By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
Day one – June 14
The day began with anticipation and a full house (about 3000) at the opening keynotes at the TechConnect World, which is a combo of several “tech events” including Microtech, BioNano, CleanTech, Nanotech, and Tech Connect. The premise behind having all these inter-related disciplines is to cross-fertilize and “connect” to promote innovation.
The keynotes were several and a surprise appearance from Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Richard Sullivan, who was representing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Next up was Travis Earles who recently joined Lockheed Martin after being at the White House’s OSTP for four years. The morning’s third keynote was from Terry Taber, CTO Eastman Kodak. I was heartened to hear him talk about the Valley of Death between lab and fab – a topic that motivates me here at MIG on a daily basis.