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Dr. Peterson

Derek Peterson

Chief Technology Officer, Boingo Wireless

Derek Peterson, Ph. D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless. He is responsible for the company's technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest IT and wireless network technologies including 5G, Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. Dr. Peterson has led Boingo to many wireless industry achievements, including the Wireless Broadband Alliance award for “Best Converged Operator Deployment” which recognized the company's cellular and Wi-Fi networks at Philips Arena; Light Reading award for “Most Innovative Wireless Service;” Wi-Fi Industry awards for "Best Wi-Fi Network Operator" and "Best Wi-Fi Service for Vertical Markets" and the Light Reading Leading Light award for "Most Innovative Carrier Wi-Fi Deployment.” Dr. Peterson was also named “CTO of the Year” in 2017 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a 2015 "Wireless Industry Executive to Watch" by FierceWireless. Dr. Peterson has deep telecommunications experience as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions. He is a Wireless Broadband Alliance and MulteFire Alliance board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Innovation & Technology Council of wireless industry leaders. Dr. Peterson holds a BS in computer science from the University of Maryland, an MA in education and technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on enterprise information systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the “International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.”

Please visit http://www.boingo.com for more information.

Dr. Peterson can be contacted at 424-256-7036 or dpeterson@boingo.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.