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Of Chicken Hats and Satellites

I admit it – I have a chicken hat.  I’ve not had it long so I haven’t worn it much (yet!). There is a connection to my chicken hat and Satcom.

I got my chicken hat because I am a volunteer at the FIRST Robotics Championship that took place last weekend in St. Louis. MO.  I served as the Pit Announcer, letting the teams know about logistical information, spare parts requests and even signing the teams out of the Pit at night (the Pit is where the teams work on their robots before and after competitive matches).  First of all (bad pun), you have to go to www.usfirst.org and check out the amazing world of robotics competitions.  Dean Kamen founded FIRST Robotics 20 years ago – FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and the annual robotics competition draws hundreds of teams from around the world.  Teams that attend have won a regional competition or another award.  Call it the “brain-i-ac” Olympics where teams help each other before they compete against each other (called Co-Operation) and the winners are an alliance of three teams where ‘gracious professionalism, safety and fun’ are the ruling mantras.  You’ve never seen anything like a FIRST Robotics competition, I promise, and I urge you to get your kids involved.  Not so coincidentally, GlobaFone sponsors Team 131 CHAOS from Central High School in Manchester, NH.  So back to my chicken hat….

Team 3932, the Cockadoodle Dominators from Chickasha, OK gave me one of their special chicken hats.  You can see a story about the team here.

Okay, FIRST Robotics is really cool and I have a chicken hat.  So how is this related to Satcom?  Simple.

Satellites are small tin cans, or big tin cans flying around the planet making communications available where there is no terrestrial infrastructure.  That is amazing.  FIRST Robotics is amazing.  But that is not the point.  One must wonder, which parts of the Satcom infrastructure and ecosystem were born of a ‘what if?’ moment by a brilliant mind, such that you find within the FIRST teams?  FIRST alumni go on to do all kinds of great work and Satcom systems are the brainchildren of such lofty thinking.  In addition, some of the major FIRST Robotics sponsors include Boeing, BAE systems, NASA, SAIC, Intel, the Air Force and other high tech leaders.  Is there a connection?  You bet!  These organizations understand that these kids – FIRST Robotics alumni – are the among the pioneers of the technology of the future.  While their organizations will benefit from having FIRST Alumni as employees, we all benefit from those types of relationships.  I have no specific way to know, but I would argue that developments in Satcom are a result of the brain-i-ac genre –  ‘What If?’, or as I call it “let’s find out’ thinking.

So all hail FIRST Robotics, Chicken Hats and Satcom.  All three are amazing and speak to the ingenuity of innovative thinking.

Lou Altman to Speak at the Disaster Management Summit

CEO to share knowledge and experience in the satellite communications segment with Houston conference attendees on August 19, 2010.

GlobaFone, a leading announced that CEO Lou Altman will speak at the in Houston, TX on August 19, 2010. “We look forward to Lou joining the Disaster Management Summit in Houston as a speaker,” said Ann Pham, Disaster Response Summit Director of Events. “We are very pleased that Lou will share his experience and core organizational information. Lou’s experience, knowledge and expertise in are all infinitely valuable to all attendees.”

supports a diverse client base by providing an impressive portfolio of global communications solutions with a particular emphasis in the satellite segment. “I’m looking forward to once again sharing the story,” said Lou Altman. He continued, “With new products, new launches and M&A activity, the industry is constantly changing, so there is always new information to deliver.”

During and after a disaster satellite communication are integral in helping any organization reach emergency professionals, employees, getting a company back up and running, along with many other pertinent issues. Satellite communications have proven to be the most reliable source of communication in any type of emergency situation.

The conference is being held at the Houstonian Hotel and Spa on August 19. Attendees include executives who play a key role in the safety and risk management of successful businesses or are responsible for tenants in a commercial building. Disasters strike any time and being prepared is the key factor whether an organization recovers successfully.

GlobaFone offers five brands of satellite communications and VSAT service as well as cell phones that work around the globe.

GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman will be Speaking at the Global Aid Trade Conference in Washington, DC in July

 CEO Lou Altman will be speaking at the Conference in Washington, DC on July 9th and 10th.   His participation in the workshop “Disaster Communications – Advance Warning and Emergency Alert Systems.” will bring his knowledge and decade-plus of experience to the forefront of solving communications problems.  The session examines cross-sector communication, impactful collaboration and ultimately, reducing the impact of future disasters.

  “We are delighted that is speaking about the critical use of satellite communications at International Aid & Trade 2009,” said Sula Bruce, Director, International Aid & Trade. “It is essential that companies join the debate with NGO, UN and Government organisations to increase global effectiveness of humanitarian aid and relief.   Lou’s experience and knowledge with satellite communications will provide a real benefit to our audience.”

“The discussion is always open, always on,” said, “Humanitarian efforts run all day, every day across the globe and if we can help the interested parties communicating then everyone will be achieving their lofty and selfless goals.”

Admission is free and you’ll have the opportunity to help support the world-class best humanitarian projects that operate globally.  Pl ease or call us on 800-826-6152 for more detail that outlines Lou Altman’s participation in this important conference.