"I am delighted to welcome you to the Liberty Global Technology Summit 2015! The Summit, which is already in its ninth edition, serves as a forum for us to connect and spark the innovation that will shape the future of our network and products. The Summit gathers our Employees and Partners, who are crucial to our continued success by enabling us to deliver the best experiences to our customers. We look forward to seeing you in September in Amsterdam."
Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global
The Technology Summit is Liberty Global's largest annual event, bringing together our key technology partners and our employees from around the world for an unforgettable and inspiring day of knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking. The summit features industry-leading speakers, hands-on product demos, thought-provoking panel discussions and immersive breakout sessions. We will also host our second Appathon, during which developers compete in teams to create the next breakthrough app for our Horizon TV platform.View Gallery
The Liberty Global Technology Summit is the event of the year for both our innovation partners and employees working in our product and technology, networking and IT divisions. It offers an informal setting to meet with and learn from fellow participants, including Liberty Global senior executives. The Summit also provides an excellent opportunity to explore the latest technologies, understand our technology roadmap and the future of customer-driven innovation.Register now
The Technology Summit features a rich line-up of plenary and breakout sessions, while leaving plenty of room for networking and experiencing the latest innovations with live demos at the Liberty Global Connected Home booth as well as our partners' booths. Check out the day and evening program to learn more. Please download a print version of the program.
The Visibility Paradox
Evolving the headend to meet CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 standards
Interactive Panel Discussion: Scalable, future-proof solutions
MSO Monetization on the Internet of Things
Create, Sell, Deliver: Connect your Customers to your Product faster
Embracing GigaBand Network Era
Getting the Whole Picture – Creating Innovative Experiences
Skilling the Next Generation of Network Eningeers
Actionable big data analytics to stay competitive
Tom Morrod, Senior Director for TV and broadcast technology, IHS
Amy Blair: Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office, Liberty Global
Anna Gatti: VP Customer Lifetime Management, Liberty Global
Baptiest Coopmans: Managing Director for Ziggo
Dana Strong: Chief Transformation Officer, Liberty Global
Converging LG's business: a toolbox, the steps & disruption
Predicting OFDM Performance using Single-Carrier QAM Data
Kandy; A Disruptive Approach to B2B
Capacity and Agility for a Web-Scale World
Technical and commercial comparison of OBI free solutions
Convergence of Mobile & Fixed Networks – How do we get there
Ensuring customer privacy in the Internet of Things world
Leslie Ellis, owner Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com
Nomi Bergman, President, Bright House Networks
Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, Chief Technology Officer, Cross MediaWorks
Jay Rolls, SVP and Chief Technology Officer, Charter Communications
DOCSIS® 3.1 and the Connected Home
Pure cloud: achieving the 100% all software head-end
Challenges of HFC/FTTH network upgrades in DOCSIS 3.1
Driving innovation with Code Halos
An application-centric view of the network
Service Assurance in Next-Gen IP-Based Networks
Accelerate IoT business value with out-of-the-box Cloud platform
Strategic Investments to Drive Innovation and Efficiency at Liberty Global
Our objectives & portfolio overview
Introduction to our recent investments:
Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Everything for SP
Time to Market Excellence with Infonova R6 Best of Suite BSS
Adoption of Big Data and cloud application development
Strategic Investments to Drive Innovation and Efficiency at Liberty Global
Our objectives & portfolio overview
Introduction to our recent investments:
Be inspired and gain new perspectives on technology and innovation through sessions led by our senior executives and engineers, industry experts and luminaries.
Mike Fries is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global. A 30-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today, Liberty Global is the largest international cable company in the world providing 27 million customers with 56 million video, voice and broadband internet services.1 Liberty Global has operations in 14 countries and generates $18 billion of revenue.2
Mr. Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the company's international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2005 and is a member of Liberty Global's board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company's chairman, Dr. John C. Malone.
