Weekly tech agenda: IMAGINA, Kinetica Art Fair
Friday 28 January 2011
The glasses will be on and new 3D technology will be put to the test at IMAGINA in Monaco during the week of January 31. 3D technology will also feature at the Kinetica Art Fair in London, an event where artists push the limits of cutting-edge science and technology.
IMAGINA is a software and 3D technology event in Europe that honors innovation within the 3D industry. Attendees will be able to watch and participate in conferences, round table discussions, meetings, workshops, 3D demonstrations and special events with businesses involved in creating 3D solutions for future technologies. In 2011 IMAGINA will embrace a new sector: the use of 3D in health care. A similar but smaller conference on 3D technology, 3D Days, is held in the Netherlands in November.
3rd Kinetica Art Fair
The Kinetica Art Fair bridges the gaps between science, art and technology. From kinetic sculptures to weird science experiments to artworks created hand in hand with cutting-edge technology, the Kinetica Art Fair encompasses all disciplines of new media art. This year's feature exhibition focuses on the evolution of man. The extensive events program features live performances by internationally renowned artists Stelarc, Holotronica, Photophonis and New Opera Hero. Similar events include the Ars Electronica Festival (September 2011) and MIT's Festival of Art, Science and Technology aka FAST (February 2011).
4th Social Media Week
New York, San Francisco, Rome, Paris, Toronto, Sao Paulo, London, Hong Kong, Istanbul
Nine cities across the world will simultaneously host conferences and events for the February 2011 edition of Social Media Week. The event is held biannually and aims to draw awareness to new social media technologies and promote the use of social media in corporate, public and non-profit sectors. Participants around the world can watch and take part in live broadcasts of each event and online conversations on the Social Media Week website. The fifth edition of Social Media Week will be held in September 2011.
Travel Technology Europe Conference
Big names from the online travel world are set to come together at this annual conference to discuss the rapidly-evolving relationship between travel and technology. Speakers from Amadeus, Yahoo and Google are all set to address the conference, the largest of its kind in Europe.
GSMA Mobile World Congress
GSMA Mobile World Congress is a four-day event dedicated to cutting-edge mobile technology. It is accompanied by a string of high-profile mobile device announcements from leading manufacturers and as such is the most hotly followed event in the mobile industry. A full program of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions runs alongside an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field. Approximately 1,300 exhibitors and 50,000 industry members from 200 countries are expected in 2011.
Gosier, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean
The third International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine gathers experts in the burgeoning field of telemedicine, which includes software and devices, telemedicine equipment, eHealth telecommunication services, wireless data communications, data records, and information processing, among many other tracks. This year will also feature new trends in travel telemedicine, including monitoring of travelers' health and self-health care while on the go. Academics can attend for €565 for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) members/€615 for non-members. Industry professionals attend for €765 for IEEE members/€815 for non-members.
February 28 - March 4
Long Beach, California, USA
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 290 million times.
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.
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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