Wireless Institute Seminar Series: "Riding the Waves of Innovation in a Connected World"


Location: Debartolo Hall, Room 131

Steve Sprigg, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Qualcomm Labs, Inc. (also ’87 ND alumnus)

Room 131, Debartolo Hall

RSVP to Christine Broadbent, 631-1226 or broadbent@nd.edu

Over the past three decades we have been witness to a world transformed by the role of computers and connectivity. The emergence of personal computers, the Internet, cellular networks, feature phones, smart phones, app stores, smarter cars, and wearables continue to fundamentally transform our work and play. They have sometimes served to depersonalize communication while also providing us with instantaneous communication with loved ones separated by thousands of miles. Entire industries have emerged while others have been radically transformed by an ability to connect people to products and services through their computer, tablet, phone and even their watch. Steve will discuss his work in these areas from the perspective of a fresh Notre Dame Finance grad, an obsessed software developer, and finally through his work on various teams innovating some of these fundamental breakthroughs. He will describe his personal experiences in work on Internet technologies, the worlds’ first smartphone, the first widely successful mobile platform and app store and more recent work on proximity technologies. He will also offer his personal perspective on leveraging innovation, teamwork, leadership and how to spot “the next big thing.”