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02-Feb-2017 Black Hat USA 2017 Opens Call for Papers & Registration for 20th Anniversary Event

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Black Hat, the world's leading producer of information security events, announces Registration and Call for Papers (CFP) for the 20th anniversary of Black Hat USA. Returning to Las Vegas, Black Hat will feature the very latest in information security research, development and trends – including its new Applied Security track, dedicated to the practical application of cutting edge InfoSec tools and processes. The event will span six days, kicking off with four days of intense hands-on Trainings for security practitioners, followed by two days of integral Briefings, a Business Hall filled with leading solution providers, special events and more.

Black Hat USA will take place July 22 – 27, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and early registration prices are available through May 19, 2017.

Highlights:  

Call for Papers (CFP) is Now Open. Black Hat is accepting submissions for groundbreaking research for this year's Briefings, the foundation of its renowned event program. Briefings cover the latest research and development across today's most pressing information security topics, from critical information infrastructure to IoT, security defense, popular mobile devices, applied security and everything in between.

  • Potential speakers may submit for Briefings that are 25 or 50-minutes in length. The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2017 but early submissions are encouraged. For more information on Call for Papers, visit: blackhat.com/us-17/call-for-papers.html.

NEW Applied Security Track! Briefings in this track will focus on the practical application of cutting edge InfoSec tools and processes, featuring talks on trends and analysis related to breach incidents, phishing, social engineering, nation state threats, ransomware and more. Submissions containing actionable information and real-world takeaways relevant to the challenges security professionals face daily will be considered.

Registration for Black Hat USA Trainings also Now Open. Black Hat will offer its largest Trainings lineup to date, with deeply technical, hands-on courses led by the information security industry's top trainers and professionals. Courses will span topics such as Android hacking, automobile sytems hacking, penetration testing, advanced infrastructure hacking, and more. For information on the lineup and to save $300 on the course(s) of your choice by May 19, please visit: blackhat.com/us-17/training/index.html.

For more information and to get your registration or Briefings submission started for Black Hat USA 2017, please visit: blackhat.com/us-17/.

Top sponsors of Black Hat USA 2017 include: Diamond Sponsors: Cisco, FireEye, Forcepoint, Intel Security, LogRhythm, Qualys, RSA and Tenable Network Security; Platinum Plus Sponsors: AlienVault, Arbor Networks, Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, Cylance, DarkMatter, Digital Guardian, ESET North America, Fidelis Cybersecurity, Fortinet, IBM, Leidos, Palo Alto Networks, Raytheon Foreground Security and Symantec; Platinum Sponsors: Code42 Software, Core Security, Cybereason, Darktrace, F5 Networks, iboss cybersecurity, Malwarebytes, NSFOCUS, Optiv Security, Proofpoint, Inc., Rapid7, SentinelOne, Trend Micro and Webroot.  For all sponsorship opportunities, visit: blackhat.com/us-17/sponsors.html.

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Future Black Hat Dates and Events

  • Black Hat Asia 2017, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, March 28 – 31, 2017
  • Black Hat Europe 2017, London, England, December 4 – 7, 2017

About Black Hat
For 20 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends. These high-profile global events and trainings are driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors. Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in the United States, Europe and Asia.  More information is available at: blackhat.com. Black Hat is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

 

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02-Feb-2017 Pharma News: CPhI SEA -- Who Are the New Exhibitors?

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In less than 2 months' time, CPhI SEA is set to open its doors from March 22-24 at Jakarta International Expo, offering the only dedicated pharma trading platform for the region. Sign up today.

In Jakarta, 260 participating companies will offer an unparalleled opportunity in south East Asia to network, do business and advance this fast growing industry, which has attracted new exhibitors among which:

Kyowa Chemical Industry: through its expertise in magnesium-based chemistry, Kyowa strives to manufacture and develop products that can truly contribute to the societies we live in. The expansion of the portfolio of safe and highly functional products is an unconditional commitment at Kyowa's technology center. The research and development facility is based in the rich natural environment of an old salt field, located on the Seto Inland Sea in Shikoku, in Japan.

DFE Pharma: the global leader in excipient solutions. DFE Pharma develops, produces and markets excipients for oral solid dose and dry powder inhalation formulations. Customers are pharmaceutical companies, operating globally, regionally and locally. DFE Pharma leads in expertise, supply and time to market.

Merck Chemicals and Life Sciences: the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life -- from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.

Novum Pharma: aiming to serve 95% of the world by the year 2025, this multinational company mainly develops quality products for self-care. Selling in over 45 countries throughout the world, its aim is to develop quality products for OTC Healthcare under its own brands. While traveling all over the world to seek innovated products and implement them in its own business portfolio, Novum Pharma manages every aspect of its products and brands by itself.

Click here for the full list

What's new at CPhI SEA 2017?

Investment Forum

The forum matches key international players interested in investing in Indonesia with the top tier pharma companies in the country looking for reliable partners.

ASEAN -- India strategic sourcing Forum

Business networking platform for ASEAN companies -- manufacturers and distributors alike - focusing on bilateral trade with Indian counterparts.

Distributors' network

CPhI SEA has invested significantly in expanding its database of distributors in the region with the aim of magnifying the reach and make the event truly regional. All distributors have been invited to visit the event and network with peers and the exhibitors.

Conference

A sharply focused, enriched program, will cover 3 main areas:

  • Business Outlook and Markets - M&A, JVs, strategic partnerships to penetrate markets
  • Regulations and Compliance - ASEAN regulatory practices and harmonization
  • Manufacturing and Supply chain - Big data trends and applications in supply chain

View the full agenda here

Business Matchmaking

Following the success of last year's matchmaking program, which saw 353 pre-booked meetings taking place during the event, this year the program has been enhanced and expanded.

Roadshows

To further promote CPhI SEA as a pharma bridge in South East Asia, roadshows have been organized in several countries in partnerships with local associations and stakeholders (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam).

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the change, register here and join the event and its business matchmaking program.

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

Government supporters : Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters : Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association -GP Farmasi Indonesia, Pharma Materials Management Club -PMMC, International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group -IPMG, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering -ISPE, Indonesian Pharmacists Association -IAI

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) --Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers (more to come)

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62-21-2930-5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

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02-Feb-2017 Health Ingredients in South East Asia: Sign Up for Fast Growing Opportunities

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In less than 2 months' time, Hi SEA / CPhI is set to open its doors from March 22-24 at Jakarta International Expo, offering a dedicated health and pharma ingredients trading platform for the region. 

In a 2015 global survey by Nielsen, half of the respondents around the world declared they were overweight. In the same survey it emerged that 76% of global consumers were willing to spend more for food products that promote health benefits. In Asia that percentage stood at 81%. No wonder a surge of Asian food and beverage companies leveraging this opportunity. An example being food giant Mayora Indah, based in Indonesia, whose healthy products constituted 18% of their revenue in 2016.

A subsequent, 2016 Nielsen survey additionally suggested that the top 3 food ingredients Asian consumers want to avoid are artificial preservatives, artificial flavours and artificial colours, including MSG, hormones used in animal products and artificial sweeteners.

In fact, Asia has long been a huge draw for food supplements and innovation, remaining one of the most lucrative regions in the world. Due to its staggering population, culture, and trends, the region will continue to grow as a global consumer of supplements, functional foods and beverages, complex nutraceuticals, and nutricosmetics. In particular, Southeast Asia - with its growing middle class - is primed to be a strong market force in the next few years.

Still, there are some clear issues the Southeast Asia market will need to tackle as it continues to grow. First, certain regulatory measures related to safety must be met. Trust will also be a major key driver, moving forward. That is why a trade event like Hi SEA / CPhI is key to the healthy progress of the market.

Alongside the show, a cutting edge, focused conference is held, tackling both the perspective of local ASEAN companies expanding their business worldwide and international companies willing to break into the south East Asian health food markets.

Organized by UBM and supported by renowned associations such as the Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association, Indonesian Food & Beverage Association -- GAPMMI, the Indonesian Functional Food and Nutraceutical Association and IUFoST, Hi SEA / CPhI will provide a trusted meeting point and a solid conference for all pharma and food professionals in the region to build on.

Sign up here and come join the industry on March 22nd!

Media Contact:

Ivan Ferrari
+62-21-2930-5959

ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

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30-Jan-2017 2017 Content Marketing Awards Now Accepting Entries

CLEVELAND, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Content Marketing Institute (CMI), a UBM company, recognizes and awards the best of the best content marketing projects, agencies and marketers in the industry. The Content Marketing Awards (CMAs), the largest content marketing awards program in the world, is now accepting entries for the 2017 awards program.

Content Marketing Award entry forms are now available.

The 2017 Content Marketing Awards includes 92 categories covering every medium from print to digital to in-person events, focusing on strategy, distribution, editorial and design. Entries will be judged by an all-star panel of leading industry influencers and experts in content marketing.

What you need to know to apply:

  • Submissions will be accepted online only - But print entries will be required to mail examples
  • Open to all companies, organizations & institutions that create content marketing, branded or custom content in print or digital form
  • Entries must have been created in the calendar year 2016 to qualify
  • Supply as much data as possible about success of project
  • Share your story - provide a narrative about your strategy & process to help judges evaluate your project

Individual category finalists and winners will be announced in July 2017. Each category winner will automatically have a chance to win the overall Project of the Year. Additionally, each entrant also has the ability to nominate their agency for Agency of the Year. The Project of the Year and Agency of the Year will both be announced at a live awards ceremony at Content Marketing World in Cleveland on September 7, 2017, along with the Content Marketer of the Year.

Important deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline ends March 10, 2017
  • Regular deadline ends April 21, 2017
  • Final deadline is April 28, 2017

Fill out a Content Marketing Award entry form NOW on the CMA entry page.

Watch this video to learn more about the CMA program.

For more information including a list of categories, the rules, FAQs, a list of judges or to see past winners, visit the Content Marketing Awards website: http://contentmarketingawards.com/

The Content Marketing Awards launched in 2004, with the agency and marketer of the year portions of the awards program initiated in 2012.  It is now the premier content marketing award program in the world.

About Content Marketing Institute

Content Marketing Institute is the leading global content marketing education and training organization, teaching enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multichannel storytelling. CMI's Content Marketing World event, the largest content marketing-focused event, is held every September in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and the Intelligent Content Conference event is held every spring. CMI publishes the bi-monthly magazine Chief Content Officer, and provides strategic consulting and content marketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Watch this video to learn more about CMI, a UBM company.

 

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30-Jan-2017 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards To Honor Prince Of Persia Creator Jordan Mechner With Pioneer Award, Former White House Advisor Mark DeLoura With Ambassador Award

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry's top games, studios and developers, will award this year's Pioneer Award, which honors breakthrough tech and game design milestones, to Jordan Mechner, the acclaimed video game designer, author and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the pioneering action-adventure series, Prince of Persia.

The Ambassador Award, honoring someone who is helping video games advance to a better place through advocacy or action, will be given to Mark DeLoura, who has had a strong history of helping the video game community, and advocated for video games and digital entertainment as the Senior Advisor for Digital Media during the Obama administration.

The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30pm PT at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC), and in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival (IGF). The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/gdc.

Jordan Mechner has enjoyed a sterling career that has spanned multiple decades. Mechner began developing games in high school in Chappaqua, New York during the 1980s, eventually developing and programming his first game, Karateka, as a student at Yale University. That title's use of realistic graphics and cinematic storytelling made it a bestseller in 1984. Mechner's next project utilized a refined version of the advanced rotoscoping animation technique he developed for Karateka.

That project was called Prince of Persia, and its release on Apple II in 1989 became an instant sensation, and serves as a huge influence on the design of the modern action-adventure video game genre. His follow-up CD-ROM adventure game, 1997's The Last Express, is considered one of the most ambitious and artistically successful interactive narratives to date. In collaboration with Ubisoft Entertainment, Mechner designed and wrote Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which became a huge global franchise, totaling 20 million games sold to date. Mechner went on to successfully adapt the franchise into a major motion picture by the same name. He is currently at work on an unannounced project.

