Startup Forum


This initiative is meant to actively promote the engagement of start-ups and new businesses in pioneering innovation in 5G. The 5G challenges are pretty well known by now such as latency and reliability, something of a holy grail. Shaving latency down to 1ms for a host of applications from virtual reality games to tele-medicine will be another one of the toughest challenges of 5G. Start-ups are invited to showcase their innovation in this track.



Farooq Khan, PHAZR

Intrigued by early cell phones in the 1980s, Farooq Khan decided to turn his curiosity for “what makes them tick” into his career. And ever since, he has never doubted he made the right choice. Now, after three decades, Farooq is the leading authority on mobile technology and envisions a world where an Internet of connected people and things will make us more aware of humanity as a whole, creating a shared wisdom to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Farooq Khan is currently CEO of PHAZR, a 5G Millimeter wave radio network solutions provider. Previously, he was the President and Head of Samsung Research America, Samsung’s US-based R&D unit, where he led high impact collaborative research programs in mobile technology. He holds over 200 U.S. patents, has written 50 research articles and a best-selling book, and presented over 100 speeches at professional forums worldwide.


Joy Laskar, Maja Systems

Joy Laskar received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (with Physics and Math Minors) from Clemson University and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Laskar is a co-Founder and CTO/SVP for Maja Systems. Dr. Laskar’s technical expertise contributions are at the intersection of Radio Frequency Electronics, Analog Electronics and Electromagnetics.   Dr. Laskar has co-founded 4 companies, co-authored 5 textbooks, published more than 600 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, 60 patents (issued or pending) and graduated 41 Ph.D. students (while holding various tenured faculty positions at the University of Hawaii and Georgia Tech). He has helped pioneer the development of integrated high efficiency integrated Power Amplifier (PA) technology in both GaAs (co-founder of RF-Solutions and the primary PA solution for the Intel Centrino Platform) and CMOS PA  technology (incorporated into Qualcomm’s RF360 LTE Platform) and has investigated aggressive mixed-signal communication architectures resulting in Quellan.  Most recently he has helped pioneer the development of low power millimeter wave gigabit wireless circuits which has resulted in the founding of Maja Systems which is providing gigabit wireless connectivity and sensor products for Enterprise Connectivity, Data Center, Automotive ADAS and emerging 5G platforms.  Dr. Laskar is an IEEE Fellow.