June 24 - 27, 2012
Low Rate Registration
We would like to thank all COMS2012 attendees for making the conference a great success.
Participants at this years COMS conference could enjoy a great atmosphere and a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
The international micro-and nano-technology commercialization community came to Norway to attend the conference. COMS 2012 met participants expectations both in terms of the conference theme Surviving in harsh environments, and when it came to the diverse yet thematically focused technical program that was put together by international partners.
18 nations were represented at the conference, from South Korea to Australia, from the USA to Austria. It gathered 240 leaders from around the world and from all parts of the industry - a powerful environment focused on accelerating commercialization activities among established and emerging companies in micro-and nanotechnology.
COMS is focused not only on research and technology, but primarily on entrepreneurship and solutions that are commercially viable. It is intended to provide a practical contribution to placing products on the market and finding new customers or partners. This year the conference featured various presentation forms with panel discussions, "fireside chats" and an interactive dialogue between participants and lecturers holders, exhibition and mingling. This "conference workshop" concept worked very well in terms of variety and getting the full attention from the participants.
COMS Young Technology Award
The conference this year also featured an entrepreneurial competition; COMS Young Technology Award. The competition was developed in collaboration with Twente Kennispark, the Netherlands. It was kicked-off with a lecture by former Swedish Prime Minister Gøran Persson, who gave a fascinating presentation with the essential message: I am not afraid of tomorrows technology; it is yesterdays technology that scares me.
This years winner of the Young Technology Award was the Norwegian company One2touch AS. This company has developed a unique new keyboard for mobile devices; the worlds first cordless and battery-free keyboard.
Terje Wahlstrøm, One2Touch AS, Norway
The audience prize went to the exciting Australian company IntelliMedical Technologies. The company is developing a steerable micro-guidewire, with a diameter corresponding the width of 3-4 hairs, for "minimally invasive" surgery for the coronary arteries.
Geoff Rogers, IntelliMedical Technologies, Australia