Anousheh Ansari to Speak at the Women in Technology Summit

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Prodea Co-Founder and CEO to Participate at WITI Event

WHAT: Prodea Systems’ Co-Founder and CEO Anousheh Ansari will participate in an expert panel at the Women in Technology Summit: Powering Up, organized by WITI (Women in Technology International). The event, which will celebrate WITI’s 25th anniversary, focuses on Big Data and how it is steadily becoming more prevalent and important in the careers of women in technology. The panel, “High Tech and High Touch: Using Technology to Improve Human Connections,” will showcase females involved in technology innovations being brought to market as a means to help families and communities live healthy, be happy, and enjoy life to the fullest.

WHO: Anousheh Ansari launched Prodea Systems alongside her husband, Hamid Ansari and brother-in-law Amir Ansari in 2006. That same year, Anousheh blasted off into space for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space. As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. Prior to Prodea, the Ansari family founded Telecom Technologies (TTI) and developed one of the telecommunications industry’s first softswitch platforms that helped enable the global adoption of Voice over IP (VoIP). TTI was acquired by Sonus Networks in 2000 for approximately $1.2 billion, one of the largest acquisitions in the telecommunications market at that time. The acquisition helped fund Prodea and the Ansari-X Prize.

At the Women in Technology Summit, Anousheh will be joined by the following panelists:

  •     Rebecca Bompiedi, senior vice president of Business Transformation at Philips Lighting Americas
  •     Michelle Crosby, co-founder and CEO at Wevorce

Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph. D., principal at Change Catalysts, LLC, will moderate the panel.

WHEN: The Women in Technology Summit: Powering Up will take place June 1-3, 2014. “High Tech and High Touch: Using Technology to Improve Human Connections,” will take place on June 3 from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. PT.

WHERE: The Women in Technology Summit: Powering Up will be held at the Santa Clara Marriott.

Media or analysts interested in one-on-one meetings with Anousheh Ansari, co-founder and CEO of Prodea Systems at the Women in Technology Summit: Powering Up should contact Marta Weissenborn atMartaWeissenborn(at)mcgrathpower(dot)com.

About Prodea Systems
Prodea is the first company that delivered on the promise of the connected home while finally making a seamless connected life possible for everyone. The Prodea Residential Operating System (ROS®) is a unified platform of the Internet of Things that enables diverse Service Providers worldwide to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver autonomous, agnostic and easy to use connectivity and services between people, data and devices. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Prodea maintains additional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai, London, Dubai and Johannesburg. For more information about Prodea Systems, please visit:


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