Published Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Roar Media
Tyler Sminkey
305.403.2080, ext. 114

MIAMI –  August 16, 2011 – 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 inBoca Raton, along with a panel discussion from technology experts who putSouth Florida at the forefront of global technology innovation. The event will recognize the tech innovations created inSouth Florida, including the development of the PC, the first Smartphone, application virtualization and more. Innovators who helped establishSouth 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 inSouth 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 inFort Lauderdaleand developer of the original Microsoft-IBM OS/2 Architect.
  • Patty McHugh, one of the infamous 12 at IBM who developed the PC inBoca Raton. McHugh is also known as the “Mother of the Motherboard.”
  • Joe Sarubbi, led the development of the IBM XT inBoca Raton.
  • Jaime Borras, senior vice president of research with Motorola and led the development of the “PushToTalk” technology and the Nextel phone inPlantation.
  • Gary Wisgo, led engineering for the “Simon,” the industry’s first Smartphone, which was a joint development of Bellsouth and IBM.

WHAT:                   30 Years of South Florida Innovations That Changed the World
WHO:                     South Florida Technology Alliance
WHEN:                  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011
WHERE:                Boca Corporate Center
                                5000 T-Rex Avenue
                               Meeting Room Address: 4920 Conference Way South, Boca Raton, FL

COST:                   Members: $25; Non-Members: $55
REGISTER:          https://www.southfloridatech.orgCONTACT:           Jackie Fernandez; Phone: (954) 239-9739; E-mail:

MEDIA:                  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 inSouth 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

About the SFTA

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, we provide south Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region.


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