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Ed Smith

Vintage Video Game & Computer Designer

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Ed Smith Biography

Ed Smith is an African American from Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. Ed attended Westinghouse Technical High School and studied marketing and computer science and Pace University. ​ After studying microprocessor technology at Fairchild while developing traffic control signals, the computer bug hit Ed at an early age. He would read Popular Electronics, Popular Mechanics and Omni magazines to stay caught up in a whirlwind of technological change. Smith’s second home was Radio Shack.

By 1976, Smith was hired by APF Electronics in New York to work on the next generation video game after the success of Pong. Smith’s role at APF included collaboration on hardware design, building the prototypes as well as Joystick and I/O port design for the MP1000 video game. The MP1000 competed directly with Atari and Coleco during the first generation of cartridge-based games.

By 1978, Smith and the APF design team leveraged the processing power of the MP1000 and the I/O design by Smith to add a computer console unit to the MP1000, creating the Imagination Machine personal computer.

Since his time at APF, Smith has been involved in almost every area of emerging technology with stints at Apple, Novell, Infosys Technologies and Kronos, developing global partner relationships that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Smith worked with firms at the senior executive level in areas of Mainframe and Mini Computer Integration, Networking, Enterprise Application Development and Integration, Open Source Solutions, ERP, CRM, Workforce Management, Cloud Computing and Big Data.

Smith has worked with some of the top firms in the industry to deliver solutions that are seamlessly integrated. Some of the firms Smith has partnered with to deliver pervasive solutions to global clients include IBM, HP, Digital Equipment, Oracle, Microsoft, Infosys, Wipro, Unisys, SAP, Workday, Informatica, Tibco, Intel, Adobe, Amazon, Google and others. ​ Smith has been recognized for his early pioneering work in the video game and personal computer industry by numerous publications including Fast Company and Vintage Computing. He is listed as one of seven Black tech pioneers by PC Magazine. His book “Imagine That!” is now available on Amazon eBooks. ​ Smith is an active speaker at corporations and universities across the country, telling his story of being a dreamer and overcoming almost impossible odds to escape the ghetto stereotypes and eventually be hired as an African American engineer in the early 1970s. #imaginethat!

Speaking Topics
  • • Vintage video gaming and computers

    • Early adopter of technology

    • African American in technology

    • Overcoming adversity in the tech space

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  • HOW TO BOOK Ed Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ed Smith for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ed Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ed Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Ed Smith?

    Booking fees for Ed Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ed Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Ed Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ed Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ed Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ed Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ed Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Ed Smith Biography

Ed Smith is an African American from Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. Ed attended Westinghouse Technical High School and studied marketing and computer science and Pace University. ​ After studying microprocessor technology at Fairchild while developing traffic control signals, the computer bug hit Ed at an early age. He would read Popular Electronics, Popular Mechanics and Omni magazines to stay caught up in a whirlwind of technological change. Smith’s second home was Radio Shack.

By 1976, Smith was hired by APF Electronics in New York to work on the next generation video game after the success of Pong. Smith’s role at APF included collaboration on hardware design, building the prototypes as well as Joystick and I/O port design for the MP1000 video game. The MP1000 competed directly with Atari and Coleco during the first generation of cartridge-based games.

By 1978, Smith and the APF design team leveraged the processing power of the MP1000 and the I/O design by Smith to add a computer console unit to the MP1000, creating the Imagination Machine personal computer.

Since his time at APF, Smith has been involved in almost every area of emerging technology with stints at Apple, Novell, Infosys Technologies and Kronos, developing global partner relationships that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Smith worked with firms at the senior executive level in areas of Mainframe and Mini Computer Integration, Networking, Enterprise Application Development and Integration, Open Source Solutions, ERP, CRM, Workforce Management, Cloud Computing and Big Data.

Smith has worked with some of the top firms in the industry to deliver solutions that are seamlessly integrated. Some of the firms Smith has partnered with to deliver pervasive solutions to global clients include IBM, HP, Digital Equipment, Oracle, Microsoft, Infosys, Wipro, Unisys, SAP, Workday, Informatica, Tibco, Intel, Adobe, Amazon, Google and others. ​ Smith has been recognized for his early pioneering work in the video game and personal computer industry by numerous publications including Fast Company and Vintage Computing. He is listed as one of seven Black tech pioneers by PC Magazine. His book “Imagine That!” is now available on Amazon eBooks. ​ Smith is an active speaker at corporations and universities across the country, telling his story of being a dreamer and overcoming almost impossible odds to escape the ghetto stereotypes and eventually be hired as an African American engineer in the early 1970s. #imaginethat!

Ed Smith Speaking Topics

  • • Vintage video gaming and computers

    • Early adopter of technology

    • African American in technology

    • Overcoming adversity in the tech space

Ed Smith Videos

  • Celebrating Ed Smith
  • The Imagination Machine with Ed Smith - The Retro Hour EP229 ...

FAQs on booking Ed Smith

  • How to book Ed Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ed Smith for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ed Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ed Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ed Smith?

    Booking fees for Ed Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ed Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ed Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ed Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ed Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ed Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ed Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ed Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ed Smith for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Ed Smith generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Latasha Gillespie, Mutale Nkonde, Melinda Briana Epler, Katrina Jones and Delane Parnell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ed Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Ed Smith Speaking Topics

  • • Vintage video gaming and computers

    • Early adopter of technology

    • African American in technology

    • Overcoming adversity in the tech space

Ed Smith Speaker Videos

  • Celebrating Ed Smith
    The Imagination Machine with Ed Smith - The Retro Hour EP229 ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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