GSI - Silicon Valley

Digital Innovation Program

September 13th - 15th, 2021


The Digital Innovation Program will be held in partnership with AICEP, the International Association of Portuguese Speaking Communications, with a tailored program to AICEP member companies, and open to other companies in the telecoms, media and e-commerce sector that wish to join.


The Program in 1 minute

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3 days with international experts and champions

(Reference companies) by the end of the day in Portugal

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3 sessions per day

Starting with a guest speaker, and another session with a presentation by an innovative company in the industry

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Program focused
in 3 areas:

13th of September, 15h00-18h00 (GMT +01)
14th of September, 15h00-18h00 (GMT +01)
15th of September, 15h00-18h15 (GMT +01)

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Opening session

Industry challenges by AICEP and LBC, and dynamic involvement of participants

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Closing session

Conclusions and implications by AICEP and LBC, and with dynamic involvement of the participants

3 Pilars of the Program



5G Innovation Lab

Lab's goal is to build a vibrant enterprise software ecosystem with a focus on applications, services and potential use cases for 5G.

Mike Rubel | Website



IX.BR provides a direct connection, allowing Autonomous Systems (AS) to exchange traffic directly. This simplifies IP transit and reduces the number of networks to a given destination, improving quality, reducing costs and increasing network resilience.

Milton Kashiwakura



Facebook Connectivity

Facebook Connectivity helps emerging markets overcome connectivity and Internet access challenges.

Vikas Menon




Has a Hotspot that allows you to operate a WiFi network for low power IoT devices. Hotspot provides hundreds of kilometers of connectivity and can transmit data for a fraction of the cost of a cellular network.

Jameson BuffmireWebsite




Is a global e-commerce leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers in 190 markets around the world.

Justin Hwa | Website




Is a large network of retail stores selling cultural and electronic products. It is present in 8 countries with 12 million monthly visitors.

Carla Oliveira | Website



It is Sonae's electronics retail area. Specialized in the areas of home appliances, consumer electronics and entertainment.

Joana Marques Lima | Website




Is a streaming service that delivers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, animes, documentaries, and more on Internet-connected devices.

Cara Mascini


Telstra Broadcast Services

Helps businesses to provide innovative content worldwide, supported by Telstra's networks and media production.

Ricardo Rodrigues



Palash Ahmed

SVP Corporate Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Palash will talk about trends in the world of media and entertainment


Structure of the program


Monday, 13th September 2021 15:00 – 19:30

15h00 - 15h30
(GMT +01)



Opening session



  • Presentation of the program and objectives

  • Brief overview of Silicon Valley's Innovation Ecosystem


João Caboz Santana, President of AICEP
Torben Rankine, Partner LBC in San Francisco 


15h30 - 16h30
(GMT +01)




Presentation of Facebook Connectivity

  • Presentation of the main solutions and innovations in connectivity and internet access.

  • Debate over business models and partnerships used by Facebook to increase global connectivity.

Vikas Menon, Head of Industry Telco & tech Facebook


16h30 - 17h30
(GMT +01)




IX.BR – Presentations of OpenCDN Project

  • Discussion about the role of IX.BR and the promotion of the necessary infrastructure for the direct interconnection between the networks ("Autonomous Systems" - ASs) that make up the Brazilian Internet.

  •'s operating model in several metropolitan regions of Brazil and the formation of different work groups to foster applications of Internet services of social interest.

Milton KashiwakuraProject Director – IX.BR


17h30 - 18h30
(GMT +01)



5G Innovation Lab – Presentation of 5G Projects

  • Session on how the 5G Innovation Lab is supporting the development of ecosystems and use of 5G in sectors such as Agriculture, Industry and Transport.

  • Presentation on how 5G Innovation Lab is accelerating 5G knowledge, building an ecosystem between large companies and start-ups to develop 5G use cases.

Mike Rubel, Director of Strategic Partnerships at 5G Open Innovation Lab



18h30 - 19h30
(GMT +01)



Helium - Presentation of LoRaWAN concept

  • Presentation of the Helium concept that seeks to decentralize the infrastructure of mobile networks and specifically the Hotspot, with an explanation of the business model and

  • Discussion over the use cases of the LoRaWan concept (standard for Low Power Wide Area IoT networks).

Jameson Buffmire, Business Development Director at Helium


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Setptember 13th - 15th, 2021

Investment: 150 € (1 attendant)

250 € (2 attendants from the same company) 

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