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Talk100 Years of Innovation in Silicon Valley

10/24/2013 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Time: October 24, 2013 from 7:30pm to 8pm

Location: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange

Street: 66 Albert Street

City/Town: Woodstock, Cape Town

Phone: 082 498 0981

Event Type: talk, presentation, silicon, valley, networking

Organized By: Lianne du Toit

Latest Activity: 3 hours ago

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Event Description

Come and join Mike Blum who will be in South Africa to speak about:

100 Years of Innovation in Silicon Valley

The talk and presentation is an overview of technical innovation in Silicon Valley from the 1890’s when it was known as the Santa Clara Valley, to the present day.

Before the birth of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara Valley was the scene of intense technical development in agricultural and food processing. This would lead to the emergence of companies that became world leaders in the supply of advanced technology.

This early culture of innovation was to be transformed with the support of centers of excellence such as SRI, Xerox Parc and Stanford University into what has become Silicon Valley.

Bio of the Speaker

Mike Blum was born in Johannesburg and is the founder of Materials Technology Associates Inc., a Silicon Valley company specializing in failure analysis and materials engineering.

Materials Technology Associates, Inc provides support to companies in Silicon Valley, who are world leaders in the design and supply of equipment for semiconductor chip manufacture, linear accelerators for cancer treatment, and other medical support devices such as stents and heart pumps.

His company provides testing services to manufacturing companies in Israel, China, Korea and Japan.

He also co-founded Servicios Metalúrgicos, a company that provided materials engineering and failure analysis services to Mexican Industry.

Mike Blum graduated from Wits University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and from London University with an M.Sc. in Corrosion Engineering. While working in Mexico he graduated from UNISA with a B.A in Psychology and Sociology.

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