FW: Computer Bowl Preview June 22

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From: Jim Whitehead (ejw@ics.uci.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 19 2000 - 16:39:30 PDT


- Jim

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From: Dag Spicer [mailto:spicer@computerhistory.org]
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 4:03 PM
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Subject: Computer Bowl Preview June 22

The announcement of the Computer Bowl 2000 Program will take place this
week. Thought you would be interested in knowing more about this event,
which The Computer Museum History Center is co-sponsoring with the Museum of
Science in Boston. This year, The Computer Bowl program includes a webcast
of the contest between East Coast vs. West Coast teams of computing
superstars as well as a variety of other innovations. To learn more about
it, read on....

For more information about the Bowl Program, contact Computer Bowl Director
Bruce McKinnon
(bmckinnon@mos.org) or +1 617 589 0490.

Museum of Science Announces Worldwide Computer Bowl 2000 Program

Boston, MA (June 13) -- On June 22, the Museum of Science announces The
Computer Bowl® 2000 Program, taking a live industry classic worldwide via a
suite of Web-based and live events and contests.

First, The Computer Bowl website (www.thecomputerbowl.org) invites people to
play the "Fun and Brains" virtual Bowl trivia game and browse early items in
an online charity auction, powered by FairMarket and augmented through the
summer. A lively "kick-off round" of this techno-trivia contest, hosted by
industry leader Bob Metcalfe, is being taped June 22 for webcast during the

In September, The Computer Bowl’s one-of-a-kind International Online
Business Plan Competition for entrepreneurs debuts in conjunction with the
highly competitive "eBrainGame" contest. Bowl activities culminate November
1 with the Game Finale and Gala at the Museum.

By taking The Computer Bowl to the Web, the Museum of Science brings the fun
of The Computer Museum’s computer trivia contest, played since 1988 by
luminaries like Mitch Kapor, Bill Gates, and Marc Andreessento people around
the world. The Computer Bowl 2000 Program celebrates the living legacy of
The Computer Museum and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives innovation.
The Bowl Program benefits the technology education, preservation and
international outreach initiatives of the Museum of Science and The Computer
Museum History Center, Mountain View, California.

"The Computer Bowl is a win-win," says Bowl Host Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe,
vice president of technology, International Data Group, and founder of 3Com.
"We raise funds for the Museum of Science and The Computer Museum History
Center, while watching some of the computer industry’s most senior players
make fools of themselves all in good fun, of course. I’ve never played in
the Bowl myself. Too chicken. Maybe that’s why I got the job as esteemed

The Place to Play, Compete and Bid (www.thecomputerbowl.org) Here’s the
schedule! As of June 22 at 5:30 p.m. EDT Rev up your cyber smarts by playing
a casual, low-stress "Fun and Brains" Bowl trivia game that is ongoing and
features two levels, "nerd" and "nerdier."

Preview early items in the international Web-based charity auction, powered
by FairMarket. Bidding culminates November 1 at a live auction of premier
computer-related memorabilia and business services. Play along with
technology’s "best and brightest" in the kick-off Bowl being webcast through
the summer. To heighten the fun on June 22, Joseph Alsop, president of
Progress Software, and Stewart Alsop, general partner of New Enterprise
Associates, square-off as team captains. The Bowl’s first-ever "brotherly
rivalry" has older brother Joe steering the East Coast and Stewart guiding
the West Coast. Industry luminaries from around the country fill out the
teams. For the East Coast, Jesse Lipcon, Compaq Computer Corporation;
Michael Miller, PC Magazine; and Paul Gillin, TechTarget.com; and for the
West Coast, Sheldon Laube, CenterBeam; and Jim Louderback, ZDTV.

In September: Register for the "eBrainGame" by downloading a software "key"
to your hard drive that will be launched on game day. The four weekly rounds
of timed, scored games begin in late September. These games are for highly
competitive computer trivia buffs and entrepreneurs to jockey for
distinction by answering questions about IT news, history, and trivia at
www.thecomputerbowl.org. Top-scorers win tickets to the Bowl Finale November

Enroll in a unique International Business Plan Competition, hosted by a
distinguished Entrepreneur Advisory Board, led by Charles River Ventures and
open to qualified participants. Winners will be introduced on November 1.
Their pre-IPO business plans will be critiqued by a distinguished
Entrepreneur Advisory Board.

Location, Location, Location…. "Helping our visitors understand how science
and technology affect our lives is our mission," said Dr. David W. Ellis,
president and director. "We are committed to continuing this part of The
Computer Museum’s heritage as part of the Museum of Science’s own technology
vision and dedication to educational outreach. Hosting the Bowl and its
engaging Web-based activities demonstrates this commitment."

The Computer Bowl 2000 Program and Website would not be possible without
Applied Business Technology, Website Host; Arnold Communications, Print
Traffic; the BiT Group, Website Design; Cramer Productions, Press Invitation
Design; Cunningham Communication, Public Relations; eFlicksMedia, Creative
Direction, e-tractions, Online Games; FairMarket, Online Auction; Morgan
Communications, Trivia Game Content; QuantumLight, Flash Animation; The
Weber Group, Sponsorship Support and Preview Launch Host.
For more information about the Bowl Program, contact Computer Bowl Director
Bruce McKinnon (bmckinnon@mos.org) 617-589-0490.


About the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts

One of the world’s largest science and technology centers, the Museum of
Science takes a hands-on approach to science, attracting over 1.7 million
visitors a year. In 1999, The Computer Museum joined forces with the Museum
of Science. The arrival of The Virtual FishTank™, The Best Software for Kids
Gallery™, the Computer Clubhouse, and The Computer Bowl®, embodies the
enthusiastic incorporation of The Computer Museum’s heritage. A leader in
informal science education, the Museum of Science demonstrates the
excitement and relevance of science through its vibrant programs and over
550 interactive exhibits. Other features include the Thomson Theater of
Electricity; the Charles Hayden Planetarium; the Gilliland Observatory; and
the Mugar Omni Theater. Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science was first to
embrace all the sciences under one roof. Its innovative exhibit plan,
Science Is an Activity, encourages visitors to learn science by practicing
scientific thinking skills. It has been awarded several National Science
Foundation grants, setting a standard for exhibit design. Information about
the Museum of Science is available at www.mos.org.

About The Computer Museum History Center, Mountain View, California

Established in 1996, The Computer Museum History Center is home to the world
’s largest collection of historically significant computing artifacts,
including hardware, software, manuals, films, video, photographs, personal
papers, and ephemera. The Center’s mission is to preserve and present for
posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. Located in
Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Center exhibits the
collection through its visible storage facility and an extensive website


~~ Eleanor

Eleanor Weber Dickman
Vice President, Development & Public Relations
The Computer Museum History Center
Building T 12-A; P. O. Box 367
Moffett Field, CA 94035
+1 650 604 2575 phone
+1 650 604 2594 fax

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