|LinkedIn profile of Anika Raghuvanshi, ICCAD presenter and high school student. How did you spend your summer? Anika spent hers deriving contextual data from brain sensors at Intel.|
|2014 Kaufman Award winner, Dr. Lucio Lanza. Over the last two decades, Lanza has helped guide numerous startups.|
There are of course many impressive people and technologies among DAC’s exhibitors, which is why we’ve decided to make some important changes I’m pleased to report here. Next year, exhibits will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The receptions on Monday and Tuesday will be on the show floor, which should bring more conference attendees into the exhibit area. The new schedule will allow attendees and exhibitors alike to attend the general session in the morning and listen to our keynote speeches.
Your feedback is helping to drive the changes we’re making. In July I got an email from Bill Martin, at E-System Design, who suggested we move the poster session to the exhibit floor. So we did! And before we made the change to the exhibit hours, we surveyed our exhibitors, more than 80% of whom approved.
From my point of view as DAC general chair, one of the most rewarding aspects of last week’s meeting was that the exhibitors who attended seemed excited, both about DAC next summer and the chance to more casually network and mingle with peers from the industry now. I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to join in, as there are still plenty of opportunities to enhance your exhibit experience and sign up for prominent sponsorships.
Smart people like Lucio and Anika are one reason this industry is such a vibrant, fun place to spend a career. Another reason is DAC, which all of us on the executive committee are working to make as vibrant and fun as ever next year.