TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event


Nolan Bushnell


CEO, Brainrush

Technology Pioneer & Entrepreneur

ASI 1997 Man of the Year

Video Game Hall of Fame

Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame

Newsweek's "50 Men That Changed America"

"The Revolutionaries" - Tech Museum, San Jose


October 8, 1:30 pm



CMUSV, Rm 118 [directions]

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Title: Nolan Bushnell - Technology Pioneer and Entrepreneur
Speaker Bio:

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer and entrepreneur. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process. He truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, and education.

Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies:

  • Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator.
  • Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today.
  • Androbot, a personal robotics company.
  • ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks.

Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention. He uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects. His Anti Aging games project helps seniors to avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving. He was recently featured in the New Yorker magazine for this effort.

Mr. Bushnell was named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. He was also named one of Newsweek's "50 Men That Changed America" and highlighted as one of Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial icons in "The Revolutionaries" display at the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA), for his outstanding creative contribution to the Video Games Industry. He was similarly honored with a LARA award from the German Academy of Entertainment.

Bushnell received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Fellow, and also attended Stanford University Graduate School.