Call For Papers: The NFC World Congress

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NFC technical experts and those with operational expertise in the near field communication field are invited to respond to the Call for Papers of the first NFC World Congress, to be held in Brussels, Belgium from June 17-19, 2008.

The preliminary agenda for the NFC World Congress has now been finalized and the Call for Papers, outlining the types of presentation the organisers are looking for, has now been published.

Endorsed by the NFC Forum, Mobey Forum, GlobalPlatform, SIMalliance, StolPan and the Smart Card Federation of China, the NFC World Congress will bring together for the first time all the leading players in the near field communication market from across the world. It is set to be the year's must-attend event.

The NFC World Congress includes both the NFC Workshop, a one day introduction to near field communication on June 17, and the main NFC World Congress on June 18 and 19. Running alongside the NFC World Congress will be The NFC Show, an international exhibition where visitors will be able to view demonstrations of near field communication in action.

"The NFC World Congress programme is designed to allow those new to this fast growing field to get completely up-to-speed with the subject, to enable delegates to learn from the experiences of the pioneers who are putting NFC into practice in the real world and to provide delegates with the information they need to discover how NFC will develop in the future and decide what action they should take," says Sarah Clark, the NFC World Congress' conference director.

"NFC's potential as a mobile payments technology has so far received most attention and we will be devoting the first morning of the NFC World Congress to case studies on this topic," explains Sarah. "But it is fast becoming far more than just a mobile payments solution. It has the potential to become a simple, practical and affordable way to enable 'the internet of things' where everything from posters to cameras, printers to prescriptions and fashion items to vending machines can be connected together via a new internet of physical objects."

Proposals are invited from speakers who can contribute to either the NFC Workshop or the main NFC World Congress programme. Four types of speaking opportunities are available:

  • Lessons from the front line -- Case studies from the payments, transit, marketing & promotion, connectivity, content & information services and ID arenas.
  • NFC Workshop guest presenters -- Technical and business presentations from experts in the field, focussing on the business case for NFC, NFC applications, NFC technology and NFC project management.
  • Innovation showcase -- The opportunity for those working on innovative new NFC applications and technologies to present their work to delegates.
  • Discussion group leaders -- Round-table workgroup leaders with specific expertise in a particular aspect of the NFC ecosystem from either a technical or business perspective.

Detailed guidelines for potential speakers are available on the NFC World Congress website at The closing date for proposals is March 19, 2008.

About Near Field Communication:
Near Field Communication (NFC) is an emerging technology that quickly, simply and easily enables a connection to be established between two devices. Consumers equipped with a mobile phone containing an NFC chip, for instance, will be able to use their phone to make mobile payments, purchase train tickets, download discount vouchers from smart posters, get up to date travel information and more.

NFC has also been adopted by the Wi-Fi Alliance as a simple and fast way to set up and secure wireless connections between computers and peripherals. It also forms part of the Bluetooth SIG's new Bluetooth Umbrella initiative, designed to enable phone users to connect together everything from heart rate monitors and pedometers to watches and televisions.

About the NFC World Congress:
The NFC World Congress is organised by Global Projects Group, a specialist technology information provider established in 1993. It takes place from June 17-19, 2008 at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, Belgium. Participants will include end-users, operators, card issuers, suppliers, analysts and observers from all sectors of the market and from the largest blue chip company to the smallest and most innovative start-up. Access to the NFC Show exhibition area is free of charge to pre-registered business, government and academic visitors.

Sarah Clark, Conference Director
NFC World Congress
+44 (0)1600 714330


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