70 Years ago the ENIAC Programmers became invisible.
Please join us in 2016 to make the ENIAC Programmers
and their Innovations Visible.
ENIAC Programmers Project
In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without programming languages or tools (for none existed)—only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they remained invisible.
The ENIAC Programmers Project has been devoted for nearly two decades to researching their work, recording their stories, and seeking honors for the ENIAC Six—the great women of ENIAC.
About The Documentary
In 2013, ENIAC Programmer Project founder Kathy Kleiman teamed up with award-winning documentary producers Jon Palfreman and Kate McMahon to tell this incredible story. They have produced a stunning 20-minute documentary, The Computers which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 24, 2014.
Featuring Movietone footage of the 1940s and never-before-seen interviews with the ENIAC Programmers, this inspiring story will make students believe that programming careers lie within their grasp, and adults cheer. This is a story lost for almost 70 years about the founding of technologies we cannot live without—by six incredible young women everyone should know!
Available To Everyone!
Special Screenings Include
Internet Governance Forum
University of Pennsylvania
Seattle International Film Festival
Latin American Internet Governance Forum
University of Maryland
White House Computer Science Heroes
United Nations Film Festival
Carnegie Mellon University
Learn more about the ENIAC Programmers Project, read books about the ENIAC Programmers, bring screenings of The Computers to your organization and support screenings and discussion of The Computers with schools and organizations worldwide! Please explore and share our inspiring history!
Explore great opportunities for women in technology today – including the Anita Borg Institute and the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
Join the ENIAC Programmers Project in celebrating women in computing—past, present and future!