The Wireless Innovators Dinner
The Wireless Innovators dinner
Wednesday night, October 6th, was the highlight of the trip to San Francisco. I produced the third annual Wireless Innovators dinner for leaders in the wireless industry. The purpose is to bring together all the different sectors of the mobile and wireless industry so that interaction and networking could be conducted.
The dinner was sponsored by Headwaters MB, a mid-tier investment bank (Grant Garbers, Managing Director), and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Glenn Richards, Partner). We had 65 sign up for the dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, including handset makers, operators, VCs, investment bankers, software vendors, and press and analysts.
The dinner keynote was presented by Rob Tiffany, Mobility Architect at Microsoft, regarding the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system (just announced on Monday, October 11). Tiffany gave an excellent background on how Microsoft went about designing this new operating system and then presented a number of the major themes of the operating system. (Look for my review of Phone 7 in my column next week). We had a number of technology demonstrations and presentations that demonstrated some exciting new mobile and wireless technologies:
1. Vivotech: Mohammad Khan, founder and President, described how retail point of sale (POS) terminals (that we all use with credit and debit cards) will soon migrate to wireless sensors that can read a chip attached to or embedded in our phone. This will allow for a true "mWallet."
2. Nuance Communications: Voice processing is now gaining acceptance in mobile. Nuance had previously demonstrated the ability to compose text messages from speech. Aaron Masih, Director of Global Business Development, Mobility, demonstrated their new voice command and control and e-mail composition system that assists mobile users to use voice for most of the mobile phone activities while driving.
3. Rhomobile: Adam Blum, CEO, demonstrated the Rhodes platform that assists commercial and consumer developers in building mobile applications.