DECEMBER 6 – 8, 2016
ABOUT 2O2O VISION
After another extraordinary year of industry consolidation and technology advances, Light Reading is ready to make it official: Our industry is powering the next phase of globalization.
In Rome, in December, we’ll be hosting our third 2020 Vision Executive Summit, dedicated to exploring the opportunities and risks created by this unprecedented technology-driven economic shift.
Money, technology and people: For 16 years this has been Light Reading's mission and its mantra – to boldly go where no B2B technology publication has gone before, demystifying the acronyms and making sense of the marketing to help service providers make money from their networks. That mission has never been more essential. That's why it's important for the movers and shakers in the communications industry to meet up and brainstorm and that's where Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit comes into play.
This exclusive event is dedicated to defining the future of next-gen communications and working out how to make money from it. This year, we're holding the event in Rome at the Westin Excelsior, a stunning location, fit to host an extraordinarily important dialog between the true visionaries of our industry.
As an event attendee, and my guest, you will have the opportunity to participate in lively discussion and intimate networking through activities surrounding the event, including an afternoon of excursions on Thursday, December 8th.
Attendance is limited, so please consider purchasing in advance.
Steve Saunders is the Founder and CEO of Light Reading, the world’s largest, most authoritative, and best qualified community of telecommunications professionals, reaching 350,000 global communications decision-makers every month.
Saunders founded Light Reading in 2000, after a 12-year career as a technology journalist. Following the explosive success of Light Reading, he launched Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com) and Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com). This triptych of online startups covering telecom news, telecom research, and security news, respectively, was acquired by UBM llc in 2005 for $33 million. Saunders then took a break from leading Light Reading in 2007, before buying Light Reading and Heavy Reading back from UBM in January 2014.
In the intervening years (2008-2013), Steve founded Internet Evolution, a ground-breaking online community dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, and DeusM (www.deusm.com), an integrated marketing services company targeting the fastest-growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media.
In 2014, Saunders was named to the Folio 100, the magazine and media industry's best-known and most prestigious list of innovators, entrepreneurs and market shaker-uppers.
Ray joined Light Reading in 2002 shortly after being shown the door and a very long corridor at Total Telecom. He has been in technology journalism since 1988, having worked at Computer Weekly, Communications WeekInternational (this is not a mistake…that was the official name!) and Communications International. Ray is often to be heard banging on about SPIT (Service Provider Information Technology), of which SDN and NFV are prime examples, though after 18 years on telecom technology titles there’s no end of topics he’ll debate over a quality coffee (just don’t get him talking about the coffee itself – he is a self-confessed caffeine bore).
Patrick Donegan has more than 20 years' experience as a telecom analyst and strategist. Covering mobile networks, Donegan specializes in the mobile backhaul network domain as well as in mobile network security. He is the author of Heavy Reading's Ethernet Backhaul Market Tracker and numerous reports on mobile backhaul, mobile network security and several other subjects. He Chairs Light Reading’s Mobile Network Security Strategies conference series and is Co-Chair of Light Reading’s Backhaul Strategies For Mobile Operators conference series. Donegan joined Heavy Reading in 2005 after five years at Nortel Networks, where he was a senior manager of strategic planning for the company's wireless business – spanning GSM, CDMA, UMTS, WiMax, and other wireless technologies. Prior to Nortel, he spent two years in business research for Motorola's Corporate Strategy Office in EMEA and two years as a wireless analyst for the Yankee Group. As a journalist, he was deputy editor of Public Network Europe from 1990-1995 and editor of Mobile Communications International from 1995-1997. Donegan holds a B.A. in industrial relations and politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is based in the U.K.
Carol Wilson is Editor-at-Large for Light Reading, where she also serves as Dean of Light Reading University. She has covered the telecom industry for 28 years, including 14 years at Telephony, eight of those as editor-in-chief. Wilson also was a founding editor of [email protected] Week and founding editor-in-chief of The Net Economy, both for Ziff-Davis Media, and also founded a news and information Web site, Broadband Edge. Prior to covering telecom, Wilson wrote about higher education, business, politics, the arts and sports for newsletter and newspaper companies. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wilson's work has been recognized by the Computer Press Association, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the Jesse H. Neal Awards of the American Business Media and the North Carolina Women's Press Association.
To learn more about attending this event, please email
Julie Muroff, SVP Operations & Events at [email protected]
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