Alan Kay
Speaker at GOTO Copenhagen 2021

Alan Kay often asserts that “No one has benefited more from his research community”. His contributions while part of ARPA-Parc in the 60s and 70s have been recognized by the NAE Draper Prize “for the vision, conception, and development of the first practical networked personal computers”, the ACM Turing Award, “for pioneering many of the ideas at the root of contemporary object-oriented programming languages, leading the team that developed Smalltalk, and for fundamental contributions to personal computing”, and the Kyoto Prize “for creation of the concept of modern personal computing and contribution to its realization.” He has spent most of the years since then designing learning environments for children.

He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface (GUI) design.

Alan is a Turing Award "for pioneering many of the ideas at the root of contemporary object-oriented programming languages, leading the team that developed Smalltalk, and for fundamental contributions to personal computing." Every day you work on something he has founded, created or influenced. #TuringAward

Topic focus: Programming

A few of Alan’s achievements:

Talks at GOTO Copenhagen 2021

Masterclasses at GOTO Copenhagen 2021

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