In 1963 the IBM PDP-1 occupied an entire room, cost 100.000 dollars and only a few specialized laboratories could afford it.
Somewhere in Italy, four men, true pioneers, who worked in a small lab with tainted black windows, and invented the Programma101, which the American media saw as «The first desk top computer of the world». Our computer age was born.
The big American companies did not remain idle. On June 10, 1967, Hewlett Packard paid Olivetti a compensation in the amount of $ 900 000, thus implicitly recognizing that they had infringed Olivetti’s patent of the P101 with their model HP 9100. The inventors received one dollar each as a symbolic gesture for their invention that changed the world.
“Programma 101” is the story of the birth of our computer age, told by its protagonists with the collaboration of international experts… and incredible archive material.
Festivals and Awards:
* 2012: Best Italian Documentary, Vedere la Scienza, Milan
* 2011: Grand Jury Award, Rome Docscient Festival