January 25, 2006 13:25 ET

International Powerhouse to Judge Wireless Innovation Contest 2006-WINBC Calls for Contestants to Enter Their Wireless Deployments by January 30, 2006

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2006) - The Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC) today announces it has put together an imposing panel of judges, for its Wireless Innovation Contest 2006 (WIC'06:, representing the full spectrum of device manufacturers, carriers, industry analysts, professional services, venture capital, entrepreneur and media categories.

The panel of judges includes:

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

- Chris Langdon, Director Business and Enterprise Solutions, TELUS

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

- Michael Calyniuk, Partner, Global IT Procurement, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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

- Bill Ray, Analyst, ARC Chart and Contributing Editor, Wireless Business & Technology

- Dan Keoppel, Executive Director, Strategic Investments, Verizon

- Lee Hancock, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, go2®

- Gummi Hafsteinsson, Product Manager, Google

"This year we have assembled a group of very talented and experienced business professionals and we are very grateful for the time they are putting into judging this North American contest," says Caroline Lewko, Chair of WINBC. "This will bode well for contestants as their entries will be up against first-rate scrutiny. The winners will have the opportunity to present their wireless deployment or innovation and receive constructive feedback from the judges at an industry mentor panel to be held at CTIA Wireless, April 5-7 and they will be presented their awards at a special ceremony at the show."

The seven 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, and a one-hour mentor session with the panel of judges during CTIA Wireless.

WINBC, the producer of WIC'06, is supported by key industry leaders Lucent Technologies, Nokia and TELUS, and marketing partners CTIA WIRELESS 2006, RCR Wireless News,, Outlook4Mobility, CCN Matthews, SymbianOne and Forum Nokia.

Contestants can learn more about entry requirements and rules at Deadline for entries is January 30, 2006.


WINBC (Wireless Innovation Network Society of BC) is the producer of WIC'06. WINBC is the focal point for wireless in BC and a leading association in Canada. British Columbia has a 25-year history of successful wireless design and innovation and has grown to over 225 wireless companies in 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 Games and others. To find your wireless partner go to: To see if you are eligible for the contest go to

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