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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James Titcumb at 11:35 on 9 Jun 2017

Loved this keynote!

Liam Wiltshire at 11:36 on 9 Jun 2017

A great way to kick off the conference. Interesting to see where we've come from, and the ways we can shape the future.

Jez Emery at 21:25 on 9 Jun 2017

Great start to the conference, it's nice to be reminded that the internet is still very young and we're helping to shape the way it develops!

Was great to see how the internet and industries have evolved over time and inspiring to be left with the message that we can shape the future. It felt at times that the talk went into slightly too much detail on the historical facts but overall it was a good keynote to kick off the conference!

A lovely storytelling and a great way to start the conference.

Matt Brunt at 23:22 on 9 Jun 2017

If the job of a keynote is to inspire the audience, this did the trick.

You could see that Samantha really cared for what she was talking about, and that made this talk a delight to watch.

I loved learning the history, and the movement into how what we do can have a huge impact.

Koen Eelen at 23:50 on 9 Jun 2017

Really great keytalk. I like that it is different than most "community is good" typical key talks, this was more focussed on a sense of wonder - sometimes we forgot how amazing the internet actually is. Samanta did a good job reminding us of that.

The only downside was that sometimes she would mention some historical details that went really in dept, but then not really explain what they meant, making it difficult to follow when you are not such a history-geek.
Maybe either mention terms and explain them or just gloss over them in a more general description.

Mark Bradley at 08:34 on 10 Jun 2017

Great way to start the conference. Brilliant keynote.

Chris Sherry at 10:24 on 10 Jun 2017

A really nice history lesson on the origins of computer communication. Asked some deep questions about what we build from an ethical and moral standpoint.

Mark Baker at 11:26 on 10 Jun 2017

Loved the historic references, as I remember most of them when they originally happened... and being involved in that original revolution, I love the feeling of taking it forward even further.... an Samantha's talk was a great inspiration to keep pushing the internet forward for the next generation

Sean Wallis at 12:31 on 10 Jun 2017

Samantha is a great storyteller. The keynote took us on a journey, set a scene and was inspiring. Thanks Samantha!

Jason Stanley at 12:49 on 10 Jun 2017

Interesting subject matter, was a good way to kick off the conference.

Wim Godden at 15:51 on 10 Jun 2017

Always nice for people to hear about how things evolved, since a lot of people don't know (aka are too young).

Mark Railton at 16:25 on 10 Jun 2017

Loved this talk, 2nd time hearing it and took even more from it this time round.

Katy Ereira at 20:16 on 10 Jun 2017

An nice start to the conference. Thank you Samantha. :) I got lost with a lot of the historical references (I'm not much of a history buff), but interesting nonetheless.

Tim Stamp at 20:35 on 10 Jun 2017

Thought provoking, and setting the scene for the conference - puts into perspective what potential our contributions have on the future. ????

Chris Emerson at 22:24 on 10 Jun 2017

Great talk, really interesting to learn about the history of these things and think about the role we have in the world today as software developers. A great way to open the conference!

Peter Fisher at 22:57 on 10 Jun 2017

Great way to start the conference

This really was a great talk. A nice opening to the day. No deep code or logic (nice after an early start), but really interesting.
Nice to get insight from someone who was involved very early on.
Interesting stuff about the New York divide and bridge building!
Importantly, there was good insight about the future and some things to keep in mind when engineering software (with or without taking an oath!!).

Gary Jones at 22:14 on 11 Jun 2017

A well-structured keynote, that was insightful into the history of networked computing. Great anecdotal stories.

Too detailed on occasion though - names of computers and computer scientists of that era meant nothing to me I'm afraid, and they didn't sink in for recollection now, and as such, added nothing to the value of the presentation for me.

I love hearing the history of our industry and thinking about the way forward - context is so very important for everything we do in our profession.

Sam is an excellent story teller, and it's always a pleasure to hear her speak!

Naomi Gotts at 19:20 on 12 Jun 2017

A great way to start the conference - looking back on what brought us to here and highlighting how we are the people shaping the future - inspiring and thought provoking - perfect set-up for the subsequent talks.

What a fantastic way to open the last of a fantastic conference. The talk was thoroughly enjoyable to listen to and I learn't about how the beginnings of the internet.

I could have listened to Samantha for hours about the history of our industry.

Neil Nand at 22:48 on 15 Jun 2017

Good history lesson on computing, didn't know a lot of it & leading on to how we'll be shaping its future.

Great keynote!