JUNE 4--On May 21-22, 80 machine-vision-industry executives and technical experts from 17 countries attended the 2nd EMVA Business Conference in Budapest. EMVA has established a unique European networking platform one year after its foundation in Barcelona, Spain.
The conference offered a wide range of topics focusing on business, technical, and legal issues. The attendees discussed how to sell and invest in the different (new) European countries and how to ensure quality in machine vision. Other presentations such as the development of camera interfaces, software offshore outsourcing, and the success story of freeing the machine-vision industry from the Lemelson Partnership Patents inspired the audience to ask a lot of questions.
The conference also provided an excellent opportunity to assess the achievements of EMVA in the first year of its existence. The new EMVA Web site, the "Standardization" and "Market Data" working groups, as well as a 60% membership increase were positively received.
In addition, the participants of the conference all agreed that Budapest was a perfect choice for hosting the 2nd EMVA Business Conference. The Danube Cruise Gala Dinner was a highlight setting the stage for more networking activities.
For more information about the EMVA, see www.emva.org.