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WCA CenterStage presents: 15th Annual VC Panel - What's Hot (and What's Not) in Mobility

November 19th 2014, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Panel from 7:00pm to 8:40pm)
Venue: Plug & Play Tech Center, 440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 (Directions/Map)
Cost: $20 through November 9th, $30 afterwards. Light meals, drinks, and refreshments will be provided.

The 2014 year witnessed a fierce shakeup in the mobile ecosystem. Chinese companies Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi became three of the Top 5 global smartphone makers, while incumbent leaders Samsung and Apple continued to lose share and get pressured in emerging economies.

The trend towards mobile “gadget accessorization” continues to accelerate and proliferate as wearables, pervasive computing, and Internet of Things continue to dominate the Hype Cycle - driven by the release of the Apple Watch, Moto 360, Pebble Steel, and Gear S. Newer connected device categories like virtual reality headsets (Galaxy Gear VR, Google Glass, etc.) further extend and compliment the smartphones. User experience advancements in the IoT space are being driven by sensor-enabled context-awareness, health & fitness tracking, and increasingly precise indoor location capabilities. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with supporting BYOD for personal devices running Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile is now a fundamental must-have capability for successful employers, while support for the once-ubiquitous Blackberry has dwindled. Mobile payment is quickly becoming the primary e-commerce platform in global markets with Google Wallet, Apple Pay, and Alipay. App Performance Monitoring (APM) and mobile cloud data analytics are becoming key capabilities needed as the number of apps soars beyond the 1.3 million mark, and combined downloads from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store exceed 130 billion.

At the WCA’s 15th Annual What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Mobility VC Panel, our investor panelists will discuss these trends and share insights into which mobile/IoT growth areas their investments are going to, which innovative start-ups aim to address both horizontal and vertical market opportunities, and which overhyped markets are not worthy of investment. You will also get a glimpse of the paradigm-shifting trends and business opportunities they are expecting for 2015 and beyond.

Register now at whatshot2014.eventbrite.com - Discount registration will end on November 9th - Act now!

-- Samir Kumar, Sr. Director of Business Development and Product Management, Qualcomm Research

-- Eric Zimits, Managing Director, Granite Ventures
-- Kevin Talbot, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Relay Ventures
-- Steve Goldberg, Partner, Venrock
-- Quinn Li, Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures
-- Punit Chiniwalla, Senior Director, SingTel Innov8 Ventures

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October 10-12 2014
ARRL Pacificon
Santa Clara, CA

Pacificon gives you three great days of activities for one low cost: A full slate of outstanding Forum presentations about a wide range of amateur radio topics, a large Vendor Expo filled with exciting products and exhibits, an outdoor Swap Meet, great QRP activities, a Youth Forum and great Youth Activities including electronics kit building and soldering classes, a One Day License Prep Class to prepare you to pass the amateur radio Technician license examination and get your first amateur radio license, a chance to hear about and discuss important national amateur radio issues with top ARRL leaders, a chance to win radios and other great prizes throughout the convention, and perhaps the best part - a chance to interact and share information with lots of other amateur radio enthusiasts to further (or begin) your own knowledge and to advance the hobby.

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Founded in 1993, the Wireless Communications Alliance (aka "WCA") is a Silicon Valley-based, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for education, connection, and community in the wireless industry. The WCA accomplishes these goals by hosting seminars/panels; providing networking opportunities; encouraging and supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs; and helping to build and maintain bridges between business and academia. Supporting academia and technical education is a primary goal of the WCA. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the WCA is near several world-class universities, colleges, and think tanks. Despite the meteoric rise in mobile technology, research has shown that only 5% of incoming college freshmen identify wireless as a career goal. To help ensure a strong talent pool in the coming decade the WCA invites college students to attend our events at no charge in the hopes that exposure to the wireless industry will encourage the them to shift their major and course focus towards wireless.