See You This Afternoon at Mobile Madness Northwest

12/12/12Follow @curtwoodward

We’re gearing up for Mobile Madness Northwest, Xconomy’s premier year-end conference examining the big changes and big ideas being driven by the mobile computing revolution.

We’re really excited to see lots of old friends and plenty of new faces at this year’s event, which builds on the half-day conference’s debut in Seattle last year. We’ve stepped up the program even further this time around, bringing in a great mix of entrepreneurs, investors, and executives from near and far—showcasing Xconomy’s unique ability to connect people and ideas from centers of innovation around the country.

Our keynote talk will be from Adam Cheyer, a co-founder of Siri, the digital personal assistant that’s a key part of Apple’s iPhone platform. Cheyer left Apple earlier this year, and we’re really excited to hear some of his thoughts about how the spread of computing power, robust networks, and smart devices is changing the tech landscape and society.

We’ll also have three panel discussions, featuring top people from around the Northwest discussing different facets of the innovations happening in the ever-broadening mobile world. We like to keep these group chats a little faster and livelier than some you’ve seen, drawing out insights from our guests and leaving room for you to ask some questions as well.

Our group of location and data experts includes Point Inside CEO Josh Marti, Urban Airship marketing chief Brent Hieggelke, and Placed CEO David Shim. Their discussion will be moderated by Chris DeVore of Founder’s Co-op, one of the top early stage investors in Seattle (and perhaps the best investor-blogger in the region).

Discussing the future of communication services are IvyCorp CEO Mary Jesse, Zipwhip CEO John Lauer, and Alex Samano, general manager of T-Mobile’s Bobsled. They’ll be chatting with noted mobile consultant Chetan Sharma, whose reports on the mobile industry are must-reads for anyone hoping to understand the changes taking place.

Our e-commerce panel brings together a great group of folks whose experience covers the best of old and new in retail: Decide CEO Mike Fridgen, Zulily VP Doug Aley, Version One Ventures founder Boris Wertz, and Alexandra Tibbets, the former general manager of Nordstrom Direct. Their talk will be quarterbacked by Michelle Goldberg of Ignition Partners, an influential, whip-smart local VC.

To punch up the program, we’ve got three speakers lined up to give you quick five-minute talks about a smart idea, trend, or change that’s happening in mobile: John SanGiovanni of Zumobi will talk about the latest in mobile advertising; Leo McCloskey of Airbiquity will give us the scoop on the next leap in connected car tech; and Giri Sreenivas of Mobilisafe will detail how mobile computing is changing the enterprise.

We’ve also got two “fireside chat” discussions with entrepreneurs and investors, where they’ll talk about the story of their collaboration and share some insights into how the two sides work together to build companies. These founder-investor stories will feature Scott Jacobson of Madrona Venture Group with Adam Tratt of Haiku Deck, and Rahul Sood of the Bing Fund chatting with David McLauchlan of Buddy.

There’s also plenty of time for networking, and some light refreshments at the end—check out the full schedule and agenda here. And for all of you procrastinators, hurry up and get your last-minute tickets now: Online sales will stop at 11 am, along with the final discount before walk-up prices kick in. Registration starts at 1 pm, and the program runs from 2-5:30 pm.

We’ll see you there.

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

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