D-Fifteen Innovation Summit 2019

11.05.2019

Innovation on the 5G Network Platform

As 5G is coming into real life, this new network platform will not only deliver innovative new use cases and unlock new revenue streams, but also impact economies and disrupt industries. Themed “Innovation on the 5G Network Platform”, the very first D-Fifteen Innovation Summit took place on November 5th, a full day event covering insights into the future potential of 5G, attracting more than 170 representatives from the Silicon Valley ecosystem, service providers, startups and VC firms.

Unlocking new 5G use cases

First out on the agenda was Chetan Sharma, world renowned mobile industry analyst and CEO of Chetan Sharma consulting, who delivered his keynote on the topic of “The Business, Economics, and disruption of 5G”. He shared his knowledge and research about the coming age of Connected Intelligence and what this means for the next decade of disruption.

During the panel that followed, Mr. Sharma moderated four expert panelists. Together they highlighted the application and disruption of 5G across different industry verticals. The panelists included representatives from NVIDIA, Ford, Magic Leap and Hitachi, covering the automotive, gaming, AR and Oil & Gas industries, providing a diverse perspective on the new use cases in which 5G is the enabler.

As the day progressed, D-Fifteen got more crowded with company representatives looking to experience the 5G potential. The space got particularly busy during the demo session combined with lunch break, where Ericsson employees together with their partners were ready to answer any questions the attendees might have regarding the presented use cases. The use case demos included 5G enabled technologies such as XR, edge computing and massive IoT.

Innovation on the 5G Network Platform

Erik Ekudden, Ericsson CTO, arrived in Santa Clara the very same morning to participate in the event and present his keynote speech “the 5G Network Platform as the New Platform for Innovation”. With his presentation of real life use cases, including robotics and industrial automation together with ABB, logistics and transport, and lastly the mining industry, the diverse application and endless business opportunities of 5G were evident.
Later in the afternoon, Erik Ekudden was joined on stage by Ron Marquardt, Vice President of Technology, Innovation & Architecture, Sprint, in a debate on how to open up the 5G platform for innovation which was moderated by Chetan Sharma. The debate resulted in a dynamic talk between the two panelists. As they play different roles within the 5G ecosystem, they shared both differences and similarities in opinions and experiences.

Investment perspective on 5G

The second panel of the day provided another different perspective on 5G. As the event was a collaboration between Ericsson D-15 Labs and Ericsson Ventures, startups and Venture Capital firms’ views were discussed during this panel under the theme “Venture Capital Accelerating the Adoption of 5G”, The executive panelists were all from Ericsson acquired startups across various industries, and the moderator Paul McNamara, Vice President Corporate Development, Ericsson Ventures.

Introducing the 5G Corridor

Before wrapping up the day, Ericsson’s Jan Söderström, Vice President & Head of Technology Office Silicon Valley, Noel Kenehan, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Emerging Business, and Liia Sarjakoski, Head of IoT Ecosystem, entered the stage. A three-way Skype call subsequently appeared on the large screen of the auditorium. On the other line was Professor Bob Iannucci, reporting from Camp Roberts, and a group of Ericsson employees making the first phone call over the ‘5G corridor’ – an outdoor 5G test network that enables companies to invent, develop and test new business models with 5G as the bearer technology. Launching in January with Carnegie Mellon University as the first site in the corridor, it will assist in building a 5G ecosystem to enable and accelerate innovation on the 5G platform.

After an informative day filled with keynotes and panels, engaging speak-ups and demo sessions, the attendees and speakers were able to rewind and enjoy time for networking, food and refreshments. Lots of people gathered, once again, by the demo exhibitions to get one last glimpse of what the D-Fifteen teams co-create together with their partners over 5G.

The event was highly appreciated among both attendees and participants, especially highlighting the quality of the speakers and the many, interesting use cases that were presented.

Speakers

Erik Ekudden - Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Technology Ericsson

Erik Ekudden

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Technology
Ericsson

As Group CTO, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the direction of technology leadership for the Ericsson Group.
His experience from working with technology leadership globally will influence the strategic decisions and investments for example in mobility, distributed cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. This builds on his decades-long career in technology strategies and industry activities.

Erik joined Ericsson in 1993 and has held various management positions in the company, including Head of Technology Strategy, Chief Technology Officer Americas in Santa Clara US, and Head of Standardization and Industry. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Chetan Sharma - CEO of Chetan Sharma Consulting

Chetan Sharma

CEO, Chetan Sharma Consulting

Chetan Sharma is CEO of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 9 global mobile data operators.

Chetan is the author or co-author of 15 best-selling books on wireless, and is also the editor of the Mobile Future Forward Book Series. His books have been adopted in several corporate training programs and university courses at NYU, Stanford, and Tokyo University. His research work is widely quoted in the industry. Chetan is interviewed frequently by leading international media publications, and he is also the chief curator of the mobile thought leadership executive forums – Mobile Future Forward and Mobile Breakfast Series.

Chetan is an advisor to CEOs and CTOs of some of the leading wireless technology companies on product strategy and Intellectual Property (IP) development, and serves on the advisory boards of several companies. He is also a sought-after IP strategist and expert witness in the wireless industry and has worked on and testified in some of the most landmark cases in the industry. Chetan is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Communications Society, and IEEE Computers Society. He has Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and Bachelor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

Ron Marquardt - Vice President of Technology, Sprint

Ron Marquardt

Vice President of Technology
Sprint

As Vice President of Technology for Sprint, Dr. Marquardt is responsible for Sprint’s long-term technology strategy and architecture, the industry relationships and investments enabling Sprint’s innovation and ecosystem development goals, as well as the company’s advocacy in US and global industry forums and standards bodies. He also represents Sprint at speaking engagements, in press and analyst interviews, and as needed with regulatory bodies and other industry stakeholders.

