Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Hey. Pay attention. This is the curse of a mobile world, isn't it.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Sara Spalding from Microsoft NERD kicked things off by reminding us that Windows Phone is making headway in the mobile-platform wars.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

What is this thing called "paper"? Does it work like an iPad or Kindle?

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Keynoter Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athenahealth, urged mobile innovators in the room to take a serious look at healthcare---a sector full of massive challenges but also huge opportunities.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Mobile innovators, investors, and observers mixed it up before the conference.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Chuck Goldman from Apperian and Mark Kasdorf from Intrepid and Timbre share a laugh. I can't imagine what's so funny. This is serious business.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Once your coffee is connected to your smartphone, plus everyone else's coffee, then we are really in trouble.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Just wait til you hear what Bachelor #3 has to say. (Sravish Sridhar, Matt Snyder, and Eli Sapir talk about the mobile-app ecosystem.)

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

This is the face of a software generation (Miguel de Icaza). Specifically, software being generated on five hours of sleep for the past two years.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Our Mobile Madness program kept the audience riveted (or at least away from their e-mail) for most of the afternoon.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Angus Davis, CEO of Swipely, makes a point about startup opportunities, with Dan Bricklin and Izhar Armony.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Where is Dan Gilmartin? Dan Gilmartin is Where. I mean, PayPal. I mean, the future of mobile marketing in Boston.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Jeff Peden of Crave Labs and Eli Sapir of Apptopia talk on the last dreary day of winter in Boston.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Ernie Cormier, CEO of Nexage, makes an analogy between mobile advertising now and Web advertising in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Robi Ganguly, CEO of Apptentive, flew in from Seattle to tell us about technology for connecting with app customers---and why that's a big business.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

"Mobile" Madness is a redundant term. Everything is mobile. We're going to have to call this event something else next year.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Good questions from the audience kept the speakers honest. Usually.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

George Adams from ViziApps chats with Rich Levandov of Avalon Ventures.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Networking breaks were plentiful for talking face to face, not texting. Friends don't let friends text during conferences.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

NEA's Dayna Grayson moderated a lively panel on "games that make money." And unearthed trends on user retention, monetization strategies, and more.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Brian Wong, CEO of Kiip, brought some West Coast pizazz to our panel on mobile gaming and consumer apps. Colorful shirt, colorful language. (Dave Bisceglia, Lucy McQuilken, and Andrew Paradise look on.)

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Matt Cutler from Kibits doing some kibitzing of his own during a break in the program.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

"Why yes, I am in the mobile industry. But it's not as glamorous as you might think."

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Can you believe that last panel? There's nothing worse than gamers talking about gamification.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

What's the future of big data and mobility? Richard Dale knows, but he ain't saying.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

George Bell, CEO of Jumptap, makes a point about mobile advertising with Bill Clifford of SessionM and Jennifer Lum from Adelphic.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Parna Sarkar-Basu from Verivo Software hobnobs with the best of them.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Reed Sturtevant and Jo Tango took in the proceedings. These two have seen it all.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Gagan Puranik from Verizon Innovation Center showed off a number of connected devices in the realms of video, sensors, and M2M.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Miguel de Icaza from Xamarin shares a thought with Bob Frankston, the co-creator of VisiCalc.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Our "future of connected devices" panel featured Dan Ryan (ByteLight), Ben Einstein (Bolt), Eric Giler (WiTricity), Sean Dalton (Highland Capital), and Dave Icke (MC10), moderated by yours truly. And not a Google Glass or smartwatch among us.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Networking was plentiful. Connections were made. Deals were won. And that was before the beer.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Hong Fan from MediaTek and Ben Einstein from Bolt are probably talking about something trivial, like the future of hardware.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, chats with an audience member after his panel.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

The panels and keynotes stirred up lots of discussions amongst attendees. What should we cover next year?

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness 2013

A very nice spread awaited attendees at the conclusion of Mobile Madness at Microsoft NERD. Special thanks to our host and sponsors!

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Mobile advertising is resurgent among Boston-area tech startups. Games are driving mobile as much as mobile is driving games. Healthcare is a fertile ground for mobile innovators who dare to enter. And a little snow and sleet won’t stop Boston’s innovation community from turning out at one of our biggest events of the year.

Those are just some of the takeaways from this week’s Mobile Madness 2013 conference. In looking ahead to “the next revolution,” our esteemed speakers highlighted trends ranging from the exploding mobile-app economy and new forms of advertising to augmented reality, connected devices, and M2M (machine to machine) technologies.

Huge thanks to our event host, Microsoft BizSpark, for making its wonderful space available at NERD. And special thanks to our event sponsors: BDO, Fidelity Investments, Turnstone, and UK Trade & Investment. Thanks, as always, to our great network of partners, underwriters, and venture capital members. All of your support makes Xconomy’s work possible.

Now, onto the photos from the event. Big thanks to KeithSpiroPhoto courtesy of Kendall PRess, and Dan Bricklin (you can see many more of Dan’s photos from the conference on Flickr) for these shots.

Enjoy, and see you all again next year.

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.