Last Wednesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View the EDA industry came together to celebrate 50 years of EDA. I would guess I knew close to half the people there, proving that if you hang around in a small industry for 30 years then you get to know a lot of faces. The event was black-tie optional but a lot of people had chosen to wear a tux.
The evening started with a champagne reception and then we moved into the main dining area for wine and hors d’oeuvre. There was a silent auction of many items going on behind a curtain where a second bar was hidden away.
The tables for dinner were either sponsored by companies or were hosted by an “industry luminary”.
After dinner, a much less silent auction took places, including going hiking with Aart de Geus, lunch with Wally Rhines, an opportunity to pitch your investment to a VC and more.
The event was organized by EDAC who felt that with the Kaufman dinner moved to DAC that there needed to be a silicon valley event too. Since the tickets were $200 it was a risky proposition at the beginning but the room seemed to be full to capacity to me.