Industry Calendar

IEEE Radio & Wireless Week
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day

RWW consists of five related conferences that focus on the intersection between wireless communication theory, systems, circuits, and device technologies. This creates a unique forum for engineers to discuss various technologies for state-of-art wireless systems and their end-use applications. ARFTG continues joining RWW2021 as a co-located conference.

RWW2021 will be held at Hard Rock Cafe in San Diego, California, 17 – 20 January 2021. The venue is located in the 2nd largest City in California and the 8th largest city in the US, often referred to as “America’s Finest City”. Renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions, San Diego is a great location for an event like RWW.

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Minnesota ERA Virtual Breakfast
Jan 21 @ 7:30 am

Web Search Secrets to Find the Right Leads, at the Right Time, With the Right Message

Guest Speaker: Sam Richter, Founder and CEO of SBR Worldwide/Know More; speaker at the 2020 ERA Conference

The State of Manufacturing is a comprehensive annual survey of Minnesota manufacturing executives designed to gauge their perceptions on the state of their business, their outlook on the economy and other issues impacting business and employees.

BYOB: Bring your own breakfast and join the lively discussion! This event is part of a series of NEW monthly chapter meetings.

In sales, you can get a prospect list, start making calls from A to Z and mathematically, someone will eventually buy. Or, you can leverage Sales Intelligence to locate the right prospects, at the right time, with the right message. In this dynamic program, you will discover …

• How to generate opportunities using sales trigger events, so you’re calling on the prospects who most likely need your solution, right now.
• How to use search engines, social media, and the Invisible Web as powerful sales and competitive “intelligence agents.”
• How to leverage information to make a great impression, ensure relevancy, and provide ongoing value.
• The Sales Intel Engine, and how you can use it to automate and implement what Sam will share.

This new way of thinking – a sales evolution – will completely change the way you find and call on new opportunities. And it is proven to work in any economic environment to improve your sales results.

About the Speaker

Considered a leading authority on sales intelligence and digital reputation management, bestselling author and Hall of Fame speaker Sam Richter, CSP, CPAE, delivers his top-rated, incredibly dynamic, highly entertaining, and extremely high-content keynote presentations and workshop sessions to audiences worldwide. Sam was named one of the World’s Top 50 Sales Keynote Speakers, one of the Top 15 Virtual Presenters, and one of the Top 25 Most Influential Sales Leaders. Learn more at


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Chicagoland-Wisconsin ERA Virtual Meeting
Jan 22 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Topic: How to Plan for Success in 2021

Grab your coffee and join this meeting to discuss tips, and must-do’s regarding goal setting, priorities, and ways to wealth.

Guest Speaker: Chicago Leadership Partners, Jack Belford

Jack Belford believes that when leaders, business owners, and salespeople are at their best, their business and quality of life is at its best. As an entrepreneur and small business owner with more than two decades of senior-level leadership at $200M+ companies, Belford offers expertise in developing top-performing sales and business leaders.


These meetings will be held on the third Friday of every month … Be sure to make it to these upcoming sessions:

Jan. 22, 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST

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SPIE Photonics West 2021
Jan 23 – Jan 28 all-day

The leading event for the photonics and laser communities


DesignCon 2021
Jan 26 – Jan 28 all-day

Tomorrow’s Technology Begins Here

The electronics and automotive intelligence industries are shooting upwards like a rocket—but what’s providing the fuel? And how can you reach new heights along with it? DesignCon, now featuring a more robust conference that includes Drive World with ESC, has the answers.

Gathering in January, North America’s largest chip, board, and systems event, DesignCon, returns to Silicon Valley with Drive World and the Embedded Systems Conference. Combined, this three-day event brings together the brightest minds across the semiconductor and automotive electronics industries who are looking to engineer the technology of tomorrow.

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Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West
Feb 9 – Feb 11 all-day

Speeding Medical Devices to Market

By 2025 the global medical device manufacturing market is expected to exceed $200 billion, driven by the aging population, increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, advancements in technology, and other factors.

As medtech surges ahead, professionals in this dynamic industry need one place to cross paths annually to swap ideas, find inspiration, overcome challenges, and source products to keep their engineering projects humming. Enter Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West — the world’s largest medical design and manufacturing event.

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2021 State of the Valley Virtual Conference
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day

Once again, the Northern California ERA Chapter will be sponsoring the State of the Valley Conference.

Do not miss this exciting virtual event which will provide an update of the Valley’s education, employment, tech, politics, and many other important topics.

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Feb. 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Feb. 24, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ERA members: Register at the discounted rate of $87.50 per person

*Login details for the virtual event will be shared with all registrants once available.

Register by Friday, Feb. 5.

We hope you can join us for Silicon Valley’s annual “town meeting!”


Feb 23 – Feb 28 all-day


IPC APEX EXPO is the largest event for electronics manufacturing in North America attracting more than 9,000 professionals from 45 countries. From the industry’s leading technical conference and application-focused professional development courses, to the innovation-driven exhibit floor, year after year IPC APEX EXPO is packed with far-reaching ideas and insights.

Meetings & Courses – Jan. 23 – 28, 2021
Conference & Exhibition – Jan. 26 – 28, 2021

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Empire State ERA Virtual Rep-Distributor Forum
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am


Feb. 25, 9:00 a.m.

Registration details coming soon.

2021 ERA Virtual Conference
Mar 1 – Mar 3 all-day

UPDATE: The 2021 ERA Conference has moved to a virtual platform!

The safety and well-being of the ERA community is our top priority. In light of the persisting effects of the pandemic, and the continued concerns regarding travel and the inability to safely host large group gatherings, the decision has been made to cancel our in-person 2021 Conference, scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 2.

While we certainly are disappointed that we will be unable to meet in person next year, we are proud to announce that ERA has decided to take our 2021 totally virtual! The tentative dates for the 2021 ERA Virtual Conference are March 1-3, 2021. This is a very exciting initiative for ERA and we anticipate sharing more information in the coming weeks regarding scheduling, content, revised registration options, and sponsorship opportunities.

The ERA Conference helps create a supportive and interactive venue for our attendees. We recognize that the essential role of our annual meeting is more important than ever, to bring the electronics community together to share knowledge, learn about the latest best practices, and network with colleagues. We can still accomplish these goals by going online, and we look forward to having you join us!

ERA extends a huge thank you to all of the selfless members who are serving on the various conference planning committees. They are working very hard to deliver a quality virtual educational experience not to be missed!

Continue checking back for updates as they develop.

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