July 10-13, 2012. SEMICON West is the flagship annual event for the global microelectronics industry. It is the premier event for the display of new products and technologies for microelectronics design and manufacturing, featuring technologies from across the microelectronics supply chain, from electronic design automation, to device fabrication (wafer processing), to final manufacturing (assembly, packaging, and test). Silicon West featured a powerful line-up of industry experts and business leaders on our Keynote Stage (Esplanade Hall), who offered their views and visions on the future of microelectronics, exploring the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the global semiconductor industry. Technologies served include semiconductors, photovoltaics and solar, micro-electromagnetical systems, LEDs, solid state lighting and printed electronics. The future of microelectronics is… well… um… small!
May 8-10, 2012. The forecast was cloudy when this IT conference kicked off. Sure enough, major sessions were given over to the Cloud Crash Course, The Final Cloud Frontier: Driving Cloud Adoption for Mission Critical Apps, Building VMware Private Clouds, Hybrid Cloud Integration, Best Practices: The Road From Server Virtualization/Consolidation to Private Cloud… Delegates were there to learn about the latest innovations, including virtualization, mobility, cloud computing and data center advances—and get up to speed on how to leverage new technologies to increase productivity and improve collaboration in any enterprise. Further sessions were dedicated to data center management, information security and risk management, networking, storage, virtualization, plus wireless and mobility. So these guys didn’t, after all, only have their heads in the “cloud”….
Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2012. Billed as “the Premier Electronics Industry Conference and Exhibition, this show focused on printed circuit boards, electronics assembly, and design. The program focused on game changers for the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries, whether printed electronics, nanotechnology, environmental regulations or new quality and reliability drivers. A panel of industry experts looked into the future and predicted shocks to the industry as well as new opportunities. A celebrity keynote from Captain James T Kirk himself, William Shatner, showed delegates how to “make it so”. Visitors were encouraged to “boldly go…”
Feb. 20-25, 2012. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a healthcare organization focused on optimal use of information technology and management systems for human health. It has offices in Chicago and Washington D.C. HIMSS represents more than 23,000 individual members, of whom 73% work in patient care. HIMSS also includes over 380 corporate members and over 50 not-for-profit organizations sharing the mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of IT and management systems. There were education sessions focused on the industry’s hot topics, such as Meaningful Use, plus HITECH (way more popular than “LOTECH”, of course), HIE, standards, interoperability and more. Wait, is interoperability really that healthy?
Jan. 23-25, 2012. MacWorld and iWorld are held as twin events, and were being held for the first time since the untimely death of Steve Jobs. That did not stop a torrent of new product demonstrations, demos of the hottest iOS Apps, and new software. There was an iPhone Film Festival, Digital Art Gallery, art-tech talks and seminars, live art competitions… plus add-on premium training sessions for MacIT, specializing in such esoteric topics as The Passionate Photographer, Telling Your Story in iLife, Speak to Me O Muse (built around a new Adobe gizmo codenamed MUSE) — “There’s all that code”, they explained, “all that geek speak, all that technical jargon that gets between a designer’s vision and the web’s reality. But Adobe’s new (beta software) MUSE is the first major step by the software powerhouse to overcome that divide”…
HDI is the Annual World Conference for IT Service and Technical Support. This service and technical support conference addresses the IT needs of a company’s entire team — from seasoned directors to front-line analysts — and provides insight into how formal procedures, processes, and industry tools can improve service and support performance. A keynote on “How to Win an Unfair Fight” asked “How do you get people to do what you want them to do without looking like a jerk (or a psychopath)? How do you learn how to handle the difficult people you encounter along the way without losing your sanity?” This is need-to-know stuff, you IT people. Okay, okay… Whaddya mean, the screen is still black? Did you try plugging the darn thing in?