IFA 2017 has attracted more than 253,000 visitors to Berlin, as the power of innovation and brands yet again turned the event into the world’s most important tradeshow for consumer
electronics and home appliances. With more than half of all trade visitors coming from abroad, IFA Berlin provided a huge boost for manufacturers and retailers in the crucial run-up to the holiday period, which runs from Thanksgiving in the United States all the way to Christmas and the New Year. Once again, IFA was operating at full capacity, with 1,805 exhibitors showing their latest products and services on 159,000 square meters of fully booked show oor at Messe Berlin. The mood among exhibitors was highly optimistic, not least given the expected order volume of 4.7 billion euro achieved during the six days of the event. IFA Berlin closed its doors on September 6.
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CEDIA 2017, the premier connected tech expo in the industry, saw strong growth in attendance at the recent conference and expo in San Diego, with more than 20,000 home tech professionals participating in the event. Major exhibiting brands, including Lutron, Control 4, SnapAV, Z-Wave Alliance, Nest, and DISH, among others, have already committed for the 2018 show, and helped drive record onsite sales for the next show. CEDIA 2018 will take place September 4-8, 2018, again at the San Diego Convention Center, and is expected to see a further increase in attendance. As always, the event will feature five days of networking, CEDIA training, brand exposure, and product launches. In addition, Emerald Expositions will launch several key initiatives in 2018 to drive additional value for both exhibitors and attendees.
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By Laurie Pickard
The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need
Given that the average total cost of a traditional two-year MBA program now tops $150,000 and that graduates have no guarantee of improved job prospects and earning potential, is this non-essential credential really worth the investment? In DON’T PAY FOR YOUR MBA: The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need, Laurie Pickard shows how to take advantage of massive open online courses, called MOOCs, offered by elite business schools plus training seminars and talks, and create a customized curriculum, earning the equivalent of an Ivy League MBA for the price of an Internet connection. Since the first MOOC started at Stanford in 2011, 58 million students have enrolled
in nearly 7,000 courses from 700+ universities.
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About The Author
Laurie Pickard has written about the subject of self-directed business education for the Financial Times, been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business, and received write-ups in both Fortune and Entrepreneur. She leveraged her self-made MBA into a position as a private-sector development adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Rwanda, launching her career as business and entrepreneurship development consultant.