element14 announces “The Innovation Series” event

element14, a collaborative global electronics community from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has today announced it is hosting a two-day virtual event “the element14 Innovation Series” on the 16th and 17th of January 2012.

Last month element14 challenged the electronics community to answer the question “Who is the next Innovator in the electronics industry?”. With the recent passing of Steve Jobs, John McCarthy and Dennis Ritchie, it appears that the torch is presently being passed from one generation to the next.

As part of the Innovation series, element14 is now bringing together industry leaders in a two-day virtual summit to share what’s next in the fields of medical, alternative energy and robotics. The event will feature a series of speakers through 30 minute livestreamed videos and the opportunity to chat live with experts who are helping bring tomorrow’s ideas to life. Attendees and presenters will interact by using Livestream.

On January 16 leading electronic manufacturers such as Microchip, Texas Instruments, Freescale, ST and Micrium will be attending and technical training on the latest products will also be provided.  The following day, January 17, will feature key electronic industry thinkers discussing why these new products will matter in the next two years. They will also talk about the latest opportunities provided by emerging design tools. Key speakers will include Jack Ganssle, the Embedded Group;  Gene Frantz, Chief Technologist at Texas Instruments; and Jean Labrose, the CEO of Micrium.

Throughout the two days, participants will be able to engage with leaders in the field of medical, alternative energy, robotics and lighting applications, they will also learn about the latest emerging technologies, discuss real design challenges and solutions, and chat live with the experts who continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Kevin Yapp, Chief Marketing Officer for Premier Farnell, commented: “element14 is a trusted source for information, expert advice, products and services and we wanted to bring together some of the industry’s key people to talk about the trends for the coming year and beyond. The Innovation Series from element14 will be a continuing programme that we hope will showcase the innovators of today and tomorrow.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.element14.com/innovators

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