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Steve Roberts has been immersed in microprocessors and embedded controls since the early '70s, when he built one of the first 8008-based personal computers. He published a text on microcomputer engineering and continued in a general freelance consulting and magazine writing vein until 1983, when the combination of chronic restlessness and midwestern torpor launched him abruptly into the technomadic life. To the horror of friends and family, he sold his suburban house, moved to a recumbent bicycle, and began a 17,000-mile bicycle trip around the US - stopping now and again to write books about the adventure or rebuild the substrate. The third version of the bike sported 72 watts of solar panels, a network of on-board computers with handlebar chord keyboard and head mouse, heads-up display, satellite Internet link, 105 speeds, ham shack, and other goodies. As there was a SPARC on board, Steve had to learn how to ride a unixcycle.

But by 1991, asphalt was losing its appeal and Steve started schlepping his 580-pound BEHEMOTH around the country on speaking tours via diesel mothership while working on the design of his next escape pod. Work on the bike's aquatic successor began full-time in 1993 and filled the following ten years. Now flickering to life in his Camano Island, Washington laboratory and undergoing a series of rigorous test mini-expeditions, the Microship project is based on a pair of canoe-scale amphibian pedal/solar/sail micro-trimarans with on-board Linux servers, live telemetry to a public server, video production tools, a complete suite of communications resources, deployable landing gear, and 480 watts of peak-power tracked solar panels per boatlet. Steve still earns a living by speaking and writing about his adventures, and is available (with or without the machines) for keynote bookings and show appearances.

Appearances & Speaking Engagements

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2010 

NOTE from October, 2011: I am gradually adding pages about these events to the Library of Applied Technomadics and Gonzo Engineering
Events in this list that are active links will take you to a blog entry with, in most cases, the event announcement or program
(and in some cases, photos and additional commentary).

 
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Corporations

Palm (3Com), Santa Clara, CA -- Sep 7, 2000
Qualcomm, Boulder, CO -- Aug 29, 2000
DraCo, Boulder, CO -- Aug 28, 2000
Life Fitness, Chicago, IL -- Aug 10, 2000
Tellabs, Minneapolis, MN -- Aug 4, 2000
Quantum, Colorado Springs, CO -- May 1999
Cabletron, Monterey, CA -- Feb 1999
MBARI, Monterey, CA --
Cabletron Goverment Users Group conference, Richmond, VA -- Jun 7, 1998
Aerovironment, on-site talks, Monrovia & Simi Valley -- Apr 17, 1998
H-P Semiconductor Test Division, Coronado, CA -- Apr 14, 1998
Natural Microsystems, Boston, MA -- Sep 18, 1997
Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA -- Sep 10, 1997
Hewlett-Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA -- Aug 29, 1997
Apple Advanced Technology Group, Cupertino, CA -- July 19, 1996
Aspect Telecommunications, Napa, CA -- Jan 17, 1997
Aspect Telecommunications, San Francisco, CA -- May 9, 1995
IBM, Santa Teresa Labs, San Jose, CA -- Apr 4, 1995
Argonne National Labs, Chicago, IL -- Nov 30, 1994
Hewlett-Packard, New Orleans, LA -- Nov 9, 1994
Sony, San Diego, CA -- Oct 7, 1994
Monterey Bay Area Research Institute, Monterey, CA -- May 21, 1993
Qualcomm engineering lecture, San Diego, CA -- Apr 23, 1993
Autodesk, Sausalito, CA -- Apr 9, 1993
Digital Ocean, Overland Park, KS -- Mar 29, 1993
Motorola Automotive, Northbrook, IL -- Mar 16, 1993
American Radio Relay League, Hartford, CT -- Mar 9, 1993
Reflection Technology, Waltham, MA -- Mar 1, 1993
Sun Microsystems at UNC, Raleigh, NC -- Feb 24, 1993
AT&T (Engineers' Week), Shreveport, LA -- Feb 16, 1993
Microchip Technologies, Chandler, AZ -- Feb 3, 1993
Cascade Designs, Seattle, WA -- Sept. 15, 1992
Thinking Machines, Cambridge, MA -- July 16, 1992
BBN, Cambridge, MA -- July 15, 1992
XEROX, Rochester, NY - June 3, 1992
Soft Systems Engineering, York, PA -- May 27, 1992
National Science Foundation, Washington DC -- May 26, 1992
Hewlett-Packard, Corvallis, OR -- Mar 4, 1992
Sharp Electronics, Vancouver, WA -- Mar 2, 1992
Fluke, Everett, WA -- Feb 27, 1992
Microsoft, Redmond, WA -- Feb 26, 1992
Grass Valley Group, Grass Valley, CA -- Jan 24, 1992
Qualcomm, San Diego -- Jan 16, 1992
Fermilabs talk and video, Batavia, IL -- Aug 6, 1991
Bell Laboratories, Naperville, IL -- Aug 5, 1991
Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA -- June 4, 1991
Qualcomm, San Diego, CA -- March 22, 1991
Sun Microsystems weekly open house -- 1990-1991
Ampro Computers, Sunnyvale -- Dec 7, 1990
Sun Microsystems seminar, Mt. View, CA -- Oct 11, 1990
Sun Microsystems Offsite Meeting, Cupertino -- Aug 15, 1990
IBM Santa Teresa Labs seminar, San Jose, CA -- July 13, 1989
Sun Microsystems, Mt. View -- June 28, 1989
Olivetti Research Center, Palo Alto -- June 7, 1989
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose -- Apr 3, 1989
Xerox PARC (Einstein's B-day), Palo Alto -- Mar 14, 1989
Autodesk, Sausalito, CA -- Jan 23, 1989
Hewlett-Packard, Sunnyvale, CA -- Dec 9, 1988
Chips & Technologies, San Jose, CA -- Oct 28, 1988
Xanadu, Palo Alto, CA -- Oct 25, 1988
Information Access, Foster City, CA -- Oct 21, 1988
Hewlett-Packard, Corvallis, OR -- Oct 4, 1988
REI, Kent, WA -- Sept 30, 1988
AEA, Lynnwood, WA -- Sept 21, 1988
Icom America, Bellevue, WA -- Sept 20, 1988
Traveling Software, Bothell, WA -- Sept 19, 1988
Hewlett-Packard, Vancouver, WA -- Sept 16, 1988
Larsen Electronics, Vancouver, WA -- Sept 8, 1988
Handheld Products, Charlotte, NC -- March 22, 1988
GEnie & Solarex cooperative press event, Rockville, MD -- Oct 9, 1987
Dialog Information Services press conf., Palo Alto -- May 11, 1987
Apple Computer, Cupertino -- April 29, 1987
Hewlett-Packard, San Jose -- April 28, 1987
Intellicorp, brown-bag luncheon, Mt. View, CA -- April 22, 1987
Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto -- April 1, 1987
Hewlett-Packard Brown Bag Luncheon, Corvallis, OR -- Nov, 1986

