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The Computer History Museum Continued Major iPhone 360 Project with Apple iPhone Inventor and Nest Founder Tony Fadell

Mountain View, California  |  May 11, 2017

The Computer History Museum (CHM), the world's leading institution exploring the history of technology and its ongoing impact on society, today announced the continuation its groundbreaking iPhone 360, an extensive year-long project spearheaded by the Museum’s Exponential Center, with last night's program featuring Tony Fadell, an inventor of the iPod and the iPhone and co-founder of Nest. In his only Silicon Valley appearance this year, Fadell joined Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Markoff at CHM to discuss how mobile and internet computing has changed the world in the past decade and what might happen in the next one.

The iPhone 360 explores the story of iPhone, from its prehistory, inception, and launch, to its evolution and impact. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary year of the iPhone launch in 2007, iPhone 360 includes integrated initiatives across the Museum to create new collections of artifacts and oral histories, scholarly research and insights, dynamic events, and educational content and curriculum.

In April the Museum hosted its first event for the project, entitled “Computing in Your Pocket: The Prehistory of the iPhone in Silicon Valley.” Moderated by Markoff, speakers included Steve Capps (member of the Apple Newton design team); Donna Dubinsky (former president and CEO of Palm and co-founder of Numenta and Handspring); Marc Porat (co-founder and former CEO of General Magic); and Jerry Kaplan (founder and former CEO of GO Corp.). See article and video here.

Future iPhone 360 events will feature diverse panels, created to provide unique insights about the creation and the global economic and social impact of the iconic product. Panelists will include executives, project leaders, and hardware, software, and user interface engineers as well as sociologists, scholars, and users.

The iPhone 360 Project is part of the Exponential Center’s 360 series focused on transformational companies and products that have changed the world through technology innovation, economic value creation and social impact. This series supports the Museum’s overall interpretive strategy to explain computing’s history and its transformational impact on our world.

iPhone 360 Events:

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. CHM Live: Computing in Your Pocket: The Prehistory of the iPhone in Silicon Valley With Steve Capps, who led the development of the Newton while at Apple Computer; Donna Dubinsky, former president & CEO of Palm, Inc. and co-founder & former CEO of Handspring; Jerry Kaplan, founder of Go Corp.; and Marc Porat, co-founder and former chief executive of General Magic. See program here

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. CHM Live: Computing for the Whole World Tony Fadell, an inventor of the iPod and the iPhone and co-founder of Nest, in conversation with CHM historian John Markoff. See program here

Upcoming iPhone 360 Events:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. CHM Live: The Making of the iPhone: Evolution of iPhone Technology

August 2017 CHM Live: The Global Business of the iPhone

October 2017 CHM Live: The Social Impact of the iPhone

About the Exponential Center

The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum is capturing the legacy—and advancing the future—of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact. The center’s work focuses on five integrated initiatives: collections and exhibitions, research and insights, education, events, and thought leadership. For more information, visit

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, and moving images.

The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours, and an award-winning education program. The Museum’s signature exhibition is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” described by USA Today as “the Valley’s answer to the Smithsonian.” “Make Software: Change the World,” opened in 2017, illustrates the impact of software on the world through the stories of seven iconic and widely used applications. Other current exhibits include the “Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles,” “Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace,” “The Trillion-Dollar Startup,” and demonstration labs featuring fully restored and working models of the DEC PDP-1 and the IBM 1401 systems. For more information and updates, visit

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