Time: May 30, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco
Street: 814 Montgomery Street
City/Town: San Francisco, CA
Website or Map: http://www.iicsanfrancisco.es…
Event Type: panel, technology, computers, roundtable
Organized By: IIC San Francisco
Latest Activity: May 25, 2012
On the occasion of the visit of H.E. Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States , the Italian Cultural Institute cordially invites you to OLIVETTI DAY, to celebrate a beacon of Italian design and excellence, join us for a round-table discussion featuring three former Olivetti managers and the Senior Manager of CHM.
On display in the gallery a selection of Olivetti machines and posters. Exhibition made possible by the Computer History Museum of Mountain View and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Kindly RSVP to 415.788.7142 ext. 14 (space is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment).
The company was founded as a typewriter manufacturer in 1908 in Ivrea, near Turin, by Camillo Olivetti and developed internationally by his son Adriano. In 1959 Olivetti produced Italy 's first electronic computer, the transistorised Elea 9003. In 1964 the company sold its electronics division to the American company General Electric. It continued to develop new computing products on its own; one of these was Programma 101, the first commercially-produced personal computer. In 1979 Olivetti opened the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Cupertino which developed the first electronic typewriter ET101 and the personal computers M20 and M24.
In 1990 a number of factors, and above all the growing international competition in the ICT sector, force Olivetti to a massive restructuring of its activities and 1995 the Center in Silicon Valley was closed. Since 2003 Olivetti is part of Telecom Italia group. In March 2011 Olivetti began producing the OliPad - its first ever tablet computer, featuring a ten-inch screen, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, Nvidia Tegra 2, Android 2.2.2, and a 1024 x 600 display. It also features an Application Store, with apps specifically designed by Olivetti for business and government agencies.