The DESIGN West conference staff needs your ideas for keynote addresses and conference speakers. We want to know who you want to hear.
Over the years, keynoters at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) have included engineers, inventors, programmers, industry moguls, physicists, scientists, astronauts, explorers, cartoonists, sci-fi authors, musicians, politicians, manufacturers, analysts, futurists, and industry (and cultural) icons. As varied as embedded systems are, so too have been the ESC speakers and keynoters.
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DESIGN West 2013, which will be held this April at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
I would love to see a debate between Nissan's Carlos Ghosn, a huge supporter of electric cars, and Toyota's Takeshi Uchiyamada, who recently said "the current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs."
What about someone from NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover team--perhaps Bobak Ferdowsi, the mohawk coiffed engineer who rose to prominance as part of the team orchestrating the craft's seven minutes of terror landing on Mars.
Since we went the musician route last year with Thomas Dolby, how about Mark Zuckerberg? I have been fascinated by that man ever since I saw the movie, "The Social Network," as well as a "60 Minutes" interview with him. That speech, alone, would be worth the price of admission, in my opinion.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.