News release

Date: 23rd May 2012

Wireless innovation under debate at Future of Wireless International Conference

BBC’s Peter Day chairs Cambridge Debate: “This house believes that the future of innovation in the wireless industry is in the virtual rather than the physical World.” Wednesday 27 June 2012,The Møller Centre and Churchill College, Cambridge

23 May 2012: The ‘Cambridge Debate’ at this year’s Future of Wireless International Conference, will present the motion that the future of innovation in the wireless industry is in the virtual rather than the physical world. At the debate, which is hosted by BBC News correspondent Peter Day, Ray Anderson, CEO at Bango will speak for the motion while David Wood, Chief Technology Architect from Accenture Mobility will argue against, before the question is opened up to conference delegates culminating in a vote.

“The centre of gravity of innovation in the mobile industry has moved to the internet and the cloud,” says Ray Anderson. “With the phenomenal success of mobile apps and online stores vending all-digital content, the device is becoming commoditised, simply providing a platform for internet-speed start-ups and leading web brands such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to innovate. The future is all about apps, content and services, accessed whenever and wherever they are needed.”

But Accenture’s David Wood believes that industry growth and value is cultivated and realised because of innovation in actual physical materials, hardware components, advanced chipsets, manufacturing expertise, and elegant product design. “Interacting with the physical world through sensors opens up significant new innovation fronts in areas such as wireless healthcare and the Internet of Things,” says Wood. “Inherent, long-lasting value results from design, engineering and manufacturing expertise; the management of scarcity in areas such as radio spectrum and energy; and the expertise to manage complex network infrastructure. Players in the physical world will always have a fundamental role in innovation.”

The 2012 Future of Wireless International Conference will take place at The Møller Centre and Churchill College Cambridge on Wednesday 27 June 2012 and will reflect every part of the wireless value chain. Other speakers at the conference include Rory O’Neill, Vice President of Software and Services EMEA, RIM; Andy Hudson, Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone; Jim Maynard, President, Wavefront, Canada; Vincent Korstanje, VP Segment Marketing, ARM; Brian Robertson, Associate Director, Broadcom; Dr Jo Butler, Director of Spectrum Technology, Ofcom; Rupert Cezalet, Head of Public Affairs, Airwave Solutions; Ray Anderson, CEO, Bango and many more. The ‘Cambridge Debate’ at the end of the conference will be chaired by Peter Day, Business Correspondent, BBCNews, BBC.

The conference will also include exhibition zones along with hands-on workshops, facilitated brainstorms and plenary sessions. Next generation wireless start-ups will be showcasing their innovative ideas in the Start-Up Zone and the five winners from the Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups 2011 competition will pitch to the full conference at the Innovation Hothouse.

For more information and booking go to: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/futureofwireless

Cambridge Wireless is grateful for the support from conference partners; UK Trade and Investment and ICTKTN, and its sponsors; Qualcomm, Anite, PWC, Rohde & Schwarz, Cambridge Consultants, Freescale, The Technology Partnership (TTP), , IC-Group, Telindus, Broadcom, Aeroflex, Arkessa, Jaltek Group, Agilent Technologies, Otaniemi Marketing (Finland), Olswang and the Canadian High Commission (which includes representatives from British Columbia, Ontario International Marketing Centre, Alberta and Invest Quebec)

About Cambridge Wireless
Cambridge Wireless is a leading industry forum and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of companies actively involved in the development and application of wireless technologies. In addition to high level networking dinners and events, a strong educational programme and business development activities, Cambridge Wireless runs the annual Future of Wireless International Conference along with the prestigious Discovering Start-Ups programme and competition to support emerging, innovative wireless companies.

Over 15 Special Interest Groups focused on specific technologies and market sectors, also provide opportunities for members to meet, form partnerships to exploit new commercial opportunities, and share knowledge and information about the latest industry trends and hot topics. Cambridge Wireless has partnerships with other leading industry clusters and organisations around the world to extend its international reach and to keep members up to date with the latest global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk

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