Tech agenda: sparks fly at the RoboGames

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Get ready to see robots shooting flames, smashing into each other and performing amazing feats during the eighth International RoboGames. The event is the robot equivalent of the Olympic Games and features, among other things, humanoid robots playing basketball, sumo robots wrestling each other to the ground, combat robots fighting to the death, teams of robots playing soccer and art bots painting masterpieces.

8th RoboGames
April 15-17
San Mateo Country Fairgrounds
San Mateo, CA, USA
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The RoboGames are the annual "Olympic games" for the robot world. The event is the largest open robotics competition in the world and brings the best robot designers, robotic engineers and DIY hobbyists together to strive against others for victory in the global competition. This year hundreds of robots will compete in more than 50 different events including combat robots, LEGO bots, firefighters, walking humanoids, soccer bots and kung-fu androids. The VEX Robotics World Championship will also take place from April 14-16 in Kissimmee, Fl, USA.
http://www.robogames.net/


7th Boston Cyberarts Festival
April 22 - May 8
Various locations in Boston
Boston, MA, USA
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The Boston Cyberarts festival is a biennial celebration of technology and art.  This year's event looks back at the history of Cyberart and features visual arts, music, dance, theatre, film, video, and performance. There is an educational program which runs alongside the event plus a program of lectures and symposiums featuring visionary thinkers in the fields of technology, science, design and art. Similar events include the Ars Electronica Festival (September 2011) MIT's Festival of Art, Science and Technology aka FAST (February-May 2011) and the Kinetica Art Fair in London (date TBA).
http://bostoncyberarts.org/festival/
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1st Smart Cities
April 27-28
Wyndham Grand Plaza
Hangzhou, China
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Smart Cities is a two-day conference run by ABI forums that investigates how existing and emerging technologies can be stitched together to create more efficient cities. Through forums, lectures and case studies, Smart Cities discusses how complex IT, telecom, transportation and utility technologies can be networked together to form a coherent system. Smart Cities is one of a number of new conferences that are exploring the future of connected cities including Tonkin’s Smart Cities 2011 in Australia (July), the Cognitive Cities Conference in Germany (February), and Smart Grids Smart Cities in Portugal (September).
http://www.abiforums.com/event/Smart-Cities/home


12th  Solarexpo
May 4-6
Verona Exhibition Center
Verona, Italy
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This year's Solarexpo has joined with Bioenergy expo - the trade fair for the bio-energy industry. The Solarexpo covers photovoltaic units or solar panels, street lighting, hydro and wind power and bio-energy devices such as heating systems. In 2010 the event attracted over 1,000 exhibitors representing 43 European and non-European countries and received 69,500 visitors from the industry. The exhibition is smaller in terms of visitor size than Enertec in January yet has a much wider focus.
http://www.solarexpo.com
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31st COMPUTEX Taipei
May 31 - June 4
Taipei World Trade Center
Taipei, Taiwan
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With 106,450 square meters of exhibition space, Computex Taipei is the largest computer exhibition in Asia, second in the world only to CeBIT in Germany. Many large computing firms have research and development centers or production factories in Taiwan and will be coming to the 31st edition of the event to launch their new products. A full spectrum of products are set for launch during the event including e-readers, 3D technology, mobile devices and tablet PCs. More than 121,000 visitors attended Computex in 2010 to see products and services from over 1,700 exhibitors.
http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/
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