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.
Martin Cooper, the father of mobile phones, will be in Portugal, joining us at IT´s 25 years commemorative session this coming October 12 on Techdays in Aveiro.
Considered a legend from the digital industry and Motorola, he will share its history of the past and the future of mobile phones, in what will be a mind-blowing journey into the past and future of the device that changed the world.
Martin Cooper, known as the "Father of the portable cell phone" conceived the first mobile phone and led the team that created it in 1973. As an inventor, entrepreneur and executive, he has contributed to wireless technology for more than 60 years.
During his 29-year tenure at Motorola, Cooper was a division manager and R&D Corporate Director. Later he became a successful entrepreneur and established several companies, including Cellular Business Systems, which was a leader in the US mobile billing industry in the 1980s, as well as ArrayComm, which became the world leader in smart antenna technology. His wife, Arlene Harris and Cooper, co-founded GreatCall, Inc., manufacturer of the Jitterbug phone and service.
Currently, Cooper is the president and co-founder of Dyna LLC, a business incubator. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and was one of the laureates of the Marconi Prize (2013) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2009). In 2007 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 greatest inventors in history.
Martin Cooper will be attending the 25th anniversary of IT, integrating a panel of unparalleled international recognition speakers in Portugal. Join us in this technological adventure!