NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Metaswitch Forum 2014 -- Metaswitch devoted three days to explaining its view of the future to about 800 customers, partners and guests, including extensive discussion of virtualization and the move to software-driven networks.
Working off the theme, "The Brains of the New Global Network," the main presentations featuring brainy people from Metaswitch, the telecom industry, and even National Geographic Channel.
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Giant spinning heads were a recurring theme. The heads featured various members of the Metaswitch leadership team doing alternating voice-overs in a humorous vein. The technology was serious but the presentation wasn't, at least not always.
Pic 2 -- Phil Harvey in Minority Report Pt II In pic 2, that's former Light Reading editor Phil Harvey right up front in what looks like a scene from Minority Report Pt II (or would tha be called Majority Report?)
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.