CASPA 2015 Annual Conference & Dinner Banquet: Pioneering Technologies - Year 2020 In The Making10/24/2015 - 10/24/2015

CASPA 2015 Annual Conference and Dinner Banquet

Pioneering Technologies - Year 2020 in the Making

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 As the semiconductor industry continues to enable the new waves of technology innovations, advanced user-driven innovations are transforming our state of living into a new level by the year 2020 and will change our society profoundly.

In the 2015 CASPA Annual Conference, industry leaders and visionaries will discuss pioneering technologies in the making for year 2020. In addition, semiconductor technical veterans and executives will come together through a panel discussion on the topic of Leaders in the Making - How to Transform from Engineers to Executives. The evening Dinner Banquet will be highlighted by executive keynote speaker Hock Tan, CEO of Avago Technologies.

Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA

Data: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015


Annual Conference Agenda:

12:00 – 1:00pm          Registration & Networking (First 200 attendees receive gifts)

1:00 – 1:30pm            CASPA Board of Director Election (All voters receive gifts)

1:30 – 1:40pm            Welcome from CASPA President

                                   (LiveBroadcast Video for the Following Keynotes: Link)

1:40 – 2:15pm            Keynote: M2M: The Darker Matter of IoT (Slides)

   Stephen DiFranco, SVP, Broadcom

2:15 – 2:50pm            Keynote: Boundless Memory Technologies for 2020 - Broader Market Survey &   

                                   Roadmap (Youtube Video)

                                   Charlie Cheng, CEO, Kilopass Technology

2:50 – 3:25pm            Keynote: Global Mega Trends and the New Semiconductor Pioneers (Slides)

                                   Stuart Ching, SVP, ARM (Youtube Video)

3:25 – 3:40pm            Prizes Drawing

3:40 – 4:50pm            Panel - Leaders in the Making - How to Transform from Engineers to 

                                   Executives (LiveBroadcast Video: Link)

   Larry Chang, Executive Advisor at Ascend

   Buck Gee, Member of Committee of 100

   Thi La, COO of Corsair Memory

4:50 – 5:00pm            BOD Election Announcement & Prizes Drawing (Apple Watch)

Dinner Banquet Agenda:

5:00 – 6:15pm            Registration & Networking (Early bird discount tickets @$100 each)

6:15 – 7:00pm            Banquet Seating & Dinner

7:00 – 7:15pm            Retiring Board of Directors Service Recognition Awards

7:15 – 7:45pm            CASPA 2015-2016 Leadership Transition

7:45 – 8:15pm            Executive Keynote: Macro Challenges in the Semiconductor Space,

                                   Hock Tan, CEO, Avago Technologies

8:15 – 8:30pm            2015 Student Scholarship Award

8:30 – 9:30pm            Performance & Prizes Drawing (International Airline Tickets & More)


At the heels of a successful and well-attended Annual Conference finished at 5pm, CASPA board members and volunteers immediately switched gears in getting ready to welcome guests from Dinner Banquet whose registration and networking immediately started also at 5pm.  Board Member, Jin Wang, and her very efficient registration team already had the registration tables and equipments fully set up, as well as a no-host bar ready to serve.  As a prelude to the Banquet, CASPA also set up a by-invitation-only VIP Mixer separately on the side.  The Mixer was in a private room with a relaxing and personal setting, conducive for close exchanges and potential business engagements.  By 5:30pm, most guests already showed up and were busy networking.  There were a total of 500 guests from over 100 companies attending.

