Laurent Brisedoux has been heading the Amazon R&D team in Cambridge, part of the Lab126 organization, since its creation in 2014. His group is responsible for developing application, device and cloud software for Amazon’s consumer electronic devices such as Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Dash, Echo and many more innovative products to come.
Prior to that, Laurent was in charge of the development and productisation of imaging technologies at Broadcom, managing a group of 50 people across multiple locations worldwide. He joined the Broadcom Mobile Multimedia group in 2004 with the acquisition of Alphamosaic, one the Silicon Fen ‘success stories’. Laurent is also a junior angel investor and working with several technology start-ups in the Cambridge area.
James is Qualcomm's VP responsible for its roadmap of Voice & Music products. Before joining Qualcomm as part of the acquisition of CSR, he was responsible for CSR's connectivity product line. Prior to CSR James has held senior software management roles at Broadcom; he was also the Head of Research for TTP Communications. James' 20 years in the high-tech industry started with a degree and PhD in theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford.
Phil Claridge is a ‘virtual CTO’ for hire within Mandrel Systems covering end-to-end systems. Currently having fun and helping others with large-scale AI systems integration, country-wide large scale big-data processing, hands-on IoT technology (from sensor hardware design, through LoRa integration to back end systems), and advanced city information modelling. Supporting companies with M&A ‘exit readiness’, due-diligence and on advisory boards. Past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and Technical Evangelist for Geneva/Convergys (telco), Arieso/Viavi (geolocation), and Madge (networking). Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron and a compiler to produce proof-of-concepts when required.
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Peter is a technologist and business leader, with a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, which have touched the lives of many millions of people. Currently exploring transformative possibilities in AI, IoT and future connected devices. Peter is co-author of the 'Essentials of Mobile Handset Design', published by Cambridge University Press. Peter is a board member of Cambridge Wireless, and is a champion of the CW Artificial Intelligence SIG and Future Devices SIG.
John Bechtel is the founder of Badger Pass, a consultancy supporting small Internet of Things technology companies. His extensive international experience in Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia in start-up, medium-sized and large organisations includes a range of senior management functions from engineering to sales to product management to managing director. He has worked on Hypercat and Weightless, and is a Cambridge Wireless SIG champion in software and open source. John holds a Bachelors degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, attended Henley Management College MBA school, and is a certified PRINCE2 project management Practitioner.
Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.
David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. David is currently working at Five.ai, a Cambridge-based SME that is building the world’s most reliable autonomous vehicle software stack where he is putting in place the organisation, process, tools and frameworks required to meet this ambitious vision. Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company.
Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.