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March 27, 2006 07:00 ET

WINBC to Award WIC'06 Winners at Ceremony During CTIA Wireless

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2006) - WINBC, the producer of the Wireless Innovation Contest 2006 (WIC'06), will be awarding the six winners and six runners up of the third annual wireless contest at a ceremony to be held at 11.45 am on April 5, 2006 at the main stage (MEX) at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, NV. In its third year, the annual contest gained entries from all over North America including Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, British Columbia, Alabama, Virginia and New York.

"As a first time judge of the Wireless Innovation Contest, I have to say, I was honestly surprised by the challenge. There were so many exceptional submissions and of such widely varied ideas; from white noise encryption technology to mobile telematics, that it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to the winning entries," comments Oliver Starr, Executive in Residence & CMO, Angel Strategies and Foldera. "All in all this bodes well for the wireless industry. As carriers in particular are forced to move from usage based revenues towards those derived from content, it should be a comfort to know that so many entrepreneurs are creating content generating businesses that are both useful and engaging to the consumer."

The annual contest is open to Canadian and American wireless developers and solution providers that have deployed a wireless solution in one of six 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 panel of independent judges have examined, evaluated and chosen a winner and runner-up in each category. A benefit valued at $100,000, 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, FierceWireless.com, Outlook4Mobility, CCN Matthews, SymbianOne and Forum Nokia.

About WINBC

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: www.winbc.org. To see if you are eligible for the contest go to www.winbc.org/contest.

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