West Chester-Based Software Exec Coordinates Celebration of Philly as ‘the Crucible of the Computer Age’

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Jim Scherrer, the founder and CEO of West Chester-based Ally CRM Software Group, is coordinating a week of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first modern computer that was unveiled at a University of Pennsylvania lab, writes Tom Avril for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Penn, the University City Science Center, and Unisys are among the organizations participating in this celebration of not only the world’s first all-electronic, programmable computer but also Philadelphia as the place that laid the groundwork for the future of computer technology.

“We think of Philadelphia as the crucible of the computer age,” said Scherrer.

Scherrer also serves as president of Compuseum, an online organization on computer history. It is currently looking to build a physical museum that would house ENIAC, which, at the moment, is in pieces scattered at several institutions.

The 75th anniversary will be the first time that not only men who built the room-sized contraption comprised of switches, cables, and 18,000 vacuum tubes will be honored. The celebration will also recognize the many brilliant women who programmed it.

A full agenda for the anniversary is available by clicking here.

Read more about ENIAC in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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