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Mobile Cluster Seminar: Mobile Carrier Innovations

Last week’s
Mobile Cluster seminar, Carrier Innovation Labs: Developer Opportunities!
brought AT&T ,  Sprint, and Verizon together on a
single panel for the sole purpose of educating our region’s developers on the
many opportunities for partnering with them.

James Geshwiler, Managing Director of
CommonAngels opened the panel with the plethora
of programs and initiatives that involved carriers today. From spectrum
licensing to security to the internet of things, he spoke of how carriers can
use “innovation to shift economics back to the innovation providers.”
Ted Stecko
from the Verizon Innovation Center educated the audience on the LTE Innovation
Center, which was launched to discover new revenue sources, much that is
focused on the internet of things and Machine to Machine (M2M). Verizon’s
Innovation Center offers different levels of engagement. A company who is
creating for a small or niche market share is able to connect to the LTE
network just by passing through the certification process. An innovation that
could result in larger market-share has an opportunity to be advised to help
grow and develop the product. Verizon also has its own venture arm, 4G VentureForum

Pete Dawson spoke about the options
available to developers at Sprint Collaboration Centers, which include Sprint
just serving as the network behind the scenes; developers utilizing Sprint
technologies to create their own innovations; and partnering. Currently Sprint
has 2 major focus areas: video and mobile health. They have four platforms for
those areas: 1) analytics, 2) security, 3) cloud, and 4) commerce. 
Paul Steel at AT&T was there to represent their
Foundries, which are located all over the world and exist to help smaller
developers get their innovations out the door.
All of the
panelists agreed that they wanted to help support developers and were happy to
provide introductions to other vendors or give them advice on the best
‘off-the-shelf’ technologies to start off with. It not only helps get these
small innovators developments out the door, but allows them to build
relationships with them as they grow.
Before we
broke off for networking and one on one time with the panel members, they did
urge developers to not only connect with the innovation centers but with other
infrastructure providers that could also provide an entry for support and

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