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Barcelona Hosts In(3D)ustry 3D Printing Congress

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Barcelona Hosts In(3D)ustry 3D Printing Congress

The Catalan city of Barcelona hosts the first edition of In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions-- an event focusing on industrial 3D printing.

Held at the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona in Montjuic, the show features a conference area with experts discussing the state of the 3D printing industry, as well as a showcase of 50 different solutions as divided across Retail and Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Automotive and Aeronautics, Architecture and Habitat, and Miscellaneous segments.

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GTDC EMEA Holds Biggest Conference Ever

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GTDC EMEA Holds Biggest Conference Ever

After a strong finish in 2015, business for Europe's largest distributors hit the doldrums in Q1 2016. But that didn't stop GTDC (the association of distributors) from having their biggest-ever EMEA conference.

GTDC members generate more than $130 billion in annual revenue, and channel executive participants at Summit EMEA, June 14-15, represented more than 40 IT companies.

The conference brought together about 200 top industry executives for private meetings and a day of industry sessions by leading experts.

Chairman, president and CEO of Arrow, Mike Long (also the vice chairman of GTDC) opened the conference with optimism for the new opportunities ahead...

"A few years ago we actually had to explain the value of distribution and deal with the old arguments about channel conflicts," says Long. "Now we are talking about new markets...cloud, security and services."

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NEC Solutions Showcase a 2-Day Success

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NEC Solutions Showcase a 2-Day Success

NEC describes the decision to turn the 2014 Solutions Showcase into a 2 event a success, with "little over" 1500 unique attendees (a 35% increase over 2013) made it to the Velodrome at the London Olympic Park.

"The decision to extend to two days was certainly the right one when we consider the increase in attendees, it was always busy but not overcrowded," NEC says. "Other events running in parallel for the inaugural London Digital Signage Week were also well attended and we are delighted that Showcase has become the foundation to instill new developments, innovations and partnerships-- driving the industry to yet greater achievement.”

The choice of the Velodrome as location was interesting, to say the least-- one could even get on a bake for a Track Bike Experience, although this writer failed to find himself a pair of cycling shorts and adequate footwear…

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Big Data, Privacy and Robots Open CeBIT 2014

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Big Data, Privacy and Robots Open CeBIT 2014

A discussion between a "Digital Native" and a "RoboThespian" hammers home the theme of "datability," or the quick and responsible use of large amounts of data) at the CeBIT 2014 opening ceremony.

Following the human-robot conversation was a performance by violinist Nicky Benetti, prompting British prime minister David Cameron to remark "violins, music, a robot thespian... this for me is a typical Sunday evening.”

Britain is the official partner country of this year's entirely business-focuses CeBIT.

Apart from big data, privacy was the hot topic at the opening. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts it "this digital world has to be given a legal framework, an underlying order... National laws alone will not suffice.”

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The Rise of the Robots at CeBIT 2014

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The Rise of the Robots at CeBIT 2014

The more paranoid of visitors would have all reason to believe CeBIT 2014 is all about science-fiction as robots appear able to take care of anything from driving to even opening ceremony duties.

After all, the show was opened by a so-called "RoboThespian," an Engineered Arts creation designed for use as an educational guide. The robot was arguably the more amusing on-stage presence (in the least it was less mechanical than the "Digital Native") but alas it was too quickly carted off to make way for more human speakers.

Other robots occupying CeBIT include... pole dancers. No, really. Germany's Tobit Software decided to put the talents of British artist Gile Walker to good (?) use with a booth decked out as a nightmare club of the future compete with two robot dancers and a robot DJ with a megaphone for a head. The robot dancers are actually upgraded versions, having made a first CeBIT appearance back in 2012.

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