SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, today announced that world-renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil will headline the speaker lineup for its annual customer conference, QAD Explore, May 8-11, 2017, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
Described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, computer scientists, authors, thinkers and futurists. His keynote speech will take place on Tuesday, May 9.
Kurzweil’s inventions include the CCD flatbed scanner, omni-font optical character recognition, and the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. He has written five New York Times best-selling books, including The Singularity Is Near and How To Create A Mind. He is co-founder and chancellor of Singularity University.
Kurzweil also invented the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments (Kurzweil Keyboard) for which he received a 2015 Technical GRAMMY® Award for outstanding achievement in the field of music technology. A recipient of the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. He holds 21 honorary doctorates.
“We are incredibly lucky to have Ray Kurzweil delivering a keynote at QAD Explore 2017,” said QAD Chief Marketing Officer Carter Lloyds. “His insights into the wide-ranging effects that computers, the internet and artificial intelligence have on the world are fascinating. With so many of our customers looking to leverage innovations like machine learning and the internet of things, it’s the perfect time to make Ray a part of our biggest event.”
Explore is QAD’s largest annual event where customers, partners, sponsors and QAD experts come together for a week of informative sessions, hands-on training, manufacturing industry-specific presentations and networking. The agenda provides updates on key trends in manufacturing, strategic developments in the industries QAD serves, and information on new solution developments. Attendees will hear from over 75 speakers, including QAD executives, customers and manufacturing authorities.
In addition to over 60 speakers, Explore features more than 40 workshops and hands-on training classes, many of which count toward APICS continuing education credits. The QAD Solutions Expo provides ample opportunities for sponsors and other members of the QAD community to exhibit, demonstrate and solicit feedback on their products and solutions.
Customers can register for the event at expore.qad.com/register. QAD is offering an early bird registration fee of $1,295 (a $600 discount) for those who sign up by March 31. Full-price registration extends through the event. Registration includes access to more than 40 sessions, invitations to the Welcome Reception and the closing night off-site dinner, meals during the event, electronic access to all presentation materials, and access to the Solutions Expo show floor.
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About QAD – The Effective Enterprise
QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises. For more information about QAD, call +1 805-566-6000, visit www.qad.com.
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