Entrepreneurship and Innovations Forum

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Program Outline
5G and its extensions (i.e., B5G) have unleashed significant entrepreneurial, innovation, and investment opportunities the world over. It is generally entrepreneurial pioneers and startups who take the risk with new and innovative technologies, products and services. The Entrepreneurship and Innovations Forum (EIF) is created to actively promote the engagement of entrepreneurs and young businesses in pioneering innovation in 5G/B5G, and to stimulate vibrant discussions on how 5G/B5G would improve and evolve with time as technologies mature to deliver its full potential.

This year, we have collaborated with IEEE Entrepreneurship to present two panels. The first will be a live panel of venture capital experts on 5G investment; the second is a pre-recorded panel on entrepreneurship in the 5G and broadcast industries.

We also assemble presentations from a number of startups at different stages to present and showcase their evolutionary or revolutionary technological or/and business developments in the 5G space.

Time Agenda
11:00 – 11:05 Introduction by Co-Chairs
11:05 – 12:05 5G Investors Panel – moderated by Joanne, General Partner of REDDS Capital
12:05 – 12:35 Metawave –
12:35 – 13:05 A5G Networks – Dynamic and distributed 5G Networks to enable new services
13:05 – 14:00 Break
14:00 – 14:30 mimik Technology – Evolution of Central Cloud to Hybrid Edge Cloud in a Hyper-Connected World
14:30 – 15:00 Mixcomm –
15:00 – 15:30 EdgeQ –
15:30 – 16:00 Company TBD
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:00 Company TBD
17:00 – 18:00 Entrepreneurship in 5G and Broadcast Technologies
18:00 – 18:30 IEEE Entrepreneurship – Program overview

5G Investors Panel – Live panel discussion – 1 hour
Abstract: In this session IEEE Entrepreneurship will assemble a panel of investors that will provide insight as to – the innovations they are seeing with the deployment of 5G technologies, applications, and services, their thoughts as to how 5G will transform their portfolio companies and future investments, their investment criteria with startups engaged in the development and deployment of 5G technologies and more.

Moderator: Joanne Wong
Participants: TBD

Metawave Presentation
Abstract – TBD

Presenter: Maha Achour, CEO, CTO, Founder

Dynamic and distributed 5G Networks to enable new services
Abstract: Operators realize the benefits of bringing IT network like agility in the telecom network infrastructure; they are spending a significant amount of money moving their networks to virtualized and cloud-native infrastructure. Market dynamics are changing with increasing internet Data demands for streaming video, and operators need to bring data closer to the edge. With the recent COVID-19 situation, a new normal is evolving where more and more organizations will allow people to work from home; remote education and telehealth are becoming essential. Data will become more distributed and less centralized.

With new technology introduction, i.e., 4G, 5G, WiFi, and 6G, the Cost of network evolution and transformation will be high in the short term. Still, it will give long-term cost savings; it will also generate new revenue streams. With the current trends, there will be several private networks, i.e., many small networks needing seamless interconnect with various large networks, both wireless and wireline. It will mix different public cloud vendors and private clouds hence a very heterogeneous network environment. There will be many new applications and services coming into the network. To deliver those applications with the desired quality of service, we need to rethink the 5G network architecture.

Presenter: Kaitki Agarwal, co-founder, President, and CTO at A5G Networks

Evolution of Central Cloud to Hybrid Edge Cloud in a Hyper-Connected World
Abstract – We are in the midst of a historical transition from mobile internet to a hyper-connected world. Billions of devices and apps have to process data and communicate instantly and as directly as possible. We need to ensure much higher data privacy, lower capital and operational costs, better resiliency and immunity to poor network conditions. We are further challenged to support a multitude of incompatible operating systems and malicious privacy and security attacks. Last best not least, we need to lower energy consumption and the carbon footprint. In this new world, hundreds of billions of smart devices, apps, and processes will transform almost all industries through automation and personalization. In a hyper-connected world, digital intersects with every aspect of the physical space. Therefore, digital solutions should mimic and complement the interactions in the physical space. We need to transition from a world dominated by vertical apps connected through central cloud to one where these apps communicate seamlessly and directly. In this presentation, we will present how hybrid edge cloud can help fulfill this vision to create a more sustainable hyper connected internet.

Presenter: Sam Armani, Senior VP of Business Development at mimik Technology, Inc.

