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Nicholas Negroponte To Deliver Keynote Address For The Tehcnology And Emerging Countries Program


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop Per Child project and the MIT Media Lab, will deliver an Industry Insider address as part of a new International CES program focused on the role of technology in economic development. Produced by CEA, the 2008 International CES®, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, returns to Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2008.

Negroponte’s address is slated to take place during the new CES program, “Technology and Emerging Countries: Advancing Development Through Technology Investments,” which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9. The program consists of an opening and closing keynote address, several panel sessions and demonstrations of the technologies that are being used by developing nations. It will delve into the role consumer technology plays in long-term development and the future growth and sustainability of emerging markets. Negroponte will deliver the closing keynote address of the program.

“Nicholas Negroponte is the perfect person to deliver this address and help us launch this important new emerging markets and technology program at the International CES,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “As the International CES expands it reach globally and draws government leaders from across the globe, it creates an important forum for discussion on how best to leverage technology to foster long term growth and development in emerging countries. Nicholas’ One Laptop Per Child project is a terrific example of how technology can help educate and empower children in the developing world.”

This Industry Insider presentation joins those focused on technology’s impact on Hollywood, a retail power panel and an address by Yahoo!’s CEO and Chief Yahoo!, Jerry Yang. The Industry Insider series takes place in the Las Vegas Hilton Theater. For details on the Industry Insider Series, please visit:

The 2008 International CES will feature the hottest product debuts from 2,700 exhibitors, covering more than 30 product areas, including the latest in content, wireless, digital imaging, mobile electronics, home theater and audio. For more news on the 2008 International CES before, during and after the show, visit, the interactive source for CES information.


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