SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2017 : From August 3rd to August 11th, ECI Awards, the first Chinese international business innovation awards organization, held its first annual ECI Festival North America in Silicon Valley, California.
On the first day of the Festival, a conference was hosted by ECI Awards at the Santa Clara Convention Center where speakers from both China and the United States analyzed the latest marketing strategies, investment trends, government policies, and technology partnerships coming out of China and the United States.

The conference has received a warm welcome and strong support from China-US diplomats, government officials, and industry associations. Ro Khanna, US Congressman and Yang Yihang, Economic and Commercial Counselor with Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco both spoke at the event and expressed hope that ECI Awards could help US entrepreneurs better understand the Chinese economy and strengthen the cooperation and exchange between Chinese and US companies. Franklin Urteaga, Co-founder & CEO of OIGETIT and Former White House Technology Advisor who launched the First White House "Net Day" to promote the Internet, gave the speech One Belt One Road in the Age of Artificial Intelligence to talk about the opportunities in China's B&R Initiative. Lisa M. Glimor, Mayor of City of Santa Clara, Marilyn Librers, President of China Silicon Valley and Li Xisha, Chairman of China Advertising Association of Commerce all expressed their confidence in the potential for a China-US cooperation in innovation.

The proper funding and marketing is crucial to any growing company. Tony Perkins, Creator and former Editor-in-chief of the Red Herring magazine and Founder and Editor of Alchemist shared the latest business trends in the Silicon Valley in his speech "Why it's important to gain influence and build a powerful network in the Silicon Valley". Ben Jones, Creative Director of Unskippable Labs at Google talked about how to use their program to achieve marketing success. Binxuan Chen, Head of Product Marketing Communications, China at Facebook told the audience connecting with people where they spend time could translate into measurable results for business. Rocky Chan, Partner and CFO of Mind Fund Group analyzed current trends to come up with 8 Step-ups for Startups. Other speakers also shared their deep insight into their respective fields.

With representatives from many of the largest tech companies in attendance, ECI Awards also hosted a forum at the conference on the latest technological breakthroughs in renewable energy. Hanergy, the world's leader in thin-film solar technology, demonstrated their latest solar panel roofing and held round table discussions on the future of renewable energy.

2017 ECI China-US Business Innovation Leaders Awards Ceremony also took place on the night of August 3rd to recognize and honor outstanding organizations and individuals in China-US business innovation.

Since 2014, ECI Awards has celebrated business innovation in the digital space in six areas (product, service, technology, business model, marketing, and management). By promoting, recognizing, researching and sharing the successful cases, ECI Awards encourage innovation as well as connect innovative entrepreneurs with potential investors. After ECI Festival North America 2017, it looks to bring about more exchanges in digital business between China and the rest of the world. It's expected that soon enough ECI Awards will launch its program in Australia.

(Posted on 27 August 2017, 1695333211 34O239O148O127)