SOURCE: Strategic News Service

Strategic News Service

October 21, 2009 06:00 ET

FiReGlobal : West Coast Tech Conference Delivers New Solutions to Regional Problems

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - For the first time ever, a technology conference has taken the lead in solving large-scale regional problems. FiReGlobal : West Coast, held October 15th in Seattle, produced radical new ideas and proposals in almost every area discussed. FiReGlobal was hosted by Strategic News Service (SNS), producer of the highly regarded Future in Review (FiRe) conferences.

This new conference offered a world-class gathering in technology and economics, uniting thought leaders in major global and regional sectors. Regional problems were selected by a steering committee of 50 community leaders. Solutions were achieved beforehand by CTO work groups and produced on-the-fly by presenters on stage.

Solutions included state protection of $500 per student, to fund 1:1 computing in K-12 classrooms; a new "bubble of protection" surrounding startups for the first 1-2 years, to minimize taxes, government filings, and professional fees; a redesigned fast-switching energy grid enabling rapid ramp-up of alternative energy sources; and much more. Breakout sessions on each topic led to creation of ongoing discussion and work groups.

SNS CEO Mark Anderson opened the conference by encouraging participants to "not just talk, but to take action." Speakers included Michael Dell, chair and CEO, Dell Inc.; Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, Qualcomm; Rob Glaser, founder, chair, and CEO, RealNetworks; Lee Hartwell, Nobel Laureate and president and director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Steve Reynolds, president and CEO, Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy; Rogers Weed, director, Washington State Department of Commerce; Larry Smarr, director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, UCSD; Denis Hayes, president and CEO, Bullitt Foundation; and Roger Payne, founder and president, Ocean Alliance.

Major problem areas included ocean health, broadband, education, healthcare, energy independence, use of social media, promoting entrepreneurial growth and successful startups, and encouraging intelligent discourse in problem-solving. Eight FiReStar companies talked about how they will improve the world in areas such as telemedicine, proteomic disease treatment, alternative energy, unified communications, electric vehicles, and more. Tesla Motors provided free rides in its famous electric car, the Roadster.

"From new state programs funding 1:1 in schools to great new ideas for enhancing entrepreneurship and creating jobs, every panel at FiReGlobal came up with practical solutions to major regional problems, as defined by the community's own leaders. At the same time, I think we've created the best technology conference in the Northwest. Everybody won on this one," Anderson said this week.

"We have a new must-see conference. FiReGlobal has a clear mission: use technology to help save the world," remarked Brenda Cooper, award winning Science Fiction Author and CIO.

The evening ended with an interview of Anderson by Fortune Magazine Senior Writer Michael Copeland, during which Anderson suggested the U.S. economy would remain split for several more years, the price of oil would begin heading toward its past $147 record, and that China had reversed its economic program, in a stealth currency war against the U.S. dollar.

About Strategic News Service

SNS was the first paid online news service on the Internet, founded by Mark Anderson in 1995. SNS is the most accurate predictive letter covering the computer and telecom industries. It is personally read by the top managers at companies such as Microsoft, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Google, and Telstra, among others.

SNS has been operating the annual FiRe conference for eight years. The Economist calls FiRe "the best technology conference in the world." FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, producing an accurate portrait of the future, and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2010 will be held May 11-14, 2010, at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA. For more information to go www.futureinreview.com.

Future in Review™ is a Strategic News Service™ conference. Future in Review™, and Strategic News Service™ are registered international trademarks. The SNS newsletter is the most accurate publicly ranked predictive newsletter in computing and communications.

Websites: www.stratnews.com, www.futureinreview.com, www.futureinreview.com/global/wc

Contact Information

  • Shane Elben
    Strategic News Service
    FiReGlobal : West Coast
    P.O. Box 1969
    Friday Harbor, WA
    Tel. 360 378 8628
    Email: Shane@stratnews.com