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Nolan Bushnell          

Atari Founder, Silicon Valley Icon, Entrepreneur and Scientist

Nolan Bushnell is CEO and founder of uWink, Inc. uWink develops digital media entertainment and hospitality software and owns and operates interactive restaurants that allow customers to order food, drinks, games and other digital media at the table through proprietary touch screen terminals. Mr. Bushnell is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater, and is justifiably revered as the "Father of the Video Game Industry".

Over the past 20 years, Bushnell has founded numerous other companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system (1982), which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. Additionally, he has provided consulting services to numerous corporations, including Commodore International, IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications.

Bushnell holds several patents on some of the basic technologies for many of the early video games developed and is also the inventor or co-inventor of numerous worldwide patents in various other fields and industries.

Over the years, Bushnell has received numerous awards of distinction, including being named ASI's "Man of the Year" in 1997, as well as being inducted into the "Video Game Hall of Fame". In January 2000 Bushnell became one of the first 50 inductees into the Consumer Electronics Association's "Hall of Fame", which gave public recognition to his significant contributions to 20th Century technology. Bushnell is also highlighted as one of Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial icons in "The Revolutionaries", a historical view of Silicon Valley, which is part of the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California.

Bushnell received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a "Distinguished Fellow", and also attended Stanford University Graduate School. With a passion for enhancing and improving the educational process and a desire to motivate others, Bushnell frequently lectures at major universities and conferences throughout the United States, inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.


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Speech Topics

Hiring the Next Steve Jobs:

by the only man to recognize and hire Steve Jobs.


How to foster it, encourage it and capitalize on it. Nolan is truly the MacGyver of business

The Future of Technology and Gaming:

Where is the industry going? Why? Where are the pockets of potential? What pitfalls should companies avoid?


How to encourage and build a culture of intrapreneurship in companies, helping established entities to stay on the cutting edge. Nolan created the culture found in the Silicone Valley today, which he implemented when he started Atari.


Why it is essential to business today? What are the key elements of a successful entrepreneur? How do you recognize it and tap into it?


What are the trends in education now and moving into the future? How will classrooms and learning be different in the years to come? How will they remain the same? How will education evolve in light of todays and tomorrows technologies?

The Future:

What tools have been used in the past to be on the cutting edge as technology becomes available and cost effective? What are the trends that every company and discipline need to be aware?

Success and Failure:

While there have been many successes, there have been spectacular disappointments when businesses fail to launch. Often we learn more from our failures than our successes.


What is it about fun that makes products and companies successful? How does creating wants, not just needs, power success?


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