AisleBuyer, Locately, Clearwire Join Xconomy’s Mobile Madness 2011 Lineup on March 9

2/2/11Follow @gthuang

I just got a new BlackBerry smartphone last weekend, which makes me a mobile expert—for circa 2005-2006 maybe. Luckily for you (and me), there’s a big event coming up called Mobile Madness, which will tell you all you need to know about the industry in 2011 and beyond.

Xconomy’s third annual mobile conference, Mobile Madness 2011, is happening on the afternoon of March 9 at Microsoft N.E.R.D. in Cambridge, MA. This year’s theme is “getting down to business.” We want to delve into what the real, important business questions are for mobile startups and big companies; which kinds of money-making strategies are working (and which aren’t); and how consumer behaviors and expectations are evolving in the age of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets. All that and more, across the sectors of mobile payments, mobile interfaces, location-based services, enterprise apps, and 4G wireless infrastructure.

To that end, we are convening some of the top names in mobile and wireless computing from the Boston area, as well as our other hubs, for a series of interactive panels and chats. We’re excited to announce a few additions to the speaker lineup today. The group includes:

—Michael Sievert, chief commercial officer at Kirkland, WA-based Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR), the wireless broadband provider (and developer of WiMax).

—Mark Lowenstein, managing director of Mobile Ecosystem, a Brookline, MA-based wireless/mobile consulting and advisory services firm. (You can read his top five wireless trends to watch in 2011 here.)

—Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO of AisleBuyer, a Boston-based mobile checkout company.

—Drew Volpe, co-founder and CTO of Locately, a Boston-based location analytics startup.

—Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO of MediaFriends, the Boston-area mobile communications firm that makes HeyWire, a free text-messaging service.

These speakers join a distinguished cast of presenting companies that includes Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless, Skyhook, SCVNGR, Swype, Vlingo, Where, Apperian, Fig Card, Ground Truth, Enterprise Mobile, and Ondeego. We’ll also have some prominent investors on hand who have skin in the mobile game, such as Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital Partners, Jamie Goldstein of North Bridge Venture Partners, John Landry from Lead Dog Ventures, and Rich Miner from Google Ventures. And we’ve got a couple of other surprises in store, just to spice things up…

My colleague Wade and I will be posting the detailed agenda pretty soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can register for the event here. We’re looking forward to seeing you on March 9.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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