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Zuken has announced the locations and dates for its popular Zuken Innovation World conferences. The conferences launch in Germany in May, moving around Europe and North America, before landing in Japan in October. Registration is now open for most events at www.zuken.com/ziw
The call for papers for the North American and European conferences is open and the conference programs are taking shape. Incorporating sessions presented by industry partners, customers and Zuken technology experts, the conferences attract more than 1,500 attendees from around the globe each year.
"We're building on the successful format with an added focus on networking, hands-on sessions and customer experience presentations," said Steve Chidester, Zuken's Head of International Marketing. "The topics will range from product best practices to technology innovations such as interdisciplinary mechatronic product development and systems engineering. We're looking forward to conversations on the latest issues such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0."
Each of the seven events has a local focus, with conference programs developed around the interests and key industry sectors for each location. With the common theme of "Network, Learn, Innovate", the events are structured to enable every delegate to make the most of their conference experience to gain inspiration, new knowledge and new contacts.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
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Barry Matties, I-Connect007
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