Ambassador Award recipient Mark DeLoura has dedicated his life to education and the productive use of technology within academia, the media, and at some of the biggest game publishers. His positive influence was further magnified in his role as a Senior Advisor within the Obama White House.

Starting his career in tech as an engineer and developer of virtual reality (VR) technology in the early 90s, DeLoura moved on to the game industry, joining Nintendo to help teach developers how to create games in 3D for the Nintendo 64. His services found him in high demand, securing him a role as Editor In Chief of Game Developer magazine, as the originator of the Game Programming Gems book series, and with supervisory and industry liaison roles at companies including Sony PlayStation, Google, and Ubisoft.  In 2013, DeLoura joined the Obama White House as the Senior Advisor for Digital Media for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. DeLoura dedicated two years there working to encourage innovative uses for games, and initiated the administration's interest in K-12 computer science education.

Teaming up with the US Department of Education, Smithsonian and NASA, DeLoura brought the first "game jam" to the White House, drawing 135 game developers, researchers, and educators together to build innovative learning technologies for the classroom. DeLoura's work was among the highlights of an administration that used technology and education to engage the minds of children, helping organize brain games at a Smithsonian Super Neuroscience Saturday event, a White House Maker Faire and Science Fair and a Kids' Coding Hackathon with robots, STEM toys, Maker activities and coding games.

In addition, organizers are announcing that Mega64, the video game sketch anarchists, will return to create videos for the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony this year. These will complement new videos by Ashly and Anthony Burch, the sibling team behind the "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?" video series, who are returning to contribute original videos to the IGF Awards ceremony.

For more information about the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, visit: http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/. To learn more about GDC 2017, follow @Official_GDC or visit: http://www.gdconf.com/.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

UBM Americas
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

 

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26-Jan-2017 Black Hat Asia 2017 Welcomes Industry Veterans, Halvar Flake of Google and Saumil Shah of Net-Square, as Keynote Presenters

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events announces the keynote lineup for its upcoming event in Singapore, headlining what is expected to be the most robust schedule of research presented to date. Black Hat Asia will host two keynote presenters - Thomas Dullien (aka Halvar Flake), renowned reverse engineer and vulnerability researcher now at Google and Saumil Shah, a veteran attack and defense instructor, author and founder of Net-Square . Each keynote presentation will explore new strategies in security defense – from the unique perspectives of two world-renowned experts.

Black Hat Asia will take place March 28 – March 31, 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For more information and to take advantage of early registration prices by January 27 please visit: blackhat.com/asia-17/

2017 Black Hat Asia Keynotes:

Why We are Not Building a Defendable Internet: Thomas Dullien (aka Halvar Flake), renowned reverse engineer at Google
-     Thursday, March 30 at 9 AM

Thomas Dullien (aka Halvar Flake) began his work in reverse engineering and digital rights management in the mid-90s, pioneering early windows heap exploitation, patch diffing/bindiffing and various other reverse engineering techniques. He founded zynamics in 2004, a company focused on reverse engineering technologies, and continued to publish about reverse engineering, ROP gadget search, and knowledge management technologies. In 2011 zynamics was acquired by Google and he spent the next few years working on defensive technologies that leveraged hot buzzwords "big data" and "machine learning." In summer 2015, Halvar received the lifetime achievement Pwnie and returned to Google in November 2016 after a year-long sabbatical.

In his presentation, Why We are Not Building a Defendable Internet, Halvar will explore how most defensive problems (unlike the more technical offensive side) are political and/or organizational in nature, and look at how individual motivations dictate the course. The talk will look at different players in IT security: CISOs, security product vendors, computer manufacturers, cyber insurances - and examine their economic incentive structures, their interplay, and reasons for defense failure.

The Seven Axioms of Security: Saumil Shah, founder and CEO of Net-Square
-     Friday, March 31 at 9 AM

Saumil Shah, founder and CEO of Net-Square, is an internationally recognized speaker and instructor on all things attack and defense. He has been the co-developer of the wildly successful "Exploit Laboratory" courses, taught all over the world, and has authored two books titled Web Hacking: Attacks and Defense and The Anti-Virus Book.

In his keynote address entitled, The Seven Axioms of Security, Saumil will cover how and why today's attackers are winning – hint: the role of defense has historically been to react, then play catch-up. He will discuss seven axioms for implementing proactive defense strategy and measures for the future - concluding with a blueprint of the next evolution of proactive defense architecture.

To learn more about this year's keynotes as well as view the current 2017 program lineup, visit: blackhat.com/asia-17/briefings/schedule/index.html

Black Hat Asia
Black Hat Asia will bring together the world's most renowned information security professionals and researchers for two days of technical Trainings, followed by two days of enthralling Briefings and keynotes. This year's lineup of world class speakers will dive into topics spanning mobile hacking, malware defense, reverse engineering, cryptography and more. Additionally, the Business Hall will host the region's leading solution providers where attendees can explore their latest products and demos.

Other Highlights & Upcoming Deadlines:

Black Hat Trainings – Save S$200 on course(s) before Jan. 27
Black Hat Asia will offer two days of deeply technical, hands-on Training courses led by the some of the brightest minds in the industry. For more information and to register, please visit: blackhat.com/asia-17/training/index.html.

Black Hat Arsenal: Call for Tools open through Feb. 6
Black Hat Arsenal will return to Singapore with its highly popular tool and demo area, showcasing the hottest developments from the open-source community. For more information and to submit, visit: blackhat.com/asia-17/arsenal-overview.html

Black Hat Student Scholarship Program: Applications due Feb. 6
Black Hat will be awarding complimentary 2017 Black Hat Asia Academic Passes to a limited number of student applicants as a way to introduce the next generation of security professionals to the community. To learn more and apply, visit: blackhat.com/asia-17/student-scholarship.html

Black Hat Asia Sponsors
Top sponsors of Black Hat Asia 2017 include Diamond Sponsors: Qualys and Tenable Network Security; Platinum Sponsors: CrowdStrike, Cylance and SentinelOne; and Gold Sponsors: Malwarebytes, NTT Security, Rapid7 and Solida Systems.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities and to see the full list of participating companies, visit: blackhat.com/asia-17/sponsors.html.

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Future Black Hat Dates and Events

  • Black Hat USA 2017, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 22July 27, 2017
  • Black Hat Europe 2017, London, England, December 4 – 7, 2017

About Black Hat
For 20 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends. These high-profile global events and trainings are driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors. Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in the United States, Europe and Asia.  More information is available at: blackhat.com. Black Hat is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

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25-Jan-2017 Design News Announces 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner WiFi Pioneer Cees Links

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Design News today announced the 2017 Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Cees Links, along with top honors for the Gadget Freak of the Year, Rising Engineering Star, and additional category finalists. 

Winners for all 17 categories will be announced live at the Golden Mousetrap Award ceremony on February 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Awards were created by Design News to acknowledge and recognize American people, companies, and technologies driving innovation in the industry. The Golden Mousetrap Awards will be held alongside UBM's three-day Advanced Manufacturing show at the Anaheim Convention Center that features a dynamic expo floor along with diverse content and conference offerings.

To learn more about UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in Anaheim, please visit: pacdesignshow.designnews.com 

"Each year the Golden Mousetrap Awards honor design and manufacturing excellence," said Suzanne Deffree, Content Director and Editor-in-Chief of Design News. "We received a record number of entries for this year's awards, all from stellar industry leaders and individuals who have driven a renaissance of manufacturing in North America. This year's finalists have truly excelled at advancing engineering and innovation, and we're thrilled to celebrate them with these prestigious awards."

Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017: Cees Links, General Manager of Qorvo's Low Power Business Unit

The prestigious Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award, developed and presented by Design News, recognizes an individual who has devoted their work to the Advanced Design and Manufacturing industry, and has successfully pushed the industry forward through their personal contributions to innovation within their respective field.

The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Cees Links, is known for being a pioneer of wireless data and the visionary who brought the worlds of mobile computing and continuous networking together. Links studied at the Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands where he earned a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Known as one of the most important people in wireless computing, Links began his career at NCR computers where he managed the development and launch of the world's first wireless LAN product. Links continued his work in the wireless LAN area, where he secured a groundbreaking deal with Apple Computers in 1999 that sparked tremendous growth of the industry and culminated with wireless LAN as a standard notebook computer feature.

In 2004, Links founded GreenPeak Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company with a focus on wireless technology for ultra-low power sense and control networks for consumer electronics. GreenPeak was acquired by Qorvo in 2016 and, today, Links serves as General Manager of Qorvo's Low Power Business Unit.

Gadget Freak of the Year winner, Rising Engineering Star winner, and 2017 Category Finalists include:

Gadget Freak of the Year

  • David Prutchi with his gadget – Dolpi - A Low-Cost, RasPi-based Polarization Camera Duo

Rising Engineering Star

  • Lindsay "Linz" Craig, Founder, QuestBotics Inc.

Automation & Control: Sensors, Vision Systems, Feedback Devices, & Peripherals

  • ULTRA Puck (VLP-32A) – Velodyne LiDAR
  • CYALKIT-E02 Solar-Powered BLE Sensor Beacon Reference Design Kit – Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
  • MAXREFDES82# Smart Force Sensor Reference Design – Maxim Integrated
  • PGA411-Q1 resolver-to-digital converter with integrated exciter amplifier and power supply – Texas Instruments Inc.
  • PZ30 Non-Contact Rotary Encoder – Joral LLC
  • xtremeDB – Murrelektronik, Inc.

Automation & Control: Controllers

  • Kollmorgen Programmable Controller Multi-axis Master (PCMM) – Kollmorgen
  • IndraControl XM 21/22 – Bosch Rexroth Corporation
  • Bedrock universal control system – Bedrock Automation
  • EPOS4 module 50/15 – Maxon Precision Motors Inc.

Automation & Control: Drives

  • Omron 1S Servo Drive & Motor – Omron Automation
  • FAULHABER 1024 SR Series DC Motor – MICROMO
  • G214 Microstep Drive – Geckodrive, Inc.
  • EFC3610/5610 VFD – Bosch Rexroth Corporation
  • EZ-QUAD-SERVO – ALLMOTION INC
  • ACE DCH Series Actuator Control – American Control Electronics (ACE)

Automation & Control: Fluid Power Technologies

  • No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles – EXAIR Corporation

Automation & Control: Industrial Network Technologies (e.g. I/O, Ethernet, Wireless)

  • microSERV™ 4TB Data Storage Workstation – CONTEC DTx Inc.
  • SimpleLink™ dual-band CC1350 wireless MCU – Texas Instruments
  • Field Logic Controllers powered by ARGEE – Turck Inc.
  • Marvell Alaska® 88E1510P/1512P/1510Q GbE Transceivers – Marvell Technology Group
  • Pocket IO™ PLC Development Platform – Maxim Integrated

Automation & Control: Motors and Mechanical Motion Devices

  • StepSERVO Integrated Motors – Applied Motion Products
  • NEXEN CRD DD – NEXEN GROUP
  • Flexion N-Series 6 – Axis Robots- Epson Robots
  • Electrak HD – Thomson Industries Inc.
  • ETM Direct Drive Motor – Electric Torque Machines (ETM)
  • Z-417 – Lin Engineering

Design Tools: Hardware & Software: Analysis & Calculation Software

  • DesignDRIVE with Position Manager – Texas Instruments
  • MSC Apex Fossa – MSC Software Corporation
  • DZynSource Mold Engineering Software – DZynSource LLC
  • SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning Software – SYSPRO

Design Tools: Hardware & Software: CAD/PDM/PLM Software

  • Omnify Empower PLM 6.0 – Omnify Software
  • Sequence Enterprise Work Instruction Software – FFD Inc.
  • Factory in a Tool – nSCrypt Inc.
  • Arena PLM – Arena Solutions

Electronics & Test: Analog/Power Management/Control

  • ISL78365 Laser Diode Driver for Automotive Head-Up Displays – Intersil Corporation
  • LSP10GIHP Series – Thermally Protected Surge Protective Device – Littelfuse Inc.
  • PSoC Analog Coprocessor – Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
  • IHLD Low Profile, High Current Dual Inductors – Vishay Intertechnology
  • ISL9237 USB-C Buck-Boost Battery Charger – Intersil Corporation

Electronics & Test: Components, Hardware & Interconnects

  • TouchView TDDI Technology – Synaptics
  • Rewireable C13 IEC Lock + Connector – Scolmore International
  • nRF52832 Multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy /ANT/2.4GHz RF SoC water level chip scale package – Nordic Semiconductor
  • MicReD Power Tester 600A – Mentor Graphics Corporation
  • Minifast HD cordset – Turck Inc.
  • RL78/I1C MCU – Renesas Electronics America Inc.

