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March 2012

Innovation: Combinatorics

Dates: March 22, 2012
Location: Palo Alto, California


  • Series: The Power of 10, 5:00-6:30pm (5:00-6:00 presentation and Q&A, followed by networking until 6:30), George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC (map/ directions)

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy, and public policy.

Hal is also an emeritus professor at the University of California,… read more

The Economist presents The Ideas Economy: Innovation

Dates: March 21 – 22, 2012
Location: Berkeley , California


The Economist | Registration for next year’s Ideas Economy: Innovation event is now open. Secure your place today for our third annual Innovation event, taking place March 21-22, 2012 in Berkeley, California.

Why attend Ideas Economy: Innovation?

GET A VISION of how entrepreneurship in a disruptive, changing world leads to progress.

EXPLORE ways to better nourish entrepreneurial activity inside organisations big and small.

UNDERSTAND the… read more

Law Seminars International: Employment & Technology Law

Dates: March 14, 2012
Location: Seattle, Washington


New opportunities, sources of conflict, and changes in employer vs. employee rights

At this comprehensive one-day seminar on The Intersection of Employment and Technology Law, you will hear from some of the region’s leading practitioners on the important issues that permeate these overlapping fields of law. Employer strategies for protecting their intellectual property will be a primary focus, with in-depth discussion of the effective litigation strategies and preparation tips… read more

The Singularity Convention

Dates: March 14, 2012
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel


This is a 1-day convention, a series of TED-like talks covering exponential technologies, potential implications in different aspects, and a panel discussion. Ray Kurzweil’s talk is scheduled as the final talk before the panel discussion, about 20 minutes: 15:10 – 15:30. Following the panel discussion, we will have the finals phase of the Ramon Breakthrough SU project contest, 5 finalists presenting and a panel selects the 2 winners.… read more

STAIF II — Space Technology and Applications International Forum

Dates: March 13 – 15, 2012
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team)

STAIF II will continue the traditions of the Space Technology and Applications International Forum, an international technical forum that hosted six conferences in cooperation with the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (UNM-ISNPS).

STAIF II papers will cover advanced propulsion, energy conversion, fluid dynamics, luminal or superluminal events, plasma physics, communications, and gravitational waves.

Call for Papers: the deadline for abstracts is October… read more

SXSW Conferences & Festivals 2012

Dates: March 9 – 18, 2012
Location: Austin, Texas


The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences.

Conference panel discussions… read more

FIRST Robotics Competition Orlando Regional

Dates: March 8 – 10, 2012
Location: Orlando, Florida


An expected 64 area high schools will bring hundreds of students, teachers, mentors, sponsors and family members to participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) at the Orlando Regional Competition March 8-10, 2012. This high-tech sporting event will produce excitement and energy for participants and spectators alike, as teams compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and more.

International teams from Australia and the… read more

Acclaimed documentary The Business of Being Born screens sequel at UCLA

Dates: March 5, 2012
Location: Los Angeles, California

The Business of Being Born poster

The Business of Being Born | Acclaimed 2008 documentary The Business of Being Born, by Ricki Lake, explores modern American childbirth. The film documents shocking statistics about current birthing techniques and infant mortality, and challenges doctors. Experts divulge dismal U.S. statistics, citing controversies including the overuse of medical procedures in the interest of saving time.

This eye-opening film (available here) shows the slippery slope of modern,… read more

Game Developers Conference | San Francisco 2012

Dates: March 5 – 9, 2012
Location: San Francisco, California


The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event.

The GDC attracts over 19,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The GDC is produced by the UBM TechWeb Game Network.

This… read more

Advancing Humanity Symposium 2012

Dates: March 3, 2012
Location: Stanford, California

Advancing Humanity

Saturday, March 3, 2012. 10:00 AM.
Approximate duration of 7 hour(s).
Mudd Chemistry Building, Braun Auditorium, 333 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA

The Stanford Transhumanist Association is thrilled to invite you to an incredible day of three thought-provoking panels. We have nine eminent speakers coming to campus to deliver jaw-dropping talks on the cutting-edge of human knowledge. Each will present a distinct perspective on how emerging technologies and disruptive… read more

BIL 2012

Dates: March 3 – 4, 2012
Location: Long Beach, California


BIL is an ad-hoc conference for people changing the world in big ways. It’s a place for passionate people to come together to energize, brainstorm, and take action.

Digital Media and Learning Conference 2012

Dates: March 1 – 3, 2012
Location: San Francisco , California


DML | The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking… read more

Inaugural Sharp Lecture in Neural Circuits

Dates: March 1, 2012
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Inaugural Sharp Lecture in Neural Circuits

Dr. Okihide Hikosaka of the National Institutes of Health will deliver the inaugural Phillip A. Sharp Lecture in Neural Circuits.
Title: “Choosing good objects — a basal ganglia mechanism”
Speaker: Dr. Okihide Hikosaka
Affiliation: Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, NIH

Many objects around us have values which have been acquired through our life-long history. This suggests that the values of individual objects are… read more

February 2012

DEMO Asia 2012

Dates: February 29 – Mar 2, 2012
Location: Singapore, Singapore


The inaugural DEMO Asia is the launchpad for emerging technology and trends. This is a premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout the continent seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience. It is also an excellent launchpad for companies throughout the world hoping to launch in the Asian marketplace.

At DEMO Asia, a hand-selected group of new products will make its public debut to global press, savvy investors, corporate… read more

Peter Sims on “Little Bets and Black Sheep: The Revolution Will Be Improvised”

Dates: February 28, 2012
Location: Palo Alto, California


Little Bets and Black Sheep: The Revolution Will Be Improvised

The world is being disrupted by globalization and technology.  What will fill the gaps — in government, business, and culture?  It all begins with little bets: small, affordable risks taken to discover problems, needs, and opportunities in order to find big bets.  What do Apple CEO Steve Jobs, comedian Chris Rock, prize-winning architect Frank Gehry,… read more

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