[Unicode] Press

Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop per Child,

to Give Keynote at the 30th Internationalization & Unicode Conference

Washington, D.C., USA; November 15-17, 2006

Mountain View, CA, USA – May 8, 2006 – The Unicode® Consortium today announced that Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop per Child and Chairman Emeritus, MIT Media Laboratory, will be giving a keynote address entitled “One Laptop per Child – $100 Laptop,” at The Thirtieth Internationalization & Unicode Conference (IUC). The conference is taking place in Washington, D.C., USA on November 15-17, 2006 and is produced by The Object Management Group™ (OMG™). For more information about IUC 30, please visit http://www.unicodeconference.org/keynote.

About The Keynote Presenter

Nicholas is founder and Chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit Association. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Nicholas was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966.

Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, “Being Digital,” which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Nicholas serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

About IUC30

The Internationalization & Unicode Conference is the premier technical conference focusing on multilingual, global software and Web internationalization. Each IUC conference features a variety of tutorials and conference sessions that cover current topics related to Web and software internationalization, globalization, and Unicode. IUC 30 will include sessions with a special focus on the internationalization and globalization challenges faced by governmental, national, and international organizations as they seek to better communicate globally.

Internationalization and Unicode experts, implementers, clients and vendors are invited to attend this unique conference. The interactive format makes the Internationalization & Unicode Conference a great place to meet and exchange ideas with leading experts, find out about the needs of potential clients, or get information about new and existing Unicode-enabled products.

The 30th Internationalization & Unicode Conference is sponsored by Organizational Sponsors Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) (www.lisa.org) and the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) (www.gala-global.org); and Media Sponsors MultiLingual Computing Inc. (www.multilingual.com), Localisation Research Centre (www.localisation.ie) and Globalization Insider (http://www.lisa.org/globalizationinsider). Sponsorships and exhibit space are available; for more information on sponsoring, exhibiting or other questions contact Kevin Loughry at loughry@omg.org, +1-781-444 0404.


About The Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization founded to develop, extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard and related globalization standards.

The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Members are: Adobe Systems, L'Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, Apple Computer, Basis Technology, Denic e.G., Google, Inc., Government of India - Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan - National Language Authority, HP, IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, The University of California at Berkeley, Yahoo! and about one hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium (http://www.unicode.org/).

About the Event Producer

The Object Management Group™ (OMG™) is the new Event Producer for the Internationalization & Unicode Conferences. The OMG is an open membership, not-for-profit consortium that produces and maintains computer industry specifications for interoperable enterprise applications. Our specifications include MDA®, UML®, CORBA®, MOF™, XMI® and CWM™. OMG’s specifications are all available for download by everyone without charge.

For more information about OMG, visit us online at http://www.omg.org.

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