Electronics & Test: Embedded Computing/Processing

  • MSP430 ™ FRAM microcontrollers (MCUs) with CapTIvate™ technology – Texas Instruments
  • AWS-ECC508 – Microchip Technology Inc.
  • R-Car H3 SoC – Renesas Electronics America
  • MAXREFDES143# DeepCover Embedded Security Reference Design – Maxim Integrated

Electronics & Test: Test & Measurement 

  • Veloce DFT App – Mentor Graphics Corporation
  • High Speed Serial Link Training Analysis Tool – Tektronix
  • AEGIS Shaft Voltage Tester Digital Oscilloscope – Electro Static Technology
  • Keysight N9041B UXA X-Series Signal Analyzer – Keysight Technologies Inc.

Materials & Assembly: 3D-Printing & Rapid Prototyping, Materials, Tools & Services

  • Post-operative Cast – Summit ID
  • Blue Dot Lasers – Blue Dot Laser System
  • Hail Impact Tester, Ice Mold, and Accredited Test Services – WESTPAK Inc.

Materials & Assembly: Adhesives

  • Light-fixable DELO DUALBOND VE 72768 for high-reliability appliances – DELO Industrial Adhesives
  • BETAFORCE 2817 structural adhesive for composite and mixed material bonding – Dow Automotive Systems

Materials & Assembly: Engineering Plastics & Composites

  • Densified SOLIMIDE – Boyd Corporation
  • 2 ½ inch and 3 inch AquaPEX® and ProPEX Fittings – Uponor

Materials & Assembly: Fastening, Joining & Assembly Components

  • Vortex Connection – Controlled Dynamics Inc.
  • LQR® Lock and Quick Release System – Bal Seal Engineering
  • Laser Bonding – Primoceler Inc.

Materials & Assembly: Metals & Alloys

  • Cadence™ Flex manufacturing solution with RAAMS – Vapor Technologies
  • Belvedere Lateral Plating System – NeuroStructures Inc.

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25-Jan-2017 ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference Enhances Offerings with the Addition of Innovative Programs, Workshops, Speakers & More

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), has added dozens of new features to the 2017 ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference lineup. As the leading contact center industry event , ICMI is continuing to raise the bar with additional, compelling programs, educational speakers, interactive workshops, contact center tours, case studies and more, providing the most valuable and comprehensive experience for attendees and exhibitors. ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference will take place May 22-25, in Orlando, FL. For more information, please visit: ICMI.com/CCExpo.

"The contact center industry is thriving and ICMI excels at providing the most educational, productive and rewarding experience for our exhibitors and attendees," said Patty Caron, Event Director, ICMI. "The addition of these new programs at ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference is another example of our commitment to delivering the best experience and education that drive the industry forward."

Contact Center Tours:

ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference offers its attendees the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the different processes of local contact centers, aiding in learning new strategies and tactics to apply to and improve their respective businesses. ICMI is the leader in offering the largest selection and most sought after tours, as evidenced by the now completely booked Walt Disney World Reservations Center Tour. The 2017 Contact Center Tour comprehensive lineup will also feature Entertainment Benefits Group, Heart of Florida United Way 2-1-1, JetBlue University and Walgreens. For more information on the 2017 contact center tours please visit: icmi.com/expotours

Executive Connections Package:

The executive connections package is an exclusive conference upgrade that offers busy contact center executives the opportunity to network with peers in similar leadership roles and discuss comparable everyday challenges. Limited to 100 senior executives, this elite program offers exclusive breakfasts, lunches, and a welcome reception, as well as interactive discussions with keynote speakers, exclusive presentations and more. To learn more about the brand new executive connections program, please visit:  icmi.com/ec

MasterMinds Workshop:

The brand-new MasterMinds workshop will support a structured year-round group for like-minded individuals with similar goals to connect and combat initiatives together. The MasterMind groups will be working through instructor led discussions to take their top learnings from the conference and develop an action plan to bring back to their respective offices.

The MasterMinds Workshop will meet all day on the last day of the event, May 25, to discuss key takeaways with other leaders in the industry. For more information on the MasterMinds Workshop, please visit: http://www.icmi.com/Contact-Center-Expo-Conference/Program/Full-Day-Training#session=Session-Post-3.

Pre-Conference Small Contact Center Workshop:

In 2017, attendees can connect early on at the conference with like-minded small contact center managers. Led by ICMI Senior Consultant Rose Polchin, the full-day Small Contact Center Workshop is geared specifically for those in contact centers with two to 50 agents, and designed to provide the tools, strategies and tips needed to achieve big results.

For more information on this full day workshop, please visit: icmi.com/Contact-Center-Expo-Conference/Program/Half-day-Workshops#session=Session-Pre-4

Speakers:

ICMI Expo 2017 will host many top names and contact center professionals as speakers at the event, including two new keynote presenters. Doug Lipp, former Disney head of training and Shep Hyken, customer service and experience expert will entertain and inspire attendees to provide an improved customer experience. Additionally, ICMI has created a lineup of several new voices to educate attendees and provide valuable insight on trending topics. Top organizations such as ADP, AAA Insurance, Overstock, Western Union, TD Ameritrade and more will be represented in this year's speaker lineup. For more information about the 2017 speakers, please visit: http://www.icmi.com/Contact-Center-Expo-Conference/Speakers/Speakers.

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23-Jan-2017 Leading Solution Providers Select DesignCon 2017 to Debut New Products, Demos and Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, DesignCon previews announcements from more than 50 exhibitors participating at the event next week. DesignCon, the premier educational conference and technology exhibition for electronic design engineers in the high-speed communications and semiconductor communities, will present three days of deeply technical sessions, special events and a robust expo hall hosting the industry's leading solution providers. Via the expo hall, attendees will have the opportunity to experience emerging solutions first hand and connect with leading companies on what's to come.

DesignCon will take place January 31 – February 2 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. For additional information and to register, please visit: designcon.com

Below is a preview of announcements exhibitors will showcase at DesignCon 2017: 

3M (booth 514) announces Twin Axial Cable Assemblies that bring incredible flexibility in an ultra-thin, space-saving form. Featuring a low-profile ribbon design with a remarkably tight bend radius, it can help save substantial space inside congested systems, allowing for optimal airflow and cooling to maintain the speeds and power your system demands.

Anritsu (booth 633) will display signal integrity solutions featuring its Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A BERT, VectorStar® and ShockLine™ VNAs. Demos include a 56G/112 NRZ and PAM4 Accurate Jitter Tolerance Test System that satisfies communications standards such as OIF, IEEE, and InfiniBand.

Applied Simulation Technology (booth 1149) introduces Mesh Gnd module for accurate modeling of flex circuits and other mesh ground/power structures on PCBs. Mesh Gnd is a new feature set of ApsimRLGC 2D+ field solver. ApsimRLGC now also expands its capability by adding an optimizer which helps synthesize trace parameters for ZO optimization.

Artek, Inc. (booth 309) will be introducing all new, all passive & tunable ISI, XTalk, Tr/Tr, Skew controllers for receiver physical layer tolerance testing.

Bellwether (booth 652) will showcase both Hi Speed & Hi Power connectors and cables. Cable such as SlimChroma™ can be used to meet USB 3.0/3.1 signal integrity requirements. Connectors such as CrystalBand™ can provide excellent connectors capable of handling high electrical current in small space.

Benchmark Electronics (booth 301) announces expanded RF development capabilities and is showcasing their latest innovations in electronics design expertise. Benchmark services have been providing advanced product engineering and manufacturing solutions in high-speed computing, telecommunications and related industries for over a quarter century.

Cadence (booth 515) will show how designers can optimize signal and power integrity design and analysis as well as get support for designing with the PCIeÒ 4.0 interface.

EDADOC USA (booth 518) will showcase new service offerings for turnkey solutions in addition to their high-speed PCB design capabilities.

EMSCAN (booth 211) significantly improves the speed and the resolution (0.06 mm) of the world's fastest EMC/EMI scanner: the EMxpert ERX+. Now PCB and design engineers can diagnose EMC/EMI issues on a 2.25 cm x 2.25 cm (0.89" x 0.89") sized PCB at 0.1 mm in less than 9 minutes.

Feinmetall (booth 1153) is proud to introduce its new RF HF66 series for reliable contacting of SMD assembled RF mini connectors and new coaxial high current 1860 series suitable for formation/test of Li-ion cells, quality control of batteries/power storage and charging, and discharging processes of batteries.

Hitachi Cable America (booth 811) will showcase new product and service offerings including Direct Attach Cables (DAC), DensPac, ACC and more.

HSIO Technologies (booth 423) has a new line of Zero Footprint Sockets that incorporates a device size socket footprint with industry standard spring pins. These small test sockets allow a customer to place them into any end application allowing a Spring Pin socket to be directly re-flowed into the same location as the device.

Huwin (booth 1152) will introduce a new USB 3.1 Type C test solution. It contains test fixtures and a compliance test software. The test fixtures have been optimally designed to measure any USB 3.1 Type C connectors using a commercial network analyzer.

Imagineering (booth 1240) announces it is now AS9100C Certified for printed circuit boards and Assemblies. This certification is an internationally recognized standard focused on quality requirements necessary in the Defense and Aerospace industry.

Ironwood Electronics (booth 752) introduces a new BGA socket family using high performance elastomer capable of 75GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications (-55C to +160C). These low-profile sockets are only 2.5 mm per side larger than actual IC packages (industry's smallest footprint).

Kandou Bus (booth 218), together with Keysight, will demonstrate the Glasswing Ultra-Short-Reach PHY that uses Chord Signaling to deliver sub-pico Joule per bit in-package communications. The PHY delivers 125 Gb/s over 6 data wires.

Keysight Technologies (booth 725) will demonstrate new test and measurement techniques for 400G/PAM-4 designs, data analytics, digital interconnect test and physical layer test and will provide complimentary workshops on these technologies. Keysight specialists will be available to discuss new services for calibration and technology refresh plus training and consulting.

Luxshare-ICT (booth 801) will be showcasing its OCuLink 4x Enhanced Vertical receptacle along with a 2 x 4x solution for x8 OCuLink applications. Luxshare's Type C, Power assemblies, Standard I/O, FFC/FPC, Power Bus Bar, Braided Copper Cables, SAS, PCIe, Magnetic Jacks, Active Optical Cables, and JDM Capabilities will all be available to discuss with its engineering team.

Micram (booth 658) launches new and enhanced features for its ultrafast 100 GS/s, 35 GHz bandwidth VEGA DAC4 signal generator, which now supports fully automatic synchronization of two and four channel configurations. Software enhancements include rational sampling, fully adjustable channel skew and predefined filters, pre-distortion, pre-compensation, noise cancellation, PAM-4/PAM-8 and other complex patterns.

Microlease (booth 222) will be leading hands on demonstrations with the latest test and measurement equipment from Keysight and Tektronix.

From the publishers of Microwave Journal comes an online journal specializing in signal integrity, power integrity, and EMC/EMI: Signal Integrity Journal (booth T2). The Editorial Advisory Board includes DesignCon luminaries Eric Bogatin (Editor), Bert Simonovich, Yuriy Shlepnev, Istvan Novak, Alfred Neves, Doug Smith, and Vladimir Dmitriev-Zdorov. Contributing: Janine Love & Patrick Hindle.

