International SIG Program: Scandinavia: Opportunities and Challenges



  • The quarterly meeting of the International SIG

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    Scandinavia: Opportunities and Challenges

    Scandinavia has been a hotbed of activities in the on-going high tech revolution. Quantum mechanics was revolutionized in Denmark by Niels Bohr in 1920's. Object oriented programming was first conceived in Norway in 1960's; and later on the mobile revolution took hold in Sweden and Finland in 1990's.

    What are the current trends in Scandinavia, one of the most highly developed markets for the telecommunication revolution?

    Please come and join the SD Forum International Program on Monday, April 2nd at 6:30pm, as we present a lively panel discussion of experts who will share with us a broad and balanced view of the state of innovation in Scandinavia.



    Michael Hadley, Sales and Alliances Executive, Ekahau, Inc.


    Howard Hartenbaum, former Skype board member and Partner, Draper Richards, LP


    Jyri Huopaniemi, Head of Interaction Core Technology Center in Nokia Research Center


    Pekka Parnanen, Director of FinNode



    Foad Vafaei, Director, Office of General Manager, Emerging Solutions, at SAP Labs


    Bios and Descriptions:

    Michael Hadley, Sales and Alliances Executive, Ekahau, Inc.

    Michael Hadley’s primary responsibility at Ekahau is to drive corporate alliances, and manage relationships with strategic customers in the western United States. He is currently developing alliances with the world’s leading WIFI network infrastructure providers, and with leading wireless VOIP handset manufacturers. Prior to joining Ekahau, Michael held positions at Fluke Networks where he created the company’s strategy for entering the WIFI test and measurement market. For six years, he worked at Symbol Technologies WLAN division as Sr. Manager of Business Development. Michael holds a bachelors degree in Marketing.


    Howard Hartenbaum, Skype former board member Skype and Partner, Draper Richards, LP

    Howard Hartenbaum focuses on investments in enterprise and consumer software and services, wireless network solutions, and peer-to-peer technology. His current directorships include BlackFoot, LucidPort and DecentralTV. He led the founding investment in Skype (acquired by eBay), and was also a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top 25 venture capitalists for the year 2007. Prior to joining Draper Richards, Mr. Hartenbaum held positions at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Technologies. He has also worked in engineering positions at Honda Motor Company and Teledyne Relays. Mr. Hartenbaum has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan, is professionally fluent in Japanese and a graduate of M.I.T.


    Jyri Huopaniemi is Head of Interaction Core Technology Center in Nokia Research Center

    Jyri Huopaniemi is Head of Interaction Core Technology Center in Nokia Research Center. The ICTC is responsible for strategic and long-term research in usability and user interfaces, multimedia and personal content technologies, immersive communication and collaboration technologies. Jyri studied at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), and received his M.S. and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees in electrical and communications engineering in 1999. His doctoral thesis was on virtual acoustics and 3-D audio. During 1998 Dr. Huopaniemi was a visiting scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. Since 1998 he has been with Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland. He was appointed Docent (Adjunct Professor) of Audio Technology and Software at Helsinki University of Technology as of July 2003, and continues to lecture on courses related to audio and multimedia signal processing and software.


    Foad Vafaei is Director, Office of General Manager, Emerging Solutions, at SAP Labs

    Foad Vafaei is Director, Office of General Manager, Emerging Solutions, at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California. Emerging Solutions is responsible for creating solutions for untapped markets, ranging from information worker productivity, to enterprise mobile applications. Foad has been with SAP for nearly five years. Foad also worked at a number of leading enterprise software companies (including Oracle and Microsoft) in product definition, management, and strategy. Prior to joining the IT industry, he worked in oceanographic research at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Foad has a BS in EE and a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP

    2000 University Ave.(University Circle)

    East Palo Alto, CA 94303

    Tel: 650.833.2000

    Note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Avenue and Woodland Avenue on the west side of Hwy. 101. They are in the University Circle complex.


    6:30-7:00 Registration/Networking/Refreshment

    7:00-9:00 PM Program



    $15 for SDForum Members; $0 Platinum Pass Members

    $25 for Non-SDForum Members