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SIGGRAPH 2023 Keynote: Kathryn Kleiman, Computer Programming Pioneers Revealed and ACM SIGGRAPH Award Presentations
DescriptionAfter the end of World War II, the race for technological supremacy sped on. Top-secret research into ballistics and computing — begun during the war to aid soldiers on the front lines — continued across the U.S. as engineers and programmers rushed to complete their covert assignments. Among them were six women tasked with programming the world’s first general-purpose, programmable, all-electronic computer, ENIAC. The work of Kay McNulty, Betty Snyder, Jean Jennings, Ruth Lichterman, Frances Bilas, and Marlyn Wescoff, untold for 70 years, is one of innovation and determination. Yet for 60 years, their story was untold — a mystery that started with old black-and-white pictures of ENIAC.

Author, Lawyer, and Professor Kathryn Kleiman embarks on a journey through history to tell the stories of the programming pioneers you may not know existed who led our charge into the era of computing. “We live in a computing world that grew from the minds and hearts of these remarkable programming pioneers,” Kleiman says. “For the 50th SIGGRAPH conference, I will share incredible stories of innovation from women very much like us.”

This Keynote Speaker was invited by SIGGRAPH 2023 Conference Chair Erik Brunvand.
Event Type
TimeTuesday, 8 August 20239:15am - 10:45am PDT
LocationWest Hall B
Session TimeTuesday, 8 August 20239:15am - 10:45am PDT
LocationWest Hall B
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Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
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Research & Education
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