The Future Devices & Technologies Group

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About the group

Over six billion people own or use some form of connected device as an everyday part of their lives, and the pace of innovation and market adoption of new products and services continues to accelerate relentlessly.

We trend towards a world where all manner of things are connected to each other and to the cloud and through these things – or devices – we humans are able to share and access rich content, information and services, at any time and in any place.

Only a decade ago, the most prolific connected device was a mobile phone. Today, however, there are a wide range of different device types, not just on our person, but within our homes, places of work, vehicles, shopping centres and more. Increasingly, we see the lines blurring between use cases, devices and functionality as content, service and experience become orthogonal to any specific device type. The device itself is becoming a use-case optimised combination of form, function and user interface most appropriate to a specific activity, time and place.

The Future Devices & Technologies SIG explores the future of such myriad devices and facilitates members to envision the future beyond those available today. We aim to drive innovation in all areas of wired and wireless devices and consider the enabling technologies and components necessary to realise the future.

The Future Devices & Technologies Special Interest Group has three core objectives:

  • Insightful: Informing through discussion, and analysis of the latest trends in market development, technology innovation and end user needs and behaviour.
  • Fresh Thinking: Assembling thought-leaders from diverse disciplines to broaden ideas and perspectives and creating fresh insights critical to fuelling innovation and new business.
  • New Partnerships: Facilitating valuable connections between individuals and organisations, and between different industry sectors. This is vital as technology continues to disrupt business models and value chains, and creates many new challenges and opportunities.

Events are held 2-3 times a year, at different locations in Cambridge and London.

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SIG Champions

  • Graham Anderson — Senior Specialist, Beko

    Graham Anderson is Senior Specialist at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

  • Zahid Ghadialy — Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

    Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and...

    Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

  • David Roberts — Founder, Jabooh Software

    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...

    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.

  • Mr Charles Sturman — Senior Director Product Marketing, Huawei Technologies Research and Development (UK)

    Charles is responsible for Product Marketing at Neul / Huawei Technologies in Cambridge, with responsibility for product strategy and business development in the NB-IoT market. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smarthome and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales &...

    Charles is responsible for Product Marketing at Neul / Huawei Technologies in Cambridge, with responsibility for product strategy and business development in the NB-IoT market. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smarthome and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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