2012 Big Tech Events Calendar


There’s an overstuffed techno-nerd gift box of don’t-miss conferences and trade shows coming around the bend, along with some early bird discounts if you act soon. If I’ve missed any good ones (and I’m sure I have), please pass them along and I’ll update the list.

I expect to attend most if not all of these so drop a line if you’re going, too, maybe we can share notes and a cup of joe. Or, if you can’t make it and are interested in something in particular, speak up and I’ll put it on my “watch list”.

- Ken

* Disclaimer – I have no financial interest in any of these events, and all of the marketing blurbs in italics below are directly from the event web sites and are reproduced here as a public service.


SPIE Photonics West – “Connecting Minds. Advancing Light.”

Saturday, Jan 21 – Thursday, Jan 26, Moscone Center, SF
Rates increase after January 6

Start the new year at SPIE Photonics West, the essential photonics and laser exhibition. Register today to walk the floor, see the latest products, top companies, and industry leaders. As the flagship event for companies in the industry, SPIE Photonics West showcases the tools, applications, and innovations that are critical to your success.

Take a Course at SPIE Photonics West 2012

65 courses and workshops to choose from
• Learn from the best instructors in the industry
• SPIE Student Members get 50% off courses

MacWorld|iWorld – “The Ultimate iFan Event”

Thursday Jan 26 – Saturday Jan 28, Moscone Center, SF

Macworld | iWorld is the world’s premier event focused solely on the Apple products platform. Mac users and buyers, top media outlets and industry experts come to Macworld | iWorld annually for the unique value that comes from meeting face-to-face, seeing new products, experiencing an acclaimed technical training and educational program and participating in cultural and social opportunities that set the agenda for the Apple-products industry.

DesignCon 2012 - “Where Chipheads Connect”

Monday Jan 30 – Thursday Feb 2, Santa Clara Convention Center
Early Bird rates by December 16

DesignCon is THE event for the semiconductor and electronic design engineering community. The community relies on DesignCon to find out what the latest technologies and developments are in the industry. It is the largest meeting of board designers, and the ONLY event to address chip design engineers’ chip/system/package challenges. View the Agenda-at-a-Glance for an overview of the DesignCon schedule by day.

Medical Design & Manufacturing West – “Direct Access to the West Coast Medical Manufacturing Marketplace”

Monday Feb 13 – Thursday Feb 16 – Anaheim Convention Center
Early Bird rates by Jan. 20

Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West is the most comprehensive resource for every aspect of medical device development. It gathers medtech professionals and leading medical OEM suppliers together to provide you with immediate hands-on access to the tools you need to accelerate your new device to market, all in one convenient location.

The flagship of the West’s largest advanced design and manufacturing tradeshow, MD&M West co-locates with Electronics West, Pacific Design & Manufacturing, PLASTEC West, AeroCon West, ATX West, WestPack, SensorTec, and Sustainability in Manufacturing to deliver the full spectrum of industry on the West Coast.

DESIGN West 2012 - “The Center of The Engineering Universe”

Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29, San Jose Convention Center
Early Bird rates by December 18

ESC Presents — DESIGN West, four-days of never-before-assembled training and education, hands-on knowledge exchanges, and the hottest new products– under one roof!  Customize your learning experience and increase your skills in the areas you need to learn now – including embedded hardware and software design, total systems integration, power management, open source software, android, embedded security. LEDs, sensors and much more. 

The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) has been your “go-to” industry event for 24 years. DESIGN West builds on the rich foundation of training, education and products available at ESC – to deliver a revolutionary new experience, with more learning options, and more value for your money and time spent out of the office.  You can attend ESC and also add on specialized training at the DESIGN West Summits. 

Get all the latest design insights and techniques in one place, at one time.   DESIGN West Summits Include: 

  • ESC – The Embedded Systems Conference & Exhibition.  Conference Dates:  March 26 – 29, 2012.  Exhibition Dates:  March 27-29, 2012.  Learn today….Design Tomorrow when you attend the global electronics industry’s leading event.
  • Android Summit – March 28, 2012:  An immersive conference focused on everything Android: from embedded design to Apps development.
  • Blackhat – March 29, 2012:  Security risks in embedded systems are real. This one-day conference will focus on security in embedded systems.
  • DesignMed – March 28, 2012:  A conference & exhibit covering medical electronics design and regulatory issues.
  • MultiCore DevCon – March 27 & 28, 2012:  A conference and exhibit delivering practical solutions for designs involving embedded multicore and multimedia.
  • EDN’s Designing with LEDs – March 27, 2012:  A conference and exhibit covering technology design of high-brightness LEDs, in lighting and illumination.
  • Sensors in Design – March 28-29, 2012:  A conference & exhibit with how-to technical presentations on the application of sensor technology in real-world products.

AACC 44th Oak Ridge Conference - Emerging Technologies for 21st Century Clinical Diagnostics”

Thursday April 19 – Friday April 20, The Fairmont in San José

The Oak Ridge Conference is the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s annual forum for emerging clinical diagnostic technologies. The conference focuses exclusively on pre-commercial technologies, and session topics are updated each year to reflect diagnostic trends. Now in its 44th year, the Oak Ridge Conference is firmly established as the premier forum for next generation clinical diagnostics developers.


  • Novel Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies for Clinical Diagnostics
  • Emerging Diagnostic Technologies using Mass Spectrometry
  • New Point-of-Care Technologies for the Developing and Developed World
  • Innovative Technologies for Pathogen Diagnostics

Bay Area Maker Faire – “Technology on Your Time”

Saturday May 19 – Sunday May 20 (unconfirmed), San Mateo County Fairgrounds

Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. As the World’s Largest DIY Festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone – a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.

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