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Motorola and City of Chicago Kick Off Technology Innovation Week


Program Shines Spotlight on Technology Innovation in the Windy City

SCHAUMBURG, IL – 21 June 2005 – In celebration of Chicago’s commitment to promoting and cultivating technology for the benefit of its citizens, visitors and the business community, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and the City of Chicago have partnered to sponsor the first Technology Innovation Week starting June 20, 2005.

Throughout the week, Motorola will serve as a guide to the city’s high-tech capabilities and highlight solutions that help Chicago residents and visitors work and play in one of the best cities in the world. Designed to educate Chicagoans about the wide array of technology advances created in the Windy City, the week highlights useful technology resources available and fosters pride in local technology leadership.

“Technology is a major driver of educational opportunities and business growth in Chicago. For these reasons, I want to ensure we use technology to make the services of the City of Chicago more efficient and more accessible to our citizens,” said Chris O’Brien, chief information officer, City of Chicago. “We’re proud to partner with Motorola to build awareness among our schools, companies and the community – celebrating Chicago’s spirit of innovation.”

“At Motorola, we are driven to create communications and technology breakthroughs for the world and for our own Chicago neighbors, from developing the world’s first portable cellular phone to driving new advancements in hands-free Bluetooth® technology,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer, Motorola. “We’re proud to arm this savvy community with the tools needed to achieve seamless mobility so Chicagoans may experience the access and freedom to connect for business or pleasure – anywhere, anytime.“

Motorola Technology Innovation Week Chicago kicks-off Monday at Thompson Center Plaza and concludes with the International WIRED NextFest 2005, a showcase of technology’s future, held June 24-26 on Navy Pier. Everyone is invited to celebrate the weeklong dedication and visit WIRED NextFest 2005 to experience new technologies from Motorola and a host of other high-tech companies.

Following is an overview of what Motorola and the City of Chicago have planned for Chicagoans during Motorola Technology Innovation Week:

Kick-Off Celebration at Thompson Center: On Monday, June 20, at 9:00 a.m., the City of Chicago’s chief information officer, Chris O’ Brien, will dedicate the week as Motorola Technology Innovation Week Chicago. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Thompson Center Plaza to join the festivities.

Street Team Activity
Throughout the week, to raise awareness of the technological resources and interesting facts available to Chicagoans, Motorola street teams will scour the city to encourage the community to log on to to find out:

* Where to find Wi-Fi or “hot” spots located throughout Chicago - free of charge, on behalf of the City of Chicago.
* What companies located in the Chicago-area have and continue to impact technology and innovation.
* Which Chicago institutions foster technology development and education
* How to enter for a chance to win a Motorola Makeover – making seamless mobility possible for one lucky winner.
* What Bluetooth™ wireless products and accessories are designed to fit various wireless needs and comply with the new Chicago law.
* How schools can earn cash by collecting mobile phones that people no longer use as part of the “Race to Recycle” program.

WIRED NextFest 2005
Motorola invites all consumers to visit WIRED NextFest to see, first-hand, new and future technologies that bring seamless mobility to life. Here they will showcase technology that provides the ability to move through life with ease. Visit the Motorola booth/tent at: 601.

For more information about Motorola Technology Innovation Week Chicago, visit:

About Motorola
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need on the go. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information:


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