Mr. Fries is a Telecom Governor and Steering Committee member of the World Economic Forum, and a member of World Presidents Organization. He also serves as a trustee or board member of a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including CableLabs®, The Cable Center, Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, the Denver Biennial of the Americas, the Alliance for Choice in Education, and Teach for America, among others, and was recently appointed to the board of Grupo Televisa S.A.B. He was named Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012) by Ernst & Young, Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe, and honored by 5280 Magazine's Top of the Town Awards, Reader's Choice as Top Humanitarian (2013). In June 2011, Mr. Fries was inducted into Cable Television Pioneers association. Mr. Fries holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University (where he is a member of the President's Advisory Council) and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Balan Nair is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing the global network, IT, and technology operations, which span two continents and 52 million homes. He is also responsible for new product development, oversees global procurement functions and leads our Technology Investment Venture group. Mr. Nair is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive Management Committee and Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Liberty Global in July of 2007, Mr. Nair served as AOL's chief technology officer overseeing Technology, IT, and network operations. After joining AOL in 2006, Mr. Nair led the Technology Operations organization in developing technology strategy, creating synergies, improving productivity, and increasing efficiencies.
Prior to his role at AOL, Mr. Nair spent 12 years at Qwest Communications International Inc. (Qwest), most recently as Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, he was responsible for supporting Qwest's internal and external applications, legacy systems including maintenance, internal network operations, data centers, and help desk and desktop support functions. He also headed Qwest's technology management operations that included technical aspects of the company's product rollouts in broadband, video, call center technology, VoIP, and wireless, among other offerings. As Qwest's Chief Technology Officer from 2003 to 2005, he spoke often in public forums on technology and strategic topics in the telecommunications industry.
Mr. Nair sits on the board of Charter Communications, a leading cable operator in the United States, Telenet Group Holding NV, Liberty Global's Belgium subsidiary, and on the board of Adtran Corporation. He holds a patent in systems development and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado. Mr. Nair holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, both from Iowa State University.
Nils Mueller is famous for his stirring future journeys and for his inspiring presentations about worldwide Innovation-Hotspots & Trends. Nils has exceptionally wide-ranging experience as a speaker, and has already given over 300 keynote presentations.
Nils started his career at the IBM Innovation Center. During his Master program in Berlin, New York and Milan 2002, he founded TRENDONE, a company that is specialized in micro-trends and weak signals. TRENDONE is market leader in identifying key trends in fast moving branches of business. Nils Mueller lives with his wife and three children in Hamburg-Blankenese.
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cross MediaWorks Stephanie Mitchko-Beale provides day-to-day leadership in the development and execution of strategic initiatives. She is leading the Operations and IT teams to champion change efforts and design stream-lined, standardized processes to ensure continued scalability of Cross MediaWorks' products and services. Cross MediaWorks is the parent company of Cadent Network, the leading national unwired television advertising network and Black Arrow, an international leader in advanced advertising platforms and data solutions, as well as a portfolio of companies that service the media industry.
With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Mitchko-Beale is a media, technology, and interactive advertising maven with a solid record of pioneering industry-changing products. She has garnered several top industry awards and acknowledgements throughout her career, including Emmy awards from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Stephanie holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in New York, teaches as a guest lecturer at NYU/Stern Graduate School and is a member of the NYU Poly Enterprise Learning Board.
Jay Rolls is SVP & Chief Technology Officer at Charter Communications in Denver, Colorado. He and his team have responsibility for Advanced Engineering & Architecture across all lines of business.
Previously, Mr. Rolls served in a variety of roles during 13 years at Cox Communications including SVP of Technology. At Pacific Broadband he was the VP of Business Development and in 1999 and 2000 he served as the VP of Network Engineering at Excite@Home. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rolls spent nine years in Germany with Alcatel and BBN Communications (now part of Level3). He began his career working in the US intelligence community.
Mr. Rolls received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983 and a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1988.
