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6 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2021 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 Welcome to the Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Show & Tell Magazine. is spe- cial publication is a supplement to our other monthly magazines and brings you exclusive, in-depth coverage of IPC's flagship event. ese pages are packed with tons of great content including event photos, video inter- views, attendees' thoughts, reviews from our guest contributors and I-Connect007 edi- tors, interviews with award winners and other industry experts, and coverage of this year's greatly expanded technical track program. By now, I think it's safe to presume you already know that this year's event made use of a virtual format, a fundamental departure from previous years and a point that I will leave to others to discuss. What I will share, however, is that this move to virtual changed the face of IPC APEX EXPO. Beyond the incontrovert- ible fact that a virtual event is simply different than a live one, this year's program illustrated the changing faces of IPC's industry volun- teers, and of the industry as a whole. As I hopped from one program to another as easily as if I were teleporting, I began to notice the conspicuous presence of new faces, and some trends: panel discussions moder- ated by Emerging Engineers program par- ticipants discussing how to participate in IPC committee work as a younger professional; the best technical paper authors including an emerging engineer; the Emerging Engineer program represented amongst the recipients of this year's Rising Star awards. Furthermore, the technical program was clearly aimed at the technologies and the challenges over (or on) the horizon. As the I-Connect007 editorial team discussed IPC APEX EXPO, we kept using the phrases "succession plan," and "transition." While we've been concerned as an industry about the "gray tsunami" retiring out, it's the rising tide of new talent now so evident in our professional community that will carry us forward. We hope you enjoy this year's edition of Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Show & Tell. I encourage you to take full advantage of the 90-day on-demand access to the show's events, keynotes, papers, and educational tracks. What's nice about this year's virtual event is that you didn't necessarily miss any- thing if you couldn't be there live. So, please take full advantage! S&T Welcome to the Show (Coverage)

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