Father of the video game industry, founder of Chuck E. Cheese coming to IU Southeast

1st November 2017

If you’ve ever blasted space invaders, dove into a colorful ball pit or relied on the GPS in your car, you have one man to thank.

Nolan Bushnell, the father of the video game industry and founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre, will share his unique insights into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 as part of the First Savings Bank Speaker Series in the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IU Southeast.

One lucky winner in attendance will win an original Atari 2600 gaming system signed by Bushnell.

In addition to Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, Bushnell founded a number of companies over the last 40 years, including: Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks.

Bushnell was inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, and named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America.” In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA), the highest accolade the Academy bestows, for his outstanding creative contribution to the video games industry.

The First Savings Bank Business Speaker Series was founded in partnership with IU Southeast through the generosity of First Savings Bank. First Savings Bank’s vision is to improve education in the state of Indiana by establishing a speaker series that engages students, faculty and the business community of southern Indiana and to advance the mission of Indiana University Southeast.

Tickets are free but required and can be secured at the Ogle Center events website. For questions, contact the Ogle Center at (812) 941-2525.

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