The Internet: The Next 40 years – London, 29 October 2009, 7-8.45pm

40 years ago, on 29 October 1969, the first ARPANET nodes were connected and the Internet was born. The rest is history, as they say, but it was history shaped by specific forces, approaches and people. Better understanding how we created this modern marvel can help us master innovation more broadly.

You are invited to this Innovation Forum, at which we will consider what we can learn from 40 years of the Internet about socio-technical change and large scale innovation, and where we should focus research and development for the next decade of the Internet. We will also consider the climate for innovation today, and how well placed we are as a society to develop the network – and projects of equivalent scale – over the next 40 years. This event ties in with the Internet Development Map we will be publishing on 29 October, and an Innovation Manifesto we have been developing. The event will focus on informal debate and discussion, and the participation of attendees will be key. Read on on the event page

> Panelists
Peter Cochrane, Cochrane Associates; Bill Thompson; Alan Patrick, Broadsight. Chair: Nico Macdonald.

> Takes place
6:30 for 7 pm to 8:45 pm (followed by drinks), Thursday 29 October 2009

> At
The Sense Loft, 4th Floor, 68/70 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TB
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> Booking details
You can book via the event page on Facebook. (If you are not a member of the Innovation Forum Facebook group you may need to ‘Request invitation’ first.)

> Contact
If you have queries about the event please email Nico Macdonald – nico [at]