The 2015 World Robot Conference in Beijing

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 10.42.35 AMThe World Robot Conference will be held in Beijing this year from Nov. 23 to 25, focusing on the building of an intelligent society and collaborative innovation. The number of industrial robots sold in China reached 57,000 last year, which marked an increase of 55 percent on a year-on-year basis and one-quarter of global sales.

The government is drafting a plan to boost China’s robot research, development and application in key manufacturing fields, and to improve the country’s inadequate capacity to produce high-end robots independently.

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 10.42.50 AMThe event will comprise a forum, an exhibition and an international robot competition for teenagers. More than 40,000 participants are expected.Speakers from China, Germany, the United States and Japan will deliver reports on such topics as robot research and technology development. An exhibit will be held featuring the latest products, while research findings will also be showcased during the three-day event. There are 130 teams aged 8-15 from around the world attending the World Adolescent Robot Contest (WARC 2015), where children will compete using Lego robots with each other.

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 10.42.43 AMI believe that robots will be the next revolution in technology just like PCs, cell phones or tablets. The robots will be part of our daily life, and one day, we wouldn’t be able to imagine our life without one. Robots become so simple that even children are able to build them for international competitions. The next revolution consists of robots, and is already in front of the door or has already entered without us noticing… maybe later on we can tell our grandchildren that we discovered the new Steve or Stephanie Jobs at the conference.

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Sarah Czinkota, a 12-year-old student at the Bischof-Neumann-Schule in Königstein/Taunus, is a member of robot team “plasma”, which represents Germany in the junior age group at WARC 2015 in Beijing.

 

AMA SIG Honorable Merchant Conference 2014: A Great Success!

The recently concluded 2014 American Marketing Association Special Interest Group conference on the Honorable Merchant and International Marketing was a great success! We had an excellent turnout of 30 participants representing nearly every continent at the Dreams Resort and Spa hotel in Cancun, Mexico. The 2014 conference was held from Wednesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 19th. The diversity of international participants cultivated unique research topics on the area of the Honorable Merchant and allowed for stimulating discussion to ensue. Research papers ranged from comparing Marketers to the Devil to cheating at Universities and Honorable practices for sustainable cocoa supply. The participants completed three rounds of Delphi Questionnaires on a wide range of topics. The results will be published later this year.

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Global Marketing Conference at Georgetown University

Don’t forget to sign up for the Global Marketing Conference on “Trade Policy and International Marketing: Breakthroughs on the Horizon?” hosted by Georgetown University, the American Marketing Association, and the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce on March 14-15. The first day of the conference will be held at Georgetown University and the second day of the conference will be held in the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. Avoid late fees and register before March 1, 2013!

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President Obama’s Plans for Free Trade

In his State of the Union address President Obama laid out the framework to his second-term. Regarding the still weak U.S. economy, the President announced his plan for  negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership. To encourage free enterprise, this partnership will grow between the United States and  the European Union. The goal will be to create  “millions of good-paying American jobs,” said the President .

 

While the President aims to pursue free trade in the chambers of Congress, Georgetown University prepares to host a conference with Andreas Pinkwart the former Vice Minister-President of North-Rhine Westphalia and president of  Leipzig’s Graduate School of Management. He will keynote a session on such a partnership, joined by Mr. Peter Fischer of the German Embassy.  This conference, sponsored by Georgetown University, the American Marketing Association and supported by the U.S. International Trade Administration will take place from March 13 to March 15.

 

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