It’s hard to believe that it’s December already – particularly because it was 60°F here in Ohio a couple of days ago. That’s like San Diego weather. Today, unfortunately, the weather is much more seasonal and much less pleasant, so I may have to flee to San Diego – and conveniently, the Frontier Tech Forum starts in less than two weeks! I won’t be there personally, but a few of my 3DPrint.com colleagues will be, and there’s plenty to look forward to this year!
Rising Media announced several details about the conference and expo a few weeks ago, but as the event approaches, more information has emerged about who and what we can look forward to seeing in San Diego on December 14 and 15. There’s a lot to pack in to two days, including several prominent speakers, panels on a range of topics, a hackathon, and more.
This year’s Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo has been combined with RoboUniverse and the Virtual Reality Summit to create the Frontier Tech Forum. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Amazon Echo in a series of rapid learning sessions for developers, and Paul Cutsinger, the head of Amazon Alexa Code Labs, will lead an Amazon Alexa Hackathon focused on building voice-enabled technology around virtual personal assistant Alexa, which powers the Echo. Spots for the hackathon are limited, so register now to participate.
On December 15, Adriana Vela of NanoTecNexus will chair an interactive panel discussion on diversity in frontier technology. The panel, entitled “Should diversity be a priority in the technology sector?” will discuss the impact of diversity and multiculturalism in business, and will also include Nora Touré from Sculpteo and Women in 3D Printing, and Dulce Baerga of Eolian and Dulce Dotcom. The interactive panel will also invite audience members to contribute to the discussion.
“The opportunity to dissect differing, and even opposing, viewpoints on the subject of diversity is a refreshing approach which I’ve not seen done at any other conference,” said Vela. “Adding the means for audience participation takes it up yet another notch and this is exciting.”
Keynote speeches will be given by several leaders in the fields of virtual reality, 3D printing, and robotics, including:
- Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer of Walt Disney Imagineering
- Paul Cutsinger of Amazon Alexa
- Henrik Christensen, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California San Diego
- Hod Lipson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
- Weidong Huang, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing at Northwestern Polytechnical University
- Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates
- Dan Ferguson, EVP Digital Interactive Strategy at Groove Jones
- Anthony Esparza, Chief Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
- Sung-Hoon Hong, Ph.D, Vice President of Samsung Electronics
As you can see, there’s a lot to look forward to at the Frontier Tech Forum, so if you’re planning on coming and haven’t registered yet, do so now! Prices go up by $100 to $200 onsite, so make sure you register ahead of time to save money. Don’t forget to enter the code 3DPRINT at checkout, either, for an additional 15% off.