“We live in an age of brilliant technology, but all too often it stops short of delivering an elegant, effortless user experience. I’ve spent my life helping to make technology that is elegant and easy for all types of users to enjoy. We’re now bringing the best of this experience and know-how to the world’s most important users – the family – with its unparalleled diversity and intergenerational challenges.”
Arlene Harris is known as the “First Lady of Wireless”, for her tireless contributions to applying technology to solving the real life challenges of enterprises and families. She has contributed to the wireless and consumer electronics industry as an entrepreneur, inventor, investor, advisor and consumer advocate. She has spearheaded many of the innovations and initiatives, including those that have given consumers the scope and convenience of the cellular services they enjoy today, across all levels of income and technical proficiency.
Arlene is the founder of GreatCall and inventor of the famous Jitterbug – the first cellular phone and service platform dedicated to seniors, to support their communications and safety needs in a breakthrough easy-to-use interface. Jitterbug has received many honors, including the New York Times “10 Brilliant Ideas of 2006” and Reader’s Digest “Top 100 Products”. GreatCall won the wireless industry’s Andrew Seybold Choice Award for “Best New Company” in 2007. She also has pioneered such innovations as the first cellular safety phone; the first pre-paid cellular services, payphones in vehicles and remote locations and communications billing and customer service systems.
Arlene is a founder of the Wireless History Foundation and participated in early cellular standards development at the Federal Communications Commission and the Telecommunications Industry Association. She was honored with induction into the Class of 2017 Consumer Technology Hall of Fame for her founding work at GreatCall. She is the first female inductee into the Wireless Hall of Fame and was named by Fierce Wireless as one of the “Top US Wireless Innovators of All Time.”
Arlene lives in San Diego with her husband and business partner, Martin Cooper, who is known as the “Father of the Cell Phone”. She engages in a variety of community and social cause activities, and takes special pride in her recognition by several women’s organization including The Stevie Award both for “Best Overall Company of the Year” and “Technology Innovator of the Year”, Athena Pinnacle Award for Technology and, as a former scout the San Diego Girl Scouts bestowed upon her “Cool Women 2013”.