The rollout of 5G, the superfast fifth generation mobile internet network, is underway. But will it mean more than just better networks and faster downloads? Can this more accessible technology be used to change society for the better and improve our everyday lives?
In this episode, we hear from three female leaders working with technology and 5G, who share their understanding of the key megatrends that will drive 5G and digitalization in the next 10-20 years. They discuss how a faster, better network can break down social barriers, empower female leaders, and enable older people to make full use of digital technologies.
This podcast comes from a Nordic Talks online event arranged by the 5G Techritory Forum in Latvia.
"Having 5G is actually going to empower female leaders and enable the elderly to a great degree."
Leslie Shannon, Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting at Nokia
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Leslie Shannon (USA)
Leslie Shannon is Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting at Nokia, where she investigates new technologies, including AR/VR, AI, self-driving cars, robotics, drones, and the Spatial Internet. Leslie travels and speaks globally, both researching new tech and sharing her findings with Nokia telecommunications company customers. Leslie lived for 11 years in Finland and she also knows the Baltic region well. Leslie describes herself as a "novophiliac" – someone who's in love with the new.
Elina Lidere (Latvia)
Elina Lidere is the 5G Innovation Lead at LMT, a Latvian mobile network, and is a 5G expert with the Latvia Internet and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA). She has over 20 years of firsthand experience in the communications sector. Elina is an avid supporter of "tech for everyone" and is a mentor for Riga TechGirls, an online community designed to encourage women to get involved in technology, as well as for various startup and student hackathons.
Sofia Elamson (Sweden)
Sofia Elamson is an adviser at Nordic Energy Research, a platform designed to strengthen cooperative energy research and policy development between Nordic countries. She is a member of the team managing calls for proposals for ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems, a European organisation focused on increasing energy security, which has just launched a call for proposals to research how digital transformation can enable a sustainable energy society. Sofia is also an active member of the Nordic Energy Equality Network, which promotes equality and diversity within the energy sector.