Celebrating 75 Years of Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession

February 1, 2022

“As its name suggests, the Association for Computing Machinery has been around since the days when computers really were machines that filled entire rooms…” began a New York Times article about ACM97, a conference celebrating ACM’s 50th anniversary.

So much has changed since ACM’s founding on September 15, 1947 at the dawn of the computer age.

To mark the 75th anniversary of ACM, we’ll celebrate pivotal moments from ACM’s history through a variety of social media campaigns and we’ll look to the future of computing during a special conference in June.

Throughout the year, we’ll highlight significant moments during the evolution of the organization and milestones in its development. We’ll invite ACM members to share their own stories about the organization and how their involvement has helped them to become the computing professionals they are today.

ACM’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in June will truly be a memorable day of panels featuring world-leading scholars on topics central to the future of computing. They will imagine what might be next for technology and society ─ addressing such topics as markets and incentives, trust / risk, humans and AI, connections at scale, and global societal challenges.

The distinguished Program Committee for the event is comprised of:

Jennifer Chayes (Chair), University of California, Berkeley
Francine Berman, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research
Deborah Estrin, Cornell University
James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Michael I. Jordan, University of California, Berkeley
Butler Lampson, Microsoft Corporation and MIT
Valerie E. Taylor, Argonne National Laboratory and CMD-IT

Stay tuned for details about the program for the 75th Anniversary Celebration, as well as other activities related to ACM’s diamond anniversary.