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Geoff Walker's Biography & Resume

Geoff Walker is a recognized touch-technology expert with 20+ years of experience in touch. Since mid-2012, Geoff has been a Senior Touch Technologist at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California, where he works closely with Intel business groups, engineering teams, and Intel Capital to formulate and drive cross-Intel strategy on touch-related technology and product development.

A mobile-computing industry pioneer, Geoff was an early employee at startup GRiD Systems, where he worked on the first laptop (the GRiD Compass) in 1982 and the first pen tablet (the GRiDPad, equipped with an analog-resistive touchscreen) in 1989. Geoff served as product architect and VP of Marketing at startup Fujitsu Personal Systems, where he architected all of Fujitsu’s pen-tablet products from 1993-1999. These mobile-computer products used both electromagnetic pen-digitizers and analog-resistive touchscreens. Geoff was an early employee at startup Handspring, where he worked on the Visor Prism (Handspring's first color PDA) and the VisorPhone (the predecessor of the Treo smartphone). In his first year at Handspring, Geoff also functioned as the company’s LCD and touchscreen expert, working with Sharp on a semi-custom TFT-LCD for Handspring’s products.

After Handspring, Geoff ran his own consulting firm (Walker Mobile) for seven years, focusing on touchscreens, mobile displays and mobile computers. Starting in 2005, touch increasingly became the focus of Walker Mobile’s consulting work. During these years, Geoff also served as the Guest Editor for Touch of SID's Information Display magazine (2007), the Associate Editor of the Veritas et Visus series of display-industry newsletters (2005-2007), and the Technology Editor of Pen Computing magazine (2001-2007). At the end of 2007, Geoff returned to industry to become the Global Director of Product Management and Business Development for Elo TouchSystems, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and a $400M manufacturer of touchscreens, touch monitors and touch computers. Geoff left Elo TouchSystems to become the Marketing Evangelist & Touch-Industry Guru at startup NextWindow, the leading supplier of optical touchscreens used in Windows-7 touch monitors and all-in-one touch computers. Upon leaving NextWindow in mid-2011, Geoff returned to doing consulting through Walker Mobile.

Geoff has published more than 100 feature articles, conference presentations, tutorials, white papers and book chapters on touchscreens, mobile displays and mobile computers, most of which are available on the Published Material page of the Walker Mobile website. Geoff has actively supported the Society for Information Display (SID) by presenting on touch technologies at the Display Applications and Mobile Displays Conferences in 2007 & 2008, at Display Week in 2009-2013, at the Automotive Displays Conference in 2009 and 2011, and at San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, and Austin SID Chapter meetings. Geoff, who was the Chairman of the Bay-Area SID Chapter for 2010-2013, also again served as the Guest Editor for Touch and Interactivity of SID's Information Display magazine in 2010-2013.

Geoff holds BS-Electrical Engineering and BS-English degrees from from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and has completed all the coursework for an MBA in Marketing from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Geoff is also a member of IEEE and ACM.

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