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.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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