Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts

Events and Speaking Gigs

Usability Professionals Association keynote address – 2000

For a few years, I was in the active stable of Keynote Speakers bureau, and every few months would load BEHEMOTH into a trailer and trundle off across the US for a gig… usually filling in the gaps with more casual events and visits with friends or sponsors. This was a particularly fun one for…

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Perl Whirl – Geek Cruise to Alaska

I was originally going to give the various bits of text related to this adventure into separate posts by date, but they would sprawl from a June 1999 bit in the Seattle Weekly to articles in late 2000 about the event. Instead, I’ll collect it all here, since it really is one cohesive tale. This…

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Speaking with BEHEMOTH at Quantum – 1999

In 1999, the Microship project was in full swing in the Camano Island lab, and I periodically loaded up the mothership (a 44-foot Wells-Cargo fifth-wheel trailer towed by my Ford truck) to haul BEHEMOTH and in-progress nautical machinery around the US on insane, whirlwind speaking tours. This one was particularly fun… an after-dinner talk to a…

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Presentation at MBARI – Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

In an alternate reality, were I to be employed, there is a very small group of organizations that I would find alluring. MBARI is one of them… a playground of oceanographic research, with a blend of academic exploration and corporate deep pockets that has attracted geeks across a broad spectrum. An old friend of mine,…

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Keynote at International Travel Expo – 1998

ITX2 – Seattle Center November 13-14, 1998 Keynote Speaker: Steven K. Roberts “world traveler and creator of gadgets” Years ago, Steve Roberts quit his job, sold his house and embarked on a journey across America with a homemade, computerized bicycle. He has logged over 17,000 miles with BEHEMOTH, which weighs 400 pounds, requires 105 gears…

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PACIFICON ’97 Amateur Radio Convention

I love hamfests… they are like going home, on some geek level, with a sort of relaxed camaraderie that takes me back to those formative teen years as a Novice (WN4KSW), the sounds of CW in the static, and the warm glow of transmitting tubes. Of course, this is a fast-growing field… so I was…

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BEHEMOTH at Natural Microsystems Partner Conference

Presenting at the Open Up! Event Natural Microsystems Boston, Mass — Sept 18, 1997 Steve Roberts is the leading avatar of “nomadic connectivity,” the idea that technology should allow people to be highly mobile yet still in networked communication with others. From 1983 to 1991, he pedaled 17,000 miles around the United States on a computerized…

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BEHEMOTH at ACM97 Expo – Next 50 Years of Computing

This was a beautifully produced event, with a refreshing inversion of the usual trade-show marketroid demographic. It was like a grown-up Science Fair, with almost every exhibit a fascinating presentation of somebody’s techno-passion. Wearables, music, robotics, even a jeep with a built-in recliner made of powerful speakers that let you feel the music big-time… lots…

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BEHEMOTH at Art Center College of Design

My favorite speaking gigs where the ones where I learned as much from the audience as did they from me, and this one certainly qualified… especially with the 2 days I spent hanging out at this fascinating school. What a creative playground! I was already deep into the Microship project and BEHEMOTH had been off…

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BEHEMOTH at SAE Electric-Hybrid Vehicle Conference

I participated in this electric vehicle workshop hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers… a most interesting event. I remember speaking of peak-power trackers and monitoring/control systems (the Microship project was well underway). SAE Electric, Photovoltaic, and Hybrid Vehicles TOPTEC Keynote Presentation by Steven K. Roberts San Diego, California — March 29, 1996

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