Mixcomm Presentation
Abstract: TBD
Presenter: TBD

EdgeQ Presentation
Abstract: TBD
Presenter: TBD

Entrepreneurship in 5G and Broadcast Technologies – pre-recorded panel – 45 minutes
Abstract: In this session presenters will discuss the factors that cause startups/products to fail in the 5G space with a specific focus on technical challenges, best practices and possibilities for improvement. We will hear case studies into the various phases of innovation and product development and learn about the circumstances that contribute to the high and lows of entrepreneurship in the 5G and broadcast industries.

Moderator: TBD
Participants: TBD

IEEE Entrepreneurship – Program overview – pre-recorded panel – 30 minutes
Abstract: The IEEE Entrepreneurship community is at the forefront of turning ideas into successful businesses. We make it a priority to help our members not just launch, but grow their ventures and facilitate the networking and mentoring of those who have the passion to translate their vision into reality. Learn about the many available resources our program has on offer to the IEEE member community.

Presenter: TBD

Speaker Bios

Maha Achour, PhD
CEO, CTO, Founder
Forbes 50 Over 50: Vision List

Maha is a senior leader with more than 25 years’ experience in both public, defense, and startup companies in semiconductor and wireless RF and optical communication and sensing systems. She combines her strong background in technology with her leadership, business and marketing skills. As Metawave’s founder, she was recently recognized on the Forbes 50 Over 50: Vision List for her bold thinking, determination and impact in the fields of science and technology. Maha also serves as Chairwoman on the board for Glass Dyenamics. Previously, Maha served as co-founder and CTO of Rayspan, Dir of Adv Technology at SDRC (Boeing), and Dir of Adv Technology of Optical access where she pioneered the first broadcast HDTV system over satellite, mm-wave/Free-Space Optical systems for last mile connectivity, and led various DARPA projects in wireless MIMO and Optical devices. She holds a doctorate degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has authored over 35 publications, and holds more than 75 granted patents and over 150 pending applications.

Kaitki Agarwal is the co-founder, President, and CTO at A5G Networks. Before A5G Networks, Kaitki was the Chief product officer at Parallel Wireless and led product and operations. Kaitki co-founded Parallel Wireless in 2012. She led the disruption of the traditional RAN market with Open RAN movement. She Established global operations in the US, India, UK, and Israel and grew the team to 500+.

She created a culture of innovation and has 50+ patents pending and granted.
Before founding Parallel Wireless, Kaitki was at Starent Networks. She led the multimedia team and architecture for various packet gateways and VoLTE products and led customer engagements with several customers wins.

Kaitki has a strong track record of innovation and leading disruptions. She led CS voice to VoIP disruption at CedarPoint communications and Excel Switching that went IPO, followed by acquisition by Lucent. Kaitki holds MBA from Babson College and BS in computer science from IIT Roorkee.

Sam Armani is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at mimik Technology, Inc. She is an experienced executive in the software technology sector. She brings a diverse skill set and expertise to mimik, including sales, business strategy, product management, and engineering. She has been with the company from an early stage and has made significant contributions to the development of the company and its products.

Prior to joining mimik in 2010, she held key leading positions at startups Mobidia and L3 Technology and before that she was with Sage Software. At Mobidia, Sam was part of a leading sales team, worked closely with the sales and engineering teams internally and held a key customer facing position focused on delivering network optimization solutions to large mobile operators. At Sage she held various positions including leading a product specialists’ team and delivering the right business software solutions to the business partners channel.

Sam holds degree in Electro Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Joanne Wong is General Partner of REDDS Capital, a Californian-based VC firm investing in global early-stage & seed-level IT startups. She has worked with IBM, HP, SAP, and Cisco in multiple technical, market development, and strategic investments positions. She is a mentor/advisor for multiple startups.

Joanne is Co-Founder/CEO of a health startup, SciosHub, providing a unified data and project management platform for life science researchers. She was Executive Director of a healthcare charity startup, The SuperComputer for Cancer Research, providing free green access to high-performance computational resources for cancer researchers. She has had startups in 3D simulations for learning.

Joanne will be the 2022 Chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship. She is Member at Large (2021) and was Vice Chair, Industry & Investor Activities (2020) of IEEE Entrepreneurship. She was Secretary, IEEE TEMS Executive Committee and Board of Governors (2019 to 2021).

Entrepreneurship and Innovations Forum Co-Chairs:

Sudhir Dixit
IEEE Future Network Initiative

Titus Lo
Wireless Technologist

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