Universities

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA -- Sept 24, 1996
Stanford, Palo Alto, CA -- May 15, 1996
University of Houston, Houston, TX -- Nov 4, 1994
UCSD, La Jolla, CA -- May 3, 1993 and many ongoing
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA -- Apr 27, 1993
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA -- Apr 19, 1993
Miami University, Oxford, OH -- Mar 11, 1993
Southern Methodist University (CS), Dallas, TX -- Feb 12, 1993
Cal State University, Fresno, CA -- Nov. 5, 1992
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA -- July 17, 1992
Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA -- June 1, 1992
University of Nevada (ACM), Reno, NV -- April 16, 1992
Evergreen College, Olympia, WA -- Feb 24, 1992
Cabrillo College, Soquel, CA -- June 22, 1990
UC Davis (Advanced Executive Program speaker), Davis, CA -- May 11, 1990
University of Maryland, IHPVA Symposium, College Park -- Sept 26, 1987
Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Forum -- Feb 27, 1987


Trade Shows and Special Events

West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Pt. Townsend, WA -- Sep 21, 2003
Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise, Eastern Caribbean -- Oct 24-31, 2001
ACM1 Expo, Santa Clara, CA -- March 10-13, 2001
Java Jam Geek Cruise, Western Caribbean -- Nov 4-11, 2000
Usability Professionals Association Keynote, Asheville, NC -- Aug 16, 2000
SolWest Energy Expo, John Day, OR -- July 29-30, 2000
Perl Whirl Geek Cruise, Inside Passage to Alaska -- May 29-Jun 5, 2000
Renewable Energy Expo, Arcata, CA -- April 25, 1998
Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, Monterey -- April 22-24, 1998
Association of Computing Machinery ACM'97, San Jose -- Mar 1-4, 1997
DECUS, San Francisco, CA -- Dec 7, 1995
Email World and Internet Expo, Boston, MA -- Nov 28-30, 1995
Excellinet Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA -- Dec 18, 1995
Da Vinci Days, Corvallis, OR -- July, 1995
Hewlett-Packard International Sales Mtg, New Orleans, LA -- Nov 9, 1994
LBMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA -- Oct 19, 1994
Northern Telecom Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ -- May 17, 1994
Novell, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV -- May 2, 1994
Los Angeles Computer Fair, Pomona, CA -- Mar 18-20, 1994
Mobile World Expo, San Jose, CA -- Nov, 1993
Telecommunications Association speech, Portland, OR -- May 11-12, 1993
Telephone Pioneers of America conference, Newport Beach, CA -- Apr 16, 1993
PacBell Texpo, 11 speeches in show booth and video, SF, CA -- Apr 6-8, 1993
Talcott Mountain Science Ctr, live satellite bc, Avon, CT -- Mar 8, 1993
Mobile Computing Conference, two talks, Boston, MA -- Mar 3-4, 1993
Hackers Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA -- Nov 6-8, 1992
Comten talk, Monterey, CA -- Nov 2, 1992
