Xconomy held its first Mobile Madness event in Detroit on Thursday afternoon. We had a top-notch group of speakers, fantastic sponsors and hosts, and, most importantly, an off-the-charts group of attendees.
The program featured panel discussions about connected cars, enterprise mobile, and mobile apps strategy. Josh Linkner of Detroit Venture Partners told us why Detroit is becoming a mobile tech hub; Sheryl Connelly from Ford outlined three trends that are not only affecting the way cars are made, but are changing the world; Greg Schwartz of UpTo explained the way his calendar-sharing app works and what led him to Detroit; Sakti3’s Ann Marie Sastry discussed the opportunities that exist for lithium-ion battery makers in the consumer electronics space; WiTricity’s Eric Giler demonstrated his wireless charging technology that puts those charging pads from the big box stores to shame; and a group of startup founders introduced the crowd to their companies in three minutes or less. (And yes, moderator Paul Czarnik, Compuware’s Chief Technology Officer, kept time.) Along the way, the crowd kept things lively with questions and comments about the way mobile technology is changing the way we live, work, and play.
Thanks to our speakers; our host, Compuware; and our sponsors, Quicken Loans and the Kauffman Foundation—we truly couldn’t have done it without you.
Plus, there was plenty of great networking time. Here are some photos from the afternoon—enjoy! All photos by Karen Kish Photography.