Convergence in Handheld Devices



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    This event held in conjunction with SDForum's Wireless/Voice SIG for the month of July.


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    Program Overview

    Wireless client platforms such as powerful PDAs and data-enabled cell phones are empowering people to remain continuously connected. History reveals that innovation has been the key to growth and increasing demand for both the computing and communications industries. The desire and need for anytime, anywhere connectivity has already begun to drive the convergence of devices from these two industries. As convergence continues, the opportunities for innovation will increase, driving new capabilities into the market place, creating new lifestyle-based usage models and further spurring demand. In event we will evaluate the convergence and address its implications in the wireless client space and the opportunities it will create across the several industries including telecommunications, software, and the entire Internet landscape.


    Featured Speakers

    Adam Belsher (bio), BlackBerry

    Srikanth Raju (bio), Sun Microsystems

    Karl Danz, (bio), Nokia Internet Communications

    TBA Palm



    Joe Jasin, (bio), Wireless Blueprint


    Speaker Bios


    Adam Belsher, Blackberry (Research in Motion)

    Adam Belsher joined RIM in 1998 and has been instrumental in growing revenue from $33 million to $307 million. He has held many roles and responsibilities in sales, marketing, and business development and is now responsible for sales in the West and Mid-West for the CDMA business unit.

    Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry™ wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM).


    Srikanth Raju, Staff Engineer/Technology Evangelist, Sun Microsystems

    Srikanth Raju is a Staff Engineer/Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Srikanth has extensive experience in all areas of Java technology. As a Principal Java Wireless Technology Evangelist, Srikanth speaks and writes about technologies such as J2ME, Jini, JXTA, J2EE, Web Services, and Sun ONE at various conferences around the world such as JavaOne, Sun Technology Days, etc. and technical publications. He also teaches Java and Wireless Programming at the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz. Srikanth is also owner of Patent Pending invention using the J2ME, and JavaCard Technology. Prior to joining Sun in early 1999, Srikanth worked as a Software Engineer and Software Development Manager for nearly 10 years at Oracle Corporation and Borland. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. Srikanth is also a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform.


    Karl Danz, Director, Product Management, Nokia Internet Communications

    Karl Danz is an eight-year veteran of Nokia and is currently applying his skills, expertise and experience as the Director of Product Management, System Software for Nokia Internet Communications. The Nokia Internet Communications division, headquartered in Mountain View, provides world-class Network Security, Virtual Private Network and Internet Traffic Management solutions that ensure the security and reliability of corporate enterprise and managed service provider networks Prior to Nokia, Karl spent nine years with Sun Microsystems where he managed the development of Solaris Multithreading and the Solaris.


    Joe Jasin, Founding Partner,Wireless Blueprint

    With a decade of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry, Joe has launched 2 wireless oriented companies. Most recently in the year 2000, Joe founded Wireless Blueprint a strategy-consulting firm, a team focused on global wireless Internet initiatives. Clients include: Xerox / MDoc - USA, Nokia - Japan, AIS - Thailand, StelTel - China, and the Government of Northern Ireland.

    Prior to Wireless Blueprint, Joe co-founded ICE Wireless in 1998, a wireless B2B e-hub company, specializing in intranet/extranet e-procurement, sales and distribution of wireless products and services. In year 2000 with 150 paying active clients, ICE Wireless was sold to Quantumshift, Inc. Earlier at Nextel and US Com, Joe was a sales and business manager working closely with clients to develop wireless data applications leveraging enterprise back-office and VPN solution oriented systems.

    Joe is currently chairman for mCommerce committee - Hong Kong Wireless Internet Association. Joe is also Vice President of the Software Development Forum and is the founder and current chairman of its Wireless Media Group in Silicon Valley California. Joe is a frequent contributor at wireless technology conferences and writer for technology publications i.e. Wired, ZD publications, and Nikkei business magazine regarding wireless industry trends.

    Joe's personal vision: To increase world trade, for economic balance, leveraging wireless telecommunications technology.


    Event Logistics


    Autodesk, Inc.

    111 McInnis Parkway

    San Rafael, CA


    6:30-7:15 Registration/Networking

    7:15-7:30 Overview of Convergence

    7:30-8:15 Panel Discussion

    8:15-8:45 Audience Q&A




    Free to SDForum and sofTECH members

    $15 Non-members

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