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Emoji to Be the Keynote Topic for the 38th Internationalization and Unicode Conference

The Unicode Consortium today announced that its president and co-founder, Dr. Mark Davis, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Internationalization & Unicode Conference (IUC) in Santa Clara, CA. The conference will take place November 3rd-5th at the Hyatt Regency hotel.

Dr. Davis’s talk will discuss where emoji came from, why they have gotten so popular, where they’ve missed the mark, and what the future will bring. The title is itself in emoji:

“Emoji became very popular in Japan right after they were introduced in 1999,” said Dr. Davis. “Once they were added to Unicode in 2010, they became popular worldwide, used in modern mobile phones, texting systems, email, and so on. For example, there were some 6,000 articles on emoji in the month after Unicode 7.0 released, according to Google News.”

The presentation will cover some of the history of emoji, how they came to be added to Unicode, how they are used in practice, some of the deficiencies that people see (such as the lack of human diversity, and why there isn’t a hot dog emoji). He will then summarize some of the future additions from Unicode and answer some of the most common questions about emoji.

IUC is the premier event covering the latest in industry standards and best practices for bringing software and Web applications to worldwide markets. Subject areas include the global impact, programming practices, fonts and rendering, and mobile computing. For the eighth year, Adobe will be sponsoring the conference.

To view the full IUC agenda and to register, visit

About the Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a nonprofit organization founded to develop, extend and promote the use of the Unicode standard and related globalization standards. The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Members are: Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Government of Bangladesh, Government of India, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, SAP, The Society for Natural Language Technology Research, The University of California (Berkeley), The University of California (Santa Cruz), Yahoo!, plus well over a hundred Associate, Liaison, and individual members. For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium at

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OMG® is the Event Producer for the Internationalization & Unicode Conferences. It is an open membership, not-for-profit consortium that produces and maintains technology industry specifications for interoperable enterprise applications. Our specifications include MDA®, UML®, CORBA®, MOF, XMI® and CWM. OMG’s specifications are all available for public download free of charge. Visit for more information.

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