Prince Andrew will be the principal speaker at a Silicon Valley conference in May, intended to promote deals between UK and US technology businesses.
Held in California, the UK/US Partners In Technology event will also feature speeches from Oracle chief operating officer Ray Lane, Gateway 2000 president Tom Waitt and the UK government?s chief scientific advisor, Sir Robert May. The exhibition and conference is sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry and forms part of Britain Meets The Bay, a three-month festival celebrating the ties between the UK and the San Francisco bay area.
Prince Andrew is more famous for his vessel-handling skills and less famous for his knowledge of technology than his brother Charles, who supports the Prince?s Award For Innovation. But the Americans? fascination with the royal family has led to the choice of Andrew, who has been chosen to greet visitors to the event?s opening session. UK/US Partners In Technology takes place in Santa Clara, California, from 13-14 May and senior staff from Intel, MCI, Netscape, Oracle and Silicon Graphics will also address delegates. Seven UK universities have confirmed they will show their research to attendees.
Organiser SRI International hopes to encourage trans-Atlantic partnerships at the event - there are already over 300 UK-owned businesses in the San Francisco bay area and even more Silicon Valley companies own UK companies. Over 100 British organisations have confirmed they will attend the event, which SRI claims is the largest ever trade promotion in the US.
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