Weekly global technology agenda: CeBIT, Shorty Awards, Global Ignite Week

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The week of March 1 will be overloaded with product releases and news coming from the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT, taking place in Hannover, Germany. Across the oceans in New York City, the Shorty Awards (otherwise known as the‘Golden Globes of Twitter') will be awarding those who made the most difference on microblogging site Twitter with their sub 140-character posts during 2009.

Global Ignite Week
March 1-5
Worldwide and Online

Global Ignite Week is comprised of an unconventional series of conferences held in pubs, theaters and clubs around the world. Speakers at the events showcase new ideas in bite-sized pieces. In 2010 there will be approximately 65 Ignite events taking place in various locations around the world. The Ignite motto is "enlighten us, but make it quick." As such, each participant is given five minutes on stage and can present only 20 slides. The events, which have been taking place since 2006, can be summed up as a "hectic night of geek contests, five-minute talks, and beer." Check the website for an event near you or log onto the Ignite website to watch the more than 500 talks broadcast live.

CeBIT 2010
March 2 - 6
Deutsche Messe AG
Hannover, Germany

In 2009, 4,300 exhibitors from 69 countries and more than 400,000 visitors made their way to Hannover for CeBIT. 2010's event is expected to be even bigger. Visitors to the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event will be able to take part in a forum of "international networking, knowledge transfer and trend-setting." CeBIT 2010 highlights will include a new "Next Level 3D" floor space, international demonstrations of green technologies and a new presentation called "Advanced Office & Conference Solutions."

The Shorty Awards
March 3
TheTimesCenter in The New York Times Tower
New York, NY, USA

The Shorty Awards bring attention to people and organizations who have posted the most interesting comments on the microblogging site, Twitter, in less than 140 characters during 2009. The awards ceremony, familiarly referred to as the 'Golden Globes of Twitter' will take place on March 3 in New York for the second year. Official Shorty Awards will be given to tweeters in the fields of art, advertising, celebrity, design, humor, innovation, music, politics, science and 'weird' among others.

Game Developers Conference
March 9 - 13
Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA, USA

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest industry-only gaming event. More than 17,000 professionals are expected to gather at the GDC in 2010. The event aims to heighten the awareness of gaming around the world and encourages industry members to form local and global ties with other members in the game development community. In 2010 there will be over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions covering the diverse sectors of games - including gaming consoles, handheld devices, cell phones, and of course online and computer games. The event also explores future developments in the field of gaming.

Shanghai International IT and Electronics Fair and SEMICON China
March 16-18
Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC)
Shanghai, China

More than 100,000 professional visitors are expected to attend SEMICON China 2010, an event that will once again be held under the banner of the Shanghai International IT and Electronics Fair. For the first time, SEMICON China will be held in co-location with SOLARCON China and FPD China. The massive "industry flagship event" is targeted at professionals working in the microelectronics market. Highlights of the 2010 SEMICON China include theme pavilions focusing on innovation, green manufacturing and sustainable development and a thorough program of technology conferences that includes the China Semiconductor Technology International Conference (CSTIC 2010), The 6th China SoG Silicon and PV Power Conference, and the 2010 China FPD Conference.

CTIA Wireless 2010
March 23 - 25
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV, USA

CITA will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2010, welcoming more than 1,000 exhibitors and tens of thousands of spectators to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Discussions about wireless and converged communications, wireless broadband, mobile web computing and data industries will be held over a period of three days. Companies will demo the latest in enterprise solutions, energy saving products, and emerging mobile entertainment technology. Developers, manufacturers and industry leaders will be on hand to discuss the latest trends including Location Based Services (LBS), Smart Energy, Wireless Health, Intelligent Transportation, Cloud Computing and Mobile Money.

Black Hat Europe
April 12-15
Hotel Rey Juan Carlos
Barcelona, Spain

The Black Hat Briefings are comprehensive events focused on internet security. The Black Hat Europe conference provides attendees with useful and relevant information about the most pressing security issues currently found in Europe and across the world. The event aims to alert people of the possible threats and suggest viable solutions to combat any foreseen security issues. Conference goers are treated to a series of lectures, hands-on sessions, training workshops and keynotes on topics such as CyberWar, SAP Backdoors, Adobe Flash and Reader vulnerabilities, Next Generation Clickjacking, and the Hacking the Smartcard Chip.