One 'Unwired' Developer Tour Kicks Off

By Michael Singer

October 08, 2003

Sybase and Intel court Wi-Fi wannabes with a national series of free half-day technical seminars starting in New York.

Hoping to cash in on the Wi-Fi craze, Sybase has teamed up with Intel to host the Unwired Enterprise Developer Tour.

The national series of free half-day technical seminars kicked off Wednesday in New York City with information for companies about the technologies they'll need to set up a successful wireless environment, including mobile application development, data management and synchronization, and creating mobile offline Web applications.

After leaving New York, the two companies will snake their way to other tech Mecca cities including: Santa Clara, CA on October 21; Chicago, IL on November 4; Arlington, VA on November 12; and Boston, MA on November 13.

Organizers say the series will drill down into various topics such as an "Overview of the Unwired Enterprise," presented by Intel and a technical session sponsored by Sybase that shows how its products fit into what it calls "always available/occasionally connected computing" as well as a technical review of database and synchronization technology leveraging. Dublin, Calif.-based Sybase will also be showing developers how to unwire applications with its Pocket PowerBuilder platform.

The seminars are just a drop in the bucket for Intel, which has been the corporate bullhorn for the Wi-Fi movement.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip making giant has earmarked $150 million of its R&D budget for investing in startups in the middle of their Series A or B round of funding that are working on 802.11-related technologies

The No. 1 chipmaker is also one of the financing partners behind national wireless ISP, Cometa Networks, a partnership between IBM , AT&T , Intel and global investment concerns Apax Partners and 3i.

Much of Intel's interests however lie within its Centrino wireless chipset and its "Unwired" campaign, which culminated in a national free access day last month.

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