Impact of Ubiquitous Bandwidth and Connectivity: A Multi-Perspective Panel Discussion

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If you are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2010 Series…

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
6:00-9:30 p.m.

Bay Cafe & Restaurant
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto (directions below)


Impact of Ubiquitous Bandwidth and Connectivity
A Multi-Perspective Panel Discussion

“Billions of connected individuals can now actively participate in innovation, wealth creation, and social development in ways we once only dreamed of. And, when these masses of people collaborate, they can advance the arts, culture, science, education, government and the economy in surprising but ultimately profitable ways.”
- Dan Tapscott

UPDATE, August 19, 2010: The distinguished panelists include:

Alexander J. Field

Professor Field is the Michel and Mary Orradre Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University and Executive Director of the Economic History Association.

His research focuses on two main areas. The first is U.S. macroeconomic history with a focus on technology and productivity. His book, A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth, will be published by Yale University Press this fall. The second, aimed at better integrating the human sciences, is reflected in his 2001 book, Altruistically Inclined? The Behavioral Sciences, Evolutionary Theory, and the Origins of Reciprocity, which won the 2003 Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award in the Social Sciences. Professor Field has published more than 50 scholarly articles.

Brinda Dalal

Brinda Dalal is an anthropologist who worked with PARC, Xerox and many of Xerox’s clients. She co-founded PARC’s Clean Technology Initiative in 2003. She earned her PhD from University of Cambridge in social anthropology. She founded Dhoopa Ventures and is driven by two questions: How do we systematically understand change as it occurs in human society? How might we build innovations that radically shape the future?

Ray Abrishami

Ray Abrishami is the Co-Founder and Principal of InLinx Communication. He is the founding member of the WiMAX Forum, which promotes the standards based broadband access technology. Earlier, he was the Senior Director of Engineering at Fujitsu, and he brings perspective from technology and enterprise to the discussion.

Some points for discussion:

* What interesting problems, ideas and solutions have emerged from the promise of unlimited bandwidth and such connectivity?

* In the midst of Foursquare and Groupon, what does it mean to be always online? ‘Real-time’ may be nice for search engines, but what about personal lives? For example, how do we address the Location paradox: On one hand, it does not matter where you are, as long as you are connected. On the other hand, it is more critical than ever for targeting information, announcements, marketing and even public service.

* In the Yottabyte era, companies (like Google, Amazon, Facebook) collect huge amounts of data. Data can be a double-edged sword: it can provide enormous benefits to consumers in terms of intelligence, experience, and engagement and can also prove to be problematic when privacy and data breaches happen.

* How are businesses dealing with this? What new business models are emerging? Today 2% of enterprise is on cloud, 16% virtualized. By 2015, 20% will be on cloud, 45% virtualized.

* Who owns the bandwidth and the connectivity? How do we provide equitable distribution and access in a responsible manner? What are the ethical, legal and moral issues that arise?

Program Schedule:

6:00 – Doors open for registration and networking.

6:30 – Dinner is served.

7:00 – Education Initiative Update

7:30 – Feature Presentation


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

In Palo Alto, take Embarcadero East past Ming’s restaurant, then turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course driveway; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

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Education Initiative

The July 7th SVII event featured an excellent, in-depth panel discussion on technology and innovation barriers in K-12 education. Our expert panelists discussed some of the barriers that prevent modern classrooms from utilizing the vast technological resources currently available, and what we might do to reduce those barriers. Based on the exciting and challenging dialog that resulted, SVII has started work on an Education Initiative that will tackle some of the problems discussed.

The SVII Education Initiative is off to a great start! We have used Ken Ketch’s Group Mind Express tool to create a collaborative space to work on this initiative. If you attended the session and had further insights to add, head over to the SVII Collaboration Center and make your voice heard. We will be adding more tools to that space as the initiative develops, so stay tuned.

Building on the insights gathered, we hope to make a concrete, positive contribution to the world of education in the Silicon Valley. If you’d like to receive all updates about the education initiative, please email to be added to the list.

Preview of October 6th Silicon Valley Innovation Institute Event

Improvisation & Innovation:
A Powerful Duet in Art, Science & Business with Jeremy Sutton

Artist, author, educator and digital painting pioneer Jeremy Sutton demonstrates through spontaneous, improvised live art-in-action how he harnesses the creative power of improvisation to generate innovation on his digital canvas. During this exciting presentation, using state of-the-art digital paint technology, Jeremy will create a live digital portrait of musician, technologist and entrepreneur Howard Lieberman, as Howard plays improvised music. Throughout the process Jeremy will share his decision-making strategies and provide insights into how the same principles can be applied in other arts, in science and in business.

Jeremy Sutton—world-renowned artist, author, educator, digital painting pioneer and Corel Painter Master—has drawn and painted for over forty years, and worked with digital painting media for the last eighteen. Please visit to see more of his artwork, and for his online training materials.

Archives and Outlook

Please note that the SVII Ning group has been replaced by the following social networks:

You can now follow SVII on Twitter @sviihq

Join the new SVII Facebook group and the LinkedIn group.

You can also use Eventbrite to register.

Stay in Touch

For more information, and to join the e-list, email Plan to join the SVII Innovation Society each “first Wednesday” of the month.

Keep checking here for program updates.
SVII is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.
Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, is a member of SVII.

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