Weekly tech agenda: TEDWomen, LeWeb

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Innovative, revolutionary and forward thinking women will be the stars of this year's inaugural TEDWomen conference in Washington DC, and in France, DJ Bob Sinclar will be mixing up a storm at the opening of Europe's largest Internet event, LeWeb, on December 8.

TEDWomen: Reshaping the future
December 7-8
International Trade Center, Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC, USA

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas in the interests of global knowledge and inspiration through a series of global events. The inaugural TEDWomen event is co-produced with The Paley Center for Media and investigates how women are innovating, thinking and championing ideas to make the world a better place.

December 8-9
Les Docks
Paris, France

LeWeb is the biggest internet event in the European calendar, bringing together speakers, entrepreneurs, investors, the media, and technology buffs to discuss a "new web." Approximately 2,400 participants from 50 countries attended the sixth edition of LeWeb in Paris in 2009 and in 2010 industry luminaries including Carlos Ghosn, Marissa Mayer, Dennis Crowley, Alexander Tamas, Sebastien de Halleux, and Michael Arrington will be on stage to lead discussions about this year's theme, Platforms.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2010
December 15-18
Codex Convention & Exhibition Center
Seoul, Korea

The 3rd Asian edition of the International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) is a four-day event that digs deep into the world of computer graphics, 3D modeling and digital imaging. The latest gadgets, hardware, software and technology will be presented alongside SIGGRAPH Asia's computer animation festival, hands on courses, and presentations of cutting-edge technical and research paper. SIGGRAPH Asia is the sister event to the much bigger international SIGGRAPH (which will be held in Vancouver in August 2011) and is expected to attract more than 8,000 professionals in 2010.

International CES
January 6-9
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest consumer technology trade show. It is also one of the most closely followed events on the technology calendar - alongside CeBIT and Computex Taipei - as it welcomes numerous high-profile technology companies and is the launch-place for many groundbreaking new gadgets and high-tech products. CES attracts around 126,600 visitors each year and is a "must-see" event for technology enthusiasts.

Macworld Expo
January 26-29
Moscone Convention Center,
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founded in 1985, the Macworld Conference and Expo is the largest annual Apple Macintosh event in the world. Hundreds of companies offering dedicated Mac products and services will be at the event to share their expert advice and show off their latest technology. Well over 35,000 people have already pre-registered for MacWorld 2011 making it much larger than Apple's own annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) which is capped at around 5,000 places.

GSMA Mobile World Congress
February 14-17
Barcelona, Spain

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. 1,300 exhibitors and 50,000 industry members from 200 countries are expected in 2011.