TEDxBocaRatonSalon: Ctrl + Alt + Delete Inventor Speaks

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Dr. David Bradley Speaks at Boca Raton Innovation Campus



“It’s a thrill to bring Dr. Dave Bradley back to where it all began to share the rich heritage of BRIC and his pivotal place in history,” said Erik Mintz, TEDxBocaRaton organizer and former IBM engineer.

Ctrl + Alt + Delete is the “invention” essential to billions of personal computer users, worldwide, for nearly 40 years. Not only is its inventor, Dr. Dave Bradley, a question to a final Jeopardy answer in 2002, but he is also one of the “original 12” who built the personal computer. These two legacies have propelled Bradley (or Dr. Dave as many IBMers affectionately call him), into a cultural icon of sorts.

“It’s an honor to have Dr. Dave speak at our first TEDxBocaRatonSalon event at Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC), the place the original PC was born,” said Erik Mintz, TEDxBocaRaton organizer and former IBM engineer. “It’s a thrill to bring him back to where it all began to share the rich heritage of BRIC and his pivotal place in history.”

Bradley’s invention of the Ctrl + Alt + Delete key combination is also known as the three-finger salute. He came up with the command right here in Boca Raton at the BRIC campus in 1980 (IBM’s campus at that time). Hundreds gathered to hear him speak in Boca Raton Tuesday, March 26th at 8am, as he reminisced with attendees, as well as former IBM colleagues.

Bradley’s presentation “The History of the PC” took a historic walk down memory lane that included rare video footage with Bill Gates! Bradley says he’s always been surprised at his “cult-like” following over the years. He was simply an engineer like many others who came up with a solution to a problem.

Retired from IBM since 2004, Bradley has received numerous engineering awards and will likely be immortalized as one of the “Original 12” engineers responsible for building the IBM Personal Computer.

This TEDxBocaRatonSalon was the first in a series of three Salons hosted at BRIC that will lead up to the main TEDxBocaRaton event at FAU on October 26, 2019. The main theme is Rethinking Relationships.

Planner Info
Who: David Bradley – Inventor of “Ctrl+ Alt + Delete”
When: March 26th 8am – 9:30am
Where: Boca Raton Innovation Campus
4920 Conference Way N,
Boca Raton, FL 33431            
What: Bradley presented “The History of the PC” at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus where his invention became a reality almost 40 years ago.

About TEDxBocaRaton
x = independently organized event. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) For more information visit TEDxBocaRaton.com

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