The Austin Wireless Alliance recently hosted its annual Texas Wireless Summit and there is no doubt that AWA is fulfilling its mission to bring together the key leaders in wireless from Austin and Central Texas. Participants included representatives from the business, academic, community, and government sectors and the presence of aspiring entrepreneurs was readily evident.
From the perspective of someone who is dedicated to providing youth as many opportunities as possible for them to reach their full potential, AWA truly sets the benchmark for other cities. Their effort in providing an opportunity for University of Texas engineering students to exhibit their wireless application concepts and have them receive feedback from field practitioners is to be commended. It was indeed a pleasure to meet such bright young people. Since my youngest son received an engineering degree from UT, I had to contact him and let him know that his alma mater is doing very well, not only in football, but also in engineering.
Even though this was the first time I have attended AWA’s wireless summit, it was evident to me that this concept can be a viable vehicle to generate business opportunities for all sectors of the wireless industry. In discussing AWA’s mission with CEO Erin Defosse’, I stressed how important it is that AWA is filling the technology niche of the local chamber of commerce. It takes the foresight of business leaders like these to recognize this business necessity. Through AWA, they have filled a critical niche in the technology sector and are helping to better position Austin and Central Texas to compete in today’s global economy.