60th Anniversary Celebrations

2008 sees the 60th anniversary of the world’s first stored program digital computer, designed and built here in Manchester. To celebrate this achievement the University of Manchester has organised a number of activities to take place in the run up to the anniversary and on Friday 20 June 20 2008.

To celebrate this achievement the University of Manchester has organised 4 major events for UK school children aged 7-19 and all adults who have any interests in the world of computing.


Digital60 Day

Activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of computing are taking place here in Manchester on Digital60 Day. Date: Friday 20th June.

Computer generated image of a helicopter

UK Schools Computer Animation Competition

Open to all UK school children aged 7-19. Winning entries and others will be on show at the Animation Festival

344 schools registered.

Running from 1 January 2008 1 May 2008. The awards ceremony: Friday 20 June 2008.

The Program The "Baby" Competition

Open to anyone who would like to try programming a JAVA simulator of The Baby, in its original low-level machine instruction code. As featured in this BBC news item.
Closing date: 1 May 2008.

Professor Tom KilburnThe Kilburn Lecture

Speaker: Resident Professor, Steve Furber
(CBE, FRS, FREng ICL Professor of Computer Engineering).

"Biological systems demonstrate many of the properties we aspire to incorporate into our engineered technology, so perhaps that suggests a possible source of ideas that we could seek to incorporate into future novel computation systems?"

Event includes 60th Anniversary drinks reception and poster session.
Date: Friday 20th June.
Time: 17:00 - 18:00.

Industrial Forum

The Industrial Forum is a biennial event that showcases the research and teaching taking place here in the School of Computer Science.

Celebratory Seminar

The Computer Conservation Society will be presenting a seminar as part of the programme of events planned to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the birth of the computer.