Mobile Madness Innovation Showcase

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PRX_logoPublic Radio Exchange (PRX)
Cambridge, MA
Founded: 2002
Backers: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Surdna Foundation, among others

PRX is an award-winning public media network focused on innovation at the intersection of technology and talent. The PRX platform is an open distribution marketplace connecting thousands of producers and local public radio stations, creating public radio’s largest archive of on-demand programs for broadcast and digital use. PRX is also bringing public radio to mobile: our latest iPhone apps are the Public Radio Player, with over a thousand stations and programs, and This American Life.


Brookline, MA
Founded: 2003
Backers: Bootstrapped

Raizlabs is a mobile strategy, design, and development firm. Raizlabs builds award winning, top selling mobile applications. The company has helped numerous startups and established companies take their products and brands onto the iPhone. Raizlabs has launched over 20 apps in the AppStore and has 10 years’ experience designing and building memorable high-quality applications.


Watertown, MA
Founded: 1996

SoftArtisans is a leading developer of BlackBerry and SharePoint integration, Microsoft Office format reporting, and secure enterprise file transfer software. As a BlackBerry Elite Alliance Member and longtime Microsoft partner, SoftArtisans develops SilverDust, which provides BlackBerry smartphone users with secure access to SharePoint content. Users can download and upload to document libraries, check in/check out files, edit lists, perform SharePoint workflow, and more. SilverDust integrates with Active Directory security and provides advanced management capabilities including remote provisioning and wiping. SoftArtisans hosts the New England BlackBerry Developers Group and has been honored as one of North America’s 500 fastest-growing technology companies.


Cambridge, MA
Founded: 2009

Sparkcloud connects you more strongly to your surrounding community. We help people discover local activities and social gatherings nearby, providing icebreakers to meet new friends and colleagues who share our passions.

Sparkcloud is an operating system for the “real world.” Third party developers can create their own applications that connect people and places, each of which is a new “icebreaker” to introduce people. Our first application is Open Doors, which takes the “open office hours” trend to a broader audience, connecting experts with those who can learn from their knowledge.


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

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