Prior to Sprint, Dr. Marquardt was VP of Technology Development at Clearwire Corporation, responsible for that company’s technology strategy as well as the architecture, design, testing, and implementation of its mobile broadband 4G network, devices, and services. He also was CTO at Covad Communications where he led teams responsible for the engineering and network planning of VoIP, wireless, and broadband services across the United States. Prior to that role, he was in various positions at network equipment manufacturers.

Dr. Marquardt has an S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Soma Velayutham - Head of AI and Accelerated Computing, NVIDIA

Soma Velayutham

Head of AI and Accelerated Computing
NVIDIA

As Vice President of Technology for Sprint, Dr. Marquardt is responsible for Sprint’s long-term technology strategy and architecture, the industry relationships and investments enabling Sprint’s innovation and ecosystem development goals, as well as the company’s advocacy in US and global industry forums and standards bodies. He also represents Sprint at speaking engagements, in press and analyst interviews, and as needed with regulatory bodies and other industry stakeholders.

Prior to Sprint, Dr. Marquardt was VP of Technology Development at Clearwire Corporation, responsible for that company’s technology strategy as well as the architecture, design, testing, and implementation of its mobile broadband 4G network, devices, and services. He also was CTO at Covad Communications where he led teams responsible for the engineering and network planning of VoIP, wireless, and broadband services across the United States. Prior to that role, he was in various positions at network equipment manufacturers.

Dr. Marquardt has an S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Youssef Benmokhtar - Senior Vice President Business Development, Magic Leap

Youssef Benmokhtar

Senior Vice President Business Development
Magic Leap

Youssef spearheads Magic Leap’s business development, forming strategic partnerships with technology, media, and telecommunications firms. Prior to landing at Magic Leap, he forged alliances for an array of imaging, optics and semiconductor tech companies, including FotoNation, OmniVision Technologies, DigitalOptics, and STMicroelectronics. 

Youssef has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jay Kim - Technology Business Development, Ford Motor Company

Jay Kim

Technology Business Development
Ford Motor Company

Jay Kim is a Technology Scout and Business Development professional for Ford Motor Company out of their Palo Alto offices. He has earned a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering (controls system design) from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.  His broad work of experiences have encompassed garage startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and Ernst & Young. Kim also has a broad range of involvement in the service provider business space, and has worked on wireless broadband routers and small cells. Coincidently, his first job was with Ford in Dearborn, Michigan many years ago, working on drive-by-wire and real-time telemetry systems for Ford’s racing program. Kim lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cruising in his 1966 Ford Mustang convertible in his down time.

Kumar Srikantan - CEO, Pluribus

Kumar Srikantan

CEO
Pluribus

Kumar has been President and CEO of Pluribus since late 2013 and has led the company to rapid revenue growth, achieving recognitions such as the Deloitte Fast 500 award and successfully deploying Pluribus open networking and SDN solutions at over 200 customers across the globe. Prior to Pluribus, Kumar was VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco and held other leadership roles at StratumOne and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Kumar brings 25 years of diverse leadership and operational experience in the technology industry that spans development, marketing, and engineering across computing, silicon and communications industries.

Kowsik Guruswamy - CTO, Menlo Security

Kowsik Guruswamy

CTO
Menlo Security

Kowsik Guruswamy is CTO of Menlo Security. Previously, he was co-founder and CTO at Mu Dynamics, which pioneered a new way to analyze networked products for security vulnerabilities. Prior to Mu, he was a distinguished engineer at Juniper Networks. Kowsik joined Juniper via the NetScreen/OneSecure acquisition where he designed and implemented the industry's first IPS. He has more than 15+ years of experience in diverse technologies like security, cloud, data visualization, and computer graphics. Kowsik has 18 issued patents and holds an MSCS from University of Louisiana.

Adrian Ionel - CEO, Mirantis

Adrian Ionel

CEO
Mirantis

Albert is a seasoned Venture Capitalist with over a decade and a half of experience. Prior to Ericsson, Albert was a Managing Director at Investor Growth Capital – the late stage VC arm of Investor AB. He is also an applied physicist with over 10 peer reviewed journal publications.

Albert earned his Diploma degree at the RWTH Aachen in Germany, and a Ph.D. in applied physics at Harvard University.

Paul Dawes - CEO, Mode

Paul Dawes

CEO
Mode

Paul Dawes has spent over 25 years in Silicon Valley creating, managing, and selling innovative technology products and services. Paul was CEO of icontrol, a leading provider of SaaS IoT smart home solutions purchased by Comcast in 2017. Paul led the sales team that enabled Liberate's 1999 IPO.

Brijesh Khanna - Senior Vice President & Innovation Leader, Hitachi

Brijesh Khanna

Senior Vice President & Innovation Leader
Hitachi

Bob Shakib - VP Strategic Partnerships, Matterport

Bob Shakib

VP Strategic Partnerships
Matterport

Bob is an executive and leader in the 3D visualization and XR fields with successful global product launches including wireless devices, cameras and visual software. Bob is currently VP of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Matterport . Bob has held various key engineering and product management positions at both large and small companies including IBM, SGI, Apple Qualcomm and Google. Bob has a strong engineering background (BSEE/MSEE from Columbia University) with thirteen years of software development and 17 years of product management and business development experience and substantial knowledge of 3D graphics, image processing and video technologies (designed and built digital paint and video effects software used in such major motion pictures as Star Wars and Gladiator as well as an automated video editing system using computer vision techniques for mobile phones).

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