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25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

MIT Club of Washington Annual Public Seminar Series

Hand-Held Communicators: The Defining Technology for the 21st Century

The MIT Club of Washington is pleased to present its 28th annual Seminar Series on an important national topic related to science and technology. Each year, the series offers engineers, scientists, industry leaders, policy makers, and educators an opportunity to explore a specific topic in depth. Both those within and outside the Washington area MIT community gain the opportunity to develop a better understanding of recent developments and key issues

Presentations by distinguished speakers are followed by ample time for questions and discussion. The social hour and dinner provide additional opportunities to meet the speakers, renew acquaintances, or join in stimulating discussions with other participants.

Hand-held communicators have changed the world as much as any technology since personal computers. Throughout the world people connect to each other, to the internet, and to organizations of all kinds in ways unimaginable only twenty years ago. This revolution, according to some, has just begun and the changes in the future will dwarf those of the last generation. The key questions are: What impacts have hand-held communicators caused to date and what is coming at us in the future? What are the personal consequences of being available 24/7? What are the economic costs and benefits of the seamless blending of work and non-work time? What new industries will blossom in this environment, and which old ones will wither?


Tuesday, October 13, 2009 : The Future of the Smart Phone
Rob Pegoraro, Technology Columnist, Washington Post

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: The Regulatory Environment for Hand-Held Communications.
Michael J. Marcus , Director, Marcus Spectrum Solutions, former Associate Chief for Technology, FCC

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 : Geospatial Applications
Luc Vincent, Engineering Director, Google

Tuesday, January 12, 2010: Social Networking
Professor Alexander Pentland, Media Lab, MIT

Tuesday, February 9, 2010: The evolution of services and devices in the wireless space
Mark Epstein , Senior Vice President, Development, Qualcomm

Tuesday, March 9, 2010: Operating systems for smart phones
Erick Tseng, Product Manager, Mobile Content and Search, Google


Each session begins at 6:15 PM with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00, and the seminar from approximately 8:00 to 9:30.

The first three sessions of the seminar sessions will be held at the Kenwood Country Club, 5601 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland, the remaining three sessions will be held at Maggiano?s Restaurant at 5333 Wisconsin Ave. in Friendship Heights, MD (directions will be provided to attendees later).

DIRECTIONS TO KENWOOD CC from the Beltway (I-495), use exit 39 River Rd, go east toward Washington, and then go 2.8 miles, at Springfield Drive stoplight turn left into Kenwood CC- free parking in lots left of Clubhouse.
DIRECTIONS from DC, go west on Massachusetts Ave. NW, turn right on Little Falls Parkway and left at River Road; proceed to 5601 and turn right at stoplight into Kenwood Club. For Mass Transit take METRO to Friendship Heights Station, and then a 9 minute ride on the T2 bus that leaves the station at 5:35, 5:57, and 6:15 PM. For driving directions go to www.maps.google.com.


Registration will be accepted for the complete series only, though spaces are transferable for individual sessions. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received, up to the capacity limit. The series is open to MIT Alumni/ae, their guests and all others interested in the topic. To avoid disappointment from oversubscription, we recommend early response. Federal employees may submit an approved SF 182 for payment.

The subscription cost of the Washington Seminar Series is $298 per person for members of the MIT Club of Washington and their guests, and $330 for non members, which includes dinner for each session. To register, send the form below, with checks payable to "MIT Seminar Series" to:

Mr. Ray Daniels, MIT Seminar Series, 4700 Falstone Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5544

You will only be notified in case oversubscription prevents your reservation from being accepted. For additional information, telephone Kenneth Gordon at (301) 469 9240 or e-mail to kengordon@alum.mit.edu.

Online registration using a credit card is available. Go to web site mitdc.org/seminar for instructions.


____Registration, Public, $330 per person

____Registration, Member, MIT Club of
Washington, $298 per person/guest

____I am enclosing a separate check for $30 payable to the ?MIT Club of Washington? for 2009-2010 dues (Applicable only to MIT alumni/ae)

Enclosed is a check made payable to the MIT Seminar Series for the amount of_______________

Name ________________________________________
Guest ________________________________________
Address __________________________________
Tel.(H)___________________ B) ______________


(legible e-mail is needed for change notices and reminders)

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