Alcatel-Lucent Looking for Companies to Match its Innovation Focus with the ng Connect Program
January 2, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent Seeks Innovative and Market Shaping Companies to Join Its Disruptive Innovation Program ng Connect

January 02, 2012

  • Collaboration opportunities with 65 member companies, including Alcatel-Lucent
  • For all companies from small, innovative startups to industry giants
  • Targeting a variety of companies including device manufacturers, application vendors, content companies, and service providers
  • Respond by: February 23, 2012
» Call to Action:
Confirm your interest in doing business with the ng Connect Program by emailing Emily Boucher.

CATAAlliance (Atlantic Canada office)
Phone: (902) 404-8816

Ottawa, Canada, January 02, 2012 – The ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent, wishes to identify innovative Canadian and global organizations developing leading-edge technologies and capabilities in a variety of markets.

Since ng Connect’s inception in 2009, the program has strived to attract the most innovative companies. One of its goals is to work with members to show how entire industries can be transformed with technology solutions that help people connect with each other through the content and applications they want, whenever and wherever they need them. Member companies are in technology based and non-technology based industries including consumer electronics, automotive, gaming, media, education, healthcare, retail and much more.

This outreach for new member companies, in partnership with CATAAlliance, is conducted in that spirit of innovation, building competitive success and customer value across the digital value chain, allowing companies the chance to be involved in the ecosystem from content and device to service provider.

The ng Connect Program offers several benefits to member companies, such as:
  • First mover advantage in solving key technology and business issues
  • Demonstration of the value of the member technology and innovation in addressing real customer needs and opportunities
  • Acceleration of new device and service adoption
  • Access to world-class proof of concept laboratory resources across the globe
  • Access to Primary Research undertaken by the program
  • A greater probability of customer lock-in for longer term business opportunities
  • New business model options
  • Enhanced margins by reducing SG&A of complex multi-vendor solutions that address complex customer requirements
For more information and to apply for membership in the ng Connect Program please visit:
About The ng Connect Program

The ng Connect Program is the collaborative open innovation engine that explores and creates the new generation connected user experience. Engaging with its dynamic multi-industry membership, it drives relevance and revenue generation for the entire digital value chain. Founded by Alcatel-Lucent, the ng Connect Program is comprised of more than 60 members including leading network, consumer electronics, application and content providers. Together, ng Connect members have developed 20 innovative service concepts across a wide range of industries including automotive, retail and entertainment.

For a full list of members please visit: and for more information on the ng Connect Program, visit: Follow us on Twitter at:
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: , read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter:
ng Connect Innovation Focus List:

The ng Connect Program ecosystem brings together a wide range of companies, collaborating on everything from research and service concept development to marketing.

In terms of looking at technology and services from Canadian and global enterprises, areas of interest span the entire digital value chain from network infrastructure to devices, applications and rich content, and could include:
  • Augmented reality
  • Gaming
  • Entertainment
  • Media & Advertising
  • Sports
  • Collaboration tools
  • Remote education
  • User-generated content
  • Automotive
  • Retail
Qualification of Interests & Next Steps
  • Review the ng Connect Innovation Focus List (see above), and website.
  • Contact CATAAlliance with your expression of interest, providing key contact and background information. Your organization will then be provided with a simple template for completion.
  • Confirm your CATAAlliance membership status. Processing fees may apply.
  • All expressions of interest must be submitted by February 23, 2012, 17:00 EST by email to Emily Boucher, Director of Communications, CATAAlliance at
Next Steps
  • Alcatel-Lucent will review applications from selected candidates to determine their suitability for the program.
  • Alcatel-Lucent will coordinate internally to make sure that each selected Canadian company will have the opportunity to meet with a Business Development Manager representing the ng Connect Program. Follow-up could take several forms including teleconference, videoconferences and site visits to determine the appropriate method for collaboration


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