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Building a Global Decentralized Wireless Network with LoRaWAN

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November 11, 2021 @ 1:30 pm 3:00 pm PST

Building a Global Decentralized Wireless Network with LoRaWAN, Helium Miners, and Cryptocurrency

What do you get when you utilize blockchain Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and cryptocurrency to build one of the fastest-growing wireless networks?

How would you build a global IoT wireless network in a matter of years, not decades, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional mobile carriers who might spend billions to buy spectrum, build cell towers, and gain subscribers?

The answer is the Decentralized Wireless (DeWi) movement which is growing at breakneck speeds.
At the center of this movement is the Helium blockchain, which is powered by the LoRaWAN wireless protocol that has seen tremendous growth in IoT applications. The Helium DeWi model has amassed legions of crypto mining fans, and its “hotspot miners” have been deployed worldwide.

In this WCA IoT Applications event, we bring together a panel of industry experts to share their perspectives on why the DeWi movement has been so successful. We’ll explore the benefits of a DeWi network and the multitude of Helium IoT applications used in small business to big city projects.

Sign up and to learn about the DeWi Helium movement. Our panelists will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Speaker Bio:

Moderator – Andy Do
President at Embedded Works / SensorWorks

Andy Do is the Founder and President of Embedded Works, a wireless technology distributor since 2004, now turned IoT solutions integrator. Mr. Do has over 20 years of wireless industry experience, with an emphasis in the areas of GPS, WiFi, Cellular, and LPWAN solutions. He has launched several IoT brands focused on GPS telematics and Wireless Sensors. Prior to founding Embedded Works, he has held engineering and management positions at Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Proxim, and Avnet.

Patrick van Eijk
Director of LoRa Business Development at Semtech

Patrick has a focus on LoRaWAN End Nodes and Sensors. He works in sales and business development. Closely with sensor companies in North America and Europe on both business and technical aspects of LoRa RF and LoRaWAN IoT technology in various IoT vertical markets such as Smart City, Smart Home, Agtech, Industrial, and Logistics. He is dedicated to accelerating the LoRaWAN sensor ecosystem’s growth and assisting North American LoRaWAN IoT Network operators in finding the right sensors for their use cases and proofs-of-concept.

TJ Rancour
President at CalChip Connect

As Co-founder and President of CalChip Connect, TJ Rancour epitomizes today’s pioneer in the world of ‘everything IoT’; whose relentless pursuit of refinement and accuracy of IoT solutions, provisioning and packaging will ultimately help give way to everyone who wants it -around the globe – the ability to wirelessly connect. Leading the company as its visionary, he’s completely a ‘hands-on’ guy with a strong moral conscience and social vision.

Barney Barnowski
Vice President Business Development at TEKTELIC TBA


Results-oriented telecom sales executive with 25 years of progressive leadership experience uniquely balancing savvy entrepreneurial sales skills with technical expertise to produce bottom-line results. A recognized industry leader with extensive knowledge (and some cool patents) in, wireless communications including 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies, and the rapidly growing field of IoT and LoRaWAN communications..

Scott Sigel
Director at the Decentralized Wireless Alliance (Helium Foundation)


The Decentralized Wireless Alliance (dewi.org) is the Foundation arm of the Helium blockchain and its global community. The Foundation shepherds community governance across economic and technical advancements of the network, while educating municipalities, industry, and developers about what’s possible at the intersection of wireless networks, radio devices, and blockchain technology. Occasionally advises pre-seed/seed stage teams on capital and growth.

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