SID News March/April 2017 Issue 2 SID News March/April 2017 Issue 2


Display Week Debuts Women in Tech Forum

Display Week 2017 will host its first-ever “Women in Tech” forum this May in Los Angeles. “I think 2017 is THE year of women in tech events,” says Women in Tech committee member Tara Akhavan, noting that other technical venues such as the Silicon Valley Forum in March are hosting women-centric events. (Akhavan, CTO and co-founder of IRYStec, has more to say about the role of women in technology in this issue’s Market Insights Q&A feature.)

“I look forward to the day when there is so much diversity that we do not need a women-specific panel,” says Akhavan. “Until then, I want to keep encouraging more women technologists into high-tech societies. I am passionate about this panel and happy that SID is emphasizing this important issue at Display Week 2017.”

The forum will feature five experts who will offer their unique insights and experiences as women in technology fields traditionally populated by men. This is a great mix of panelists whose discussion is sure to be thought provoking and inspiring.

•  Niaz Abdolrahim, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Rochester

•  Julie Brown, Senior Vice President and CTO, Universal Display Corporation

•  Heidi Dohse, Google Cloud Platform Program Manager, Google

•  Candice Brown Elliott, Vice President, Technology, Leap Motion

•  Laura Rea, Senior Technology Program Manager, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Niaz Abdolrahim
Julie Brown
Heidi Dohs
Candice Brown Elliott
Laura Rea
Rashmi Rao

The panel will be moderated by Rashmi Rao, senior director, advanced engineering for Harman and program director for the 2017 Technical Symposium at Display Week. Women who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs or leaders in a technology business should certainly plan to attend this informative and educational event. The Women in Tech Panel ( takes place Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 4 pm, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Be the Best – Win a Best in Show Award

Each year, fewer than half a dozen Best in Show winners are chosen by an independent panel of display experts who review the products, prototypes, and processes nominated for the awards on the show floor at Display Week.  Winners are selected for great technology, but also for the way they display that technology on the show floor. Winning Best in Show exhibits have the ability to excite display experts and members of the general public and press alike.

Best in Show is open to all exhibitors on the show floor during Display Week 2017, and prizes will be awarded regardless of exhibit size. Self-nominations are encouraged!
For details and to download a nomination form, visit:

EuroDisplay Calls for Papers

EuroDisplay 2017 will take place in Berlin, Germany, this fall. EuroDisplay is unique among European conferences for its emphasis on displays, electronics, and the ways in which both these impact society. This year’s conference, held in conjunction with the Institute of Physics, will focus on 30 different types of displays, materials, and applications, including transparent conductors, quantum dots, printed electronics, graphene, perovskites, OLEDs, uses for liquid crystals beyond displays, 3D displays, and much more.

The conference will take place October 31 to November 2 at the Meliá Berlin, which is located in the heart of the city, just a short distance from the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and Alexanderplatz. A two-day exhibition of products and techniques will be held in conjunction with the technical conference.

Abstracts for papers are due June 1, 2017. For information about the conference, including submissions, visit: