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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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.
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.
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."
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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