Tech Titans Battle Poker Pros at the Computer History Museum

Mountain View, California  |  March 01, 2013

The Computer History Museum, the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its impact on society, announced that it will host the 2013 Silicon Valley Poker Challenge, a tournament put together by the Silicon Valley Executive network (SVEN) and the WPT Foundation.

The Poker Challenge, a prelude to the WPT Shooting Star tour event in San Jose the week of March 4, creates a unique gathering of elite poker professionals and tech giants of the valley, consisting of senior level high tech executives, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, all playing Hold Em poker for bragging rights for the year.

Organized by Brian Reynard, CEO and founder of SVEN, this annual event raises money for charity, with over $50,000 raised since the tournament began in 2011.  This year the event will be on Sunday, March 3 from 3 pm to 9 pm, with all proceeds donated to the Computer History Museum. 

 “We are delighted to be chosen as host for this year’s Poker Challenge.  There probably isn’t a institution and venue that represents Silicon Valley better than the Computer History Museum,” said Museum’s Vice President of Operations, Gary Matsushita.

Highlights of the charity tournament will be aired by the WPT in broadcasts of the Shooting Star event in three parts on June 30, July 7 and July 14 on CSN Bay Area.

About the Silicon Valley Executive Network

Silicon Valley Executive Network (SVEN) is a nonprofit, private, invitation-only, business & social network for senior high-tech executives, venture capitalists, and key technologists who make up the core DNA of the tech ecosystem. SVEN also acts as an accelerator for early stage tech companies, and a trusted advisory group to various top tech companies. Formed in 2007, 52 events to date, 250+ executive members. Focus areas are: 1) Traditional IT/Internet, 2) Healthcare, 3) Cleantech/Energy, and 4) Digital Media & Entertainment.

About the WPT Foundation

WPT Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to utilizing World Poker Tour’s exceptional international platform to influence positive change on a global scale. The core of WPT Foundation’s fundraising efforts is the ongoing series of philanthropic poker events titled WPT Playing for a Better World. WPT Foundation and its associated charity events will help bring awareness and raise critical funds for non-profit programs of excellence. This unprecedented philanthropic effort is dedicated to improving our planet by supporting key charities in regards to human rights, education, world hunger and the environment.

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum (CHM) 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.”  Other current exhibits include “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” and “Going Places:  The History of Google Maps with Street View.”

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