The World Cup is over. The Olympic Games don't come around for another two years. Why travel to Brazil, you ask?
The answer: Brazil has a vibrant engineering community. One exciting event in Brazil takes place later this month on August 26 and 27 at the Transamerica Expo Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil: Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Brazil 2014! If you happen to be traveling to Brazil -- or you live in Brazil -- stop by ESC Brazil.
This year we have two fabulous headlining keynoters: Luke Dubord, avionics systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and John "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International.
Luke will talk about the challenges and ultimate success of the rover, Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012. To land the massive 900 kilogram rover on Mars, the entry, decent, and landing behavior was an unprecedented combination of new technologies including the revolutionary skycrane maneuver. In this talk Luke will tell the story of the development of this autonomous system, its journey to Mars, the current exploration of Mars by Curiosity, and the future of NASA Mars exploration.
In his keynote, John Hall will describe what is needed for Brazil to start making secure computing systems and networks, creating more jobs and better country cashflow.
ESC Brazil show floor.
Beyond the keynotes, ESC Brazil offers a variety of in-depth technical sessions in the conference program, as well as free sponsored sessions and a not-to-be-missed panel discussion between the MCTI (Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation) and the BNDS (National Bank of Industry Development) discussing the massive opportunities that IoT technology is creating for Brazil's future economy.
The expo floor will be hopping again this year. You'll find a wonderful selection of innovative companies returning this year, such as AMD, ARM, Atmel, Keysights, Microchip, Microsoft, National Instruments, Renesas, and Rohde & Schwartz. The always anticipated DIY Theater will return to the Expo floor. And brand new to the Theater presentations this year we are introducing: The Makers Club. At the invitation of the ESC, the Garoa Hacker Club received proposals from the community and set up a special program of lectures that reflect the diversity of interests and approaches of doers. The program includes everything from introductory presentations on Arduino to the step-by-step construction of a capacimeter with shelf components, through educational robotics, games programming, and operating a sustainable hackerspace.
The conference director in Brazil, Marlon Luft, tells me that the event keeps growing year-over-year. Last year there was an unprecedented 30% growth, and this year they expect another 10%. We hope to see you there!
— Erin LeMoine has served as a manager of the conference portion of the Embedded Systems Conference for more than five years. Going on 25+ years, ESC is the face-to-face event of EE Times's sister site Embedded.com.