The 6th Future of Wireless International Conference
Changing the World with Wireless
30th June & 1st July 2014, The Møller Centre, Cambridge
Latest news.................confirmed speakers include Carolina Costa, Orange Innovation and Networks UK, Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future, Shawn Covell, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Simon Saunders, Real Wireless, Steve Jones, Humanitarian Centre, Stuart Orr, Accenture and Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek. The debate will be chaired by Peter Day, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
With well over half the population of the world now owning a mobile phone, wireless technology has fundamentally changed the way people relate to each other, and literally created revolutions. Now, all over the world, wireless technology is being applied to transform a wide range of industries: helping farmers in Kenya and fishermen in Kerala to bring their produce to market; saving water for crops in Iowa; improving the reliability of transport in London; giving mothers in Nigeria access to healthcare advice. We now live in a world where people are connected to each other and vast arrays of information wherever they are on the planet. Wireless communications has already changed the world more than any other human invention.
Today we face a number of significant challenges at all levels – local, regional and global. How do we feed burgeoning populations? How do we manage dwindling resources whilst supporting economic growth and lifting millions more out of poverty, and how do we deal with climate change and major natural disasters? How do we improve levels of health and literacy around the world, and how do we put in place the mechanisms for people to participate in emergent democracies?
Round the world, wireless communications are not only connecting people to each other, but also to knowledge, information and tools – for instance to learn, to stay healthy, to make more informed decisions, and to create a multitude of businesses powered by information, insights and connectivity. Wireless communications are also connecting products, objects and other “things” to each other in smarter ways which is reducing costs, enabling products and services to work more efficiently, and generating new types of value from insights and meaningful patterns found in large quantities of information.
Perhaps the nature of innovation is changing as these powerful connectivity and information tools are made available to many millions of people in emerging economies, and the next generation of “connected citizens” who have grown up with connectivity as the norm, come of age. It seems that wireless technology can continue to change the world in many new and transformative ways.
Please see below a slideshow from 2013
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