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Tablets: The New Media Platform

November 29, 2011



Tablets: The New Media Platform


Similar to the advance of the smartphone, tablet computers are redefining the “mobile computing” space and taking the world of consumer electronics by storm – we are at the beginning of the tablet revolution. So why are tablets so popular? Four factors have come into play at an opportune time: physical design, functionality, broadband wireless and the convenient availability of compelling apps through app stores. These factors have allowed tablets to become much more than on-the-go computers; they can serve as e-readers, personal media players, gaming devices, dynamic in-store signage, and connected medical clipboards.

So how will we use tablets next? How will they evolve? How will carriers need to adapt? What will the evolution of apps look like? Will next-generation processors spawn super tablets? Find out the answers to these questions and more by joining us in a panel discussion with key industry players, Rob Chandhok of Qualcomm, Christy Wyatt of Motorola Mobility, Diana Zaccardi of Verizon Wireless, and moderated by Lucy Hood of USC, for a lively discussion about tablet computers – the new and ever-expanding media platform.

Rob Chandhok
President, Qualcomm Internet Services
President, Qualcomm Innovation Center
Senior Vice President, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies
Rob Chandhok is president of Qualcomm Internet Services and senior vice president of QCT. Chandhok is responsible for aligning Qualcomm’s hardware, software and services initiatives by driving the innovation and development strategies of Qualcomm’s mobile software technologies. This includes the integration of mobile operating systems, and the applications written to them with the Company’s industry-leading chipsets as well as driving the advancement of Qualcomm products and enabling technologies that enhance the performance of Qualcomm’s client and server platforms. Chandhok also serves as president of Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), a wholly owned Qualcomm subsidiary focused on mobile open source contributions. In this role, Chandhok drives the strategies and development for enabling and optimizing open source software with Qualcomm technology, and for relationships with the broader open source community.

Previously, Chandhok spearheaded the strategic development for some of the Company’s most significant projects. He was a key member of the management team that developed and launched the Company’s Brew mobile software business, and he also led engineering and market development efforts for QChat, VoIP push-to-talk over CDMA IP data, a technology subsequently licensed by Sprint-Nextel. Also, as vice president of engineering and market development, he acted as the chief system architect for MediaFLO. At VoIP startup, SunRocket, Chandhok served as chief product officer. He established the company’s San Diego offices and brought his vision for IP-based home-centric data communications products and services to the company. Early in his career, Chandhok worked as a research computer scientist at the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science for more than 10 years, before leaving to found Within Technology. While at Carnegie Mellon, Chandhok was published in the research areas of programming systems and computer-supported collaborative work. Chandhok served as president of Within Technology, which he founded in 1993 to commercialize research and new product development in the area of computer-mediated communication.

Jay Jaffin
Vice President, Marketing and Sales Operations, West Area, Verizon Wireless
Jay Jaffin serves as Vice President of Marketing & Sales Operations for Verizon Wireless’ West Area, where he manages the company’s marketing & operations in the 13 western states. His responsibilities include marketing communications, CRM, and product management; retail, and indirect sales operations; training; and the Telesales and Continuity Marketing Organizations. Prior to his current assignment, he served as executive director, National Customer Relationship Marketing in the company’s headquarters organization where he led cross-area efforts to retain and grow the customer base profitably, while laying the foundation for the company’s CRM strategy and vision. Previously, he served as executive director, Loyalty and Telesales for the West Area marketing team.

Jay joined Verizon Wireless in 2003 as a Customer Relationship Marketing associate director for the West Area and brought with him more than seven years’ experience in a variety of marketing, sales, strategy, and management roles. He held a series of director assignments in which he created and led programs to achieve growth and revenue goals while maintaining an exceptional customer experience. Jay earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley.

Christy Wyatt
Corporate Vice President, General Manager, Enterprise, Mobile Devices, Motorola Mobility
Christy Wyatt leads the organization responsible for developing and delivering products and solutions that address real enterprise-customer problems, such as critical IT device-policy management, enterprise security, productivity and content access. The business unit’s charter is to ensure the best products and solutions are available for mobile enterprises around the world, and includes all associated functions – sales, marketing, development and product management. Christy previously served as corporate vice president, Software and Services Product Management, where she led a team responsible for the strategy and planning of Mobile Devices software platforms, services, applications and experiences, and the development of strategic partnerships.

Prior to that, Wyatt was responsible for the development and management of Motorola’s strategic platforms as well as developer ecosystems. Her global team drove platform definition, design, and development for Motorola’s strategic platforms, including Motorola’s mobile-Linux platforms. Those duties included cultivating a thriving developer environment through partner recruitment/management, tools development and support, industry software vendor (ISV) management and go-to-market programs. Wyatt joined Motorola in 2005 from Apple, where she was worldwide developer relations director and responsible for partners, global alliances and evangelism. Prior to Apple, she was responsible for licensing PalmOS at PalmSource. Wyatt also has held key development, licensing, sales and business development roles at Palm Inc., Sun Microsystems, JavaSoft and ESRI. Wyatt graduated from the College of Geographic Sciences, where she focused on the development of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing systems.

Lucy Hood

Executive Director, Institute of Communication Technology Management, USC
Founder, Fox Mobile Entertainment
Lucy Hood is a highly respected industry expert on digital strategy and content , who heads the Institute of Communications Management Technology (CTM) at USC. CTM’s research on the Global Mobile and Digital Home are backed by corporate members including AT&T, Verizon, HP, Cisco, Sun, Qualcomm, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent and Disney. Prior to joining USC’s Marshall School of Business, Hood was President of Fox Mobile Entertainment, where she built News Corporation’s mobile businesses through partnerships with companies such as Vodafone, Qualcomm, Nokia and Verisign, as well as innovations like texting on American Idol. Hood keynotes at major industry events such as CES, GSM and Digital Hollywood, and has spoken on digital issues before top government officials in the US and in China. Lucy Hood holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

– Reception
– Program Begins
7:30PM – Program Ends

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– At-the-Door
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Qualcomm Headquarters
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5775 Morehouse Drive,
San Diego, CA 92121

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November 29, 2011
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