Techneum: Putting the Region Back on the Map -- and Keeping it There
Techneum is a proposal to:
> Recognize and celebrate the achievements of the Route 128 region – its people, companies, and institutions -- by gathering and linking the babel of industry associations, economic development groups, and investment and entreprenurial groups under a comprehensive banner.
> Create a permanent exhibit of artifacts and explanatory elements, complemented by temporary and topical exhibits…filling the “cultural” role of the Computer History Museum and the Intel Museum in California. For example:
an exhibit could highlight key development at Harvard and MIT (especially project Whirlwind), the significance of the minicomputer industry, and vital associated developments such as high-speed A/D conversion.
MIT Rad Lab’s pioneering work in radar and microwave communication and subsequent developments in air traffic control, missile guidance, etc.
Developments in time-sharing and virtualization
The first Killer Apps in software
The roots of the Internet
The medical-technical complex within the region
> Provide a central website recognized as the “hub for the Hub” – providing forums for ideas, links to organizations, and resources, and a definitive source of information about the region and its tech history. This will be not merely an intellectual resource documenting and communicating facts but also a first stop for starting a business, expanding a business, finding partners, seeking out expertise, locating a job, protecting intellectual property, connecting with relevant state, local, or federal resources.
> Provide a physical site for meetings and exhibitions
> Develop and fund shared a university-grade “library” of books and periodicals AND access to science, business, and engineering databases that are usually too expensive for individuals or startups to access.
> Provide lab and light R&D space
> Tell the story of the region "then" and now...