Molex (booth 619) will showcase versatile, high-density, space-saving connectivity solutions that are rapidly increasing network bandwidth is the crux of next-generation system architectures. Advancements in Molex technologies provide clear paths to adoption of higher data transmission rates that are in demand by manufacturers today.

National Instruments (booth 705) announces new higher performance model of VirtualBench with 500 MHz of analog bandwidth and 40 MHz sine output for higher performance benchtop and automated test applications. VirtualBench consolidates five of the most commonly used test and measurement instruments into one device without compromising performance, creating new efficiencies for engineers.

Neoconix (booth 320) announces the availability of new DLBeam™ enhancements to its PCBeam™ connector products. Engineered specifically for high speed applications, the DLBeam construction utilizes a more streamlined electrical path with reduced capacitance to further improve signal integrity. DLBeam has been developed for data rates up to 56Gbps.

Novotech Technologies (booth 207) will showcase wireless products/solutions with a focus on the new CAT M technology which is predicted to be a true game changer for the Internet of Things.

Oak-Mitsui Technologies (booth 1244) is thrilled to announce the launch of its thinner product MC2TS which offers 40 nf/sq in capacitance and 18 Dk @1 KHz. MC2TS is perfect for small factor applications such as MEMs and modules with space limitation that require higher capacitance.

Cross-Correlator ASIC is one of Pacific Microchip Corp.'s (booth 1237) unique products that was developed under NASA SBIR contract. The ASIC has greatly reduced power consumption and includes an array of 128 ADCs with 2-bit precision sampled at 1 GHz and a 64x64 cross-correlation matrix based on a novel architecture.

PacketMicro (booth 755) is excited to showcase the complete hardware and software solution for Intel Delta-L+ test methodology that allows PCB manufacturers to easily measure the PCB loss and extract Dk and Df. This solution includes an R&S ZNB20 VNA, EMStar Advanced Interconnect Test Tool (AITT) software, and rugged handheld D-Probes.

Paricon Technologies (booth 400) will present its latest technologies in its new ribbon cable to board connector system which introduces minimal signal degradation between the cable and the PWB. Using its patented PariPoser® contact system, very high performance electrical interconnection capability can be obtained for a wide range of applications including test and production interconnection products.

PCB Droid (booth 1341) will display its easy-to-use and easy-to-learn 'WYSIWYG' printed circuit board design application for Android mobile devices. It has an ergonomic menu structure designed for touch screens, and offers an extended macro library.

Polliwog Corporation (booth 1057) will showcase DFx which allows users to reduce expense and loss of time occurring in a mass production cycle. Numerous electrical defect items are checked against the PCB design data, and any design errors are reported at the point of error so that they are easily identified and corrected.

Pulse Electronics' (booth 632) is excited to be displaying the Pulse JT7 product line of 1 x1, 1, 10GBASE­T ICM, 4P POE with options for 4 and 5 Channel magnetics, PH9400 SMT high isolation gate drive transformers, SMPTE292M Video Baluns and Militarized Ethernet and AFDX products.

RoBAT Ltd. (booth 200), is excited to announce the release of two new robotic test machines: The RCI machine is a fully automated 4-head high speed VNA/TDR tester for Backplane assemblies. The PDM machine will detect the presence of pressfit pins and backdrills on both Backplane and Daughtercard assemblies.

Rohde & Schwarz (booth 841) will be featuring test solutions for challenges in high speed digital design and signal integrity as well as power integrity measurement solutions. The setups cover crosstalk, PAM-4 measurements, high bit rate channel characterization, low noise probing for signal integrity, battery life analysis, and high speed PCB probing.

SIGLENT Technologies (booth 402) will be displaying its latest developments in oscilloscopes, DMMs, spectrum analyzers, and generators.

SL Power (booth 642) will showcase its external and internal power supplies that address the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Level VI efficiency requirements, as well as enhanced performance to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards for applications in test equipment, medical devices, and specialized LED lighting equipment.

Socionext (booth 1239) will feature advanced SoC design and solutions including ultra energy-efficient 56Gb/s PAM4 and 56Gb/s NRZ analog and ADC-based SR to LR CMOS transceivers, 100+Gbps transceiver utilizing the company's ultra-high speed ADC & DAC technology, and high-end package designs for high-performance SoCs.

Southwest Microwave (booth 411) will showcase its SuperMini Board-to-Board DC to 67 GHz blind-mate connectors for PCBs stacked as tightly as 3 mm. Southwest Microwave will also display its SuperSMA, 2.92, 2.40, 1.85, 1.0, and 0.9 mm End Launch Connectors and its matching cable and harness assemblies.

Spectra7 Microsystems (booth 803) will showcase the GaugeChanger and GaugeChanger Plus line of data center interconnects and components. Using Spectra7's patented active cable technology, the GaugeChanger series of ICs and cable modules enable the thinnest 3 meter and 5 meter QFSP cables used in rack-to-rack applications.

SPISim (booth T6) announces enhanced IBIS-AMI and link analysis capabilities in latest 2017.1 SPIPro release. Datasheet based cross-platform AMI models for FFE, CTLE, DFE and CDR stages can be configured and generated directly from SPIPro.

SV Microwave (booth 1055) manufactures a large variety of solderless precision RF connectors in high frequency bands including SMA, 2.92mm and 2.4mm connector series. Our solderless application makes assembly fast, easy and without damaging the PCB board. Additionally, SV can customize a PCB footprint design for your application.

T Plus Co. Ltd. (booth T4) will showcase 67GHz Wide pitch Probes, 40GHz Handheld probes, 26.5-170GHz standard RF probes and a variety of custom designed DC/RF probes. Additionally, T Plus Co. Ltd. will provide a Manual Probe Station as well as displayed measurement accessories.

Tektronix (booth 741) will be showcasing its comprehensive set of solutions for automated transmitter and receiver test solutions for data center technologies and emerging serial bus standards along with automated test solutions. Tektronix will also launch an exciting new product that will help engineers ease 4th generation receiver testing.

Teledyne LeCroy (booth 733) will showcase the HDO family of 12-bit high definition oscilloscopes; PAM4 signal analysis; digital power management IC, power sequencing, and power-integrity testing; USB 3.1 and Power Delivery compliance test over Type-C; MIPI M-PHY physical- and protocol-layer test; PCI Express Tx/Rx compliance; and DDR4 compliance and debug capabilities.

TestEquity (booth 648) provides value-added electronic test and measurement solutions, MRO tools, recently acquiring JENSEN® Tools, and in-house line of environmental test chambers. TestEquity works alongside customers to find the best solutions for specific needs, offer unmatched post-sale support and industry-leading warranties. TestEquity is an authorized stocking distributor for hundreds of leading manufacturers.

Total Phase (booth 603) will showcase the new Advanced Cable Tester - the quickest and most convenient way to test USB Type-C cables. The Advanced Cable Tester provides thorough continuity testing, DC resistance measurement for safe operation/reliability, and E-Marker verification. Rapid spot-checking of cables, easy-to-understand reports, and 100% test coverage are also features of this tester.

TOYO Corp. (booth 815) will be demonstrating the latest EMIStream Ver5.0 (EMI Simulation Software) from NEC and 67GHz near-field EMI scanner from Aprel. TOYO Corp. is also excited to showcase the latest PCB materials from Risho and high-frequency low-loss cables from Junkosha.

Ventec International (booth 118) will unveil the industry's most advanced ultra-low Dk PCB materials for high-speed low-loss applications. A technical presentation on the subject will demonstrate how lower losses and lower system power requirements are realized by using an ultra-low Dk material with Dk values between 2.3 and 2.8.

Wurth Electronics Midcom (booth 949) is presenting for the first time a seminar on High-Speed EMI Prevention Techniques Wednesday, February 1 at 9:20am. Attendees can also stop by the booth on Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3pm to meet presenter Ismael Molina Alba, Product Manager for CMCs, and ask him questions about his presentation and more.

Yamaichi (booth 1049) will present 200GbE/400GbE, and Coherent Optics Interconnect Products. Its CFP2, CFP4, CFP2-64G and CFP8 connectors perform at high speed signal requirements 200GAUI-4 and 400GAUI-8 on 200G/400GbE, and also perform at 64Gbaud signal requirement for Future Coherent Optics. Yamaichi will display demos showcasing these connectors' performances.

For the full list of DesignCon 2017 exhibitors, please visit: 
http://www.designcon.com/exhibitors-list

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DesignCon is proud to partner with the following publications: Aspencore, Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA), Chip Design Magazine, ConnectorSupplier.com, EDA Café, Electronic System Design Alliance, Embedded Systems Engineering, How2Power, IBIS Open Forum, Microwave Journal, Signal Integrity Journal.

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DesignCon is the world's premier conference for chip, board and systems design engineers in the high-speed communications and semiconductor communities. DesignCon, created by engineers for engineers, takes place annually in Silicon Valley and remains the largest gathering of chip, board and systems designers in the country.  This three-day technical conference and expo combines technical paper sessions, tutorials, industry panels, product demos and exhibits from the industry's leading experts and solutions providers. More information is available at: designcon.com/santaclara. DesignCon is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

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20-Jan-2017 Founder Of Epic Games And Creator Of ZZT And Unreal, Tim Sweeney, To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award At The 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry's top games, studios and developers, will recognize Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and creator of ZZT, Unreal and Unreal Engine, with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sweeney will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6:30pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference, and in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival (IGF). The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/gdc.

Sweeney founded seminal shareware game publisher Epic MegaGames in 1991, and the release of its first product, ZZT, led to an explosion of user-created worlds. ZZT has become so beloved as a game/application that it recently led to a full-length book dissection – in the Boss Fight Books series - of the games and culture it created. An expanded Epic MegaGames also released titles such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Epic Pinball and Tyrian in the '90s as a leader in the PC shareware space.

While serving as the founder and CEO of a renamed Epic, Sweeney was the main architect of the first-generation Unreal Engine. This game engine was originally created for the 1998 PC game Unreal. But it became the underpinning for a slew of acclaimed games, initially in the Unreal franchise and increasingly licensed outside of Epic, including the BioShock series, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed, and the Batman: Arkham series.

Sweeney also worked to make the Unreal Engine extensible via UnrealScript, a spiritual successor to his object-oriented scripting language for ZZT. This simple way for non-coders to get complex creations made easily led to extensive and creative player modding of games - one of the earliest blossoming of user-generated content.

But it also led to easier adaptations of the engine – which has now had four major iterations - to other games. These include Epic's own titles such as Gears of War, Paragon and Fortnite, as well as notable independently created games such as Rocket League, Abzû, Astroneer and ARK: Survival Evolved. The engine is now being adapted by non-game development teams across the automotive, aviation, architecture, VR/AR, complex data visualization and film sectors.

Sweeney joins the roster of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients which includes Todd Howard, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Ken Kutaragi, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Peter Molyneux, among others.

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are chosen by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes notable game industry leaders such as Mark Cerny (Cerny Games), Doug Lombardi (Valve), Angie Smets (Guerrilla Games), Amir Rao (Supergiant Games) and Jade Raymond (Electronic Arts).

For more information about the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, visit: http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/. To learn more about GDC 2017, follow @Official_GDC or visit: http://www.gdconf.com/. Both the Game Developers Choice Awards and IGF ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

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UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

 

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18-Jan-2017 Adoption of Cloud Services by IT Professionals Has Doubled in Two Years, Says Interop ITX Research Report

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Interop ITX, the independent conference for tech leaders, today releases its first-ever industry research report highlighting the state of cloud computing. The report entitled, 2017 State of Cloud, was compiled based on the responses of more than 300 technology professionals and provides a thorough analysis of one of the technology industry's most critical resources - the cloud. Interop ITX's detailed research explores influences of the cloud today, concerns, management, security and cost, and what it has in store for the future.

To download the full report, please visit: ubm.io/InteropITXCloud 

The technology industry is in a state of constant growth with the immersion of new innovations, research and professionals breaking into the field. One resource in particular has completely broken the mold - the cloud. As cloud adoption continues to grow, so do questions about its future. The 2017 research report, based on a survey conducted in 2016, was divided into key topic areas to best outline the state of cloud computing and how IT leaders can benefit from it moving forward.

