Weekly tech agenda: DEF CON, Supernova Forum

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During the week of July 26 industry heavyweights will be providing strategic insights into our evolving digital ecosystems at the Supernova Forum 2010. In Las Vegas thousands of hackers will gather at DEF CON to learn about computer security, games and the event's infamous coffee wars.

SIGGRAPH
July 25-29
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Computer graphics, technology and art collide at the 37th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH). Fans of computer graphics and interactive techniques will be able to gather information from the world's leading experts about the future of digital art and multimedia. The latest gadgets, hardware, software and technology will also be presented at the event that is expected to attract more than 25,000 professionals.
http://www.siggraph.org/s2010/

Supernova Forum 2010: Perestroika
July 29-30
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Supernova Forum is an annual event that brings together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, business executives, investors and policy-makers to dig deep into the fabric of our interconnected world. The event encompasses sessions on the evolving digital ecosystem, the privacy conundrum, scaling startups and networked business innovation; a tech policy forum; Pecha Kucha (a short presentation format) lighnting talks; Challenge Session roundtables; and an "unconference."
http://supernovahub.com/

DEF CON 18
July 30-August 1
Riviera Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV, USA

DEF CON is a hacker and technology convention that has roots going back to 1993. While the event is brimming with informative talks on hacking, computer games, security and computers, organizers reveal that some people "never touch a computer at DEF CON." Instead, they go to the event to take part in the infamous coffee wars, WiFi shoot outs, robot and art contests, TCP/IP contests, movie marathons, warez trading, awards ceremony or the Black and White Ball.
https://www.defcon.org/index.html

Mashable's US Summer Tour 2010, DC
August 5
USA Today HQ
Washington, DC, USA

Technology and social media blog Mashable has been touring around the USA, stopping in Seattle and San Francisco. On August 5, the team will drop by Washington, DC where between 300 and 600 participants will come to meet with industry leaders and network with others in the technology industry. Mashable will also make a stop in New York City on August 9 and in Chicago on August 11.
http://summermashdc-617mash.eventbrite.com/

QuakeCon
August 12-15
Hilton Anatole
Dallas, TX, USA

QuakeCon is the largest LAN event in North America. Gamers from across the world come with their computers to meet other gamers face-to-face and play in this massive gaming tournament. The latest games and hardware are on show during the event. The free, four-day festival is often dubbed the "Woodstock of Gaming."
http://www.quakecon.org/

DigiFestival
August 13-September 13
Worldwide/online

DigiFestival is an international online film and video festival. The festival is in its sixth year and during the month-long event viewers are invited to watch and vote for films submitted in the movie, music, animation, video art and sports categories. Winners will be announced towards the end of the year with the top three films in each category receiving a full international Digital Distribution Deal as part of the prize.
http://www.digifestival.net/

Second Life Community Convention
August 13-15
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Boston, MA, USA

Second Life Community Convention is a two-day event about Second Life - an internet-based 3D virtual world in which users interact with each other using avatars. Second Life "residents" gather together to share ideas about the role-playing community, and to meet and network with the people behind the avatars.
http://www.slconvention.org/

Search Engine Strategies San Francisco
August 16-20
Moscone West
San Francisco, CA, USA

The Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference and expo details the ins and outs of search engine marketing, website optimization, link-building tactics, pay-per-click advertising and landing page testing. SES San Francisco will play host to speakers from SearchEngineWatch, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Microsoft, comScore, AOL Inc., ABCNews.com, CNN, Google, Augment Reality, and CBS Interactive, as well as over 100 companies taking part in the SES Expo. The SES conference runs concurrently to Connected Marketing Week which will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.
http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sanfrancisco/

Interactive Screen 1.0 Beautiful Lives
August 16-20
The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, Canada

The 15th edition of Banff New Media Institute's flagship new media event, Interactive Screen, brings together media makers, thinkers and movers to investigate the ways in which new media intersects with people's aspirations and ambitions for the betterment of life. The five-day conference is built around interactive and participatory lectures, presentations, discussions, workshops, performances and exhibitions.
http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1028

Integrate
August 24-26
Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, More Park
Sydney, Australia

The Integrate Expo is the biggest and only national expo in Australia for audiovisual enthusiasts. Products from across the AV industry are shown under one roof. Visitors can view the latest technologies and demonstrations from companies producing equipment for the Entertainment, DJ, Recording, Concert Production and Lighting industries. Seminars and workshops are held concurrently during the event.
http://www.integrate-expo.com

IFA 2010
September 3 - 8
Berlin Exhibition Grounds
Berlin, Germany

International Funkaustellung (IFA) is an annual trade show that presents developing technologies in modern household appliances, the digital media industry and consumer electronics. In 2010 the tradeshow will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Highlights in 2010 include two newly announced exhibition sections; the iZone section for Mac, iTech products and Apps, and the eLibrary section for eBooks and tablet PCs.
http://www.ifa-berlin.com/

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