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Bill Gates to Receive Industry Award at CEA Dinner

Also to Feature 11th Annual HDTV Summit (November 04, 2005)

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced that Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will be presented the Industry Digital Patriot Award for his lifelong commitment to technological innovation and the digital transition. Gates will be receiving the award in person at CEA's second annual Digital Patriots Dinner on March 15, 2006 in Washington, DC.

"We are honored to recognize Bill Gates for his persistent vision, outstanding achievements and industry contributions," said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. "CEA created the Digital Patriots awards last year in order to recognize and celebrate industry and government leaders who fight for the freedom to innovate and change the world through digital technology. Perhaps no industry leader exemplifies these principles better than Gates and we are overjoyed he has agreed to receive this award in person."

The Digital Patriots Dinner is part of CEA's Entertainment Technology Summit, which will be held March 14-17, 2006, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event will include conference programming beginning with the HDTV Summit: Pipelines, Spectrum and the American Consumer on Wednesday, March 15. This will be the 11th annual conference of its type and will delve into policy, technology and consumer issues related to the end of analog broadcasting. The HDTV Summit also will feature the 2005 Academy of Digital Television Pioneers (DTV Academy) Awards luncheon where industry and government leaders will be recognized by their peers for their contributions to the analog to digital television transition. The DTV Academy Awards honor excellence in all aspects of digital television content development, content delivery and DTV transition leadership.

On Thursday, March 16, CEA's Entertainment Technology Summit will feature a new day-long conference titled New Content, Delivery and Devices on Thursday, March 16. The remainder of the Entertainment Technology Summit will focus on CEA membership division meetings and networking opportunities. Registration details and additional programming information will be available online at as the event approaches. 

About CEA 
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $122 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. UPCOMING EVENTS--  EHX Fall 2005November 7-11, 2005, Anaheim, CA--  2006 International CES New York Press PreviewNovember 15, 2005, New York, NY--  CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CESJanuary 3, 2006, Las Vegas, NV--  2006 International CESJanuary 5-8, 2006, Las Vegas, NV--  2006 CEA Winter SummitMarch 2-4, 2006, Vail, CO--  CEA 2006 Winter Technology and Standards ForumMarch 6-10, 2006, Clearwater Beach, FL--  CEA Entertainment Technology SummitMarch 14-17, 2006, Washington, DC--  EHX Spring 2006March 28-April 1, 2006, Orlando, FL--  CONNECTIONS (TM) - The Digital Home Conference & ShowcaseMay 2-4, 2006, Santa Clara, CA--  2006 PARA ConferenceMay 3-7, 2006, Hilton Head, SC--  The 10th Annual Consumer Electronics CEO SummitJune 21-24, 2006, Southampton, Bermuda--  2006 SINOCESJuly 7-10, 2006, Qingdao, China--  2006 CEA Summer Technology and Standards ForumJuly 24-28, 2006, Coronado, CA--  CEA Industry ForumOctober 16-18, 2006 San Francisco, CA--  2007 PARA ConferenceMay 16-20, 2007, Coronado, CA 

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