Interop Fall, session chair, San Francisco, CA -- Oct 26-30, 1992
Pacific Sea Kayak Symposium, Port Townsend, WA -- Sept 18-20, 1992
Outdoor Retailer Expo West, Reno, NV -- Aug 17-20, 1992
Atlantic Coast Sea Kayak Symposium -- July 10-12, 1992
Interop Spring, Washington DC -- May 18-22, 1992
Idea '92 speech, San Jose, CA -- April 14, 1992
Seattle Bike Expo, Seattle, WA -- Feb 28-29, 1992
San Diego Electronics Show, San Diego -- Jan 13-15, 1992
IHPVA championships, Milwaukee, WI -- August, 1991
WESCON (with OrCAD), Anaheim, CA -- Nov 13-15, 1990
Embedded Systems Conference, San Francisco -- Sept 28, 1990
Solar Energy Expo, Willits, CA -- Aug 12-13, 1990
Soviet Silicon Summit, Santa Clara, CA -- June 8, 1990
Systems USA exhibit, San Jose, CA -- Feb 13, 1990
Mac '90 (BMUG), Berkeley, CA -- Jan 30, 1990
COMDEX (with Cirrus Logic), Las Vegas, NV -- Nov 13-17, 1989
Portable Computing /89 featured speaker, Santa Clara -- June 1, 1989
West Coast Computer Faire (with GEnie) & speech, SF, CA -- Mar 17-19, 1989
SF Chronicle Outdoor Fair public clinics, SF, CA -- Mar 3-5, 1989
SF Chronicle Great Outdoor Fair keynote address, SF, CA -- Mar 3, 1989
Long Beach Bike Show (with IHPVA), Long Beach, CA -- Jan 5-8, 1989
COMDEX (with Chips & Technologies), Las Vegas, NV -- Nov 14-18, 1988
Computer Using Educators conference, San Jose, CA -- Oct 22, 1988
Hackers Conference, Saratoga, CA -- Oct 7-9, 1988
Experimental Aircraft Assoc Fly-In, Oshkosh, WI -- July 30-31, 1988
American Library Association conf, New Orleans -- July 9-12, 1988
COMDEX Spring -- booth and media demo, Atlanta -- May 9-12, 1988
PC Forum party appearance, Naples, FL -- Feb 24, 1988
Smithsonian Mall, IHPVA exhibit, Washington DC -- Sept 24, 1987
West Coast Computer Faire Exhibit, San Francisco -- March 28, 1987
Expo '86, Vancouver BC, Canada -- August, 1986 (1-week display)
National Online Meeting, New York, NY -- May, 1986
COMDEX (with Hewlett-Packard), Las Vegas, NV -- November, 1984
Carolina Computer Expo, Charlotte, NC -- October, 1984

Hamfests

MicroHAMS Digital Conference, Redmond, WA - March 21, 2009
Huntsville Hamfest, Huntsville, AL -- Aug 19-20, 2000
Pacificon '97 banquet speaker, Concord, CA -- Oct 18, 1997
Pacificon Hamfest, Concord, CA --Oct 18, 1996
ARRL SW Division Convention, San Diego, CA -- Aug 26-28, 1994
Dayton Hamvention with PacComm and Icom, Dayton, OH -- Apr 24-26, 1992
Monterey Winterfest 90 (hamfest), Monterey, CA -- Jan 20, 1990
Shasta Spacecon seminar (satellite comm) -- Mt. Shasta, June 17, 1989
Pacificon, San Jose, CA -- Oct 15, 1988
ARRL National Convention, Portland, OR -- Sept 10-11, 1988
Dayton Hamvention booth and speech, Dayton, OH -- April 29-1, 1988
Charlotte Hamfest, Charlotte, NC -- Mar 19-20, 1988
Orlando Hamcation -- March 11-13, 1988
Sarasota Hamfest, Sarasota, FL -- Feb 20-21, 1988
Tropical Hamboree exhibit, Miami, FL -- Feb 6-7, 1988
Dayton Hamvention forum, Dayton, OH -- April, 1986

