ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
YAPFEST Comes to ISA EXPO 2006
Research Triangle Park, NC (23 August 2006) - ISA will host a special event for young automation professionals at ISA EXPO 2006 in Houston, Texas.
YAPFEST, the Young Automation Professional Festival, will be open only to automation professionals and students aged 30 and under, and will feature networking opportunities with industry executives, food, entertainment, and prizes.
"The young people studying to be in our industry, or just starting out in the field, are our future. We wanted a chance to bring them together, allow them to network with key people in the industry, and give them a sense of solidarity with us," said ISA President Ken Baker. "This kind of event can bridge the generations, and I'm looking forward to it."
The event will be held on Wednesday, 18 October from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in a tent outside of Reliant Center. 11th Hour, a popular local band, will play for the expected crowd of over 300. A drawing for an Alienware Notebook will be held, and all YAPFEST attendees will get free attendance to the ISA EXPO 2006 conference sessions for that day (a $225 value).
"We thought it was important not only to entertain these young professionals, but to offer them a chance to experience our conference sessions at EXPO," said Baker. After all, we'll be discussing upcoming challenges and issues in the industry, so it's critical that they start participating in that discussion."
For more information, or to register, visit www.isa.org/yapfest.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).