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SIPB's 50th anniversary celebrations have been funded from SIPB's annual budget. If you'd like to make a donation to support the event, please donate at our Giving fund.

For the last 50 years, the Student Information Processing Board has addressed the computing needs of the MIT Community. The services we have provided throughout the years have improved the lives of those around us. The policies we have advocated for helped shape the digital landscape of MIT. The classes and cluedumps we organize have opened doors for countless students.

It is important for us as a community to reflect on the impact we made here at MIT and beyond. Please join us in celebrating our history and discussing our future on the weekend of September 28th and 29th, 2019. This event is open to any and all interested members of the MIT Community. Please RSVP below to let us know you're coming.

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You can watch a live stream of the events of SIPB50 at http://sctv.mit.edu/yt/live


All of the talks and panels will be taking place in 34-101. Events with food will take place in the R&D Common, on the 4th Floor of Stata Center (Building 32), with the exception of the SIPB Game Night, which will take place in our Office (W20-557, 84 Mass. Ave.).

Saturday 09/28
  • Modern SIPB Panel
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 34-101

  • SIPB Documentary Screening
    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 34-101

  • History of SIPB Panel
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, 34-101

  • Formal Reception
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, R&D Common

Sunday 09/29
  • Alumni Talks
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 34-101

  • Lunch
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, R&D Common

  • PGP Key Signing Party, 34-101
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Future of Computing Talk, 34-101
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Closing Dinner
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, R&D Common

  • SIPB Game Night
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM, SIPB Office


We will also run three post SIPB Anniversary events on Monday the 30th in our Office (W20-557, 84 Mass. Ave.):

  • 5:00 PM - Post Anniversary Office Party
  • 7:30 PM - Alumni SIPB Meeting
  • 8:00 PM - Alumni Food Mob

You can follow these events by adding the SIPB Calendar to your calendar.


The following list is composed of confirmed talks and panels. All talks and panel events take place in 34-101 More people/events will be added as they are confirmed to be available for each time slot.

  • Saturday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Modern SIPB Panel
    Angel Alvarez, Cel Skeggs, Emma Batson, Lizhou Sha, Miguel Young

  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM History of SIPB Panel
    Keith Winstein, Dan Halbert, Bob Frankston, Liana Lareau, (Additional speakers pending confirmation)

  • Sunday
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM The Age of Software
    Bob Frankston

  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Grepping for genes: how SIPB turned me into a scientist
    Liana Lareau

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM How to save the world as a computer scientist
    Valentin Churavy

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Physical Computing
    Dan Halbert

  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM SIPB in the Business World, Q&A
    Jeff Arnold

  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM The Small Human Factors of Great Things
    Sam Hartman

  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM See Multics Run
    Stan Zanarotti

  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Hacks and Other Hacks + Q&A
    Keith Winstein

  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Future of Computing Talk
    Max Shulaker


This section is still a work in progress. We are trying to find information about the best accomodations for those traveling to attend. If you would like to help us fill in the section, please reach us with the contact info below.


If you would like more information or help with accomodation, you can contact the coordinators at sipb50@mit.edu. If you want to be involved in planning, join that list and let us know. If you would like to help us with planning or coordination day of, please let us know.

If something on the website breaks, you can email alvareza@mit.edu or the list above.