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AITP San Diego 60th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, November 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chuck Brown, Region 1 President

The San Diego Chapter celebrates its 60th anniversary on December 4 at the annual holiday social. Looking back over the six decades of activity, there have been, and continue to be, very memorable events that demonstrate why the chapter is the longest-surviving, continuously meeting IT professional organization in San Diego – outlasting ACM, IEEE Computer SIG ( and many others).

In 1953, after meeting for several months, a group of "card wranglers” in San Diego requested a charter from the Data Processing Management Association and became the 48th chapter to be chartered, but there isn’t much history available from those early years. With the major "boom” in computing beginning in the 1960s, the Chapter worked closely with the other IT-oriented organizations, forming a 29 member group named "The Joint Associations of San Diego” (JASD). The JASD consortium was conceived to provide an annual event that recognized the emerging use of computing technologies and to promote the Certified Data Processor (now Certified Computing Professional) exams and provide the exam site each year.

The initial JASD social event drew over one thousand people to hear Rear Admiral "Amazing” Grace Hopper do her show and hand out "nanoseconds.” (A length of wire representing the distance light travels in a nanosecond.) Subsequent annual events drew between 600 and 1000 attendees – including uncut robotic camera footage from the Titanic exploration, uncut footage from the Voyager mission, and Winning back the America’s Cup. The America’s Cup program focused on "top secret” use of computer modeling and wave tanks to develop the hull and "skin” used by Denis Conner in bringing the cup back to the US after its first-ever loss to another nation.

On the DPMA/AITP organization side, the Chapter co-hosted the 1990 DPMA International Conference with the Los Angeles Chapter. The L. A. conference team won the event but was unable to find a suitable venue. San Diego responded to the call for help and the week-long conference, with four professional tracks, ultimately ended up "in the black” – an uncommon thing for major conferences.

The San Diego chapter has been recognized with 12 Chapter Outstanding Performance Awards (COPA), eight Region Outstanding Performance Awards (ROPA) awards, and one Association Outstanding Performance Award (AOCA). In addition, there have been many Individual Performance Award recipients. The Chapter is proud to have among its members Norbert Kubilus, Association Immediate Past President, and several members who have been, and are still, active on the Region 1 board and with various Association committees.

The Chapter is very active, offering monthly events with popular topics, panels, and speakers, as well as the annual one-day Cloud Computing Conference. This year’s conference drew over 200 attendees from the San Diego region and beyond. This year’s focus tracks included "The State of Cloud Computing", "Business Benefits & ROI”, "Implementing Private, Public & Hybrid Clouds” and "Implementation Lessons Learned.” The program delivery focused on case studies and actual experience of service providers, customers, and companies building their own environments.

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