Monday, December 04, 2006

ITU Conference

Didier Philippe, President of Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute speaking in Hong Kong This week I attend the largest technology conference I have seen to date. Typically held in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union Conference (ITU) was held in Hong Kong December 2006.

Held once every 4 years, this event has drawn over 150,000 attendees from all over the world. Those who know me will understand the sheer nirvana I am experiencing in connecting with people from so many countries all discussing and understand opportunities to extend technology and improve social conditions. Very few people I spoke with in the US before the event even knew what the ITU was, including me, so I learned that the ITU is the telecommunications committee for the United Nations (UN).

This morning, among a diverse and experienced group of telecommunication leaders in a panel on this first official day of the event, were Andre Smit of Cisco and Didier Philippe, President of the Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute in Switzerland, who is working with HP. They spoke about the convergence of culture and technology, how technology is driving a change in the way that organizations serve employees and consumers and what each company is doing to respond to issues surrounding globalization. Mr. Smit highlighted the changing way that youth will prefer to be communicated with, while Mr. Philippe focused on the mechanisms by which HP is tailoring programs for ‘micro-enterprises’, those of 10 employees of less.


david said...

Maybe because I'm a ham I think of ITU as being about radio telephony... sounds like heaven in any case.

lisa padilla said...
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lisa padilla said...

Perhaps not because you are a ham. The first utilization of telephony, I'm learning, was a radio call. It was one call that used up the whole spectrum available on the planet. Times have changed, telephony technology has obviously expanded and the companies who make those technologies have not only learned to split the airwaves into many that can be used, but also optimize the efficiency within those split spectrums. It's not about radio and sound alone as you will probably agree, it's about "data". The number of types and size of data are increasing. This show is unique in that the use of spectrum is shared between government agencies like the FCC and the private sector enterprises, so there have been everything from huge technology companies like MS and HP to reglation authorities from small countries like Swaziland and Trinidad. It's also highly educational from a global market standpoint, because one of my clients is focused on video and the large telecomms are investing significant attention on mobile TV.