FarnellRelease_220910element14, the first online global collaborative community created for electronic design engineers, has been named an Innovation Partner for the EmTech@MIT 2010 conference, held Sept. 21-23 at the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. element14 will sponsor and host a lunch at 12:15pm on Sept. 23 at the Stratton Student Center, open to all conference attendees. This unique three-day event brings together world-renowned innovators and leaders to discuss the technological innovations destined to transform lives in the future, create new opportunities and fuel economic growth.

The keynote speaker at the element14 sponsored lunch will be cyclist Sam Kavanagh, an engineer and contender to represent the USA in the 2012 Paralympics. Sam will discuss his inspiring journey since the near tragedy that led him to pursue elite athletics, and the transformational role technology has played in his success.

In 2005 at age 25, Sam, a lifelong avid skier and competitive cyclist, was caught in an avalanche that resulted in the amputation of his left leg below his knee. Sam has embraced this unexpected change in his life and is now driven to compete at an elite level in cycling. Sam is ranked 5th in the world, following the 2009 World Championships, and is focused on accomplishing goals he once considered too difficult before his accident.

element14, part of the Premier Farnell family, is sponsoring Sam’s training for the 2012 Paralympics. “In today’s technological world, we are capable of things that were once beyond our imagination,” Sam comments. “My partnership with element14 demonstrates the power of technology and personal perseverance that encourages us all to live a life without limitations.”

Tens of thousands of engineers around the world visit the element14 community each week to consult with experts and peers, test and review new technologies and discuss topics such as embedded design and lighting. Sam’s blog about his journey to win gold can be viewed at the Sports Technology group.

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