EDA Innovation Awards to Feature Andy Rappaport of August Capital

3/14/2006 - EDN Magazine, the Voice of the Engineer, has announced that Andy Rappaport of August Capital will present the keynote speech at the Innovation Awards to be held in San Jose, California, on Monday, April 3.

Mr. Rappaport's speech will open the awards ceremony, which honors the outstanding innovators and technology advancements in the electronics industry over the past year.

A frequently cited authority on changing technologies and markets, Andy Rappaport joined August Capital in 1996.

He has more than 20 years of experience as a founder, investor, and/or director of venture-backed start-ups, and has served on more than 30 public and private company boards. His investments at August Capital have included Atheros Communications, Silicon Image, Telocity, and many other still private leading-edge technology innovators.

Prior to joining August Capital, Mr. Rappaport was involved in the formation and success of more than a dozen venture capital-backed start-ups, including Actel, MMC Networks, Silicon Architects (acquired by Synopsys), Transmeta, and Viewlogic.

An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Rappaport was the president and founder of The Technology Research Group (TRG), a Boston-based strategy-consulting firm he founded in 1984, the Massachusetts Center for Technology Growth, and his own consumer-electronics company. Before launching his own companies, Andy was a technical editor for EDN magazine.

"The engineering profession and the markets technology products serve are very different now than when I joined EDN 25 years ago," Rappaport said. "But the value of innovation and great rewards for creative engineering remain unchanged. While my contribution as a venture capitalist is different from the contribution of talented engineers, our goals are the same: to create and move markets by solving problems in powerful and non-obvious ways.

"Venture capitalists are as eager to see good engineers flourish as are the engineers themselves. We're also eager to see the success of the products and services engineers create, for without innovative engineers and engineering, there would be no basis for our continuing investments."

"Engineering is a profession that thrives on invention, creation, and problem solving," added John Schirmer, group publisher of EDN, Electronic Business, and Electronic News. "Andy's background demonstrates all of these traits, and these are the characteristics that we want students to emulate and apply in their lives and careers.

"Our awards ceremony will bring together the industry's most notable achievers, celebrating the engineering profession, education and technology. It is not just an evening of awards, however; it is reaffirmation that together we help ensure that engineering remains a career of choice."

EDN Innovation Awards - Event Details
EDN will hold its 16th annual Innovation Awards ceremony from 6:00pm to 11:00pm on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, at the 4th Street Summit Center in San Jose, California. Attendees can register for the black-tie gala event online.

About the EDN Innovation Awards Program
Now in their 16th year, the EDN Innovation Awards honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the electronics industry over the past year. In addition to recognizing today's innovators, the program's mission is to nurture future award-winning designers of tomorrow through an annual contribution to engineering education. EDN donates a portion of the proceeds from the Innovation Awards ceremony to the engineering university chosen by the Innovator of the Year.

Previous Innovation winners include:
Agilent Technologies, Altera Corporation, AMCC, AMD, Analog Devices, ARM, Atheros Communications, Apache Design Solutions, Bay Microsystems, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, Cornice, Cypress Semiconductor, Data Translation, Enpirion, Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Green Hills Software, Intel, International Rectifier, Intersil Corporation, Knowles Acoustics, The Mathworks, Matrix Semiconductor, Mentor Graphics, Motorola Semiconductor Products, National Instruments, National Semiconductor, Power-One, Silicon Laboratories, STMicroelectronics, Tektronix, Texas Instruments, Vicor Corporation, Virtual Silicon Technology, Vishay Intertechnology, and Zarlink Semiconductor.

About EDN - Celebrating 50 Years
Known as the "Voice of the engineer," Waltham, MA-based EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN, EDN Europe, EDN Asia, EDN Australia, EDN China, EDN Japan, and EDN.com. The publication is celebrating its 50th year of publication in 2006.

EDN is published by Reed Business Information, the largest business-to-business publisher in the U.S. and a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK and ENL) - a world-leading publisher and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business industry sectors.

EDN is a publication within Reed Electronics Group, part of Reed Elsevier plc group (NYSE: RUK and ENL) -- a world-leading publisher, trade show producer, and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, educational, and business-to-business industry sectors.

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