Roaming judges Genesis Hackathon 2024

Introducing the Judges for the Roaming Challenge at the Genesis Hackathon 2024

ROCCO presents Alain Barbier and Jason Olivieri as the Roaming Challenge judges at The Genesis Hackathons

We are thrilled to announce the distinguished judges for the Roaming Challenge at the upcoming Genesis Hackathon 2024, set to take place in Seville on May 20th-21st, 2024. As the anticipation builds for this groundbreaking event, we are proud to unveil the individuals who will be tasked with evaluating the innovative solutions designed to address the Roaming Challenge: How to cater to the growing demands of Roaming Quality of Service (QoS) with limited resources?

Meet the Judges

Alain Barbier

Alain (only the French can pronounce it correctly) is a seasoned professional working as Roaming Dep Director at Orange France. With a strong academic background in International Marketing and Business, Alain has seamlessly combined his experience with technical expertise in IT and telecommunications, honed during his time at Universal Music and Interop tradeshow.

He started his journey with Orange during the France Telecom era, and has held various roles within the company, from B2B and Wifi to the wholesale roaming business. His tenure has been marked by navigating the complexities of EU regulation and leading initiatives such as the challenging VoLTE go-to-market strategy.

Beyond his professional life, Alain is the father of two daughters. He is currently rehabilitating his sports addiction, indulges his musical passions as an amateur guitarist and singer, and nurtures a deep fascination with foreign cultures and geopolitics.

Despite his notable contributions and his unofficial nickname of “the dinosaurus of roaming”, Alain remains humble and has never sought the limelight as an industry lion. His dedication to innovation and his resilience in the face of challenges speak for themselves, earning him the respect and admiration of colleagues and peers alike.

Jason Olivieri 

Jason is a Senior Manager in the Product, Marketing and Strategy team within industry Leader Verizon. He is based out of the VSIL office in Dublin, Ireland.

Jason engages with cross-functional teams in Verizon to ensure 5G NSA and 5G SA roaming is a strategic initiative covering rollout planning, quality, device requirements, KPI’s and monetization/product development. With 25+ years of telecommunications experience, 18 years of which is in roaming, Jason’s experience covers all facets of roaming from networks and IT operations, through to consumer products and strategy.

Jason represents Verizon at an Industry level, attending the GSMA and IO conferences and workshops etc. for many years. Jason was appointed Chair of the 1st Innovative Operators Lab covering VoLTE roaming from 2019 through to 2022.

He has recently be appointed as Deputy Chair of the 5G Roaming Lab at Innovative Operators (IO).

Celebrating Innovation at Genesis

Genesis promises to be a gathering of visionary minds and industry leaders, providing a platform for the shortlisted teams to demonstrate their creativity and originality in addressing key industry challenges.

The Genesis Event in Seville on May 20th-21st, 2024, and the Visionaries Gala on May 21st will be a celebration of innovation and excellence in our industry.

As we prepare to witness the unveiling of groundbreaking innovations, we extend our deepest gratitude to Alain Barbier and Jason Olivieri for lending their expertise to this esteemed event.

Get your pass and join us as we celebrate innovation and collaboration at Genesis Hackathon 2024!

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What is the Genesis Hackathon about?

The Hackathon is a new and revolutionary competition in our industry in which the participating companies come up in a short time (three weeks) with new and original ideas/products/ services/solutions to solve specific challenges announced in March.

These challenges were presented by recognised stakeholders in two different categories: Roaming & Messaging. The challenges are real industry issues/cases to which several companies are looking for a solution. Participants will have to develop a product/service/ solution that solves the challenges in an original way.

Find out more about The Genesis Hackathons.