The Hewlett-Packard Garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California. This is California Historic Landmark 976. This garage is the birthplace of the world's first high-technology region, 'Silicon Valley'. The idea for such a region originated with Dr. Frederick Terman, a Stanford University Professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area rather than joining established firms in the East. The first two students to follow his advice were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage. (1999).