Mobile Madness NW: the Big Agenda and Your Last Chance to Save on Tickets

11/29/11Follow @curtwoodward

From innovative games and e-commerce platforms to operating systems and cloud infrastructure—not to mention the networks that keep all that data flowing—innovators in the Pacific Northwest stand at the intersection of nearly every powerful force in mobile computing.

That’s why we’re so excited for our next big Seattle tech event, Mobile Madness Northwest, coming up Tuesday, Dec. 6 at F5 Networks.

Along with our event partners at the Washington Technology Industry Association, we’ve assembled a fantastic crew of entrepreneurs, investors, and executives to discuss the latest developments in this very fast-moving, highly competitive portion of the industry. In fact, we’ve had more requests for speaking slots than we can handle—which bodes pretty well for next year’s edition.

Today, we’re announcing the formal agenda for Mobile Madness Northwest. And it’s the last chance to get the special Saver Rate tickets, which expire after today, so act now and register.

It’s a half-day program with plenty of time for networking, some thoughtful panel discussions and presentations, demos from innovative startups, and drinks and light food.

Our startup presenters will be folks from these five companies—some you may have heard of, some you might not know yet—focusing on an array of markets and technologies: Zaarly, Glympse, Iota, Point Inside, and Beamit Mobile.

Stay tuned for some more news about special giveaways from our sponsors. But for now, check out the program, get your tickets, and we’ll see you there next Tuesday.


Xconomy’s Mobile Madness Northwest
Presented with WTIA 
F5 Networks, Seattle
12/6/11

12:30-1:30 pm
Networking and Registration

1:30-1:40 pm
Welcome and Introductions

1:40-2 pm
Keynote
Tom Alberg, Madrona Venture Group
As a key executive with McCaw Cellular, Tom helped build the Northwest’s leadership in the wireless industry. Now, as managing director at Madrona, he helps find and fund innovative startups all across the technology field. Tom will discuss the region’s position in the current landscape, and look ahead to how innovators can stand apart.

2-2:30 pm
Mobile DNA Takes Over
Our panelists look at the convergence of the Web and mobile computing—why Web-based applications will save mobile from fragmentation, how the ideas developed for mobile-phone software will connect everything around us, and how innovators with strong mobile roots can capitalize.
Tom Huseby, Voyager Capital
Chris DeVore, Founders’ Co-op
Brian Fling, Pinch/Zoom

2:30-3 pm
Never Stop Playing: The Transformation of Gaming
With the surge in powerful devices, the gaming industry is quickly moving from a fixed production model into a service-delivery business, where users can be engaged on several platforms throughout their day. Our panel discusses how this shift is changing the required skills, the business models, and the entire means of production for game companies.
Bernie Yee, Bungie Aerospace
Giordano Contestabile, PopCap Games
David Bluhm, Z2Live
Cameron Myhrvold, Ignition Partners (moderator)

3:00-3:30 pm
Networking Break

3:30-3:45 pm
Demos from three of our startup presenters

3:45-4:15 pm
BigCo to Startup: The Future of Platforms and Services
Our panelists have deep experience developing products for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. They’re also investors and entrepreneurs who now work with emerging startups trying to disrupt entrenched players. We’ll ask this pair how big Northwest companies like Microsoft and Amazon might challenge Apple and Google in the mobile space, and what role small companies and entrepreneurs can play as those big powers battle it out.
Charlie Kindel, entrepreneur and angel investor, former GM of Windows Phone.
Wesley Chan, partner, Google Ventures, former product lead for Google Analytics and Google Voice.
Chetan Sharma, Chetan Sharma Consulting (moderator)

4:15-4:30
Founder’s Story
Ted Morgan, Skyhook
Ted Morgan’s company, a pioneer in location-based data for smartphones, has partnered with and fought against the biggest players in mobile operating systems and lived to tell the tale. In the spirit of connecting innovation communities, we present this founder’s story from a Boston-based entrepreneur.

4:30-4:40
Demos from two more of our startup presenters

4:40-5:20
Northwest Innovators on What’s Hot, What’s Ahead
Presented by our event partners at the WTIA, this panel of industry leaders will talk about the year gone by and the months ahead for innovators in the Northwest and beyond, from big successes to bigger question marks facing local companies.
T.A. McCann, Gist (RIM)
Geoff Entress, Voyager Capital
Bill Bryant, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Mike McSherry, Swype (Nuance)
Todd Bishop, GeekWire (moderator)

5:20-6:30
Networking Reception

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

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