It is the 50th year of IEDM, the International Electron Devices Meeting. The fact that it has been going for so long reveals why it has such an odd name: back in 1964 most "electron devices" were tubes (valves in UK lingo). This year they gave all of us a USB stick with all the papers from all 50 years of the event, something that would have been unbelievable to even think about during the first conference when a few bits of memory would cost a king's ransom. This year at lunch on Wednesday there was an IEDM/Women in Engineering co-sponsored lunch. The setup was Kathryn Kranen, most recently CEO of Jasper Design Automation, being interviewed by Thuy Dao of Freescale.