Xconomy’s Mobile Innovation Forum Coming on Tuesday—Don’t Miss It
If you followed the the CTIA convention in Las Vegas this week, then you’ve been steeped in news about things like the Palm Pre, Skype for the iPhone, Firefox’s Fennec mobile browser, 4G services from Verizon and Clearwire, Kindle competitors from Verizon, AT&T, and News Corp., and new application stores for Blackberry, Nokia, and Windows Mobile devices. But just because CTIA ends today doesn’t mean the news will. We’re making some more next Tuesday at Xconomy’s first-ever Forum on the Future of Mobile Innovation in New England.
For this afternoon-long event, to be held at Microsoft’s posh new digs at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA, we’ve put together a stellar lineup of Boston-area wireless executives and innovators from nearly 20 local companies and investment firms. We’ve got people representing the worlds of location-based services (Skyhook Wireless and uLocate), enterprise mobile deployment (Enterprise Mobile), mobile social networking (MocoSpace), iPhone apps (Apperian and FitnessKeeper), mobile marketing and advertising (Quattro Wireless and Jumptap), advanced interfaces (Veveo and vlingo), and venture capital (Charles River Ventures, represented by Jon Auerbach, and Flybridge Capital Partners, represented by Jeff Bussgang, who just blogged about his experiences at CTIA).
One can’t-miss highlight of the forum will be a “fireside” chat with Rich Miner, who brought the Android platform to Google and was recently named general manager of the new Google Ventures, and Sandy Pentland, the MIT Media Lab luminary who leads the Next Billion Network for mobile entrepreneurs and has been using mobile digital sensors to study social signaling between people. (Pentland just published a book on that subject, Honest Signals).
Also spicing things up will be a series of live demonstrations of mobile technologies and applications—including the brand-new Bolt Beta 2 mobile browser from Bitstream and the remarkable new Mobile Virtualization Platform from VMware, which allows phones to switch between operating systems on the fly. And as a permanent online supplement to the Tuesday program, we’ve also assembled the Xconomy Mobile Innovation Showcase, which now includes 17 local mobile companies and counting.
So put away your Las Vegas outfits, put on a windbreaker against the chilly New England spring weather, and come on out to see us next Tuesday.