element14 announces "The Innovation Series" event

element14 hosts an innovation series to uncover the next generation of technology leadership and emerging technologies around the latest in medical technology, alternative energy and robotics

5 December 2011 – London - element14, a collaborative global electronics community from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has today announced it is hosting a two-day virtual event “the element14 Innovation Series” on the 16th and 17th of January 2012.

Last month element14 challenged the electronics community to answer the question “Who is the next Innovator in the electronics industry?”. With the recent passing of Steve Jobs, John McCarthy and Dennis Ritchie, it appears that the torch is presently being passed from one generation to the next.

As part of the Innovation series, element14 is now bringing together industry leaders in a two-day virtual summit to share what’s next in the fields of medical, alternative energy and robotics. The event will feature a series of speakers through 30 minute livestreamed videos and the opportunity to chat live with experts who are helping bring tomorrow’s ideas to life. Attendees and presenters will interact by using Livestream.

On January 16 leading electronic manufacturers such as Microchip, Texas Instruments, Freescale, ST and Micrium will be attending and technical training on the latest products will also be provided. The following day, January 17, will feature key electronic industry thinkers discussing why these new products will matter in the next two years. They will also talk about the latest opportunities provided by emerging design tools. Key speakers will include Jack Ganssle, the Embedded Group; Gene Frantz, Chief Technologist at Texas Instruments; and Jean Labrose, the CEO of Micrium.

Throughout the two days, participants will be able to engage with leaders in the field of medical, alternative energy, robotics and lighting applications, they will also learn about the latest emerging technologies, discuss real design challenges and solutions, and chat live with the experts who continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Register for the event at www.element14.com/innovators or follow us @element14 and the hashtag #innovationseries.

Kevin Yapp, Chief Marketing Officer for Premier Farnell, commented: “element14 is a trusted source for information, expert advice, products and services and we wanted to bring together some of the industry’s key people to talk about the trends for the coming year and beyond. The Innovation Series from element14 will be a continuing programme that we hope will showcase the innovators of today and tomorrow.”

About Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 Community for design engineers – an industry first (www.element14.com). With sales last year of £990.8m and underlying profits of £93.3m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly. It trades locally as Farnell in Europe, Newark/element14 in North America and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.

Key facts

• Operations in 35 different countries

• 4,100 employees

• Over 2 million customer contacts in 156 industries

• Over 3,500 leading suppliers

• Over 400,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

• Global leader in legislation RoHS, WEEE, REACH

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