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A hands-on guide to auctioning spectrum

This course is held on the Sunday and Monday before the Middle East Spectrum Conference

Mar 18, 2012 09:00 AM - Mar 19, 2012 05:00 PM The Gulf Hotel, Bahrain

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This is an interactive two day workshop offering participants a unique opportunity to learn about and use a number of different auction formats, and explore the impact of design decisions on auction outcomes and bidder behaviour. A series of recent real-world examples will be will be used as case studies, and participants will use the Computech Auction Platform (CAP) to take part in a series of mock auctions.

Session topics

  • Mock simultaneous multiple round auctions (SMRAs)
  • Creating incentives for new entrants
  • Preventing anti-competitive behaviour
  • Dealing with aggregation risk
  • How to design your own auction


Kris Shields

Kris Shields, Computech

Kris Shields leads Computech’s Auction Practice, and specializes in auction systems design and development. He has built spectrum auction systems for a variety of spectrum regulators, including the US, Mexico, and Sweden. Mr. Shields has actively participated in the design, development, and live auction support for the last 20+ FCC auctions, and under his lead, Computech’s auction team delivered and supported the FCC’s 700MHz auction system, which raised $19.1 billion in 2008. Mr. Shields is a PMP-certified Project Manager with an MBA from UMD’s Smith School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in Information Systems.


Martin Sims, PolicyTracker

Martin Sims is a journalist and academic who specialises in communications policy issues. He set up PolicyTracker, the spectrum policy newsletter and has published articles on many facets of the subject. His work has been published in academic journals and books and he is a former editor of Intermedia, the policy journal of the International Institute of Communications. As a journalist he was a news editor in independent radio then worked for BBC network news. He has an honours degree and a masters degree in communication studies and lectures at the University of East London.