Geomagic has unveiled the initial conference program for Convergence 2009. The annual event is scheduled for February 24-26 in Savannah, Ga.

Highlights of the preliminary Convergence 2009 program announced this week include:

• Rus Emerick of Schneider Electric on speeding time to market and return to market;
• Nancy Hairston of VanDuzen Archives on exposing a fraudulent Picasso;
• Jason Rodgers of Keystone Dental on breakthroughs in dental implants;
• Scott Summit of Summit ID on user-centered design as featured on CNBC and The Discovery Channel;
• Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle of North American Eagle on the quest to set a new land speed record;
• Beth Roscoe of Shriners Hospital for Children on revolutionary work in treating cleft lips and palates;
• Uwe Rossbacher of Autodesk/Alias on digital prototyping in industrial design;
• Michael Raphael of Direct Dimensions on the industry outlook for 3D scanning technologies.

Bo Burlingham, author of the best-selling book Small Giants, and Ping Fu, president and CEO of Geomagic, will be the keynote speakers at Convergence 2009.

Burlingham will address the central theme of Small Giants: how innovative companies have pursued greatness over growth. Fu will share her vision of how emerging technologies will shape the future of global design and manufacturing.

The conference also features an exhibition of the latest 3D scanning technologies, demonstrations of new and emerging Geomagic products, and social events that provide the opportunity to network and learn in an informal environment.

Convergence 2009 – with the theme “Three Days, Three Dimensions” – takes place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. Early-bird registration discounts are available until Jan. 30.