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College’s Mini-Symposium on June 16 will commemorate 50 years of ALOHAnet

ALOHAnet, the pioneering computer networking system developed at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Engineering is turning 50 this year, and the College is celebrating this anniversary with a 50th Anniversary Mini-Symposium to be broadcast live from Mānoa on June 16.

The virtual event is free and open to the public, and runs from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm HST, with an agenda packed full of guest speakers, video presentations, and panel discussed highlighting the history of the technology, its impact on academia, and its impact on industry.

Speakers include Hawai‘i Governor David Ige, Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, IEEE President Kathy Land, FCC CTO Monisha Ghosh, and many more. The event is supported by The Bass Trust (Presenting Sponsor), and the IEEE Communications Society (Logo Sponsor).

ALOHAnet was developed under the leadership of the late founder Dr. Norman Abramson, who passed away in December of 2020, as well as Dr. Franklin Kuo and a team of faculty and students. All wireless communications today – including mobile, satellite, cellular, and WiFi – utilize the ALOHA protocol to establish an initial link. In October of 2020, ALOHAnet was inducted as the third IEEE Milestone in the state of Hawai‘i.

The public may register to attend the symposium at

Learn more about ALOHAnet at

Mahalo to our generous sponsors for making this symposium possible. Net proceeds generated from this event will fund a future scholarship in honor of ALOHAnet and its founder, the late Dr. Norm Abramson at the University of Hawai’i.

Fungible logo Platinum Presenting Sponsor: Fungible
Bass Trust logo featuring two rows of palm trees Presenting Sponsor: The Bass Trust
IEEE ComSoc logo Logo Sponsor: IEEE Communications Society
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