Last week, Mira was in San Francisco for the International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC). This is the premier event for latest advancements in solid state circuit research, bringing in scholars and academics from around the world. The stakes are huge and ISSCC is the hub for that conversation.
The focus for the 2015 conference brought discussions of small chips at one end, and Big Data at the other.
The miniaturization of silicon chips is driving product design in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago; power needs and performance variables are constantly changing. At the opposite end, there are Big Data applications (such as healthcare and institutional requirements) that continue to challenge current assumptions about circuit and system design.
There are many aspects that can transform an ordinary conference into an extraordinary one: timely access to content is a rare commodity – something that is not normally available until well after the show is over. ISSCC is unique in this regard, going back now some 25 years: the collaborative nature of the result became known as “The Saratoga Group” whose story is fascinating (link at the end of this post).
The real heroes are all of the ISSCC staff who works tirelessly behind the scenes (and late into the night) so that the attendees always have a great experience.
Nancy Bush collects final versions the day before and serves as the ambassador for those attendees who need a helping hand. Steve Bonney prepares the files as they become available after each session: each PowerPoint is converted into pdf format; all of these presentations are then compiled into one multi-page document for distribution. Graduate students work countless hours to make sure registrations are current, and that the hardware is working correctly. Laura Fujino (Director of Publications) orchestrates the final results – making it look easy in the process.
Mira provides on-site support with audio recordings, to assist with presentation uploads, or any specific problem that may arise.
This year, there were issues with the hotel’s WiFi: during these times, attendees kept getting dropped and were locked out of an ability to download files. At first we thought it was a bandwidth issue, but Mira’s Senior programmer Mike Baechle did some digging and determined the number of IP addresses was not sufficient for the number of devices and attendees; once we sourced the problem, we were able to work with the hotel on the appropriate fix.
It’s all part of putting on a great conference. Mira is proud that we have been working with ISSCC for the past decade. We see ourselves as a true partner with innovative solutions to content management and delivery.