Mobile Madness NW: Xconomy and WTIA Join Forces for an All-Star Forum Dec. 6

10/17/11Follow @curtwoodward

The region that pioneered national wireless networks is at a turning point.

Carriers are heading toward more consolidation, piling up tons of user data, and scrambling to build their next-generation networks. Microsoft is battling to be the vital third competitor in mobile operating systems, while Amazon stakes out its own device and cloud services ecosystem to seize greater control of emerging consumer channels.

Woven between these major players are the innovative entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors trying to outmaneuver the Valley and build a rich seedbed for mobile software startups here in the Northwest.

There’s a lot on the line. And that means there will be plenty to talk about Dec. 6, at Xconomy’s latest big event we’re announcing: Mobile Madness Northwest, a half-day forum featuring a fantastic lineup of leading innovators who are tackling these next-wave challenges.

And we’re not alone in bringing you this afternoon of great discussion and networking: Xconomy is joining forces with the Washington Technology Industry Association for this event, adding even more top-notch speakers to the agenda. The event is being hosted by F5 Networks, at the company’s headquarters right on Elliott Bay.

Grab your tickets now to get the best rate. Here’s the lineup of confirmed speakers so far:

Tom Alberg, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Tom Huseby, Venture Partner, Voyager Capital
Wesley Chan, Partner, Google Ventures
Bernie Yee, Platform Producer, Bungie Aerospace
Giordano Contestabile, Senior Director of Mobile Product and Business Strategy, PopCap Games
David Bluhm, CEO, Z2Live
Geoff Entress, Venture Partner, Voyager Capital
Bill Bryant, Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Mike McSherry, CEO, Swype
Brian Fling, Founder and Creative Director, pinch/zoom
Chris DeVore, General Partner, Founder’s Co-op
T.A. McCann, Vice President, RIM (Gist)
Ted Morgan, CEO, Skyhook Wireless

We’ll have some more surprise names to add to the list as we get a little closer to the date, and some previews of the topics we plan on tackling. There will also be some demos from startups innovating in the mobile sector, and plenty of time for networking. But mark your calendars and get your tickets now for the best rate. We’ll see you Dec. 6.

Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com Follow @curtwoodward

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