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Weekly tech agenda: QuakeCon, DigiFestival, Second Life Community Convention

During the week of August 9 gamers from across the globe will gather in Dallas, Texas for QuakeCon, a four-day festival referred to as the "Woodstock of Gaming." In Boston, Second Life players will take off their online masks and meet their online friends in real life at the Second Life Community Convention.

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."

August 13-September 13

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.

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.

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.

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.

August 23-26
China International Exhibition Center
Beijing, China

BIRTV is a major event for the Chinese and International TV, film and radio industry.
Leading companies from the industry will show off their latest equipment and technologies to the more than 55000 expected attendees. Highlights include the BIRTV Summit, Awards, and Digital Theatre. The event will also encompass the New Digital Medias Summit and Showcase, iHollywood China, conferences and technical seminars.

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.

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 trade show 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 e-books and tablet PCs.

Biennial of Graphic Arts
September 4-October 25
Various venues
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts is a multi-exhibition of contemporary graphic and computer-assisted art. Works in the Biennial take inspiration from this year's central exhibition, The Matrix: An Unstable Reality - an exhibition that investigates the discourse between graphics, technology and the morals of artwork reproduction. Highlights of the Biennial also include the Artist's Book Salon and an exhibition by former Biennial of Graphic Arts Grand Prize winner Jeon Joonho.

IBC electronic media conference and exhibition
September 9 - 14
RAI Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Each year more than 1,300 leading electronics companies from across the globe exhibit at IBC - a leading international forum for the electronic media industry. The event combines a four-day conference dedicated to the electronic media industry with exhibitions and technical demonstrations from leading art, media and technology innovators. In 2010 the event organizers expect to draw in excess of 45,000 visitors.