Following on from the Leadership Forum yesterday, had a great, information packed Pacific Northwest Wireless Summit today. The conference theme was around Ideas, Innovation, Insight and Investment.

The morning started with keynote speakers from a cross section of the wireless industry, including researchers, venture capitalists and companies.

Tom Huseby (SeaPoint Ventures, Seattle) said this is the best time to start a company. Investment funds, he said, is still available for the right companies. Problem is that people are too concerned about the current economic climate, when they should be focused on creating for the future. Companies that are developing for the upcoming boom in the mobile market will be the winners in 2010 and beyond.

Video courtesy of Bruce Sharpe

Interestingly, Dr. Gerry Chan (Communications Research Centre, Canada) mentioned one of the frustration for his team has been that not enough academics are commercializing their research. Dr. Chan is passionate about changing that in Canada and his organization is encouraging funded researchers to become more entrepreneurial in their outlook.

Keynote session was followed by several intense specialized forums throughout the day and the Summit ended with an upbeat Award Gala dinner