FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen, to Speak at Renesas DevCon 2012

12 Sep 2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 12, 2012 — Renesas Electronics announced today that Dean Kamen will be a guest speaker at the Renesas DevCon on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County.


Well known for creating the Segway, Kamen has also invented many groundbreaking medical devices from portable dialysis machines to a motorized wheelchair that can climb stairs. In 1989, Dean Kamen established the nonprofit FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. At the Renesas DevCon, Kamen will share his experiences to inspire the engineering community to apply their skills to improve our world.


"As inventors and engineers, we have a unique opportunity to not only develop products, but to help improve the quality of life for all people," said Dean Kamen. "Renesas has a vision for improving the world through technology that I think will help to inspire a new generation choose engineering as a profession, and I’m looking forward to being a part of DevCon."


"We’re thrilled to have Dean join us at DevCon to share his experiences with our customers and partners," said Peter Carbone, Vice President Marketing, Renesas Electronics America. "We believe that students relate to engineering lessons that offer solutions for the problems of today or tomorrow and expect this will be the first step of a long-term engagement with Dean and the FIRST organization. Along with FIRST, we’re committed to grooming the engineers who will deliver on the promise of the Smart Society."


About DevCon 2012

DevCon 2012 (October 22-25 in Orange County, California) will be a four-day event encapsulating an environment of valuable technical information exchange which will include personalized direct and interactive access to Renesas’ technology experts and partners from around the world. There will be hundreds of hours of lectures and hands-on labs on an array of technologies and application topics as well as discussion forums. This year, DevCon will highlight technologies that are enabling a Smart Society. To register and obtain the latest Renesas DevCon details and activities, visit, follow @RenesasAmerica on Twitter or join the DevCon community on Facebook.



FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.


About Renesas Electronics America Inc.

Renesas Electronics America Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range of analog and power devices. In the Americas, Renesas Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at

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