K-12 Schools

Welty Middle School, New Philadelphia, OH -- Nov 18, 1994
Soquel High School, Soquel, CA -- Feb 12, 1990
Loma Prieta High School, Santa Cruz, CA -- Jan 16, 1990
St. Andrews School; K-12 in 2 groups, Savannah, GA -- Dec 11, 1987
Bacich School, Kentfield, CA -- Feb 3, 1987

Local Events and Clubs

Seattle Perl Users Group, Seattle, WA -- Dec 17, 2002
Computer Museum History Center, Mt. View, CA -- Sep 6, 2000
Northwest Multihull Association, Seattle, WA --
Puget Sound repeater Group, Seattle,WA - Feb 7, 2000
SVFIG, Silicon Valley Forth Interest Group, Santa Clara, CA -- Aug 24, 1996
San Diego Macintosh Users Group, La Jolla, CA -- June 1, 1994
Marine Technology Forum, Monterey, CA -- May 25, 1993
Ocean Technology Forum, Scripps, La Jolla, CA -- April 27, 1993
Quest Outdoors demo, Louisville, KY -- Mar 13, 1993
Mensa Meeting, Mt. View, CA -- June 23, 1991
Technology Center exhibit, San Jose, CA -- ongoing
Apple Professional Exchange (APX) talk, Palo Alto -- Nov 7, 1990
Online Conference featured guest (WRITERS), GEnie -- May 13, 1990
Computer Swap, Santa Clara, CA -- Sept 9, 1989
Almaden Cycle Touring Club talk, San Jose, CA -- Sept 6, 1989
Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club -- August 25, 1989
Lupin Naturist Club, Los Gatos, CA -- August 5, 1989
LCARC (ham radio club), Cupertino, CA -- May 17, 1989
Pacific Packet Radio Society talk, Redwood City, CA -- May 2, 1989
Outdoor Living Show, 3 speeches, Pleasanton, CA -- Apr 28-20, 1989
Am. Socy of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) talk, Dublin -- Apr 27, 1989
Silicon Valley Comp. Soc. feature speaker, Sunnyvale -- Apr 12, 1989
Halted in-store clinics, Sunnyvale, Sacto, Santa Rosa -- Apr, 1989
Town & Country Bicycles open house, Milpitas, CA -- Apr 1, 1989
Foothill Flea Market, Los Altos, CA -- Mar 11, 1989
Icom Day at Ham Radio Outlet, Burlingame, CA -- Feb 18, 1989
Software Entrepreneurs Forum appearance, Palo Alto, CA -- Feb 13, 1989
Aardvark Bicycles grand opening, Sunnyvale, CA -- Feb 4, 1989
REI public clinic, Carson, CA -- Jan 4, 1989
Vancouver Bicycle Club appearance, Vancouver, WA -- Oct 2, 1988
Bainbridge Island Reading Group, Bainbridge Isl, WA - Sept 27, 1988
Bozeman Amateur Radio Club talk, Bozeman, MT -- Sept 1, 1988
Anaconda Rotary Club talk, Anaconda, MT -- August 30, 1988
Anaconda ham radio club, Anaconda, MT -- August 28, 1988
KIPCUG speech and bike demo -- Louisville, KY -- May 4, 1988
Kentuckiana Mensa Monthly Gathering, Louisville -- April 9, 1988
Hawley-Cooke Bookstore autograph event, Louisville -- April 9, 1988
Amateur Radio (ARTS) Club speech, Louisville, KY -- April 8, 1988
The Book Collection autograph event, Greensboro -- April 2, 1988
Greensboro Mensa & Ham Club joint dinner -- April 1, 1988
Horizon Books autograph event, Charlotte, NC -- March 26, 1988
Florida D.O.T. media event, Tallahassee, FL -- March 1, 1988
Orlando Science Center -- March 10, 1988
Winter Rendezvous guest appearance, Homestead, FL -- March 7, 1988
GEAR Down bike rally, Mt. Dora, FL -- Feb 12-14, 1988
Frontenac Flea Market, Frontenac, FL -- Jan 30-31, 1988
Titusville Amateur Radio Club, Titusville, FL -- Jan 26, 1988
Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society, Fayetteville, NC -- Nov 16, 1987
North Carolina Bicycle Club dinner speech, Cary, NC -- Nov 3, 1987
Electronic Museum Amateur Radio Club, Mt. View -- May 1, 1987
Nuclear Weapons Freeze, sponsored demo, Palo Alto -- April 26, 1987
Prima Vera Century, special exhibit, Fremont, CA -- April 18, 1987
Kiwanis Club Luncheon, Palo Alto -- April 6, 1987
Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association, Mt. View -- April 3, 1987
Healing Our World, sponsored address, Palo Alto -- March 10, 1987
Western Wheelers Bicycle Club, Palo Alto, CA -- March 4, 1987
San Clemente Public Library, San Clemente, CA -- April, 1985