Atlanta: “Growth Through Innovation” is the theme of the 2016 ECIA Executive Conference, the premiere event of the electronics component industry. This year's program will feature a carefully selected slate of exceptional speakers presenting industry-specific tools and knowledge to identify and understand the benefits of the latest innovative technologies and business processes.

Sponsored by Intel, innovation expert Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino will offer the opening keynote presentation on Monday, October 24. Arduino has inspired a worldwide community of makers - students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals - to embrace the open-source platform. Most recently, Intel and Arduino combined their strengths to create the Arduino 101- a development board that brings together Arduino’s well-known integrated development environment, peer to peer support community and existing electronics education courseware with advanced hardware features offered by the Intel® CurieTM module. Reflecting on this growth of the maker movement, Massimo will provide insight on how makers choose parts, success factors that drive the adoption of a specific part and how component manufacturers can make their products more appealing to this very creative and influential community.

The conference will be held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare hotel October 23-25. Long hailed as the industry's best networking conference, it draws the senior management teams of leading edge electronics companies for an informative, results-oriented event. There is no other industry conference that offers an in-depth look at the components industry and is geared towards education and fostering relationships throughout the supply chain network. The meeting offers personal access to industry experts, ample time to discuss important issues and critical networking opportunities.

About ECIA The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components to the end customer. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit www.ecianow.org or call 678-393-9990.

Electronic Components Industry Association 1111 Alderman Drive, Suite 400, Alpharetta, GA 30005 678-393-9990 www.ecianow.org