DIGITAL FAMILY REUNION '08
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT HONOR
The Digital Family Reunion Outstanding Achievement Honor is bestowed annually upon a person whose leadership, technical innovation, business acumen and community involvement have made a significant impact on Southern California's digital media community. Selected by members of the DFR community, the Outstanding Achievement Honor recognizes those exceptional individuals whose achievements have impacted our local economy, advanced our community and inspired our collective vision for what is possible in the greater technology and business communities.
Digital Family Reunion '08 Outstanding Achievement Honor
In recognition of extraordinary contribution to the Southern
California technology and business communities.
Nolan Bushnell, Founder and CEO, uWink, Inc.
Nolan Bushnell is CEO and founder of uWink, Inc. He is 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.
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.