The Bluetooth Boom - Connecting Everything

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment


Chair: Rajeev Krishnamoorthy
Organizer: Raja Banerjea

Session Abstract:Bluetooth is seeing a new boom with the rapid adoption of Bluetooth Smart. With close to 2 billion Bluetooth enabled devices shipped in 2012 and a cumulative shipment forecast in excess of 20 billion by 2016, Bluetooth is well geared for the new era of smart connected devices. The talk will cover the main drivers for this growth, an overview of the technology and how App developers are using Bluetooth Smart.

Speaker: Mark Powell

Bio: Mark Powell is a wireless industry veteran and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in leadership positions at some of the industry's largest and most innovative mobile technology providers. Prior to joining the SIG in August 2012, he served as vice president of the client software business unit at Kineto Wireless, a company he co-founded in 2001 with the vision of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cellular services.
At Kineto, Mr. Powell played a major role in the initial system design, work for which he is listed as inventor on several of the company's key patents. He was also responsible for establishing Kineto's critical technology alliances and industry standards position, both of which helped establish the company as an industry leader in mobile operator solutions for mobile VoIP, coverage, and offload.
Prior to Kineto, Mr. Powell served in executive roles at mobile industry leaders Nokia and later Motorola, where he led the handset division portfolio team launching many innovative products including some of Motorola's first Bluetooth enabled phones.
A native of Portsmouth, U.K, Mr. Powell started his career in the mobile industry by joining British startup Technophone Ltd. (later acquired by Nokia) after graduating from Highbury College of Technology. At Technophone, he helped develop software and hardware for some of the world's first handheld mobile phones.
Now residing in Kirkland, WA with his wife MaryEllen, Mr. Powell enjoys sports, particularly football (soccer), and is an avid follower of his hometown team, Portsmouth F.C.

Speaker: Kellan O'Connor

Bio: Kellan O'Connor is the Co-founder of Tetherboard, a consumer electronics startup in Los Angeles. Tetherboard develops app-enabled hardware that utilizes Bluetooth Smart for remote connectivity and control. Tethercell, Tetherboard's first product and the Overall Winner of the 2012 Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards, is an app-enabled battery controller that allows anyone to connect to and control battery-operated devices from a smartphone or tablet. As a Co-Founder, Kellan leads Tetherboard's business development, software development and marketing efforts. Previously, he worked as a Propulsion Design Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies where he designed and developed fluid systems for the Falcon 9 booster engines and first stage. Prior to SpaceX, Kellan launched his career as a mechanical engineer, developing rocket engine hardware for the aerospace startup Exquadrum in Southern California. Kellan received his B.S. and M.S. from Northwestern University (Evanston, Il).

Kellan O'Connor will give a startup founder's perspective on Bluetooth Smart. The benefits that the technology can bring to hardware startups will be enumerated. An overview of the product development process (for products that leverage Bluetooth Smart) will also be provided.

Speaker: Raja Banerjea

Bio: Raja Banerjea is the Sr. Director of Global Standards at CSR. In this role, Raja is a member and contributor of Bluetooth SIG, IEEE 802.11 and Wi-Fi Alliance. Raja received his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Masters degree from the University of Florida. Raja has over 15 patents in the area of Wireless communications. Previous to CSR, Raja was Principal Architect at Marvell Semiconductors where he worked on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, at Proxim where he worked on WiMAX and Lucent Microelectronics where he worked on Wireless technologies, ADSL, V.32 and V.90 modem technology.