At 6:15, the Mission Ball Room Banquet Hall opened its doors.  Guests streamed in and got seated in an orderly manner.  Just like years past, our versatile Board Member, William Kuo, teamed with our charming past Board Member, Christie Wang, to serve as MCs for the evening. While dinner being served, the duo staged a wittily dramatic and arousing opening.  Afterwards, eight 2015 Board Members retiring from their two-year terms in 2015 (Andy Chang, Lee Chu, William Kuo, James Lei, Harrison Lin, Avery Lu, Jin Wang, Song Xue) were invited up the stage for recognition and awards.  Next, 2015 President and Chairman, Lee Chu, stepped up to the podium and gave an emotional speech, thanking members and corporate sponsors for their strong supports during his tenure and sharing his valuable experience serving CASPA for the past year.  Despite a lot of personal sacrifice, he had learned tremendously along the journey, enriching his career growth and building his industry connections.  Under his leadership, the number of Crown Sponsors grows from 2 to 5 and 20 new companies have joined CASPA as corporate sponsors. After Lee's speech, CASPA 2015-2016 leadership transition ceremony followed.  Veteran Executive Board Adviser, Joseph Lin,  invited Lee and 2016 President and Chairman, Xiaoning Qi, up the stage and kicked off the formal leadership transition ceremony.  Upon completion, Xiaoning was officially installed as 2016 CASPA President and Chairman.  Filled with excitement and ambitious vision, Xiaoning first introduced himself by briefly telling how he, born in HangZhou, China, came to the U.S. as a college student in pursuit of his Ph.D. dream.  He successfully earned his degree and has been working in the semiconductor industry for close to 20 years.  Feeling a calling a few years ago to give back to his adopted country as an  appreciation to her welcome and opportunities, he discovered CASPA.  Impressed by the passion and dedication of its board members and volunteers, he joined the Board and embarked on his own service and contribution journey to the Silicon Valley communities and semiconductor industry.  As President and Chairman, he will focus on innovation and leadership development as inspired by Intel Founder, Robert Noyce's  motto: "Innovation is Everything".  He believes CASPA can help both engineers and companies to fast forward through innovation and entrepreneurship.  It can help recruit talented new bloods from young engineers and transform them to executives in fulfillment of their full potentials.  In his mind, leadership is an attitude, not a title.  It is a choice, not an assignment.  At closing, he promised to roll out events with these two main focuses to build an amazing new chapter for CASPA's future.  He appealed to all to join him in innovations for semiconductor industry.   In return, not only our lives, but also the whole world will be benefited.  A loud and rousing applause burst out from the audience in cheering and encouraging his vision and ambition.

After Xiaoning's inaugural address, Avago Technologies CEO, Mr. Hock Tan, were invited up the stage to deliver the keynote: Macro Challenges in the Semiconductor Space.   Mr. Tan first gave a short introduction to Avago, then an in-depth overview of the current semiconductor industry, which is maturing with Moore's law turning middle-aged, though not dead, and SoCs being more complex and challenging to design while users not willing to dole out premiums.  In his view, internet of things is not yet ready for mainstream, but analog design has finally won the day.  The industry is in rapid turmoil with software being the new hardware and demands exploding in emerging economies, despite industry consolidation trudging slowly.  In closing, he took a quote from Charles Darwin in reflection of the challenges confronted by semiconductor industry: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to changes".   The audience acclaimed with big applause for  Mr. Tan's insight and a real treat for the evening.

Miss Chinatown USA 2015 then came up the podium to congratulate CASPA for a successful Annual Conference and Dinner Banquet and initiated the 2015 Student Scholarship Award ceremony.  This year there were a total of seven distinguished high school students successfully winning this prestigious award.  Lee and Yuping invited these students up the stage for recognition and award certificates.  Representing all recipients, Alvin Fan from Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA articulated eloquently a poignant appreciation speech, sharing how he learned from humanity to taking risks with entrepreneurial spirits and got recognized by CASPA. 

This year, CASPA was proud to have the musicians, singers, and dancers from I-99 Band as stars of its dinner entertainment and performance.  The Band kicked off the program by singing an electrifying Chinese hit song entitled "Little Apple" from the Chopsticks Brothers, a Beijing-based Chinese duo known online by their 2010 viral video, "Old Boys".   The Band treated the captivated audience with its rich repertoire of popular and traditional songs in various Chinese dialects and foreign languages, accompanied by dancing performances by its beautiful and elegant dancers in colorful costumes.  After the performance, there came a just-in-time honor for  2015 President, Lee Chu. Mayor of Milpitas City, Mr. Jose Esteves, who is a long-time CASPA supporter, graciously showed up out of his busy Saturday schedule and presented a Certificate of Commendation to Lee in recognition and appreciation of  his services to the communities. 

The Dinner Banquet was concluded with an awaiting prize drawing.  This year there were quite a number of attractive prizes.   The grand prize was  round-trip tickets between San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan,  compliments of Eva Air.  At closing, CASPA Board Members and Volunteers were all invigorated with pride and excitement by an accomplished year and an evening filled with inspiration and energy, propelling CASPA to thrust forward to a promising 2016 with new visions and leadership .