The 6th Future of Wireless International Conference
Changing the World with Wireless
30th June & 1st July 2014, The Møller Centre, Cambridge
Confirmed speakers included Carolina Costa, Managing Director, Orange Innovation UK, Daniel Gurrola, Orange, Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future, Angela Baker, Senior Manager, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Prof Simon Saunders, Director of Technology, Real Wireless, Steve Jones, Chair of Trustees, Humanitarian Centre, Stuart Orr, Managing Director, Communications, Accenture, Dr Finbarr Moynihan, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, MediaTek, Pete Hutton, President and Executive Vice President of Product Groups, ARM, and Rod O'Shea, EMEA Director of Embedded Sales Group, Intel. The debate will be chaired by Peter Day, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, and the after dinner talk will be given by Cherie Blair, CBE, QC, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
The 2014 Future of Wireless International Conference examined the business opportunities and the wider societal benefits possible through the application of wireless technologies to positively change the world in new and imaginative ways.
Wireless communications has arguably already changed the world more than any other human invention. With well over half the population of the world now owning a wireless device, wireless technology has enabled fundamental changes in the way people communicate, conduct business and organise their lives. More people are connected to knowledge, information and tools than ever before. Products, objects and other “things” are being connected to each other in smarter ways – reducing costs, improving efficiency, and generating new types of value through information.
Our world and our societies now face significant challenges: sustainably managing the earth’s resources; lifting the next billion people out of poverty; managing the health of an older population; fostering educational attainment, health and economic prospects for a growing population; and harnessing the great diversity of human talent. The conference examined how we can apply experience from the wireless industry – such as driving innovation, working in partnership, ensuring interoperability, developing ecosystems and providing diversity of choice – to new and bigger challenges and opportunities to change society and build successful future businesses.
Technology is also changing the nature of innovation itself, and a new generation of “connected citizens" have come of age. How is this emergent generation using these powerful connectivity and information tools to innovate in new ways, and does this open up opportunities for many more millions of people around the world to innovate and change the world too?
Delegates joined us in exploring how wireless technology can continue to change the world!