November 22, 2005

WINBC Announces Call for Entries for WIC'06

AtoZ writes "Vancouver, BC, November 21, 2005 – The Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC), along with its key sponsors Lucent, Nokia and TELUS Mobility, announced today that it is accepting entries for the second annual Wireless Innovation Contest 2006 (WIC’06).

The contest will recognize organizations and innovators whose wireless deployments are already making a difference or have the opportunity to change the way we do things, benefiting our communities and generating profits.

“WIC’06 focuses on accelerating wireless adoption and new economic opportunities,” says Sang Mah, producer of WIC’06 and President of WINBC. “We’re presenting companies, organizations and innovators with an opportunity to showcase how leading-edge wireless solutions are helping to improve efficiencies, enhance processes and connect people.”

The contest is open to Canadian and American wireless developers and solution providers that have deployed a wireless solution in one of six categories:
· Taking Care of Business:
o Public Sector: a solution that showcases new processes or models, improves productivity and/or saves money in the public service (utilities, health, government, fire or police services).
o Private Sector: a solution that showcases new processes or models, improves productivity or facilitates commerce in the private sector.
· Taking Care of Yourself:
o Home & Entertainment: a solution that entertains or facilitates life at home.
o Sports & Recreation: a solution that showcases wireless in a sport, recreation, fitness or wellness setting.
· Taking Care of the Community:
o Community & Citizenship: a solution that helps raise the bar for the disenfranchised (disabled, elderly, illiterate, immigrants, non-profits).
· Student:
o Students submit in any category but are judged against other student entries.

WIC06 entrants will be expected to provide a proven return on investment for their deployment of wireless technologies in one of the above categories. Interested parties are invited to visit www.winbc.org/contest to enter.

A panel of independent judges will examine, evaluate and choose a winner and runner-up in each WIC06 category. A benefit valued at $100,000, WIC06 winners are rewarded with targeted exposure in media and at trade shows, inclusion in a special case study publication, and a one-hour mentor session with the panel of judges during CTIA Wireless.

The WIC06 awards will be announced April 5, 2006 in Las Vegas during the CTIA Wireless show. Descriptions of the winning projects, their objectives and their accomplishments will be posted in a case study booklet in print and online.
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About WINBC
WINBC (Wireless Innovation Network Society of BC) is the producer of WIC 05. WINBC is the focal point for wireless in BC and a leading association in Canada. British Columbia has a 25-year history of successful wireless design and innovation and has grown to over 225 wireless companies in all areas of the wireless value chain from infrastructure and devices to enabling software, enterprise applications, games and peer-to-peer solutions. Companies include Sierra Wireless, Nokia, Digital Dispatch, Colligo, Air Games and others. To find your wireless partner go to: www.winbc.org. To see if you are eligible for the contest go to www.winbc.org/contest.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges. To learn more about Nokia, please visit www.nokia.ca.

About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide.
www.lucent.com
About TELUS Mobility
TELUS Mobility provides its 4.3 million clients across Canada with a full suite of wireless voice, Internet and data services through its PCS and Mike digital wireless networks. For more about TELUS Mobility products, please visit telusmobility.com.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.NV; NYSE: TU) is a national telecommunications company with annual revenue of more than $8.0 billion, 4.7 million network access lines and 4.3 million wireless clients. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation Internet-based technologies. For more information, please visit telus.com.

For further information, please contact:
Asa Zanatta, WINBC media relations
Tel: 604 408 1389
Cell: 604 724 7755
E-mail: azanatta@spiritcommunications.ca"

Link: wonbc.org

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