07 Sep

September Must be 2010’s Mobile & Wireless Month

There are so many mobile-related events in September alone that with (at least) 28 days of mobile events, September should be designated as 2010’s Mobile Month; see below:

  • Mobile Future Forward, Sept 8, Seattle
  • Over the Air, Sept 10, London
  • APP Nation Conference, September 13 San Francisco
  • DigiDay Mobile, September 13 in New York City
  • Nokia Developer Summit, September 14, London
  • DEMO, September 14, San Francisco
  • Mobile Innovation Week, September 15-17, Toronto
  • BlackBerry Developer Conference, Sept 27-30, San Francisco
  • Mobile 2.0 Event, September 20-21, Mountain View, CA
  • JavaOne and Oracle Develop, September 19 – 23, San Francisco
  • MobiTechFest Americas West, September 21, San Francisco
  • Verizon Developer Conference, September 21 & 22, Las Vegas
  • Design for Mobile, 20-24 September, Chicago, Illinois
  • iPhone/iPad Developers Conference, September 27 – 29, San Diego, CA
  • MobileMonday Summit 2010, September 28, Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Mobilize, September 30, San Francisco, CA.

October 2010 comes very close though with many cool mobile events as well…

For more information about these events and other developer events see the WIP Events Wiki


17 Aug

Apple and NFC — iPhone will trigger the Mobile RFID/NFC revolution

There is a lot of noise/rumors about Apple and NFC after Apple’s hiring of NFC expert sparks digital wallet rumors.

NFC is one of those technologies that I have written quite a bit about (see my NFC/Touch page) and that I believe will change how people use their handsets. Unfortunately it has taken forever to hit the mass market; blame the operators…

And as I’ve previously written, I’ll say it again in 2010 — Even though Nokia was first in understanding the power of proximity and had introduced some of the first handsets, it is the iPhone what will drive the NFC revolution…

Related to this see:

25 Apr

Three Cool Mobile Events on 1st week of May 2010 | The Mobile Web & Widgets, The Business of Location, ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010

There will be three cool mobile events on the first week of May:

  1. May 3rd – MobileMonday Austin | Topic: Mobile Web & Widgets
  2. May 5th – Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter | Topic: The Business of Location: Making Money with Geo-Aware Services
  3. May 7th – ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 (Mountain View, CA)

May 3rd | MobileMonday Austin | Mobile Web and Widgets

The topic is Mobile Web & Widgets with Kirk Ballou of Flash Widgets and Dan Podwall of the Nokia Web Runtime Team presenting on the hot topic of mobile and web and the role of widgets.

  • Date: May 3rd. Please arrive by 5:45pm. We will start at 6pm-7:30pm.
  • Cost: Free. Open bar and appetizers will be served.
  • Where: MAX Underground at 207 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin TX 78701.
  • Seating is limited: Please RSVP at the MobileMonday Austin website http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com

For event information see http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com.

May 5th | Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter | The Business of Location: Making Money with Geo-Aware Services

Over the past year, location-based services that take advantage of the capabilities of the iPhone and other smartphones have exploded onto the scene. Many analysts claim that over the next five years, we’ll see location-based services become household names the way Facebook and Twitter have become synonymous with the social web. In order to get there, location companies need to develop clear business models and innovative strategies to monetize geo-aware services. What monetization strategies will work? How profitable will these location services be? How can other businesses benefit from the advertising/market intelligence opportunities that location-aware companies can provide?

Come hear from panelists representing the many different facets of location — from application development to mobile payments to hyper-local advertising to mobile analytics and more.

* Josh Williams, CEO and Co-founder of Gowalla
* Blair Garrou, Managing Director of DFJ Mercury
* Rick Orr, CEO of ATX Technologies (Tabbed Out)
* Chris Treadaway, CEO of Notice Technologies

  • Event Date: 5/5/2010
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: AT&T Conference Center

See The Business of Location: Making Money with Geo-Aware Services.

May 7, 2010 | ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 (Mountain View, CA)

Get ready to explore, think and create the future of Mobile! As in our last event, The Real-Time Web Summit, it will be you – the attendees – who ultimately set the agenda.

People from companies such as Google, UrbanAirship and SimpleGeo are coming to explore the future of mobile in this unconference format. We’d love for you to come and share your thoughts about the future of mobile.

See the events page: ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010.


19 Apr

The Central Texas Entrepreneur Funding Symposium ’10

The Central Texas Entrepreneur Funding Symposium ’10 is a one-day conference for entrepreneurs ready to go to the next level and looking for the funding to make it happen.

The event designed to provide entrepreneurs with the information they need to adequately fund their businesses. From start-ups to established organizations looking for additional injections of capital, attendees will learn how to prepare their companies for funding, discover alternative sources of capital and hear from successful entrepreneurs.

See the event’s Agenda. The event includes panels and fast pitch competitions.

  • Angel/VC Panel
  • Fastpitch Competition where Entrepreneurs will have one minute to pitch their deals in front of an investor panel
  • Track 1: Austin Entrepreneur Network Track – Legal, Financial and other issues
  • Track 2: Tech Ranch – Tools and Techniques for Accelerating Your Seed Stage Venture
  • Track 3: Idea Finishing School, led by Dean McCall – Selling your startup
  • Track 4: Capital Factory

I know many of the folks organizing and participating in the Symposium and I recommend it.

The attendee registration before April 21st, 2010 is $99 and at the door: $125.


18 Apr

Post SXSW 2010

This is my first blog after SXSW 2010. After an intense week, I got sick like a dog, and after recovering got super busy with my real day job — bring to market Motive‘s mobile broadband solution for call centers; the level of interest by operators continue to grow by the day.

