- 23 Jan 08, 13:44 GMT
Last night I participated in an Intel event to pick the 45 most influential people in technology over the last 150 years.
Gathered to draw up the names were journalists from the BBC, PC Pro, The Inquirer, and Zdnet among others.
I can't give you the final list yet - as the scores are still being collated - but I can tell you a little bit about the process.
We were given a shortlist of 69 people and we had to score each person from one to 10 across five categories - Innovation, Ground-breaking technology, Industry success, Impact on society and Influence.
The first thing we did was automatically dump a number of short-listed names that we felt had no right to be on the list to begin with - so I'm afraid Richard Branson and Charles Dunstone were quickly excised.
There were also a lot of obvious absentees on the short-list - in part because Intel decided that the list be confined to ICT figures. So there was no Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, for example.
I lobbied for two people I wanted, at the very least, to be up for discussion - Don Estridge, who led development of the IBM PC and Gordon Gould, inventor of the laser.
I'm pleased to say I managed to get both on the list.
The voting was a bit raucous - and we all gave individual scores after much baiting, shouting, laughing and disagreement.
Bill Gates didn't seem to be too popular with a few in the room - one hack, who shall remain nameless, felt Bill Gates' impact on society was negligible. Really?
Hopefully, I'll have the final 45 tomorrow and will post it on the blog for discussion. The journalists' individual scores, I'm told, will not be published...
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