has had on the world, both technically and socially. In addition to looking back, they will also share their perspectives on emerging technologies and their views on a smarter planet.

The event will commence with introductions and presentations by the panellists. Discussions and questions will follow their presentations. The hashtag for the event will be #IBM100BCS. Delegates will also be afforded the exciting opportunity to see some of the rare IBM exhibits that have helped shape modern life.

The event will finish with light refreshments and networking opportunities.

18:30 - Registration and tea/coffee
19:00 - Presentations and discussions
21:30 - Close of networking


Amanda (Mandy) Chessell FREng CEng FBCS

Master Inventor, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology and Chief Architect for InfoSphere Solutions. In previous roles, she developed new features for middleware products such as CICS, Encina, TxSeries, Component Broker and WebSphere. Mrs. Chessell is also deeply involved in initiatives designed to enhance the technical vitality within the IBM technical community by serving on technical career development and promotion boards.

Amongst her many achievements are:

  • Fellowship of The Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal recipient for the invention and engineering of Reusable Software Component Architecture.
  • Women's Engineering Society “Karen Burt” award nominee.
  • British Female Innovators and Inventors Network (BFIIN) award winner for building capacity for innovation.
  • Blackberry Women in Technology award winner for the Best Woman in the Corporate Sector.
  • MIT Technology Review magazine's TR100 listee.

She is also a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and a regular speaker at conferences and lectures.

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Stanford-Clark Ph.D, FBCS, CITP

Master Inventor, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Chief Technologist for Smarter Energy and Smarter Planet technologies. In previous role, led IBM's development of Pervasive and Advanced Messaging Technologies. Currently, Chief Architect for IBM's Smart Energy Cloud infrastructure for Smart Metering and Smart Grid applications. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council peer review college member. Dr. Stanford-Clark also has an active role in mentoring and is keenly involved in associated IBM student schemes.

He is involved in many exciting projects including:

  • Smarter Mouse traps; a remote asset management application demonstration of MQ telemetry technology.
  • Smart power monitoring solutions; predictive technology for power consumption.
  • The House that Twitters.
  • SiSi (Say It, Sign It) ; assistance technology for 'speech to sign language' translation.
  • LAMA (Location Aware Messaging for Accessibility).

He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.