Nomi Bergman is the president of Bright House Networks, the sixth largest cable company in the U.S. Bergman is a results oriented leader focused on people, process and product. Her genuine attentiveness to both people and culture combined with her acuity to navigate rapidly evolving technologies and strategic landscapes garners top results. She currently serves as chair of the SCTE Foundation. She presently serves on the FCC Technical Advisory Committee and has served on the CableLabs Technical Advisory Committee for many years. She is a Trustee of the University of Rochester and a Director of CableOne.
Yvette Kanouff is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Service Provider Video Software and Solutions Group. In this role, she directs the strategy and development of Cisco's video software portfolio, which spans content security and encoding and streaming, including Videoscape offerings, conditional access, and services and delivery. Kanouff manages a global team of engineers, architects, product line managers, technical marketing engineers, and business development managers.
Kanouff brings more than 20 years of video experience to Cisco. Prior to joining Cisco in 2014, Kanouff served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Engineering and Technology at Cablevision where she was responsible for the implementation of the company's strategic technology and critical engineering objectives, as well as identifying emerging technology opportunities. Previously she served as President of SeaChange, where she spearheaded its transition from a hardware company to a software company, while helping to move the industry toward web-centric, open standards–based solutions and architectures. In the role of Chief Strategy Officer for SeaChange, Kanouff secured the company's position as a leader in video on demand (VOD) as well as establishing the company's software division. She also was Time Warner Cable's Director of Interactive Technologies.
Kanouff received the National Cable and Television Association's 2014 Vanguard Award for Leadership in Science and Technology. She won an Emmy for her work on video-on-demand with SeaChange and holds several patents on VOD-related digital technologies. Broadcasting & Cable has named her one of the 11 most influential women in the television industry. CableFAX included her numerous times on its Top 100 Women list, named her the industry's "Top Techie" for 2011, and included her in its CableFAX "Digital Hot List" each year from 2012 through 2015. Other accolades include the 2001 Multichannel News Wonder Woman award and the Woman in Technology award from the SCTE and Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT).
Outside of her responsibilities at Cisco, Kanouff is an executive member of WICT, a senior member of the SCTE, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is on the planning committee and panels for the industry's major trade shows and a member of the IEEE awards committee board.
Kanouff holds a master's degree in mathematics, with a focus on compression algorithms.
Dana Strong is Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer of Liberty Global. In this capacity, Ms. Strong is responsible for identifying the opportunities that will shape the future success of Liberty Global. She is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive Management Committee.
Ms. Strong has held many key positions within Liberty Global's operations since 1999. From July 2013, she worked as Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media where she oversaw major restructures of the business and product portfolio following its merger with Liberty Global. This followed two years as Chief Executive Officer of UPC Ireland, overseeing that operation's strong growth, improved customer satisfaction, and successful track record of product innovation. Before joining UPC Ireland, Dana served as the Chief Operating Officer of AUSTAR Communications in Australia, at the time a subsidiary of Liberty Global.
Ms. Strong is a dual degree graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Coopmans is Managing director of cable and media company Ziggo in the Netherlands, a subsidiary of Liberty Global, and chairman of the supervisory board of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
He graduated as an industrial engineer; worked 17 years for Unilever and was chairman and managing director of Unilever in Mexico from.
From 2006 till end 2011 he was a board member of Royal KPN NV.
Anna Gatti is the MD of Customer Experience for Liberty Europe. It is her challenge and great opportunity to ensure the organisation always considers the customer first across all its operations and delivers differentiated experiences across touchpoints, processes and technologies. Towards this purpose she leads the digital, care and sales centres of excellence and drives key modernisation programs such as digital, contact centre optmization, and customer experience management capabilities.
Before joining Liberty Global in 2012, Anna worked at Vodafone in NL, UK and NZ, Razorfish and American Management Systems in both commercial and technical roles.
Anna has a phD in Astrophysics from the Imperial College London and when is not on the job can be found traveling to far and remote places, hiking, or enjoying family and friends in Italy.
Amy M. Blair is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Liberty Global. In this capacity, Ms. Blair is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs which address employment and retention, compensation and benefits, organizational structure, performance management, training and development, and compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Ms. Blair is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive Management Committee.
