Viewpoints presents cell phone inventor Martin Cooper at Rancho Santa Fe event Oct. 30


Viewpoints, co-presented by The Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, will present guest speaker Martin Cooper, inventor of the first personal cell phone, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the Fellowship Center at the Village Church.

Imagine what life was like or would be like without cell phones ... and the technology behind them! Citing Captain Kirk’s communicator on Star Trek as his inspiration, Cooper changed the way we communicate forever.

Cooper is an internationally-renowned expert on technology and innovation and its impact on business and society. He is widely regarded as one of the leading inventors of our time and has spent most of the past 50 years creating some of the world’s most important business and technological concepts and offerings, including virtually every major innovation in personal wireless communications.

He is an activist in shaping global technological policies, serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee, and is passionate about using wireless technology to revolutionize health care and commerce. In addition, he is an entrepreneur who has co-founded a number of companies, among them GreatCall, Inc., the innovator of the Jitterbug cell phone and service.

Join Viewpoints on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to meet our very own “Captain Kirk” and learn more about emerging technology, data privacy, and mobile health care among other topics, in the Fellowship Center at the Village Church. The evening will begin with wine and light hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. The discussion will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and will include time for audience questions. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged and may be purchased either on-line at or by calling 858-381-8070.

Viewpoints is co-presented by The Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. The goal of the lecture series is to inform, inspire and impact by providing a forum in which individuals, renown in their field, share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with members of our community.