Wireless Innovation Open Mic

A session at CTIA 2013™

Wednesday 22nd May, 2013

2:30pm to 3:30pm (PST)

Innovation occurs when people from different backgrounds, experiences and industries collaborate to find new and better ways of doing things. There are a countless number fascinating start-ups doing exactly that in the mobile industry today.

We are bringing you fifteen especially interesting and disruptive start-ups that session attendees will vote on to determine which five they actually want to hear from.

This is how it will work:

  • We will start the session with a lighting round where each company will deliver a 1-minute elevator pitch on who they are, what they do and why they’re special.
  • After the lighting round, audience members will text in their votes to let us know which companies they want to see present
  • The top five companies with the most votes will each be invited to give a 5-minute presentation
  • At the conclusion of the five presentations, there will be one final round of voting to crown the winner!

The winning company will be presented with a coveted trophy, be announced in a CTIA press release and receive the opportunity to be interviewed by a CTIA executive in a Buzz Zone interview!

About the speakers

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Hassan Ahmed

Chairman and CEO, Affirmed Networks

As CEO, Hassan is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations including setting its strategic direction. Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, Hassan was most recently Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures. Prior to that, Hassan served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks (Nasdaq:SONS) for ten years, during which time it grew from an idea into the leading public company enabling the transformation of telephony to IP. Before Sonus, Hassan was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Core Switching at Ascend Communications, and Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer at Cascade Communications. Hassan has also held key leadership positions at Motorola and Analog Devices, and has a history in education, serving as Associate Professor of Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering, and Associate Professor of Finance at Boston University. Additionally, he has guest lectured at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Hassan has served on the board of several successful technology companies and is currently on the board of overseers of the Boston Museum of Science. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Ronny Haraldsvik

Chief Marketing Officer, SpiderCloud Wireless

Ronny rejoined SpiderCloud Wireless in June 2012 as Sr. Vice President and CMO, having formerly served as VP Marketing July 2008 through mid December, 2010. Ronny joins SpiderCloud Wireless from BelAir Networks where he was Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer (BelAir Networks acquired by Ericsson in April, 2012). A Silicon Valley veteran, Ronny has more than 23 years of global strategic marketing and industry experience from a range of technology segments including Radio Access Networks, Small Cells, Wi-Fi, web and video optimization, wireline networking and IP services, RFID, personal computing, wafer fabrication, software, and consumer devices. Ronny first became vice president of marketing in 2000 while at Nortel Networks IP Services BU where he led worldwide marketing of the Shasta 5000 BSN. Prior to BelAir Networks, Ronny was the VP of Global Marketing at Bytemobile, Inc., a company now recognized as a leader in video optimization (acquired by Citrix). At Bytemobile, he led the launch of the company's new Adaptive Traffic Management. Previous roles include vice president of strategy and market development and vice president of marketing for mobile broadband at Qualcomm. Ronny was also the vice president of marketing at Flarion Technologies, a company acquired by Qualcomm. At Flarion, Mr. Haraldsvik led all marketing efforts in support of industry awareness for Flarion and the introduction of its FLASH-OFDM technology.

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James Lawrence

CEO, Sprezzat

James founded Sprezzat in 2012, and is currently one of three members of the Brooklyn start-up, serving as the company's Chief Executive Officer. A seasoned music and film industry entrepreneur and executive, James co-founded a music production company that managed all aspects of business and career for Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum record producers. James also served as an executive with Ray Murphy Jr., former Vice President of Eddie Murphy Productions.

3 attendees

  • Ronny Haraldsvik
  • Hassan Ahmed
  • James Lawrence

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Time 2:30pm3:30pm PST

Date Wed 22nd May 2013

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