In 1969, researchers at Stanford and UCLA collaborated to transmit the first message over what would become the Internet. In just five decades, the repercussions of that moment have echoed through every atom of society. The world is evolving at a pace unprecedented in human history as we use technology to change how we think, learn, communicate, and even how we understand ourselves. Let’s take an inside look at how the fusion of media and technology is reinventing human interaction and the role that we, as engineers and technologists, must play in this important process.


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Good talk. Gave a good summary of the birth an growth of our profession. The talk did take 17 minutes longer than planned. But was worth it.
Tip: Manage your time a bit better.

Anonymous at 11:02 on 8 Jun 2018

Interesting bit of history, and a nice inspirational message without feeling preachy. Excellent as a keynote. Sometimes felt a bit wandering but very pleasantly presented so did feel engaged all the time.

Cool, inspiring and wonderfully informative!

Ian Smith at 11:27 on 8 Jun 2018

Great speaker with a good talk. Some informative and many funny moments. I think the talk was meant to be a list of revolutions but felt like it often went off on a tangent, a lot could be stripped out to make it more concise and powerful.

Bastian at 11:52 on 8 Jun 2018

Inspirational and nice history lesson

Was nice to hear the history of the internet and our profession that wasn't about Berners-Lee, left feeling very inspired.

Sacha de Rosner at 12:04 on 8 Jun 2018

Thanks Samantha, inspiring talk. You brought across in a nice way the responsibility we have as engineers (or those working closely with them) to use what skills/influence we have very wisely for the good of all. It was a bit long but I was engaged throughout as I can easily get taken along in a good story, and just had a cup of coffee.

I think this was a nice talk on a great topic. It had nice inspirational pieces in it swapping with very informative parts.
Went a little over time so that's the only thing I can think of now.

Great opening key note!

Jasper N. Brouwer at 12:28 on 8 Jun 2018

Got a great sense of how what we're doing connects to the history of the internet.

Remco Brink at 13:14 on 8 Jun 2018

Absolutely loved this

Dmytro Liashko at 13:25 on 8 Jun 2018

Was nice talk about computers history, but for me most of the things were obvious. Did not get the main idea.

Could be shorter

Pim Elshoff at 14:45 on 8 Jun 2018

I enjoyed the content a lot, the message I'm not sure and I would appreciate more brevity. Samantha is obviously not a first time speaker and has a really good and comfortable stage presence. I'm not even sure it's the keynote that went over time or if the organisation was already over time, but it had an impact on the day that should not happen at a conference like this.

I loved the combination of historic facts and the inspiring message. Really nice way to start a conference, thanks Samantha.

Chris Chambers at 16:42 on 8 Jun 2018

Maybe a touch on the long side but even so a great history lesson with an inspirational message and some good humour thrown in. Good work.

Jochem Fuchs at 17:58 on 8 Jun 2018

Good talk. Great way to start the conference in an optimistic and positive way :)

Xavier Vidal at 23:50 on 8 Jun 2018

Inspiring, I like it!

Stefan at 00:42 on 9 Jun 2018

Great delivery though a bit lengthy

Harold Claus at 10:29 on 9 Jun 2018

Big thanks for the interesting keynote. Couldn't care less about the talk taking longer than expected. Reason -> Awesome speaker!

Great speaker and great food for thought to be found here. The keynote didn’t actually go over time as much as people think, the opening started late, so not Samantha’s fault. This was an excellent talk for an opening keynote.

Steve Winter at 11:30 on 9 Jun 2018

Great opening keynote to get the conference off to a positive start.

Fabian Becker at 12:03 on 9 Jun 2018

A little too long. The second part was more inspirational.

Marv at 12:12 on 9 Jun 2018

Awesome talk with funny moments but took a bit too long imo.

Mark Hamstra at 12:17 on 9 Jun 2018

Passionate, great advice, and a great opener for a great conference.

Dennis C. at 13:05 on 9 Jun 2018

Good message, a little bit too repetitive and slightly too slow for my own preference.

Jeffrey at 17:53 on 9 Jun 2018

I enjoyed the keynote with the history of the beginning of "the internet". It was nice to give it some personal touch.

Inspirational & nice history lesson.

A R S at 23:01 on 9 Jun 2018

The talk had an interesting bit of history and a good general message, but seemed a bit long-winded in places. The part about New York didn't seem to have a clear message and could (should?) have been skipped in my opinion. This would have made the talk more concise and not go over time.

Tim Huijzers at 03:06 on 10 Jun 2018

Inspiring talk about great bits of history but missed the message a little bit and went over time a bit.

Interesting talk with history lesson and passed a great message!

Jos Elstgeest at 12:27 on 10 Jun 2018

As a fellow internet history nut I loved the keynote showing the history to which we all owe our jobs, and the responsibilities we all share.
Very inspiring and a great kickoff to the conference

Learned things about the history of tech, and had a lot of laughs.

Good talk, funny some times with the analogies and shocking ideas about how IT has been evolving during life. Although the talker is quite pro, I didn't feel the topic to be a proper one for a keynote talk opening such an event.

Srdjan Vranac at 17:18 on 10 Jun 2018

Thank you Sam. Great bits of history, and the way our industry is evolving.

f4br1cat0r at 18:24 on 10 Jun 2018

Cool talk! Pretty abstract, but great for a keynote

As a regular talk, this is a 5-star easy. We should have a lot more history and ethics during the sharing of technical knowledge, and it was *very* entertaining. As a keynote, I think going over time was a little off, and I missed the "call to action" so that's why I chose to give four stars.

Thijs Feryn at 09:27 on 11 Jun 2018

Excellent talk, great speaker. I'm not too familiar with the history of computer science and networking, so that was an eyeopener for me.

It was a pretty good talk and some parts really caught my attention, but others were a bit off and in the end it left me with positive feelings but no clear message.

Onno Marsman at 13:14 on 11 Jun 2018

Certainly inspiring but longer than it needed to be.
The walking back and forth was a bit annoying.

Samantha is a great speaker and it was great to get inspired by her. I like her very visual way of speaking (Without having any fancy slides!), she really paints a picture with words! Sometimes this goes a bit over the top; for me the story about the bridge was a bit too long and not related enough (I get the point she tries to make, but I think she could have made her point in a shorter time).
I think Samantha is a talented speaker and with some small changes to the amount of information she shares, this has the potential of being an even better and more inspiring talk. It was a great opening for the conference!

I didn't really get the idea of the talk. Was missing a bit of cohesion and goal. Missing a goal during the talk is fine, as long in the end the path becomes clear. To me it didn't.
Had some funny elements and the presentation itself was fine.
I did not leave inspired and enthusiastic, which is what I would expect from a keynote.

Good talk, the subject was good (we mostly look to the future so it is good to look at the past sometimes) and it only costs like 15 minutes of our lunch ^^.

Arnout Boks at 18:51 on 14 Jun 2018

Great history lesson with a positive message. Just slightly too long for my taste. You could probably get the message across with half of the examples. Apart from that, very inspirational.