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American multinational technology company, Cisco System, has bought IoT platform company, Jasper Technologies, in a deal worth $1.4B. Founded in 2004, Jasper Technologies is bringing a wealth of software experience and more than 3500 enterprise customers into Cisco’s fold. Driverless cars are one of the most exciting up and coming technology for consumers, but this is only one example of the devices to be connected to the internet in the near future according to Cisco. The company expects 50 billion devices and objects to be connected to the internet by the year 2020. They also estimate the IoE market (Internet on Everything, term coined by themself)  to have a value of $14.4 Trillions (Google tells me that means one million one millions) for the private sector in 2022.

Nothing else can make your event attendees more frustrated than a bad onsite event experience. For those who are wondering about the term, the ideal “onsite experience” ensures attendees feel welcome and taken care of at the very first moment they arrive at the event venue – and first impressions are, as the cliché goes, everything. The onsite experience can set the right tone for the entire event, or be a party pooper.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), simply put, is a branch of computer science that develops computers that can perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. When people think of AI, robots that can think like humans (and might want to destroy humanity) often come to mind due to the prevalence of sci-fi movies such as The Terminator, I, Robot and Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, most AI researchers are focused less on producing humanoid robots and more on developing intelligent systems that make people’s lives easier (or not). Read on to find out how emergent AI is having a huge impact on our society and whether we are ready for it.

With four global major sporting events taking place this year, 2016 will be spectacular for sports fans.

Event professionals, take this unique opportunity to include “attending one of the greatest sporting events in the world” in your bucket list, and experience a huge sporting event happening in real time. Surely you will be able to learn a thing or two for your profession!

Without further ado, let us take a peek at the top 5 five sporting events to look forward to in 2016.

2015 marked a landmark year for climate action. The Paris Agreement signed by 196 countries and regional organizations in Paris in December brought early festive cheer to individuals and communities around the world as we collectively took the first step towards a safer climate future. It has been called a historic moment and while it is definitely a milestone in climate efforts, for WWF and me personally, it is part of a journey that we set course on several years ago and we still have a long way to go.