CTIA 2011 Innovation showcase pavilionThis Sponsored Post is produced by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley.

Innovative companies are increasingly important to the telecom industry. With some startup exits topping a billion dollars, interest is at a fever pitch. And at the upcoming CTIA Wireless 2012 conference, May 8 – 10 in New Orleans, many startups and solution providers will gather to present their wares. And to ease conference attendees’ access, many startups will be concentrated in an easy-to-visit pavilion focused on the innovators in wireless telecommunications. In a joint effort with The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley (the Council), the CTIA show floor will feature an “Innovation Showcase” where 25 young companies will be exhibiting their latest products and services.

“We want to facilitate relationships between the startups, and the investors and bigger companies.”, said Council President Liz Kerton. “This Pavilion offers something important to both sides: for those seeking the entrepreneurs, we’ve gathered them together in a densely packed area. For the innovators, the Pavilion helps them get the word out efficiently and meet the next round of funding and partnerships.”

Pavilions have emerged as a great way to organize a trade show, both for visitors and exhibitors. This earlier article explained how startups can simplify their workload and maximize ROI from pavilions. But good, themed pavilions are also a time-saver for conference-goers hoping to see a specific category of exhibitor. If the conference organizer already categorizes the show floor, you can save painful footsteps and costly time.

The innovation pavilion will be most appealing to wireless telecom carriers, MVNOs, large network solution providers, and equipment vendors. On display are:

  • Location-based, local and payment services
  • Accessory devices
  • Driver safety
  • SON and network equipment
  • Mobile Health
  • Data Tsunami mitigation
  • Sound shaping
  • Mobile video technologies
  • Network Operations
  • Connected Home
  • Applications
  • Device UI, voice UI
  • …and more

The 24 companies in the Innovation Pavilion were selected from a pool of over 100 companies by members of the Council, including HTC, Qualcomm, Sprint, Vodafone, BT, Ericsson, nVidia, China Mobile, Translink Capital, Norwest VP, Docomo Capital, PARC, Plug and Play Tech Center, and more. The bases of qualification were: innovation, momentum, viability, and management.

You can see all the early-stage companies at the Pavilion located at Booth 4251, or as they present on the main stage on 5/8 3-4:15pm and 5/9 12:30-1:30pm.

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