Crowdsourcing, collaborative innovation and co-creation in the mobile industry

I am the founder and head of the Betavine website that was created as part of my role in Vodafone Group R&D.

Short Bio

After gaining a Bsc (Eng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London I joined Motorola Communication in August 1985.  At Motorola I worked on a number of smaller comms projects related to the analogue mobile network that had just launched in the UK. I then focussed on one big project – introducing SS7 (digital signalling) into the Cellnet mobile network by first testing it against a System X test switch and then rolling out to the MSCs in the UK network.

I joined Orbitel Mobile Communications in 1988 as a software developer working on the new GSM base station node B.  Orbitel was later acquired by Ericsson.

In 1992, after the the Orbitel project was scrapped, I headed off to Portsmouth University as a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering.  I lectured in object oriented analysis & design, Occam (!), Ada, C++, Prolog amoungst other things.  During this period I was also invited to lecture in OOA/OOD at Tirana University in Albania – great experience.

My desire to get back to building stuff took me to NEC Technologies in Reading where I started as a software engineer and ended up as a software group leader working on their first WAP mobile. This brought me into contact with some folkes from Vodafone and I move to join Vodafone Group R&D in June 2000.

I have worked on a range of projects in Vodafone Group R&D but in May 2006 I suggested building a public R&D website to get wider feedback on what we were doing  – before the term “crowdsourcing” was being used.  That led to the creation of Betavine  – Vodafone’s developer outreach website.  We have built the website from scratch and manage it ourselves in our lab.

3 Responses to “About”


  1. [...] Steve Wolak è il fondatore e capo di Betavine, il sito di estensione verso gli sviluppatori della Vodafone — recentemente molto annunciato dal CEO della Vodafone Vittorio Colao — e ha appena iniziato a pubblicare blog. [...]


  2. [...] Steve Wolak is the founder and head of the Betavine, Vodafone’s developer outreach website — recently much heralded by Vodafone’s CEO Vittorio Colao — and he just started blogging. [...]


  3. [...] Steve Wolak, is the founder and head of the Betavine, Vodafone’s developer outreach website — recently much heralded by Vodafone’s CEO Vittorio Colao — and he just started blogging. [...]


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