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Big names back for leading technology conference

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Renowned Australian and overseas experts are lending their support to the 2006 Technology Futures Conference (TFC), to be held on 5-6 July at the in Melbourne Crown Casino Complex.

The opening keynote address at the conference will be made by Hilary Mine, CEO of telecoms provider Alcatel Australia, which recently signed a $3.5 billion memorandum of understanding with Telstra – covering fibre networks designed to pass four million homes. Mine will describe how fast broadband and VoIP will transform Australian communications.

Dr David Fyfe, CEO and chairman of the board of Cambridge Display Technologies (CDT) in the UK, The is the second confirmed keynote speaker. CDT has won many awards and recognition from The Wall Street Journal, Time, Scientific American and Deloitte & Touche for its innovative polymer organic LED (OLED) technology. Polymer OLEDs promise to replace LEDs in battery-powered devices because they don’t require backlighting. Fyfe will speak on how he has guided his company from Cambridge University spin-off to successful international business. He will also be part of TFC’s technology stream on the science behind polymer OLEDs.

The third confirmed keynote speaker is flying in from Tokyo. Shigeru Ikeda is president of the Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ). Prior to taking up this role in July 2002, Ikeda was president and CEO of NTT-ME, a large Japanese telecoms supplier. Ikeda will be talk about Japan’s role in the global telecoms sector and the importance of close relationships with Australia.

TFC is Australia’s leading technology event and is backed by the Electronics Industry Association (EIA) and Australian Electrical & Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (AEEMA).

“We are pleased to have secured keynote speakers of the calibre of Hilary Mine, Dr David Fyfe and Shigeru Ikeda for TFC,” said Angus M Robinson, AEEMA chief executive.

“Hilary, David and Shigeru are renowned world experts in their respective sectors and the Australian engineering community has much to gain from hearing their views on the global technology industry.

“To further underline the international flavour of TFC we are also confident of securing a second European keynote speaker and another from Taiwan. Along with confirmed speakers from bluechip companies such as BASF , CSIRO , Bosch , Ventracor and IBM , we will be presenting our best ever TFC program making the conference a ‘must see’ event.”

The emphasis at this year’s TFC will be on “engineering the future” and the presentations will aim to demonstrate how “blue sky” developments in automotive electronics, photonics, nanotechnology, defence, energy and communications will lead to the Australian export products of tomorrow.

EIA and AEEMA have entered into an agreement with Electronics News’ publisher Reed Business Information (RBI) to assist with the organisation of the event, development of the program and expansion of the exhibition element of TFC. RBI will also market and promote TFC through its Electronics News, EDN Australia and ferret.com.au publications.

For more information and to register for TFC, visit www.ferret.com.au/tfc.

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