National Instruments successfully hosted the  11th NIDays, the annual technology and innovation conference that initiates visionary keynote, technical sessions and an exhibition showcasing the latest advancements in design, control and test. It is the ultimate learning environment that gives you the tools and knowledge to develop your applications faster, smarter, and more cost-efficiently. Innovators from a variety of industries explored how advances in transportation, semiconductor test, 5G communications, automation, manufacturing and more are converging to link our physical world with digital infrastructure to create the Internet of Things (IoT).

Robert Morton, Vice President, EMEIA, National Instruments delivered the Keynote and quoted, “We are excited about using the Internet of Things in a way that benefits the society at large through connected devices and by incorporating the generated data into meaningful usages. We are investing heavily into technology that makes this process easier for scientists and engineers to not only rapidly prototype this but also deploy systems.

 The sessions covered a wide variety of topics such as What’s New in LabVIEW 5G, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Grid, Data Acquisition, Automated Test & RF, Embedded Condition Monitoring. The Academic Forum this year focused on Hands-on and Research and Project-based learning. Alongside the announcement of the winners for the Graphical System Design (GSD) Musabaka Contest, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Smaily was felicitated the “Educator of the Year Award” for helping a number of engineering students in realizing their entrepreneurial dream to “Do Engineering”.

The highlight of Industrial Track was a panel discussion on “Ecosystem for SMEs and Entrepreneurs” chaired by Michel Haddad, Academic Program Director, EMEIA. Eloisa Acha, Planet NI Senior Group Manager, National Instruments along with representatives from E**2, Speed@BDD, AltCity, UK Lebanon Tech Hub, Endeavor and B&Y Venture Partner participated in the panel discussion.

The event was successful in highlighting the key technology trends in the Lebanon market and also provided a platform to the engineers and students to connect and discuss the primary engineering challenges to create a better tomorrow.