April 3-6, 2013. AudiologyNOW! claims to be the world’s largest gathering of audiologists. A number of developmental changes occur within the first year of life that may be missed for an infant with severe-to-profound hearing loss. In order for a child with hearing loss to ultimately reach age-appropriate milestones for speech and language development, there is a need to provide consistent auditory access to spoken language as early and consistently as possible. This meeting provided participants the opportunity to attend four days of educational sessions, explore the latest in hearing technology, and network with colleagues from around the world. There were ed sessions, hands-on opportunities and special events for all career stages, which enabled delegates to enhance their knowledge of cutting-edge audiology and share discoveries from leading researchers within various specialties. The event was designed to provide attendees with a range of opportunities, including scientific enrichment, career development, and professional learning. Now listen up…!
March 19-21, 2013. The future of optical communication is here, said the banner over the registration desk. The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) featured more than 800 presentations, 550 exhibitors and 12,000 attendees from around the world. Hot topics covered in technical sessions and show floor panels included software-defined networks, silicon photonics, 100G/400G network design, cloud and data center networking. In his keynote, ADVA Optical Networking CEO Brian Protiva gave a comprehensive look at the coming transformation of the network – from growth drivers and state of the industry to specific solutions needed to meet future challenges. The Service Provider Summit addressed What Cloudonomics Means for the Network. Panels included Monetizing the Network, examining issues such as whether big data can help service providers in today’s economy. This was no “optical illusion”…
February 19-22, 2013. InformExUSA is the Global Chemical Marketplace, or anyway that’s what it said on the banner above the registration desk. InformexUSA offered an up-to-date view of the developments and new technologies from a broad cross-section of the chemical industry such as: established and emerging Pharma, the cosmetics and personal care industry, the biopharma sector, agrochemical manufacturers, plastics and polymers, branded Pharma and generics, and mid-sized specialty Pharma companies. The exhibitor line-up was global, allowing delegates to meet new partners with the resources their business needed to take it to the next level, all combined with a full program of world-class conferences. Special sessions looked at “Perspectives on the Specialty Chemical Industry”, “Bio-based Chemicals: Going Commercial”, and “Market Regulation: How It Affects Your Business and How to Fight Back”. Would fighting back maybe involve “chemical” weapons…?
February 12-14, 2013. MD&M West purports to be the world’s largest medical device design and manufacturing event. Delegates were on the lookout for resources to solve their medical device design, engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly and packaging challenges. Visitors’ special interests included Manufacturing & Production Equipment, Contract Manufacturing Services, R&D and Design Services, Motors & Motion Control, Molding Services and Equipment, Tubing and Extrusion Kits, Cleanrooms and other Manufacturing Environments, Electronic Components, Subassemblies and Services Packaging, Sterilization, Labeling & Bar Coding, and of course Computing and Software. It’s estimated that over 14,000 decision-makers from company facilities conducted 150,000 meetings with 2,000 exhibiting companies during the Anaheim event. That’s a “healthy” ten meetings per company…
January 23-27, 2013. Believe in music, say the banners. NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit trade association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music, and supports the $17 billion global music products industry. The NAMM trade shows brings together people who want to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, plus sound and lighting systems. The association’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM imagines “a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right”. So how come it’s so hard to get the little dears to practice their piano scales?
Nov. 4-7, 2012. International Test Conference (ITC) is, we understand, the world’s premier conference dedicated to the electronic testing of devices, boards and systems, covering the complete cycle from design verification, test, diagnosis, failure analysis and back to process and design improvement. At ITC, test and design professionals can confront the challenges the industry faces, and learn how these challenges are being addressed by the combined efforts of academia, design tool and equipment suppliers, designers, and test engineers. ITC is known around the world for its robust technical dialog. Over the course of the event, respected researchers, academics and industry experts presented the results of their work and applied knowledge on a variety of topics for test and design engineers and practitioners. Just as well, since these are “testing times”…
Aug. 26-31, 2012. APWA is the American Public Works Association, and Anaheim was playing host to the International Public Works Congress and Exhibition. Public Works, we learned, is the heartbeat of any city, developing and maintaining buildings, roads, water systems, solid waste handling and administration. The people who work in public works are solving “some of the toughest problems faced by our communities, our country, and our world”. The member roster of 28,000 forms the backbone of the public works APWA network. They are primarily from North America, but members can be found on all continents. They plan, build, manage and maintain billions of dollars worth of public infrastructure. Okay, so you want to work… in public works? Works for me….