Connected home summit and Next generation mobile devices event in London ..

Next month sees two events in London: Connected home summit and Next generation mobile devices. I cannot attend either since I am speaking at CTIA at the mobile web and apps event and the ipad and tablets event but I would have loved to do so.

I think the topics are related and I see connected home with all the related trends like Internet of things, smart grids etc as the next frontier for mobile networks and devices.

However, I don’t know how innovative and radical the Operators and vendors will be in these discussions i.e. the topic is very forward looking(hence of interest) but not sure how many new perspectives some of the more traditional players in the industry would add to it

For instance: Vodafone is talking of femtocells but in reality they are promoting femtocells only for network coverage – which is fine but not innovative enough. Swisscom is speaking of the mobile decade but swisscom is a very conservative operator operating in Switzerland which has some unique conditions (ex ownership of Bluewin). BT retail is speaking of smart homes .. but today there are many players in the smart home arena and BT is not radical enough ..

Having said that .. the following sessions are definitely interesting and I would have loved to attend and see what they have to say ..

Defining The Device – Where in the Mobile Internet Heading? Ed Candy – Chief Technical Officer, Three Group (Hutchison)

Enabling The Digital Lifestyle – Exploiting The DLNA Eco-System Nidhish Parikh – Director, Personal Media, Nokia (DLNA Chair)

Changing Market Dynamics – Terminal Vendors, Content and Service Providers: Challenges and Opportunities Kamran Kordi – Head of Development – Devices, T-Mobile International

Exploring New Device Form Factors Caroline Gabriel – Chief Analyst, Rethink Research

How Do Vendors/Operators Attract Application Developers? Sanjeet Matharu – Principal Manager, Developer Marketing, Vodafone

One-API – Driving The Culture of Collaboration Graham Trickey – Senior Project Director (One-API), GSMA
Exploring The Open Source Value Chain And Internet Centric Applications Alex Reeve – Mobile Business Group Director, Microsoft

Wholesale Application Community – An Operators Perspective Pierre Combelles – VP, 3rd-party services, FT-Orange Group

Seizing The M2M Opportunity Robert Brunback – Head of Market Strategy, Telenor Connexion

Battle of Smartphones: Google vs Apple vs ROW Roberta Cozza – Principal Research Analyst, Gartner

All in all, this will be an interesting event I suspect. Pity I cannot make it but if you are attending, happy to do a guest post for you on OpenGardens blog. Please contact me at ajit.jaokar at if you are attending either of these events and would like to do a guest post on this OpenGardens blog