TECH Event Draws Crowd of Over 50

Though attendance at a kick-off event sponsored by the new Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) failed to top 20, the program returned confidently yesterday, attracting a crowd of over 50 for a lecture at the Maxwell-Dworkin building.

Yesterday's event featured Dave Fellows '74, principal of Pilot House Ventures Group, who discussed broadband technology and communications.

Program organizers also drew participants this week by raffling off a Casio color hand-held computer.


TECH is the brainchild of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS) and its dean, Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti and has been about ten months in the making.

Venky calls this year's TECH programs an "experiment," attempting to establish a weekly forum for intimate discussions among a mix of people. TECH will boast visits from Dave Murphy '75, the director of technology for Sapient Corp., one of the leading website builders in the world; George Bell, CEO of Excite@Home; and Jeff Benzen, chief scientist at BMC software who will discuss Internet technology and site management.

"We are producing future technology leaders," Venky said. "We are about how things work and how the world works. Computer technology is revolutionizing the world, and it behooves you to learn about it, because it has also become the significant driver of markets."

The intimate atmosphere was certainly attained at the group's first meeting, as only 17 showed in a room prepared to seat and feed 40.

However, the casual discussion of last week's meeting with Sam Gerace '85, CTO and founder of Be Free Inc., contrasted with this week's lecture by Fellows.

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