January 25, 2007 07:00 ET

WINBC Pulls Together Industry Giants to Judge Wireless Innovation Contest 2007

WINBC calls for North American contestants to enter their wireless deployments by January 29, 2007

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2007) - The Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC) today announces the panel of judges that will both judge entries to the Wireless Innovation Contest 2007 (WIC'07: and reward winners with a one-hour mentor session. This year's panel is represented by leaders in the following sectors: device and network manufacturers, carrier, mobile research, entrepreneur and venture capital.

The panel of judges includes:

- Tom Nyberg, Senior Manager, Product Management, Nokia Multimedia

- Chris Langdon, Vice President of Network Services, TELUS

- Ray Gilbert, AVP for IT and Enterprise Collaboration, Alcatel-Lucent

- Oliver Starr, EIR, Angel Strategies, CMO, Foldera and blogger, Mobile Crunch and MobHappy

- Tony Rizzo, Director, Mobile Technology Research, The 451 Group

- Madeline Duva, President, 3rd Eye Consulting

- Joseph Averkamp, Director of Product Strategy, Sprint-Nextel

- Ken Blakeslee, Chairman, WebMobility Ventures

"Now in our fourth year, we have an exciting mix of judges that are returning for the second or third year with WIC as well as new judges. We are very grateful for the time they will be putting into judging the contest as well as mentoring winners," says Shana Korotash, Executive Director of WINBC, the producers of WIC'07. "Chosen for their expertise in diverse business sectors, the judges will provide different perspectives and insights to the entries. The winners gain a one-hour closed doors session with the full panel to receive constructive feedback on their company and solution to be held at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida."

The eight judges will review entries in the following categories:

- Taking Care of Business:

- Public Sector: a solution that showcases new processes or models, improves productivity and/or saves money in the public service (utilities, health, government, fire or police services).

- Private Sector: a solution that showcases new processes or models, improves productivity or facilitates commerce in the private sector.

- Taking Care of Yourself:

- Home & Entertainment: a solution that entertains or facilitates life at home.

- Sports & Recreation: a solution that showcases wireless in a sport, recreation, fitness or wellness setting.

- Taking Care of the Community:

- Community & Citizenship: a solution that helps raise the bar for the disenfranchised (disabled, elderly, illiterate, immigrants, non-profits).

- Student:

- Students submit in any category but are judged against other student entries.

A benefit valued at $100,000, Wireless Excellence winners are rewarded with targeted exposure in media and at trade shows, inclusion in a special case study publication to be produced by IDC, and a one-hour mentor session with the panel of judges during CTIA Wireless.

WINBC, the producer of WIC'07, is supported by key industry leaders Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, TELUS and IDC, and marketing partners CTIA WIRELESS 2007, RCR Wireless News,, Wireless Industry Partnership, Outlook4Mobility, CCNMatthews, SymbianOne and Forum Nokia.

Contestants can learn more about entry requirements and rules at Deadline for entries is 9am (PST) January 29, 2007.


WINBC (Wireless Innovation Network Society of BC) is the producer of WIC'07. WINBC is the focal point for wireless in BC and a leading industry association in Canada. British Columbia has a 25-year history of successful wireless design and innovation and has grown to over 250 wireless companies representing all areas of the wireless value chain from infrastructure and devices to enabling software, enterprise applications, games and peer-to-peer solutions. Companies include Sierra Wireless, Nokia, Digital Dispatch, Colligo, Air G and others. To find your wireless partner go to: To see if you are eligible for the contest go to

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