5G in 5: Top Tech This Week — January 27, 2020

Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 1. America’s 5G Labor Shortage— It’s estimated that the U.S. needs 20,000 more people to build out 5G networks to win the race to 5G. This shortage and its implications prompted the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing earlier this week. The Hill’s Emily Birnbaum reported that “witnesses largely agreed that investing more in education … could help with the issue.” She also noted, “the work behind building the flashy technology is often taxing and difficult, requiring people to scale extraordinary heights.” Jimmy Miller, president of a small telecom services company, added that “it’s a high-risk industry” but “we’ve got to make hard work cool again.” Read more here. 2. Educational Technology Advanced By 5G—… Read More

CES 2020

A little late, but here’s a quick #ces recap: Went to stay informed on all the latest trends (or buzz)… 3 key takeaways: While I didn’t attend in 2019, the 2020 conference could be dubbed “the year of 5G”. The buzz surrounding 5G on the conference and exhibition hall floors was palpable and significant portions of both the free and paid content included 5G topics. Is this “peak buzz” (think blockchain in 2018) or has 5G transitioned into the mainstream technology discourse? Or both? Programming demonstrated the breadth and potential of 5G. Robotics, gaming, healthcare, agriculture, etc. showcased unique panels focusing on how 5G will impact individual sectors. Concrete examples = a powerful education tool. Both startups & big corporations are forcefully advocating for 5G. On the exhibit floor, startups, mostly in the IoT space, gathered in a separate 5G labeled section while the big and familiar corporations (Verizon, Nokia,… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – January 16, 2020

Happy New Year! Here’s this week’s rundown of our top 5 stories about 5G and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 1. Top Takeaways from CES – “5G is going to be a big deal, but maybe not the way you think,” writes Barron’s Eric Savitz. It is predicted that 200 million 5G smartphones will be sold in 2020, but as Savitz says, “The real opportunity is going to be at the edge of the network, where companies of every stripe will take advantage of 5G’s ability to connect a million devices to a single cell site.” Read more here. 2. U.S. vs. China in the 5G Era – “The 5G era is well underway in China,” says the Center for a New American Security’s Elsa Kania, who also notes that the first 5G-enabled brain surgery happened… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – December 23

Here’s this year’s final rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 1.    Collaboration Connection – “The future of workplace collaboration is firmly rooted in 5G,” according to Lifesize CTO Bobby Beckmann. Data shows that remote work and collaborative tools are expanding at a staggering pace, and that will continue with 5G as it offers people mobility and quality gains. Video conferencing, for example, will be crisper. For additional insight, read more here. 2.    5G Safety – “Worried about 5G’s health effects? Don’t be,” says WIRED contributing writer Klint Finley. This comes on the heels of a report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which cited the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in saying “the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any… Read More

Good to Tap, Open, and Go

Good2Go believes that technology can serve people’s everyday needs. The first use case for this San Francisco-based company helps connect people to ADA compliant restrooms that are all-gender and equipped with baby changing stations. Through Good2Go’s app, users can locate a restroom and then unlock and open the door. In addition to solving a need to find accessible restrooms, Good2Go is working with a local non-profit to help provide access to showers for the city’s homeless population. Good2Go’s founder and CEO, Fran Heller, wants to scale her business and believes, “there’s no question that 5G will enable Good2Go to expand, scale, address a real, and everyday need, and solve it.” Check out the latest video from Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about Good2Go.… Read More

Community Connection

Robert Johnson is making it his mission to support the development of entrepreneurs of color. He recently started a social impact business incubator called The Collective. Located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, his organization helps minority entrepreneurs grow, scale, and access resources. Robert sees 5G as a huge opportunity to help bridge the gap among underserved communities. To ensure that happens, he says: “There’s a need to engage the community, bring the community together, and provide opportunities for those who have been left out, disenfranchised, and underinvested in.”… Read More

STEM in Sacramento

As a former engineer, Nicholas Haystings recognizes the importance of a STEM based education for young generations. His organization, Square Root Academy, aims to provide underserved students in the Sacramento area these opportunities. At no cost, scholars participate in a collaborative and creative environment that emphasizes innovation and academic excellence. Scholars can participate in workshops to learn industry skills including 3D modeling and printing, coding, and electronic circuit design and creation. Afterward, they can utilize open lab hours to build their own creations. For Nicholas, 5G means better connectivity and greater opportunity for his scholars to experience the technologies of tomorrow. Currently, a group of students are developing a garden system that is aiming to grow food using 70-90% less water. With 5G connectivity, scholars will be able to monitor in real time how the plants are growing and their PH levels. Check out the latest video from Faces of… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – December 2

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 5G + AI – How transformative could 5G be? Combine it with the power of AI and find out. The Wall Street Journal’s James Rundle and Angus Loten take a look at how both technologies can reshape factories, hospitals, and even cities. Read more here. Automotive Impact – When it comes to electric and autonomous vehicles, Freeman Shen of WM Motor Technology Group warns, “If you don’t have 5G you just cannot make it.” Read more from his remarks at Fortune’s Global Tech Forum here. Future of Farming – John Deere showcased a new agriculture tool through the “Command Cab.” With 5G connectivity, the cab will be able to monitor crop performance and use AI… Read More

The New Digital Economy

At Outlier Ventures in Chicago, Rumi Morales is focused on the creation of a new digital economy and knows that new and transformative businesses need 5G to succeed. Rumi, who is a Partner at Outlier and Head of Venture, expanded on this at our recent event in Chicago, “5G in the Windy City.” We caught up with her before the event to talk about the impact she expects 5G to have on everything from the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence. Here’s some of what she had to say: “I cannot imagine, for example, many of the things that we’re talking about – whether it’s around bitcoin or whether it’s around AI – for those promises to become real without 5G. It touches so many parts of our future economy. 5G equals opportunity. 5G equals future economic growth. A lot can be missed if we don’t start investing in 5G… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – November 5

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. DC5G – Partnerships among public and private stakeholders will be critical to the successful and timely rollout of 5G. That was one of the topics that was discussed at DC5G earlier this week. Faces of 5G was featured during the opening panel. Read more about the conference here and check out coverage here and here. The Power of Everything – Nokia’s Jai Thattil wrote for Inc. that “traditional network services have been determined by the limits of the technology. With 5G, those technical limitations are no longer a barrier, making it possible to do pretty much anything.” And by pretty much anything he means, enhanced analytics, more immersive experiences, smarter stadiums – the list goes… Read More

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