Weekly global technology agenda: Mobile World Congress, Nano Tech 2010

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During the week of February 15 technology enthusiasts and mobile specialists will gather at the Mobile World Congress for a four-day event that examines cutting-edge mobile trends, innovative new technology and showcases an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field. In Japan, microscopic technology and its impact on green technology will be investigated on a macroscopic scale at the International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference.

GSMA Mobile World Congress
February 15 - 18
Barcelona, Spain

This four-day event is dedicated to cutting-edge mobile technology. There is a full program of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions that runs alongside an exhibition of hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field. The Mobile World Congress Awards Ceremony pinpoints leaders and innovators at the forefront of the mobile industry. In 2009 the event attracted around 47,000 industry members from more than 180 countries. 
http://www.mobileworldcongress.com

International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference 
February 17 - 19
Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo, Japan

The International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference (Nano Tech 2010) is the world's largest nanotechnology exhibition. This year the exhibition will address our global energy and environmental problems and will examine the ways in which nanotechnology can bring humans closer to a green world. The event will run concurrently to an exhibition uniting biotechnology, nanotechnology and business, Nano Bio Expo 2010; a specialized expo for nanotechnology used in surfaces, treatment and processing, ASTEC2010 & METEC' 10; an electronics and printing centric expo, nano & neo functional material 2010; and a new exhibition dedicated to water processing techniques, InterAqua 2010.
http://www.nanotechexpo.jp/en/index.html

Engadget Awards
Date to be confirmed
Online

The sixth annual Engadget Awards highlight the greatest technology products unveiled during 2009 and detects the most anticipated gadgets of 2010. Nominations for the awards have been selected by the public and a list of finalists is already up on the Engadget website. Voting for the finalists in 24 categories – including but not limited to gadget of the year, worst gadget of the year, smartphone of the year, robot of the year, wearable device of the year and e-reader of the year - is open until Monday February 20th, 11:59 PM EDT.
http://www.engadget.com/awards

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."
http://www.cebit.de/homepage_e

The Shorty Awards
March 3
New York, USA

The Shorty Awards brings 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, humour, innovation, music, politics, science and 'weird' among others.
http://shortyawards.com

Game Developers Conference 
March 9 - 13
Moscone Center
San Francisco, 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.
http://www.gdconf.com

CTIA Wireless 2010
March 23 - 25
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, 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.
http://www.ctiawireless.com/

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