Weekly tech agenda: CeBIT, TED2011
Friday 25 February 2011
CeBIT, the largest digital IT and telecommunications event in the world, will fill Germany's Deutsche Messe AG with thousands of innovative products, services and IT solutions this week. On the other side of the globe, audiences will be wowed by some of the greatest minds in the world at TED2011.
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TED, an acronym for Technology Entertainment Design, brings together scientific pioneers, visionaries, musicians and provocateurs from around the world for its famous talks. Presentations feature tech demos, video and TEDUniversity sessions. The program extends into evening art exhibits, comedy and experiences. Since 1990, the gatherings have continued to grow, extending to a TEDGlobal in a different country annually. Since 2007, talks are shown online for free and have been viewed more than 290 million times.
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Deutsche Messe AG
In 2010, 4,157 exhibitors from 68 countries and more than 330,000 visitors made their way to Hannover for CeBIT. In its heyday the expo managed to draw around 700,000 visitors but it has since shrunk in size. Nevertheless, with its 450,000-square-meter exhibition space CeBIT remains the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event and eclipses the likes of COMPUTEX, CES and SITEX in exhibition size. In 2011, visitors will see the fair split into four platforms: CeBIT pro for professional and business ICT solutions; CeBIT gov for the public sector; CeBIT lab for innovative research and development and CeBIT life for the latest trends in consumer electronics.
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8th Read an E-Book Week
The annual Read an E-Book Week was created to promote and share the advantages of reading electronically. During this week, visitors are invited to browse the event website, where dozens of publishers, authors, and booksellers offer free titles for a limited time.
Austin, Texas, USA
The 25th annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference & Festival gathers an estimated 100,000 members of the international music, film, and interactive media industries in Austin, Texas, for a week-long convergence of ideas and talent. For five days during the festival, the "brightest minds in emerging technology" come to showcase digital works, innovative ideas and new products under the banner of SXSW Interactive.
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Electronic House Expo
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL, USA
EHX (Electronic House Expo) is an expo that caters for people interested in home health tech, smart energy, electronic security, digital media and custom electronics. It features booths from more than 200 exhibitors and offers hands-on "super sessions" for those wanting to learn more about the electronics industry. EHX will also be running some of CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) University's most demanded courses during the event so attendees can brush up on their skills.
26th CTIA Wireless 2011
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL, USA
CTIA will welcome more than 1,000 exhibitors and more than 40,000 spectators in 2011. The show covers wireless and converged communications, wireless broadband, mobile web computing and data industries, and in 2011 the focus is on "Mobile Life." Companies will demo the latest in enterprise solutions, energy-saving products, and emerging mobile entertainment technology. While Mobile World Congress puts the emphasis on consumer devices, CTIA is all about the technologies that power them, including Location Based Services (LBS), Smart Energy, Wireless Health, Intelligent Transportation, Cloud Computing and Mobile Money.
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Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Approximately 90,000 audio, video and film content professionals are expected to attend this year's National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB Show) in Las Vegas. The event will showcase future trends in 3D, mobile entertainment, transmedia, social media, multi-platform distribution, broadband, and digital production. In 2011, people will be able to attend the NAB Show from anywhere in the world via the new NAB Show Virtual View - an online event that will feature live interactive video chats with industry experts, exhibitor demonstrations, interviews, and booth tours.
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