Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo

presents ...

A Smart Community Seminar

Connecting Canadians

Through Smart Mobile Technologies

Mike Lazaridis

President, Co-CEO and Founder
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)

Wednesday, January 26, 2000
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo


About the Seminar

The Internet phenomena has demonstrated that people desire to interact with organized real-time information as much, if not more, than with people. The information content on the Internet continues to grow, becoming more organized, and more attractively bundled and packaged for all market segments. As the Internet, and the number of people who use and depend on it continues to grow, the need for any-time, any-where access to this information will become essential. The need to interact with this vast information and commerce base, receive and initiate email, and interact with others requires a wireless always-on, always-connected interactive wearable wireless technology. Mr. Lazaridis will describe the future of wearable wireless Internet devices, the possibilities and limitations of wireless data technologies, and some potential Internet services.

Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazardis, founder of Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), oversees all product development and operations at RIM and is responsible for the development and ownership of several patents for Digisync, software code, and radio technologies. Mr. Lazaridis has received the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 Award (1999), New Technology Development Award (1997 National IWAY Awards), the High-tech Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1996), the CATA award for best high-tech product (1995), an Emmy award (1994) and Technical Achievement Academy Award (1998) for designs in computer film editing equipment, and designed industrial communications cards that won the Canada Award for Business Excellence (Innovation-1992). His wireless technical achievements include: BlackBerry, the first complete, wireless email solution for accessing corporate email and PIM from a single handheld; the world’s first two-way interactive pagers for the Mobitex and DataTAC nationwide wireless data networks; world’s first PCMCIA Type II wireless radio modem for the Mobitex wireless data network; and the world’s first integrated wireless terminals for Point-Of-Sale credit-card and debit-card applications.

Research In Motion

Research in Motion Ltd. (TSE:RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM) is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing wireless devices and technology for the wireless data and mobile communications markets. Recently, RIM was recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing high tech companies in the Deloitte and Touche Canadian Technology Fast 50 ranking. RIM’s current product portfolio includes BlackBerry, the revolutionary wireless email solution designed for corporate email and Internet users, two-way pagers, wireless PC card adapters, software connectivity tools and embedded wireless modems. RIM was founded in 1984 and is based in Waterloo, Ontario. E-mail: Web site: (formerly

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Sponsorship

This seminar is sponsored by The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage, MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.