Ms. Blair was employed in a number of key operational and human resource management positions with UGC, Liberty Global's predecessor, and its affiliates since 1991. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Blair was based in Amsterdam, UGC's European Headquarters. During her tenure in Europe, Ms. Blair served as Vice President of Operations Management and then as Managing Director of Human Resources for UGC's European operations.
Ms. Blair holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College.
Leslie Ellis is owner of Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com, a Denver-based analysis/writing firm specializing in the technologies used in cable, multichannel and broadband delivery systems. Specific focus is "translating" the dense language surrounding the technologies and technology strategies of service providers, and particularly cable service providers.
She writes the weekly "Translation Please" column for Multichannel News, now in its 16th year, andaimed at demystifying commonly-used cable and broadband technology terms. (Archived here: www.translation-please.com.) She's written two broadband dictionaries, one field guide to broadband, and co-authored "Planet Broadband."
She received the National Cable Telecommunication Association's Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates in 2005. In 2010, she was named Technology Woman of the Year by the Society of Cable & Telecommunications Engineers and Women in Cable and Telecommunications.
Previously, Ellis was Paul Kagan Associates' Senior Technology Analyst. Ellis was Senior Technology Editor for Multichannel News/Broadband Week from 1994-1998, and Managing Editor of Communications Engineering & Design magazine from 1990-1994. She began in the cable industry in 1987.
Outside of work, she's a beekeeper, founder of the Women Who Bee beekeeping club, and Executive Producer of the documentary film "BEE PEOPLE," released in 2012. The film encourages everyday people to become backyard beekeepers, toward a goal of a beehive every two miles -- to help sustain pollination amidst the massive and unsolved honeybee population decline that began in the U.S. in 2009.
Tom Morrod is the senior director for TV and broadcast technology at IHS. Tom is responsible for all research across TV sets and consumer electronics, set-top boxes, pay TV networks, professional video technology, video distribution, technical service delivery employed by service providers and video consumer electronics. Additionally Tom is responsible for research on multiscreen platforms, IP and licensing.
Tom has been the project lead for the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers' annual market sizing report for the last 5 years, and regularly provides information and presentations to DVB and SMPTE, amongst other trade organisations.
He has presented at numerous international conferences over the years, contributed articles to many newspapers and trade magazines, and worked as a consultant and advisor to many of the largest technology, consumer electronics, content creation and distribution companies in the world, as well as to the investor and legal community involved in these industries. Specific topics of research include studio and capture equipment, professional storage, transmission and distribution, managed service for professional video, broadcaster and pay TV operator delivery, multiscreen and multi-platform distribution, set-top boxes and professional CPE, television sets and retail hardware, as well as specific work on IP and licensing.
Pep Rosenfeld is one of the founders of Boom Chicago. He also writes tailored presentations for companies about their business, strategy or event and is an excellent Master of Ceremonies. He hosts events like The Next Web, Picnic, TEDx and Spin Awards. He performs weekly in the all improv show A Shot Of Improvat Boom Chicago's own theater on the Rozengracht. He is a political junkie, interested in politicians and current events both in America and in the Netherlands.
We offer a range of sponsorship opportunities to allow all our partners to gain exposure and enhance their profile at the Liberty Global Technology Summit 2015. Get involved by selecting one of the sponsorship packages below.
Every year at the Technology Summit, we celebrate our fruitful relationships
with partners and suppliers by presenting our Vendor Awards. Focusing on the
crucial role they play in driving our product strategy, this year's awards will
recognize their achievements in the following five categories:
An additional award will be presented to our employees who have contributed their creative ideas to the Spark Innovation Program
We are proud to host our second TV Appathon, giving developers the opportunity to help shape the future of television. Fully aligned with the main event, more than 100 developers will compete in teams to build the most innovative and appealing TV app. The winning app will immediately be made available to Horizon TV customers.
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