Cloud Today: Is Private Cloud Usage Dying Out?
A reflection of its mass influence on the technology industry, the report found that the amount of professionals obtaining IT services from the cloud has increased over recent years. Two years ago, only 20% of respondents predicted that they would get half or more of IT services from the cloud - that number has almost doubled today. The future decline of a virtualization-based private cloud was also apparent in respondents' future plans, estimating another 12-point drop between current and future usage and only 28% expecting to use private cloud for new projects in the next year.

Cloud Concerns: Embracing the Public Cloud
More than 50% of respondents identified the two most significant challenges in performance of cloud-based applications as the design of the application and Internet bandwidth. Fully embracing the public cloud solves these issues, but attempting to bolt a private cloud onto the public cloud does not.

Cloud Management: Are Professionals Missing the Main Benefits of the Cloud?
According to research findings, more professionals do not automate or orchestrate workloads than those who use true "cloud management" software, so many users are not realizing some of the main benefits of the cloud. Additionally, the lack of effective cloud management hampering the effectiveness of cloud deployments is only going to get worse – 85% of respondents reported using more than one cloud provider, a number that is likely to increase.

Security & Cost Control: Fear for Technology Vulnerabilities
While cost is often an initial point of discussion around cloud adoption, most respondents' concerns about the cloud have to do with security. These concerns increasingly have less to do with overall worries public cloud is insecure and more to do with technology and application-specific concerns. Nearly 60% listed security defects in technology as one of their top three concerns.

Cloud Tomorrow: IT Leaders Need to Stay Ahead of the Game
Today's enterprises have realized that if they don't start adopting new technology earlier, they will likely be crushed by upstarts who do. The typical enterprise IT adoption cycle is far too slow; but there are too many new technologies and vendors to try them all. The report suggests following one strategy to begin looking towards the future with new technology such as the cloud – adoption.

"Interop ITX has made strategic changes to ensure it's delivering the most valuable and timely content for its audience - the 2017 State of Cloud report is part of that initiative," said Interop ITX General Manager, Meghan Reilly. "The cloud is such an incredibly important facet of the technology community and its leaders, however there are still so many unanswered questions as we moved towards the future. The findings detailed in this report uncover what that future of the cloud will look like and how IT leaders can stay ahead of the curve while planning for tomorrow."

Interop ITX
Building on Interop's 30 years of dedication to providing the technology community with a trusted environment to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies, Interop ITX is the independent conference for innovative tech leaders. Its new Conference-first model will facilitate a trusted environment for IT decision makers to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies and solutions they need to lead their teams and businesses through constant change and disruption.
Interop ITX will take place May 15-19, 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, please visit: interopitx.com

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About Interop ITX
Interop ITX is the industry's most trusted independent Conference focused on Full Stack IT education for technology leaders. The event continues the 30 years Interop has dedicated to providing IT decision makers with a trusted environment to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies and solutions they need to lead their teams and their businesses through constant change and disruption. Employed by a Conference-first model, Interop ITX offers both breadth and depth of content to a broad IT audience across core areas: Infrastructure, Security, Cloud, Data & Analytics, DevOps, and Leadership & Professional Development. For more information, visit interopitx.com. Interop ITX is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

UBM Americas
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: ubmamericas.com.

 

 

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18-Jan-2017 CPhI SEA -- the leading pharma event in South East Asia - adds 6 new features

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With an annual growth ranging from 6% to 10%, South East Asia's pharma industry is poised for success. CPhI SEA (Jakarta International Expo, March 22-24, 2017) serves the industry by fostering the regional discourse - Sign up today!

What's new at CPhI SEA 2017?

  1. Investment Forum
  2. ASEAN -- India strategic sourcing Forum
  3. Distributors' network
  4. Richer conference content
  5. Enhanced business matchmaking program
  6. Roadshows

Investment Forum

By invitation only, the forum matches key international players interested in investing in Indonesia with the top tier pharma companies in the country looking for reliable partners.

ASEAN -- India strategic sourcing Forum

Business networking platform for ASEAN companies -- manufacturers and distributors alike - focusing on bilateral trade with Indian counterparts.

Distributors' network

CPhI SEA has invested significantly in expanding its database of distributors in the region with the aim of magnifying the reach and make the event truly regional. All distributors have been invited to visit the event and network with peer and the exhibitors.

Conference

A sharply focused, enriched program, will cover 3 main areas:

  • Business Outlook and Markets - M&A, JVs, strategic partnerships to penetrate markets
  • Regulations and Compliance - ASEAN regulatory practices and harmonization
  • Manufacturing and Supply chain - Big data trends and applications in supply chain

View the full agenda here

Business Matchmaking

Following the success of last year's matchmaking program, which saw 353 pre-booked meetings taking place during the event, this year the program has been enhanced and expanded.

Roadshows

To further promote CPhI SEA as a pharma bridge in South East Asia, roadshows have been organized in several countries in partnerships with local associations and stakeholders (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam).

These features have contributed to the success of CPhI SEA, the only trade exhibition dedicated to the pharma industry in the region. Held at Jakarta International Expo during March 22-24, 2017, CPhI SEA offers unparalleled content in a highly focused conference and additional features ranging from the South East Asian distributors' forum, the packaging forum, the innovation gallery and the investment forum. View the full conference program here.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the change, register here and join the event and its business matchmaking program!

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

More than 100,000 visitors meet over 6,000 exhibitors at events in Europe, China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Russia, Brazil, Istanbul and Korea every year to exchange ideas, form alliances and conduct business on an international scale. CPhI also provides an online buyer & supplier directory at CPhI-Online.com.

Government supporters : Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters : Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association --GP Farmasi Indonesia, Pharma Materials Management Club -- PMMC, International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group -- IPMG, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering -- ISPE, Indonesian Pharmacists Association --IAI

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) --Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers (more to come)

For more information contact:

Contact Person: Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com  

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17-Jan-2017 Western Gas Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Distribution And Schedules Earnings Conference Call

HOUSTON, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) announced today that the board of directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.86 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a full-year 2016 distribution increase of 10-percent over the full-year 2015.  This distribution represents a 2-percent increase over the prior quarter and an 8-percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015. WES's fourth quarter 2016 distribution is payable on February 13, 2017, to unitholders of record at the close of business on February 2, 2017.

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP) also announced today that the board of directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.46250 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a full-year 2016 distribution increase of 19% over the full year 2015.  This distribution represents a 3-percent increase over the prior quarter and a 15-percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015. WGP's fourth quarter 2016 distribution is payable on February 22, 2017, to unitholders of record at the close of business on February 2, 2017.

The Partnerships plan to report their fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results after the market closes on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Management will host a conference call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. EST) to discuss quarterly results.  The full text of the release announcing the results will be available on the Partnerships' website at www.westerngas.com.

Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results
Thursday, February 23, 2017
8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. EST)
Dial-in number: 877-883-0383
International dial-in number: 412-902-6506
Conference Call Identification: 5700160

Individuals who would like to participate should dial the applicable dial-in number listed above approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled conference call time.  Pre-registration is available through the investor relations page at www.westerngas.com. Pre-registrants will be issued a personal identification number to use when dialing in to the live conference call, which will enable the participant to bypass the operator and gain immediate access to the call.

To access the live audio webcast of the conference call, please visit the investor relations section of the Partnerships' website at www.westerngas.com. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the website for two weeks following the call.

Western Gas Partners, LP ("WES") is a growth-oriented Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to acquire, own, develop and operate midstream energy assets. With midstream assets located in the Rocky Mountains, the Mid-Continent, North-central Pennsylvania and Texas, WES is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating, and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids and crude oil for Anadarko, as well as for other producers and customers.

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP ("WGP") is a Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko to own the following types of interests in WES: (i) the general partner interest and all of the incentive distribution rights in WES, both owned through WGP's 100% ownership of WES's general partner, and (ii) a significant limited partner interest in WES.

For more information about Western Gas Partners, LP, Western Gas Equity Partners, LP, and Western Gas Flash Feed updates, please visit www.westerngas.com.

Note regarding Non-United States Investors: This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of Western Gas Partners, LP's and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Western Gas Partners, LP's and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

WESTERN GAS PARTNERS, LP and WESTERN GAS EQUITY PARTNERS, LP CONTACT:

Jonathon E. VandenBrand
Director, Investor Relations
jon.vandenbrand@anadarko.com 
832.636.1007

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16-Jan-2017 JNA Awards Unveils 2017 Categories and Judging Criteria

HONG KONG, Jan. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JNA (Jewellery News Asia) is excited to announce the 2017 award categories and the judging criteria for the sixth annual JNA Awards. Online registration is now open to allow sufficient time for all interested parties from the jewellery and gemstone industry to review and choose the appropriate categories to enter.

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The JNA Awards is one of the most rigorous and prestigious international awards programmes, which aims to promote and uphold excellence in innovation, creativity, leadership, sustainability and best business practices with a focus on initiatives that have a positive impact on Asia's jewellery and gemstone sector.

This year, the organiser has adjusted a few award categories to better respond to the needs of the industry and, at the same time, encourage wider participation.

The award categories for 2017 are as follows:
1. Lifetime Achievement Award (Nominated by the organiser)
2. Brand of the Year -- Retail    
3. Industry Innovation of the Year
4. Manufacturer of the Year -- Jewellery  
5. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- ASEAN
6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- Greater China   
7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- India
8. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below) 
9. E-supplier of the Year
10. Sustainability Initiative of the Year
11. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, said, "Feedback from the industry is always appreciated as it allows us, as organisers, to improve the experience of entrants without compromising fairness. We are very encouraged to see many past entrants benefitting from early registration when it was first offered last year. We would like to keep up the momentum this year to enable interested parties to have enough time to study the categories prior to the entry process."

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards judging panel, explained the changes on the affected categories.

"We have expanded the scope of e-commerce through the E-supplier of the Year category, which is open to all businesses related to jewellery conducted on the electronic platform from mine to market. Moreover, the Industry Innovation of the Year and Sustainability Initiative of the Year categories will be judged separately as we recognise them as equally important, but different drivers to the future growth of the industry."

A complete description of the award categories, as well as a detailed explanation of the judging criteria and entry rules, may be reviewed after registering online. Entries may be submitted starting from early March to early May.

The JNA Awards 2017 is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook (CTF), together with Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) serving as Honoured Partners.

Stay tuned for further announcements on the judging panel.

For more information, visit http://www.JNAawards.com/ or contact: 

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong
+852-2516-2184
marketing@jnaawards.com

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com )
JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners
2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (www.riotinto.com/diamondsandminerals )
Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world's leading diamond producers and operates a globally integrated mine-to-market diamond business. For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world-class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik).

Rio Tinto's diamond sales and marketing activities, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, are supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York.

Rio Tinto believes in supporting consumer confidence in its diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues surrounding product integrity and sustainable development. It is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com )
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011.

The iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. premium diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group's stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 POS of Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States, as well as a fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-shop and other e-tail accounts on major online shopping platforms.

The Group's sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive distribution channels.

3. About the Honoured Partners
3.1 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com )
Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.2 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (http://en.gdgje.com/ )
Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province.

Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets.

3.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk )
The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project", is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com )
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

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16-Jan-2017 4th International Conference on Tall Building Fire Safety Returns to London's FIREX International

Recognised by the Institution of Fire Engineers, the conference is delivered by subject experts and themes covered include tall building fire case studies, fire risk management, tall building firefighting.

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FIREX: The Tall Building Fire Safety Conference in 2017 will take place at FIREX, the UK's premier fire exhibition. FIREX takes places at The Excel exhibition centre London and includes that latest products and services from the World's leading fire companies.

