CXTech Week 2 2022 News and Analysis

The purpose of this CXTech Week 2 2022 newsletter is to highlight, with commentary, some of the news stories in CXTech this week. What is CXTech?  The C stands for Connectivity, Communications, Collaboration, Conversation, Customer; X for Experience because that’s what matters; and Tech because the focus is enablers.

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Covered this week:

  • TADHack Teens Sri Lanka: Review and Plans
  • The Future Is Now: Nikki Shum-Harden Of Subspace On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up The Tech Scene
  • The specs behind the specs part 1 (ASN.1)
  • People, Gossip, and Frivolous Stuff – again lots of people moves this week.

TADHack Teens Sri Lanka: Review and Plans

In 2021 TADHack Global, the world’s largest telecom / communications hackathon since 2014, returned to Sri Lanka with TADHack Sri Lanka organized by hSenid Mobile in partnership with Ideamart.

For the first time in Sri Lanka, parallel to the main event, was TADHack Teens Sri Lanka 2021, which was dedicated to school age teenagers from around the island.

TADHack Teens Sri Lanka 2021, was an unprecedented success, as reported in the DailyFT in SriLanka. The event included participation of school principals, teachers, students, as well as parents of students in various capacities during different stages of the event. In the lead up to the main event there were several webinars and ‘Learn to Code’ sessions. 

Given the event’s success, TADHack Teens Sri Lanka is now a template for other TADHack locations around the world for TADHack Global 2022. At the TADHack Teens Sri Lanka website you can see the webinars, weblogs, and timeline of the event. Working with hSenid Mobile, we plan to use their experience to help other locations unlock the power of teenage innovation. And most importantly allow teenagers from locations around the world to share their hackathon experiences and compete in TADHack Teens Global.

The tentative date for TADHack Global 2022 is the weekend of 8/9 October. I’m still talking with location leaders from around the world to confirm that date.

The Future Is Now: Nikki Shum-Harden Of Subspace On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up The Tech Scene

This is a great interview with Nikki Shum-Harden, VP Marketing at Subspace. Nikki brings much needed breadth and insight to the hardcore geeky world of real-time communications. Two answers stand out for me:

Can you tell us about the cutting edge technological breakthroughs that you are working on? How do you think that will help people?

At Subspace, we are creating a new internet. Literally. This includes all 7 layers of the open systems interconnection (OSI), hardware and software. The new internet is focused on prioritizing dynamic, real-time traffic which is a breakthrough from the outdated version we currently use. This innovative technology has an immediate impact on the way we communicate today in our video calls and multiplayer online games, but it also paves the way for truly interactive, digital experiences like the metaverse.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I’d hands down say the movement I hope to see adopted is supporting employees who are parents in the workplace. As evidenced by the sharp decrease of mothers in the workforce during COVID-19, companies do not amply support parents to be effective in raising their children while working. A solution to this is to allow families to disclose their family planning with their employers and feel like their employers are an active, helpful part of making their home lives positive. Additionally, governments should give companies resources to keep their businesses thriving if their employees choose to have a family. Children are our future, as Whitney Houston said, and what better way to engender positivity in humankind than to empower parents to raise their children to be good people?

The specs behind the specs part 1

Great review of ASN.1 by Sebastian Weddmark Olsson of Working Group Two published this week. At the start of the year I catch up with people, and build the plans for the year. ASN.1 has popped up a number of times in discussions, and of course Objective Systems, followed by grumbles about costs of libraries.

For those more visually inclined, here’s a video summary. ASN.1 is not new, I remember studying it in the ’90s at BT. It’s very geeky, only something protocol freaks would enjoy. I only mention because its popped up in a number of conversations this week.

People, Gossip, and Frivolous Stuff

Sammani Kusaladharma was recognized as an Axiata Champion. She gave an excellent keynote at TADSummit Asia 2021 on “Accelerating Women Tech inclusion with effective usage of Telco API.

Some senior moves:

  • Long-time AT&T executive Mo Katibeh is joining RingCentral as its COO, effective January 18.
  • George Fischer was named SVP of Sales for T-Mobile for Business (TfB), previously part of Verizon’s global enterprise business.
  • Khairil Abdullah joins Dutch-based VEON leadership as CEO of VEON Ventures. Previously CEO of Axiata Digital, heading several important initiatives that I highlighted in the weblog, Keep an Eye on Malaysia. Here’s Khairil’s keynote from TADSummit 2014, how little and how much had changed…

Noreen Allen has left Bandwidth.

Dominique Guinard is now VP Cloud & IoT – Founder of EVRYTHNG at Digimarc

Irakli Nadareishvili is now Managing Director, Head of Platform Engineering, Global Banking Platform at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ted East is now Head of Advanced Technology Studio at Nokia

Isabelle Paradis added a position as International Board member at Global Telecom Women’s Network

Thomas John is now Vice President Partner Sales – International at Five9. He presented at TADSummit in 2017 with Kandy.

David F. Carr is now Senior Insights Manager at Similarweb. He covered the first TADHack-mini Orlando in 2017.

Glen Kuene is now Senior Director of Editorial at Norwest Venture Partners. I’ve known Glen since his Nexmo days.

Cody Bowman is now CTO, US Majors and Cloud Solution Strategy at Nokia

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