ARM Developer Day set for Jan. 30

Event is free and open to RIT students and others from regional universities


RIT’s annual ARM Developer Day takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the university. Registration check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies, and the event keynote address by Khaled Benkrid, ARM's Worldwide University Programme Manager, follows at 8:30 a.m. in the same location. Benkrid’s address is titled, “Connected Intelligence in the Internet of Things Era.”

A full day of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for students and faculty, presented by ARM and its technology partners, will feature a variety of ARM-based development platforms, environments and tools, as well as leaders from technology companies such as:

  • Patrick Kane, director of the Cypress University Alliance Program for Cypress Semiconductor Corp. discussing “Bluetooth low energy and embedded systems: controlling a BLE device from your smartphone”
  • James Kristoff, educational technical evangelist for Student Competitions at MathWorks, who will introduce using MATLAB and Simulink for the Freescale Cup Competition
  • Daniel Lang, vice president and chief technology officer at Toradex, Inc., who will discuss the “Internet of Things: from the sensor to the cloud”

The event is free and open to students, faculty and staff from RIT as well as other regional universities. Registration is required and can be done online. A full schedule of the hands-on workshops and locations is available.

Prior to joining ARM in January 2013, Benkrid was an associate professor of electronic engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research area is on the design and development of high performance and adaptive digital systems with applications in embedded computing, signal processing and communications. He has led several international conferences and workshops and edited a number of conference proceedings and special journal issues including ACM Computer Architecture News (Canada) and the International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing. He is a senior member of IEEE and a chartered UK Engineer.

This is the fifth year RIT has hosted the ARM Developer Day program, and it has grown from a handful of students and national companies involved to more than 250 students and a dozen companies, said Adriana Becker-Gomez, lecturer in RIT’s computer engineering department, and founding member of the ARM Developer Day program at RIT. It is a chance for the students to meet industry professionals, gain first-hand knowledge, skills, and insight to jump-start development of their ARM-based projects.

“We want students to get exposed to this technology early on in their academic careers, “ she said, emphasizing that the event also broadens their awareness of how these new technologies are being incorporated into the Internet of Things and the Maker Movement. “The Arm Day has practical aspects beyond traditional classroom experience, networking with people from the industry, nurture the creativity and given them an opportunity to integrate their theoretical knowledge with innovation.”

Students participating in ARM Developer Day activities have showcased new technology products and equipment at the ARM Developer Day student contest that takes place during the annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival and in the Freescale Cup Competition.

Participating companies are ARM, Texas Instruments,, Freescale, Cypress Semiconductor, ST Micro, Atmel Inc., mbed, NXP Semiconductors, MathWorks, Raspberry Pi, Keil, Element14 and CadSoft EAGLE. The event is sponsored by ARM’s University Program and the Departments of Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, both based in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

For more information contact event organizers by email at


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