Themes: The Tall Building Fire Safety conference will be delivered over three days; Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 2017. On each day there will be a specific theme:

  • Tuesday 20 June: Design and Fire Engineering in Tall Buildings
  • Wednesday 21 June: Management and Insurance of Fire Risk in Tall Buildings
  • Thursday 22 June: Firefighting in Tall Buildings

Call for Papers and Sponsors: Russ Timpson (organiser of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network) has issued a call for papers and sponsors for the conference. "This is a great time to consider the future of Tall Building Fire Safety," said Russ. "Recent fires and the proliferation of Tall Buildings around the World require all involved to stay informed and aware of all new developments."

If you would like to submit a paper proposal or sponsor the conference, please contact Russ Timpson on russ.timpson@horizonscanbcp.com

Notes to editor:  

About UBM EMEA:

UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, Ecobuild, Seatrade, and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across seven industry sectors.

About Protection & Management Series: 

UBM Live's Protection & Management Series unites business professionals across the fields of security, fire, safety, facilities and service management at IFSEC International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, FIREX International and Service Management Expo. In 2017 the events will take place at the ExCeL London from 20th - 22nd June.

For further information, comment or to arrange an interview please contact:

Ricky Abate | Content Marketing Executive | UBM 
t: +33(0)20-7921-8192 | twitter: @Ricky_UBM1
230 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8BF

13-Jan-2017 CPhI: Pharma in South East Asia wins through Innovation, M&A, JVs and strategic Partnerships to spur Markets Integration

JAKARTA, Jan. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last 10 years South East Asia (SEA) pharmaceutical markets have been developing rapidly (6% – 10% yoy) and are expected to deliver remarkable future growth. Indonesia is the largest market in the region, followed by Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore.  A member of the G20 and with a population of 250m people, Indonesia represents almost 40% of the SEA's economic output and the largest pharma manufacturing base in the entire region, although the country has more than 95% dependency on imports of pharma ingredients.

Concurrently, governments across SEA have been introducing universal healthcare programs. This is driving rising demand for all categories of medicines, especially generic drugs. Since launching its mandatory healthcare coverage program (JKN) in 2014, Indonesia's government healthcare spending has increased by 4%, and reached USD 7.8 billion in 2016.

Nevertheless, success in the region will be fully achieved only if the strengths of the countries will be integrated and combined in a network of business partnerships, JVs, M&A that spur innovation, the development of high margin drugs, enhance markets penetration and ultimately create value over the board.

These factors have contributed to the success of CPhI SEA, the only trade exhibition dedicated to the pharma industry in the region. Held at Jakarta International Expo during March 22-24, 2017, CPhI SEA offers unparalleled content in a highly focused conference and additional features ranging from the South East Asian distributors' forum, the packaging forum, the innovation gallery and the investment forum. View the full conference program here.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the change, register here and join the event and its business matchmaking program!

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

More than 100,000 visitors meet over 6,000 exhibitors at events in Europe, China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Russia, Brazil, Istanbul and Korea every year to exchange ideas, form alliances and conduct business on an international scale. CPhI also provides an online buyer & supplier directory at CPhI-Online.com.

Government supporters : Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters : Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association –GP Farmasi Indonesia, Pharma Materials Management Club –PMMC, International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group –IPMG, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering –ISPE, Indonesian Pharmacists Association –IAI

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) –Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers (more to come)

Contact Person: Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

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12-Jan-2017 Game Developers Conference Unveils Results Of 2017 State Of The Industry Survey Revealing Optimism For The Nintendo Switch, Uncertainty About Console Updates Like PlayStation 4 Pro And Xbox's "Project Scorpio"

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Game Developers Conference® (GDC) has released the results of the fifth annual State of the Industry Survey, revealing trends in the games industry ahead of GDC 2017 this February. Among the many learnings from the survey of more than 4,500 game developers who have attended GDC in the last three years is the development community's optimism for Nintendo's upcoming Switch platform, with half of respondents believing that the platform can outsell the Wii U in its lifetime. Other findings include an ambivalence among developers on the benefits of mid-cycle console updates like PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox's "Project Scorpio." Clear preferences for HTC's Vive platform have also appeared through a series of questions regarding Virtual Reality (VR) technology. The 2017 State of the Industry Survey is the the fifth entry in the ongoing series of yearly reports and serves as a snapshot of the games industry, illustrating industry trends ahead of GDC 2017 in San Francisco. Organized by the UBM Game Network, GDC 2017 takes place February 27th-March 3rd, alongside the 2017 Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) February 27-28, both at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Game Makers are feeling optimistic about Nintendo's upcoming Switch console
In the wake of Nintendo's recent product announcement of its upcoming hybrid portable/home console the Switch, the responding developers indicated a cautious optimism for the platform's viability in the marketplace. 50 percent of respondents believe that the Switch will outsell Nintendo's most recent home console, Wii U, which has a worldwide install base of roughly 13 million. 14 percent thought that the platform would sell less, with the remaining 37 percent unsure.

As far as the product's core selling point, its ability to switch between portable and docked console modes, survey respondents are a little more mixed with their predictions on whether or not the feature will resonate with the public. Only 19 percent offered an unequivocal yes ("the right product for the right time"), while 48 percent believe that it might resonate but doesn't seem to be "world-changing". 11 percent figured people wouldn't be interested in the core premise of the Switch, and 23 percent said they were unsure of how it would be received upon launch.

Most developers are unsure about mid-cycle console refreshes, but more are positive than negative
With both Sony and Microsoft releasing more powerful mid-cycle console refreshes like PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox's "Project Scorpio," developers revealed mixed feelings about whether or not these hardware updates are good for the industry. 41 percent of survey respondents were undecided, 36 percent said they were neutral on the subject, and 18 percent said they thought it was a good thing for the industry. Just 5 percent said it was a negative development.

HTC Vive outpaces Oculus Rift as the most popular VR/AR platform
With mainstream console and PC Virtual Reality (VR) platforms entering their first holiday season at the time of the survey, developers had numerous insights to share about their support for the various headsets on the market. 61 percent of surveyed developers are not currently developing VR titles, but among those who are, 24 percent are currently making games on HTC and Valve's Vive headset, 23 percent are supporting Oculus Rift, and 13 percent are supporting Sony's PlayStation VR.

Support for each platform has grown significantly from last year's survey, when Oculus Rift received 19 percent support and HTC Vive and PlayStation VR garnered 6 percent each. Projecting into the future, when asked which VR/AR platform they expected the game after the project they're working on now would be released on, 40 percent of respondents said they were planning to support HTC Vive for their next title. By comparison, 37 percent said their next game would release on Oculus Rift, and 26 percent said PlayStation VR.

When surveyed about general interest level in each of the major VR/AR headsets, survey respondents once again gave HTC Vive the lead. When asked to mark down the VR/AR platforms of most interest to them as developers, 45 percent indicated HTC Vive, 30 percent indicated Oculus Rift, and 29 percent marked PlayStation VR. Microsoft's upcoming HoloLens Augmented Reality (AR) platform came in fourth with 24 percent of respondents.

1 in 10 game makers is working on a platform-exclusive VR/AR game, predominantly for the Vive
The topic of platform exclusives (timed or otherwise) in the VR game industry has been heating up recently, so the survey also asked respondents whether their next VR/AR game was being developed exclusively for a single platform. Half of respondents said they weren't involved in VR/AR game development, while 39 percent said that their next project would not be exclusive to a single VR/AR platform. 11 percent of survey respondents said that their next game would be exclusive to one VR/AR platform or device. Of those developers working on an platform-exclusive VR/AR title, 33 percent of respondents said their next project would be a platform-exclusive VR/AR game for HTC Vive, making it the most popular VR system for exclusives. By comparison, 24 percent were working on a platform-exclusive VR/AR title for Oculus Rift, and 15 percent for PlayStation VR.

A more detailed analysis of the survey can be found at http://www.gdconf.com/game-industry-report-2017. More information about the 2017 Game Developers Conference or to register online can be found at www.gdconf.com. For the latest updates on GDC, follow the official Twitter account @Official_GDC.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

UBM Americas
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

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11-Jan-2017 HNC Lights Up the Way Into the Chinese Health Market

SHANGHAI, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's top nutraceutical event -- Healthplex Expo and Natural & Nutraceutical Products China (HNC) -- is set to take place in Shanghai on June 20-22, 2017. It is the eighth year that HNC is returning to the Chinese health market -- this time on a larger scale and with more visitors.

Since its launch in 2010, HNC has only ever occupied one hall. However, with the continued support from the exhibitors and relevant associations, this year HNC's floor space will be expanded to three halls in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. More than 70,000 visitors and 3,800 exhibitors are expected to attend this annual gathering in 2017 (including those attending HNC's co-located shows, Hi China, Fi Asia-China & Ni, Starch Expo, Expo FoodTec and CPhI China).

Registration for HNC is live

We are pleased to announce that registration for HNC is now open. Visitors can pre-register for the event and activate badges in advance to avoid the on-site queue. Registered visitors can get free access to on-site activities and all co-located shows including Hi China, Expo FoodTech, Starch Expo, and CPhI China, as well as free access to the VIP lounge and a gift and lunch coupon.

Your guide to entering the Chinese market

The Healthy China 2030 plan set out the main targets for the building of a healthy China at the 13th National Party Congress, and it was suggested that the health industry would be worth 16 trillion RMB by 2030. China is fast becoming the largest market for health foods, with a large number of overseas nutraceutical enterprises attracted to this booming market.

One of the on-site events at HNC 2017 will be the 4th Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference -- China's Market Entry Strategy for Foreign Dietary Supplements, which will be held on June 20-21, 2017. It will include an analysis by government officials of the latest health food registration and application policies in China, as well as a look at market trends and some successful business case studies.

Attendees who are looking to discover new business opportunities in China and want to gain first-hand information about the Chinese health food industry are sure to find the presentations insightful and engaging. The conference agenda will be released on the website in January 2017. Interested visitors may contact us to book a place.

Apart from the Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference, more on-site features will be confirmed and updated soon. For more information on HNC 2017, please visit www.hncexpo.com/en.

About HNC

Organized by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products and Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co.,Ltd., Healthplex Expo and Natural & Nutraceutical Products China is the best dedicated event in Asia, which gathers health food, traditional Chinese medicine, beauty products, health care products and third party services. HNC acts as a key meeting place for the industry colleagues to establish business relationship.

HNC is also an industry-chain expo co-located with Hi China, Fi Asia-China & Ni, Starch Expo, Expo FoodTec and CPhI China, which features health ingredients, food ingredients, starch products, food machinery and pharmaceutical ingredients, all under one roof.

Press enquiries contact:

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Lydia Ma
International Marketing Executive
T: +86 21 33392280
E: Lydia.Ma@ubmsinoexpo.com

CCCMHPIE

Monika Xing
T: +86 10 58036297
E: xingcheng@cccmhpie.org.cn

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10-Jan-2017 Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 Kicks Off in Shenzhen

HONG KONG, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Organised by JNA & CJNA of UBM Asia, the World Gold Council and the People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen, supported by the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality and exclusively sponsored by Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Limited, the inaugural edition of the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition has kicked off with a press conference held at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, Shenzhen in China.

The biennial competition aims at encouraging designers to express and share unique wedding traditions and customs from around the world. It invites jewellery design talents to design unique gold wedding jewellery sets, incorporating the traditional Chinese wedding custom of extending well wishes to newlywed couples through symbolic jewellery gifts.

Senior officials of the People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen as well as the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality attended the press conference and praised the high standards and professionalism demonstrated by the organisers as well as the objectives and vision of the competition. They noted that close collaboration between Chinese and global organisations to uplift the quality of gold wedding jewellery designs is crucial to the development of China's gold jewellery industry. The competition is also an important milestone to enhance the significance of Shenzhen in China's jewellery industry.

Representatives from the other organisers of the competition were also present at the press conference. Letitia Chow, founder of JNA, CJNA and director of business development –Jewellery Group at UBM Asia Ltd, said, "The establishment of the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition is a pioneering effort to promote the advancement of the gold wedding jewellery industry." Roland Wang, managing director of the World Gold Council in China, also voiced his confidence on the competition's role in nurturing young but expert designers.

