Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Mobile Madness Motor City attendees mingle and admire the view from the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Chris Wojtylo of Qstride (right) must like what he sees on the screen of a fellow attendee. He definitely won the hairstyle of the day award.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Josh Linkner, managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners and a Detroit booster extraordinaire, drew hearty applause when he said Detroiters' grit can be "the fuel that puts those soft folks in Silicon Valley down for the count."

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Consumers 100 years ago may have wanted faster horses, but today, said Ford's Sheryl Connelly, it's all about information and connectivity.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Livio's Joey Grover, Roximity's Daniel Newman, and GM's Greg Ross (left to right) talked connected cars with moderator Joel Hoffman of Intel during a panel discussion.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

The Mobile Madness Motor City audience asked some great questions.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

The Apps Strategy lightning panel featured (left to right) Tricia Cervenan of Quicken Loans, Paul Glomski from Detroit Labs, Paul Jacobs, president of jacAPPS, and Sagar Parvataneni of ePrize.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

That's Paul Glomski, co-founder of Detroit Labs (left) hearing out some of the crowd. Paul had his head down in the previous shot--he says he must have been checking an app--so we thought we'd give him another chance.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Phyllip Hall of Bright Lights Music Group has developed an online music talent contest where fans get to be celebrity judges.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Enthusiastic networking was a hallmark of Mobile Madness Motor City.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Ann Marie Sastry's presentation about the opportunities advanced battery companies have in the consumer electronics sector left many wanting to learn more. Standing next to her is Martin Dober of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

WiTricity's Eric Giler presented an interactive demonstration imagining a future where cars and devices can recharge wirelessly. We didn't show the picture where he passed the current through Xconomy founder Bob Buderi's head.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Sakti3's Ann Marie Sastry says improving energy storage is crucial to bolstering the middle class in developing economies like Brazil and India.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Serial entrepreneur and Duo Security CEO Dug Song said enterprise mobile starts with users.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Bob Kennedy of Compuware makes a point during the enterprise panel.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Greg Schwartz, CEO of UpTo, told the crowd how he relocated to Detroit to launch a mobile startup.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Paul Czarnik, Compuware's Chief Technology Officer, hosted the startup showcase, where startup founders had three minutes to tell the crowd about their companies (except he gave them four!).

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Andy Didorosi, founder of the Detroit Bus Company, got sick of Detroit's woeful transit system, so he started his own bus service. "I couldn't afford to buy a high-speed rail line, but I could afford a few buses," he said.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Thiago Olson, CEO of Protean Payment, shows the crowd the Echo card, Protean's mobile wallet solution.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

A full house at Mobile Madness Motor City.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

This attendee told us that she's a recent graduate of the Shifting Code program and was hoping to network about job openings.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Bess Ng from Next Energy was among the crowd that gathered around the Detroit Bus Company's Andy Didorosi after his lively presentation.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

The best part of any event ... beer, wine, and the buffet afterwards!

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Power networking over canapes.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Intel's Joel Hoffman (standing) and the Detroit Bus Company's Andy Didorosi talk transit while Xconomy Detroit editor Sarah Schmid (center right) chats with a guest from Ann Arbor SPARK.

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Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

Xconomy Forum: Mobile Madness Motor City

The view from the 15th floor of the Compuware Building, site of Mobile Madness Motor City.

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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.

Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com.