Arlene Harris, “the first lady of wireless” will be at the conference “IT 25 anos”, to be held this coming October 12 during Techdays in Aveiro. With a career of more than 40 years dedicated to wireless communications, Arlene Harris is a pioneer researcher in innovations such as the first prepaid mobile phone service.
Recognized internationally for the application of technology in solving real problems, Arlene Harris joins her husband Martin Cooper, considered “the father of mobile phones”, Upkar Dhaliwal, entrepreneur and consultant in the area of wireless communications, and Paolo Villoresi from the University of Padua, an expert in quantum communications, to discuss the past and the future of telecommunications.
The "first lady of wireless" had her first contact with the industry at the age of five, helping operators to connect calls on a switchboard at Industrial Communications Systems (ICS), her family´s company. She began her professional career at the age of 12, moving from being a helper to an operator. Arlene's career stood out for having created the Jitterbug - a mobile phone with an easy-to-use interface, especially dedicated to the elderly and developed in a partnership with Samsung - which garnered awards such as the "10 Bright Ideas" from the New York Times or "Top 100 Products " from Reader's Digest. She was also a pioneer in innovations such as the first prepaid mobile phone services, the installation of public telephones in remote locations or the development of pagers for patients waiting for organ transplantation.
Arlene Harris was the first woman to be distinguished in the Wireless Hall of Fame and was considered by Fierce Wireless as one of the best wireless innovators of all time.
BITalino is among the top 10 technologies to have been selected by the European Commission (EC) for the 'Industrial & Enabling Tech' category of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017.
As described in the Innovation Radar Prize webpage “BITalino is a low-cost hardware and open-source software toolkit to learn and prototype biomedical applications. It has been primarily designed for students, teachers, makers, artists, researchers and corporate R&D, with no electrical skills being required”. The technology is a spin-off project from IT and it was licensed to PLUX, Wireless Biosignals SA. in 2013.
BITalino is the only Portuguese entity chosen for the five categories of the Radar Prize. "This nomination is yet another example of the excellence of the innovative work that takes place daily in our research centers and a great recognition of the role that associated laboratories can play in advancing the business fabric and society in general”, says Hugo Silva, IT researcher and a Chief Innovation Officer at PLUX.
The Innovation Radar Prize aims to identify Europe´s top future innovators and their innovations. In particular, the 'Industrial & Enabling Tech' category prize “aims to recognize new technologies and components, developed with EU-funding, that have industrial relevance and/or potential to enable the emergence of new applications”, as stated by the Innovation Radar Prize webpage.
Up until this coming October 15, people will be able to vote for their favourites among 48 nominees, distributed in five different categories. The top four in each category will advance to the final stage of the competition.
Use the link bellow to cast your vote: