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Amsterdam Trends November 2016

AMSTERDAM CONFERENCE TREND: Cyborgs to Smorgasbords: Today’s Tech Conference

What defines today’s tech conference? Sure, it’s still a solid opportunity to share knowledge. Network. Get the view beyond the office. But, these days, it is far more than that: some of the ideas behind today’s bio/tech conference can be as engrossing as a science fiction novel.

Consider the upcoming CIODAY 2016 conference (November 28/29 at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam). The idea is to explore the Chief Information Officer role in the context of leadership and technology, the economy and society. 
One CIODAY guest speaker, Neil Harbisson, reflects the conference’s cutting edge. A co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, Harbisson is “a contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull….” In other words, he’s a mechanically-enhanced human.

On December 13/14, the MicroNanoConference 2016 will bring more mind-blowing bio/tech to center stage. Some representative examples: at MicroNano, Professor Peter Seeberger is behind a company that’s now developing vaccines against malaria and other neglected diseases. And Professor Pamela Habibovic is working on synthetic substitutes for bone grafts. Clearly, the conference promises to be a veritable smorgasbord of ideas.

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