In traditional Chinese wedding culture, Shuangxi, commonly translated as "double happiness", is an auspicious ligature that symbolises joy and marriage. Xi-Fu, a registered trademark of the World Gold Council, is a gold jewellery brand especially tailored for the global wedding market.

The Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition seeks to encourage talented contestants to dedicate their passion, innovation and cutting-edge designs in order to create a new era in the gold jewellery industry. The theme of the inaugural competition is 'Oneness.' The organisers and the jury of the competition would like to see designs incorporating different cultures and insights and reflecting the creativity and originality of designers from all over the world.

Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 is open to all budding and professional jewellery designers as well as students and graduates of all jewellery design disciplines.

About the Organisers

JNA & CJNA
www.jewellerynewsasia.com / www.cjna.com

JNA and CJNA are the flagship jewellery publications of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, JNA is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. With the rapid development of China's jewellery market, CJNA was founded in 1994 to connect Chinese-speaking jewellery professionals with the world's fastest-growing jewellery market. Both magazines feature original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia.

World Gold Council
www.gold.org/

The World Gold Council (WGC) is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Its purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership and be the global authority on the gold market.

WGC develops gold-backed solutions, services and products, based on authoritative market insight and it works with a range of partners to put ideas into action. As a result, WGC creates structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors. WGC provides insights into the international gold markets, helping people to understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society.

The membership of the WGC includes the world's leading and most forward-thinking gold mining companies.

People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen
http://www.yantian.gov.cn/

Established in 1998, the People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen (Yantian District) is located in East Shenzhen, adjacent to the Pearl River Delta. Yantian District continuously promotes the transformation and advancement of its valuable core industries, such as port logistics, gold jewellery, tourism and culture, biotechnology, etc.

Yantian District is the pioneering leader in the Chinese gold jewellery industry. Of the 160 gold jewellery companies based in the district, the income, gross profit and export delivery value of 40 large-scale companies account for 15 to 20 percent of China's total share.

About the Supporting Organisation

Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality http://www.sz.gov.cn/wtlyjnew/

Established in 2009, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality is a bureau of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government. The Administration aims at promoting the development of culture, sports and tourism through the enhancement of resource utilisation and cultural vitality of Shenzhen City, the commitment to historical and intangible cultural heritage preservation, as well as the enrichment of tourism experiences.

About the Sponsor

Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Limited
www.batar.cn/

Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd (Batar) is a major gold jewellery manufacturer with businesses that span a wide range of services and products -- from manufacturing and wholesale to retail -- and several financial investments. Batar currently owns more than 20 subsidiaries engaged in various businesses and three independent brands, "Batar Jewelery," "Global Crown" and "Show King." It has more than 400 franchise and retail stores that cover more than 85 percent of China.

Media Contact

Althea Long

Vincent Tang

UBM Asia Limited

World Gold Council

Email:
althea.long@ubm.com

Email:
vincent.tang@gold.org

Tel: +852 2516 1653

Tel: +86 21 2226 1116

 

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10-Jan-2017 Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2017

SINGAPORE, Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth edition of Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is scheduled to be held from 27 to 30 October 2017 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Boasting a four-year track record, the fair is a highly effective trading platform for jewellery industry players to explore vast business and investment opportunities. This is made possible by the success and reputation of the show as well as the widely popular hosted buyer programme. Over the years, the fair continuously invites and hosts important buyer groups from the region including Australia, Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

As a result, many internationally-acclaimed jewellery manufacturers and wholesalers exhibit in this annual event to maximise industry exposure, boost their business, and meet key buyers. After a fruitful experience at the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016, 40% of the exhibitors have immediately signed their contracts onsite to confirm their participations in the next edition.

Every year, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair presents visitors with a rich program of showcases and activities. For instance, invited guests were able to enjoy spectacular runway shows with models donning some of the most beautifully-crafted bespoke jewellery available for purchase at the fair. In addition, the Singapore Jewellery Design Award has been consistently presented at the fair to recognise young jewellery designers for their talent and to allow their designs to make their first appearance in an international arena. Furthermore, the fair has forged strong partnerships with reputable gemological laboratories and jewellery design institutes to present a series of seminars for trade buyers and public visitors. Participants are able to learn, understand and gain a more profound appreciation of fine jewellery and gems.

About Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair

Exclusively endorsed by the Singapore Jewellers Association and the Diamond Exchange of Singapore, Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is the most important fine jewellery event in Singapore and the region. In 2016, the event attracted over 100 internationally-acclaimed exhibitors, targeting the region's fastest growing high-net-worth population, jewellery enthusiasts as well as jewellery trade buyers. The fair is organised by UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd, member of UBM Asia, the organiser of 16 leading jewellery events, including the world's number one fine jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

Media contacts 

Clara Leong 
UBM Exhibition Singapore
Office: +65 6592 0888 ext 783
clara.leong@ubm.com

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09-Jan-2017 Virginia, Hyper Light Drifter, Inside And Event[0] Lead Nominations For The 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The finalists for the Independent Games Festival (IGF) have been revealed for the esteemed 19th annual awards, which honor the most influential, innovative and acclaimed projects in independent game development. The ceremony, taking place on March 1, 2017 during the Game Developers Conference, will be hosted by Nina Freeman, the game designer of the acclaimed 2016 IGF Nuovo Award-winning title, Cibele. The breakthrough game centers around themes of love, sex and the internet, and was largely inspired by Freeman's deeply personal real-life story. Nina's current role is a level designer working on the highly-anticipated Tacoma, the follow-up to Fullbright's critical hit, Gone Home.

After an initial review round by over 340 judges, the more than 650 entries for the 2017 IGF Awards were distributed to a group of experts from across the industry for final consideration. These expert juries specializing in distinct disciplines for each category have selected the IGF finalists after playing, discussing and rigorously evaluating them.

Among the diverse selection of 30 different titles, a few games have received award nominations in multiple categories, including Virginia, developer Variable State's first-person thriller propelled by a thought-provoking and mysterious narrative, which has received a total of four nominations (Best Audio, Excellence in Narrative, Excellence in Visual Art and The Nuovo Award).

Three other titles are being recognized for their excellence with three nominations apiece, they include Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine, an intense and highly-stylized action adventure RPG that harkens back to classic 16-bit adventures. Inside by developer Playdead, is their much-anticipated follow-up to 2010's Limbo and follows a boy as he finds himself drawn into the center of a secretive and darkly haunting project. Event[0] by Ocelot Society is a sci-fi narrative exploration game in which players must interact with an elaborate onboard AI to communicate and negotiate their way back home.

The winners of the IGF Awards will be announced at the Independent Games Festival Awards which take place the evening of Wednesday, March 1st at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center. The IGF Awards will immediately precede the Game Developers Choice Awards, which recognizes the best games of the year across all sections of video game development.

Winners of the IGF Awards will also receive over $50,000 of prizes in various categories, including the $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Both the IGF Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel.

The full list of finalists for each category of the 2017 Independent Games Festival, with additional "honorable mentions," is as follows:

Best Student Game
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month)
Lily, Colors of Santa Luz (Lily, Colors of Santa Luz Team)
Un Pas Fragile (PAF team)
FAR: Lone Sails (Mr. Whale's Game Service / Mixtvision)
Frog Climbers (TeamCrew)
Bamboo Heart (Sokpop Collective)

Honorable Mentions: Awkward Dimensions Redux (StevenHarmonGames); DYO (Team DYO); Code 7 - Episode 0: Allocation (Goodwolf Studio); You Must be 18 or Older to Enter (Seemingly Pointless)

Excellence in Audio
The Flame in the Flood (The Molasses Flood)
GoNNER (Art in Heart)
Virginia (Variable State)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Everything (David OReilly)
Inside (Playdead)

Honorable Mentions: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories); Kingdom: New Lands (Noio); Dropsy (Tendershoot, A Jolly Corpse); Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month); Sentris (Timbre Interactive); TumbleSeed (TumbleSeed Team)

Excellence in Design
Imbroglio (Michael Brough)
Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavour Games)
Duskers (Misfits Attic)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games)
Event[0] (Ocelot Society)
Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

Honorable Mentions: She Remembered Caterpillars (jumpsuit entertainment); Elsinore (Golden Glitch Studios); Inside (Playdead); Antihero (Tim Conkling); Replica (Somi); Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions)

Excellence in Narrative
Ladykiller in a Bind (Love Conquers All Games)
1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories)
Virginia (Variable State)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios)
Event[0] (Ocelot Society)
One Night Stand (Kinmoku)

Honorable Mentions: A Normal Lost Phone (Accidental Queens); The Lion's Song (Mi'pu'mi Games); Far from Noise (George Batchelor); Inside (Playdead); Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe); Burly Men at Sea (Brain&Brain); Sorcery! 4 (inkle / Steve Jackson)

Excellence in Visual Art
The Flame in the Flood (The Molasses Flood)
Inside (Playdead)
Virginia (Variable State)
Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
She Remembered Caterpillars (jumpsuit entertainment)

Honorable Mentions: Inks (State of Play); Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall); Mu Cartographer (Titouan Millet); Future Unfolding (Spaces of Play); Sundered (Thunder Lotus Games); Un Pas Fragile (PAF team)

Nuovo Award
Islands: Non-Places (Carlburton)
Close (Tobias Zarges and Moritz Eberl)
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month)
Oiκοςpiel, Book I (David Kanaga)
Everything (David OReilly)
Virginia (Variable State)
Mu Cartographer (Titouan Millet)
Lieve Oma (Florian Veltman)

Honorable Mentions: Memoir En Code: Reissue (Alex Camilleri); Far from Noise (George Batchelor); Ladykiller in a Bind (Love Conquers All Games); Witchball (S.L.Clark); Project Perfect Citizen (Bad Cop Studios); Wheels of Aurelia (Santa Ragione); Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Inside (Playdead)
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe)
Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)
Event[0] (Ocelot Society)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games)

Honorable Mentions: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories); Orwell (Osmotic Studios); Imbroglio (Michael Brough); Virginia (Variable State); Duskers (Misfits Attic); Oiκοςpiel, Book I (David Kanaga)

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience each of the finalist titles and speak with their creators at the IGF Pavilion area on the Expo floor of the Game Developers Conference 2017 from March 1st-3rd, 2017 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Along with the IGF Pavilion, independent game developers can also take part in the Independent Games Summit (February 27th-28th) for networking and learning opportunities related to independent game development.

The public will also be able to take part in awarding the winner of the IGF Audience Award from all the finalists for the IGF, and voting for the Audience Award begins in late January. This year's IGF Awards ceremony will also see the introduction of the ALT. CTRL. GDC Award, which will recognize the most creative and unique video game controller created and displayed for the ALT.CTRL.GDC showcase, which will take place during GDC from March 1st-March 3rd. The special exhibit serves as a showcase for a truly diverse collection of indie-centric on-of-a-kind game peripherals, contraptions and novelties which enhance game experiences and challenge traditional forms of input.

Debuting in 1999, the Independent Games Festival has highlighted the hard work and artistic craft of some of the most celebrated independent games in history, including ground-breaking titles like Papers, Please, Braid, World of Goo, Her Story and Minecraft among many others.

For more information on the Independent Games Festival, please visit the official IGF website at www.igf.com. For those interested in registering for GDC 2017, which includes the Independent Games Summit, the IGF Pavilion and the IGF Awards Ceremony, please visit www.gdconf.com. For the latest updates on GDC, follow the official Twitter account @Official_GDC.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

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UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

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04-Jan-2017 Inside, Overwatch, Firewatch And Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Lead 2017 Game Developers Choice Award Nominations

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers have revealed the nominees for the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry's top games, studios and developers. Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, will return as host of the awards show for his sixth time, having previously hosted the Choice Awards in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Winners in all fourteen categories, including the new Best VR/AR Game category, will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6:30pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF). The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC  2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/gdc .

Leading the pack with six nominations is Inside, a 2D puzzle-platformer adventure developed and published by Playdead, an independent developer based in Denmark. Inside is Playdead's follow-up to its critically acclaimed debut, Limbo which received top accolades from the IGF in 2010 and again at the Choice Awards in 2011. Inside is a finalist for Best Audio, Best Design, the Innovation Award, Best Narrative, Best Visual Art and Game of the Year.

