A Call for Showcase Participants at Xconomy’s March 9 Mobile Madness Forum

Xconomy’s big mobile conference, “Mobile Madness: The New Future of Computing,” is coming up fast, on March 9. But there’s still time to register for a ticket—and if you work for a mobile technology startup and you’d like to join the madness, either live at the event or online, there’s still time to get involved in the program.

Here’s the scoop:

1) We’re looking for a few more companies to participate in the live Mobile Showcase, the closing segment of this half-day event. If you’ve ever been to the Web Innovators Group meetings here in Cambridge, you’ll be familiar with the structure of this part of the program, which is modeled after the “side dish” format used by David Beisel, the Web Inno founder.

Founders or executives from 10 mobile technology companies will give very short presentations about their companies to our audience at the Microsoft New England R&D Center. Then the crowd will adjourn to the reception/lobby area, where audience members will have a chance to interact directly with company representatives around each company’s table. Showcase companies are free to bring handouts and demos. There’s no charge to present. (Xconomy events are never pay-to-play.)

We’ve already got six showcase presenters signed up for the live showcase, so there are only four slots left. We’d love to have more, but we’re short on space! If you’re interested, please contact me this week at wroush@xconomy.com.

2) Separate from the physical presentations and tables at the March 9 event, we’re assembling an online Mobile Showcase that will be open to all New England companies with products or services in the mobile market. Like our 2009 Mobile Innovation Showcase, this one will be a space where companies can share brief descriptions of their businesses, along with links, and, possibly, screenshots, and videos.

We’ll promote the online showcase to all event attendees and we’ll keep it online as a permanent resource. If you’d like your company to be included, please e-mail a package of materials to me at wroush@xconomy.com. The basic ingredients: a 1-paragraph description of your company, a logo, your company’s main URL, up to three graphics, and (optionally) an embeddable video from YouTube, Vimeo, or the like.

The showcases are only one part of Mobile Madness, of course. We’re excited to be bringing you keynote talks and panel discussions with some of the smartest people on the local mobile-tech scene, as well as a high-energy “mobile smackdown” segment featuring proponents of the leading mobile application development platforms (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and maybe more).

Mobile Madness is part of Mass Mobile Month, an informal celebration of the mobile technology industry in Massachusetts and New England that will last throughout March 2010. I hope you’ll check out the whole collection of amazing mobile-related events being organized in the Boston area in March (well, actually, from late February all the way into early April) and sign up to attend some. For news about the month’s events, you can follow @massmobilemonth on Twitter.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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