South Florida Technology Alliance Highlights 30 Years of South Florida Innovations That Changed the World and the Innovators Who Were an Integral Part

Aug 16, 2011, 11:14 ET from South Florida Technology Alliance

MIAMI, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) will serve as host to a celebratory event honoring the 30th anniversary of the birth of the personal computer in Boca Raton, along with a panel discussion from technology experts who put South Florida at the forefront of global technology innovation. The event will recognize the tech innovations created in South Florida, including the development of the PC, the first Smartphone, application virtualization and more. Innovators who helped establish South Florida as a prominent place for technology innovation will participate in a panel discussion along with moderator, Chris Fleck, vice president of mobility solutions at Citrix Systems. The original IBM PC 5150, the IBM XT, the BellSouth-IBM Simon Smartphone, Motorola devices and other significant tech memorabilia developed in South Florida and elsewhere will be on display. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Panelists include:

  • Ed Iacobucci, founder of Citrix Systems in Fort Lauderdale and developer of the original Microsoft-IBM OS/2 Architect.
  • Patty McHugh, one of the infamous 12 at IBM who developed the PC in Boca Raton. McHugh is also known as the "Mother of the Motherboard."
  • Joe Sarubbi, led the development of the IBM XT in Boca Raton.
  • Jaime Borras, senior vice president of research with Motorola and led the development of the "PushToTalk" technology and the Nextel phone in Plantation.
  • Gary Wisgo, led engineering for the "Simon," the industry's first Smartphone, which was a joint development of BellSouth and IBM.


30 Years of South Florida Innovations That Changed the World


South Florida Technology Alliance


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011


Boca Corporate Center

5000 T-Rex Avenue

Meeting Room Address: 4920 Conference Way South, Boca Raton, FL


Members: $25; Non-Members: $55



Jackie Fernandez; Phone: (954) 239-9739; E-mail:


To coordinate interviews, journalists may call (305) 403-2080, ext. 114 or send an e-mail to

About the South Florida Technology Alliance

South Florida Technology Alliance

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) is a non-profit business forum that fosters the growth of IT, hardware, software and services firms headquartered in South Florida. The group seeks to maximize the success of those who own, operate and support technology companies.

Editor's Note: Panelists are available for media interviews

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