Also making an impressive showing with five nods each are Blizzard Entertainment's team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch and Campo Santo's debut title Firewatch, a first-person mystery adventure.  Blizzard was nominated for Best Audio, Best Design, Best Technology, Best Visual Art and Game of the Year for Overwatch, while Campo Santo received nods for Best Debut, the Innovation Award, Best Narrative, Best Visual Art and Game of the Year for Firewatch.

The field for Game of the Year is rounded out by Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which also picked up nominations in Best Technology, Best Narrative and Best Visual Art, and Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks' Dishonored 2, also a nominee for Best Design.

Additional titles with multiple nominations are id Software and Bethesda Softworks' first-person shooter IP reboot DOOM (three nominations);  Niantic's free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game Pokémon Go (three nominations); EA DICE/Electronic Arts' World War I inspired first-person shooter Battlefield 1 (two nominations); JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment's long-awaited single player action-adventure The Last Guardian (two nominations); Hello Games' open universe and action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky (two nominations); Night School Studio's narrative and dialogue-driven supernatural mystery graphic-adventure title Oxenfree (two nominations); Drool's fast-paced "rhythm violence" game Thumper (two nominations); and Thekla's 3D game set in an open-world filled with natural and man-made puzzles, The Witness (two nominations).

To reflect the creativity, artistry and technological genius within the video game development community, industry professionals from around the world nominate for the awards, free of charge. Any video game that was released and made publicly available during the 2016 calendar year, irrespective of platform or delivery medium, is eligible for nomination for the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards. Both nominees and winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only organization, comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry.

The complete list of nominees, including honorable mentions, for the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards is as follows:

BEST AUDIO
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts)
Thumper (Drool)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Honorable Mentions: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Rez Infinite (Monstars / Enhance Games), Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine), Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)

BEST DEBUT
Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
Campo Santo (Firewatch)
ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
Drool (Thumper)
Night School Studio (Oxenfree)
Honorable Mentions: SUPERHOT Team (SUPERHOT), Numinous Games (That Dragon, Cancer), Giant Squid Studios (Abzu), Ghost Town Games (Overcooked), iNK Stories (1979 Revolution: Black Friday)

BEST DESIGN
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
The Witness (Thekla)
Inside (Playdead)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Honorable Mentions: Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts), Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dark Souls III (From Software / Bandai Namco Entertainment), Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic), Hitman (IO Interactive / Square Enix)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Clash Royale (Supercell)
Pokémon Go (Niantic)
Reigns (Nerial / Devolver Digital)
Pokémon Sun/Moon (Game Freak / The Pokémon Company)
Honorable Mentions: Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), Severed (DrinkBox Studios), Deus Ex: Go (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix), Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD / Nintendo), Imbroglio (Michael Brough), Swap Sword (AP Thomson and Diego Garcia)

INNOVATION AWARD
The Witness (Thekla)
Inside (Playdead)
No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)
Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Thumper (Drool), Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

BEST NARRATIVE
The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Inside (Playdead)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Kentucky Route Zero - Act IV (Cardboard Computer), Mafia III (Hangar 13 / 2K Games)

BEST TECHNOLOGY
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts)
No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Honorable Mentions: Inside (Playdead), Pokemon Go (Niantic), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla)

BEST VISUAL ART
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Inside (Playdead)
Honorable Mentions: The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Abzu (Giant Squid Studios), Thumper (Drool), DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)

BEST VR/AR GAME
Rez Infinite (Monstars / Enhance Games)
Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)
Pokémon Go (Niantic)
Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games / Northway Games)
Honorable Mentions: Thumper (Drool), Superhypercube (Kokoromi / Polytron Corporation), Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions), The Lab (Valve)

GAME OF THE YEAR
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Inside (Playdead)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Honorable Mentions: DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)

Each year, the Game Developers Choice Awards also recognize three individuals with the following Special Awards categories: Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement. The recipients of the special awards will be announced in the near future. The Audience Award category, which will be open to all Choice Award finalists, will open for online voting in late January.

For more information about the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, visit: http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/. To learn more about GDC 2017, follow @Official_GDC or visit: http://www.gdconf.com/

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the UBM Game Network offers market-defining content, and drives community through its award winning lineup of print, online, event and research products and services. These include the Game Developers Conference®, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com and network of sites, the Game Career Seminar and GameCareerGuide.com, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit:www.ubmgamenetwork.com.

UBM Americas
UBM Americas (LSE:UBM.L), a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit:www.ubmamericas.com.

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04-Jan-2017 ICMI Announces Program for 2017 Contact Center Expo & Conference in Orlando

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), an industry leader for more than 30 years, today announced a robust new program for its 2017 Contact Center Expo & Conference. As the number one event for contact center professionals, the 2017 Contact Center Expo & Conference will help professionals discover best practices for their contact centers and new ways to deliver world-class customer service in this complex and ever-changing world set with progressing expectations.

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The ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference takes play May 22-25 in Orlando, FL. For more information and to take advantage of early bird pricing, please visit: ICMI.com/CCExpo

"This year's program will not only offer insight into what techniques and strategies the top players in the industry are using to improve their businesses, but also how to excel at customer service through constant waves of change," said Patty Caron, ICMI Event Director. "The contact center space is one that is always changing and incorporating new practices and tools to meet ever increasing expectations. This year's Conference has been molded to confront those changes and expectations, while arming today's professionals with what they need to continue progressing."

ICMI's Contact Center Expo & Conference will provide the tools and education to ensure that your organization stays ahead of the curve in a constantly changing world. Contact Center Expo & Conference will offer new insights and best practices to meet these needs through new keynotes, sessions, workshops, and training focused on seven new learning tracks.

New Learning Tracks for 2017 include:

  • Contact Center Metrics: Determining what to measure and how to interpret data to improve operations
  • Customer Experience: Discover what is important to your customers and learn innovative methods for improving the customer experience
  • Employee Engagement: Strategies for managing employees in the contact center focusing on retention, coaching, stress and attendance
  • Foundational Best Practices: Learn how to make immediate improvements in your contact center through critical sessions focused on best practices and actionable ideas
  • Future Trends in Customer Service: The customer service landscape is constantly changing, this track will provide insight into future trends and expectations
  • Omnichannel Best Practices: Discover key insights for delivering a seamless cross-channel experience for best in class customer service
  • Optimizing Your Workforce: Learn how to drive increased productivity and efficiency in your contact center through improved workforce optimization

New Programs

The Conference will also introduce a range of new programs aligning with themes found throughout the entire schedule.

  • Master Minds Program: This program is tailored to help attendees form a year round support group to share new insights and learnings, while working together to combat initiatives throughout the year.
  • Executive Connections Program: An exclusive upgrade, this new program provides an opportunity for executive level professionals to network and consult with peers in a similar leadership role facing the same strategic challenges.

Keynotes

Top names in customer service management have been secured as keynote presenters for the 2017 Contact Center Expo & Conference. Each morning the event will start off with an inspiration focused keynote presentation featuring insights, tips and motivational stories pulled from each speaker's professional journey.

  • How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees - Doug Lipp, Former Disney Head of Training, Expert on The Art of Customer Service, Leadership, and Change How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees"
  • The Cult of the Customer: Create an Amazing Customer Experience that Turns Satisfied Customers into Customer Evangelists - Shep Hyken, Customer Service and Experience Expert and New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
  • Seriously Sparkly Service: Making Innovative Service Profoundly Remarkable - Chip Bell, Customer-Focused Strategy Expert

Networking & Training

Beyond the program's sessions and keynotes, the conference will offer unique networking and training opportunities to provide a glimpse into real-world call centers and how they have overcome specific industry obstacles. Conference highlights include:

  • Contact Center Tours: A chance to visit local contact centers including Walt Disney World Reservation Center, JetBlue University, Walgreens, and more.
  • Networking: Opportunities include receptions, breakfast roundtable discussions, social functions, group dinners, contests, and the popular mobile app.
  • Case studies: Industry leaders will share best practices, including Overstock, NFCU, TD Ameritrade, Infinite Campus, US Bancorp, DMV.org, Thomas Edison State University and more.
  • Full-day ICMI training: Led by ICMI's Certified Associates to prepare today's professionals with the latest industry best practices.
  • ICMI Global Contact Center Awards Party – Honoring finalists and recipients of ICMI's annual Global Contact Center Awards for their dedication and accomplishments in delivering superb customer management.

To view the full conference program, please visit: ICMI.com/CCExpo

Get Registered: Register by January 31st and save $400!

Two, three and four-day passes are available to suit your individual needs. For more information and to register, visit: secure.icmi.com/expo/2017/  

Apply for a Media Pass: icmi.com/Contact-Center-Expo-Conference/Resources/Media-Center 

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The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals -- from frontline agents to executives -- who wish to improve customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact center. Since 1985, ICMI has helped more than 50,000 organizations in 167 countries through training, events, consulting, and informational resources. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, trainers, and consultants are committed to helping you raise the strategic value of your contact center, optimize your operations and improve your customer service. ICMI is a part of UBM plc (www.ubm.com), a global events-led marketing services and communications company.

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03-Jan-2017 Philippines International Beauty Trade Show Pioneer is Back at philbeauty 2017

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- philbeauty, the pioneer and the only international beauty trade show in the Philippines, is back for its third year in 2017. The iconic event will be held from Wednesday to Friday, 31 May to 2 June 2017 at the SMX Convention Centre in Pasay City, Manila and expects to host more than 200 key leading exhibitors from across countries and regions, including mainland China, Japan, India, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia. The three-day exhibition is expected to attract over 200 leading local and international exhibiting companies and more than 6000 local and international trade visitors.

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Bridging The Gap -- philbeauty, the professional beauty trade fair that provides a major contribution to the growing beauty industry in the Philippines.

philbeauty 2017 will not only be packed with a variety of beauty products, services and technological solutions, but will also feature a business matchmaking programme, a series of workshops, knowledge seminars, international beauty conference and networking opportunities that will provide crucial insights into future scientific advances, emerging trends and regulations, and most importantly, to create new business opportunities.  

The Rising Beauty Industry in the Philippines

Referring to Trade Map from International Trade Centre, the value of imported beauty or make-up preparations for the care of the skin in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 increased by 13% and 19%, respectively, and in 2015 it was valued at 96,458,000 USD.

The Philippine economy grew an annual 6.3% in the December 2015, accelerating from an upwardly revised 6.1% expansion in the previous three months and above market consensus. It is the highest growth since the fourth quarter of last year, as all sectors of economy showed an expansion at a fast rate, whilst government expenditure remained robust.

"From various data sources and consultations, our final bills will amend the National Internal Revenue Code and further qualified the term 'toilet waters' so as to include only those with content of more than 3%, consistence with the legal definition of 'toilet waters' set by the Revenue Regulation Section 884. We hope that through this bills, we will be able to exempt the product with essential oil content of less than 3% from the 20% excise tax and to provide the industry with stable and thriving environment to flourish and compete in the Asia region. I believe that the beauty and cosmetics industry has the most potential market growth in the country." says Mr Mark Villar, former Congressman, current Secretary of Public Works and Highways and during his speech at philbeauty 2015 opening ceremony.

Surveys conducted amongst exhibitors and visitors in the last edition indicated an optimistic response.

On the exhibitor side, a whopping 96% of respondents rated the show successful, whilst 82% noted their expectations were met or exceeded.

Admission is free. If you wish to visit philbeauty 2017, kindly log-on to www.philbeautyshow.com for online pre-registration.

For more information about how to exhibit, please contact our Project Manager, Ms Fay Ong at cheanfei.ong@ubm.com.

For publicity, sponsorship and media partnership, please contact our Marketing Executive, Ms Farkhana Ali at farkhana.ali@ubm.com.

For general enquiry, administration and payment, please contact our Project Executive, Ms Viki Sambasivam at viki.sambasivam@ubm.com.

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About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

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