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TIA's Connectivity Jam will Produce Answers to Biggest Challenges in IoT, Wireless Infrastructure and Next-Gen Network Operations: June 5-7 in Dallas
[May 10, 2017]

TIA's Connectivity Jam will Produce Answers to Biggest Challenges in IoT, Wireless Infrastructure and Next-Gen Network Operations: June 5-7 in Dallas

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced featured speakers and events for its Connectivity Jam, a new interactive and outcomes-focused executive conference taking place June 5-7 in Dallas, TX.

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In a departure from traditional shows and conferences, executives from across the information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem will "jam together" in facilitated conversations, delivering tangible next steps to accelerate connectivity. Their charge is to contribute to a post-event Outcomes Report produced by TIA's analyst partner IDC (News - Alert). The report will focus on "Transforming Wireless and Connectivity Infrastructure," "Operating Next-Gen Networks" and "Connecting the Internet Of Things."

TIA's Connectivity Jam will also include several special activities, including a Smart Communities Breakfast and TIA's Annual Startup Competition (May 1st deadline to enter; details below).

Media interested in attending should contact Farrah Ahamad at or 202.684.3273. Attendee information and registration is available here.

Keynotes with diverse perspectives on connectivity will kickstart the discussions. This will include a panel of media and entertainment industry executives who will debate the future of TV and the impact of streamed media and video on connectivity infrastructure requirements, business models, government policies and operational challenges:

Bob De Haven; General Manager, Worldwide Communications and Media - Microsoft (News - Alert)
Richard Friedel; EVP & GM - Fox Networks Engineering & Operations
Kevin Gage; EVP, Strategic Development & CTO - One Media
David Kline; CTO - Viacom
Charlie Vogt; CEO - Imagine Communications
Brad Wall; SVP, Network Operations - Disney/ABC Television Group

Global business strategist, Dr. Tassu Shervani, Professor of the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, will address how demographic and technology drivers are converging to reshape work, workers, firms, marketplaces and networks.

Don Szczepaniak, Executive Vice President of Panasonic Entrprise Solutions Sensory Solutions Group, will explore the business outlook for connecting and deploying the Internet of Things.

Contributors to the Jam include:

151 Advisors - Steve Brumer, Partner
Accenture - Jugal Sharma, Strategist, Thought Leadership, Digital/IoT/Mobility
Acommence Advisors - Pete DeNagy, Managing Principal/President
AT&T - Mobeen Khan, AVP, Product Marketing Management; Chris Smith, VP, Global Technology Office (AT&T Business Solutions)
Beyond Machine to Machine Communications - Nadine Manjaro, Founder
CenturyLink - Tim Doolittle, Director, IP Network and Systems
City of Kansas City, MO - Kate Garman, Innovation Analyst
CMG - Andres Carvallo, Founder and CEO
Compass Intelligence - Stephanie Atkinson, Founder & CEO
Florida Atlantic University's I-SENSE - Jason Hallstrom, Director
Gensler - Tom Milavec, Senior Digital Strategist
IDC - Carrie MacGillivray, VP, Mobility & IoT; Ghassan Abdo, Research VP; John Jackson; Research VP, Mobile & Connected Platforms
MMTC - Maurita Coley Flippin, Esq., EVP and COO; Rikin Thakker, Ph.D., VP of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy
Motorola (News - Alert) Solutions - Christine Rapala, VP, Integrated Command & Control Solutions
Nest Labs Inc (An Alphabet Company) - Sumit Mittal, Enterprise Business Development
NexStar Partners - Ketan Patel, Managing Director
OpenTechWorks - Adam Drobot, Chairman
Panasonic Automotive Systems of America - Hakan Kostepen, ED, Product Planning Strategy & Innovation
SAP - Christoph Inauen, VP, Strategic Partnership and Solution Portfolio, IoT
SDN Essentials - Chuck Black, Senior SDN Instructor
Siris Capital - Rod Randall, Executive Partner
SmartMark Communications - Juliet Shavit, CEO
TAP Growth Group - Bob Azzi, Managing Partner
Verizon - Nancy Green, Global Practice Lead, Healthcare & Life Sciences
Vonage (News - Alert) - Graham McGonigal, Senior VP of Networks; Tim Trottier, Senior Director of Network Operations

Among the special events will be a Smart Communities Breakfast, which will feature a timely discussion with city mayors, council members and CIOs from communities at different stages of digitization. The diverse group of participants will discuss what they are trying to achieve, frustrations, needs, paths to forward growth, and best practices.

This event also marks the 5th TIA ICT Startup Challenge, where ICT companies introduce new products and services that will build the next generation of communications networks and new platforms and applications that will take advantage of increased connectivity.

Applications are still being considered - companies interested in competing in this year's Startup Challenge can learn more here.

The full schedule for TIA's Connectivity Jam is available here.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (News - Alert) (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI's Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit for details.

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