Most are familiar with the internationally recognized and acclaimed United States President John F. Kennedy’s famous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

This galvanizing, electrifying request for participation and contribution has resonated throughout the years. Its message is as relevant today as it was a half-century ago.

So allow me to paraphrase Kennedy and challenge you, NFC Forum members, to ask not what the NFC Forum can do for you – but what you can do for the NFC Forum.

The NFC Forum relies heavily on the input of its community. Feedback and participation are what propels change and progress in our world of ever-developing technology. As with any organization, its success comes from the efforts of its members – though sometimes members don’t fully recognize how powerful their participation can be. Kennedy’s words serve as a reminder to our community to be consciously and actively involved, whether it be through attending events, member meetings, or participating in Special Interest Groups.

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There are many benefits to participating in member meetings and workgroups. I urge you to join me at the Berlin Member Meeting next month and participate in the Implementer Member Session (Tuesday, October 31, 1:30 – 3:15 pm).  A workshop dedicated to the Forum’s fastest growing member level, it is a chance for you to share your interests and market challenges and help generate new ideas for our work and focus.  Members of all levels are welcome to join.

It’s no coincidence that the more you put into the Forum, the more you’ll get out of it. Forum members have seen their active participation benefit their career growth, their companies’ innovation, and the progress of the NFC community at large.

The NFC Forum also recognizes members who have shown great dedication and contribution to our efforts with the Champion Award. Started in 2016, the program recognizes three individuals yearly for their valuable contributions to the Forum. Recent Champion Award recipients include:

  • John Hillan, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Daniel Orsatti, STMicroelectronics
  • Yo Tabayashi, Sony
  • Ed Agis, Intel
  • Michael Stark, NXP
  • Cord Bartels, BSI

Register for the Berlin Member Meeting October 30 – November 3 visit:

By participating in member meetings and work groups, not only will you be educating yourself about NFC technology, but you will also be helping the industry, customers and your fellow members. For NFC technology to be lifted and guided to its full potential, NFC Forum member meetings and work groups are a great place to start.

So why wait? Contact me at:  [email protected]  Let’s start today and put our heads together to learn and accomplish even more.