Zuckerberg coming to Australia to visit 1stAvailable

Father of Facebook founder to address social media seminars

Dr. Edward Zuckerberg

Dr. Edward Zuckerberg

Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, father of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, will visit Australia in November as a guest of 1stAvailable to speak at a series of social media seminars.

1stAvailable is an Australian-developed online web portal that allows patients to search and book doctors, dentists, and other healthcare appointments with the aim to cut waiting lines.

While down under, Dr. Zuckerberg, a dentist by profession, will be speaking at a series of social media seminars hosted by 1stAvailable. These seminars will address healthcare professionals, and will include discussions about the best ways to manage and interact with patients.

The visit will be Dr. Zuckerberg’s first trip to Australia. Details of his itinerary will be announced closer to the date.

An early adopter of technology, he purchased his first office computer, an IBM PC-XT, and a dental software package in 1985 for a combined price of $US10,000. Despite the system offering only a 10MB hard disk, Dr. Zuckerberg believed in the significance of technology in his dental practice, said a press statement from 1stAvailable. His paperless office also included intra-oral cameras, air abrasion drill free dentistry, digital radiography, and CAD/CAM restorations.

As a teenager he would take apart stereos “just to see how they worked,” according to the statement. Later, in dental school, a friend introduced him to computers and he purchased an Atari 800 in 1981 and became one of the earliest users of online banking as a beta tester for Citibank. Later, in the early 1990s he introduced his son Mark Zuckerberg to basic programming using the same Atari computer.

Mark Zuckerberg quickly outgrew the primitive language of the Atari and moved on to C+ programming and, at the age of 12, developed an inter-office communication system for his father's office called "Zucknet" which allowed communications between treatment rooms and the front office.

At present, Dr. Zuckerberg advocates the use of social media.

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