SXSW Interactive Festival 2010 was great. Great sessions, met and/or re-connected with a number of folks that I haven’t seen in a while. Great networking. Saw a number of bands and on the big rainy night saw the world premier of MacGruber (great decision to go watch it with my buddy Dean McCall); that was a hilarious movie.

During Interactive I ran (for the first time) the Wireless Future15 mini-sessions; it took close to 3 months to organize this and it was a success. At one point we had the room overflowing; I would say close to 300 people? Great speakers; thanks to all.

One area of growth at SXSW this year was in the use of tools (see SXSW Tools) including an improved “my SXSW website” and leveraging the mobile handset and 2D barcodes and location-based social apps such as Gowalla and Foursquare that helped people connect and follow each other. The use of location (context) and barcodes (interactions) combined with mobile handsets is something that I have been researching and writing about for years now and seeing this happening/getting validated at SXSW is great.

Then we had MobileMonday Austin with a great lineup that included Taptu, SimpleGeo, Foursquare, Frog, Little Springs Design, MobHappy, CloudFour and Finn Mobile; so much mobile knowledge/experience! Thanks to all the speakers. The event was smaller and shorter than usual (by design) and limited to around 50 people so everyone could go and enjoy SXSW festivities.

What is next?

I haven’t been blogging anything of real substance in a while. But I’ve been spending time thinking about extensions to my previous thoughts on mobile, interactions and context. I am back at reading and interacting with key mobility blogs. And of course, there is MobileMonday Austin and the Android Dev Austin groups. So stay tuned and see you around!


07 Jan

Mobile Trends 2020

Rudy De Waele (@mtrends) has put together a collaborative outlook of the mobile trends for the next 10 years:

Update: Mobile Trends 2020 has been updated to include views from Russell Buckley, Tomi Ahonen, Yuri van Geest, Kelly Goto, Raj Singh, David Harper, Marc Davis, Loic LeMeur…

(You can find my contribution to Mobile Trends 2020 on slide #40)

To this end I have been writing down my predictions in mobile & wireless for a couple of years now. This year I thought it was the time to move on and do something different, so I asked some of my personal heroes in mobile to write down their five most significant trends for the coming decade.

For background information on how this came about see Rudy’s blog Mobile Trends 2020.

I am honored to be part of this collaborative effort one full of vision of the things possible during the next decade on mobile, together with an awesome/top group of Mobilists such as:

Howard Rheingold, Douglas Rushkoff, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Gerd Leonhard, Timo Arnall, Carlo Longino, Katrin Verclas, Atau Tanaka, Alan Moore, Marek Pawloski, Ajit Jaokar, Nicolas Nova, Inma Martinez, Tony Fish, Jonathan MacDonald, Willem Boijens, Carlos Domingo, Russ McGuire, Raimo van der Klein, Michael Breidenbruecker, Robert Rice, Steve O’Hear, Ted Morgan, Martin Duval, Andreas Constantinou, Fabien Girardin, Matthäus Krzykowski, Rich Wong, Andy Abramson, Ilja Laurs, David Wood, Stefan Constantinescu, Henri Moissinac, Kevin C. Tofel, Felix Petersen, Tom Hume, and yours truly.

Below is the Slideshare which you can also download.

(You can find my contribution to Mobile Trends 2020 on slide #40)



05 Jan

Personal reflections on mobile 2000-2009 and welcome to 2010 and the new decade

With my first blog post of 2010 I would like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.

And with the new year and the new decade, I reflect on the previous decade and my involvement with mobile; writing this helps me remember the good and not so good times and prepare for the new decade of mobile.

2000-2009. Wow, ten years have past! Some good times and some bad times. I survived, making a living throughout the decade mostly working on mobile. Not too bad…

During the last decade I did a bit of everything: a software developer, architect, a products guy, CTO and evangelist, business owner, researcher, speaker and writer, startup founder, raise angel and VC money, board member, mentor, events organizer, standards bodies, blogger, open source, inventor, documentation and testing, marketing and managing people and products. Top to bottom, left to right. I did great on some and not as good on other. All that while being a husband and a father…

From WAP and cHTML, to web clipping, PalmOS and BlackBerry, Symbian OS, web and widgets, local/native apps, connected and occasionally connected apps, J2ME, Android and iPhone too. From device to network to server, J2EE and Servlets and containers, from XML to Java, PHP, C and C++, DBs and many OSes. Algorithms and patents. User interfaces and user experience. From social and user-generated content software before it was called that, to SMS, LBS, personal data and proximity before it was cool and/or massively used. Lots of other things as well. I remember ‘predicting’ that enterprise would drive mobile adoption, but boy, I was wrong — consumers did! I predicted that by 2006-2007 or so mobile would become what we all have been talking about, and off I was, but not as bad.

…and we are still not there but we are getting there!

During the last decade I started companies, and joined others; both small and large. From agentGO/AGEA, Aligo, Artemis Wireless Werks, to eZee and Motive/ALU. From helping raise millions of dollars in VC money, bringing software products to market, some very successful, to creating partnerships and relationships, almost getting acquired by BEA, to selling the company assets or dissolving the company, the last decade was a hell of a ride.

With Artemis Wireless Werks (my mobile services company) alone helped dozens of companies including Skyfire, AMF Ventures, OMTP.org, MediaSourcery, RGL Forensic Accountants & Consultants, Arrowhead Electronic Healthcare, Edioma, NAKA Media, Blim Law, Sun Microsystems, Nokia, Motorola Metrowerks, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, The Burton Group, Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe, Aligo, Datamaxx, IBM, Mobile Candy Disk, mLoc8, Salsa.Net, PodCast Ready and Kenosia. Thanks to all for the business!

Got the opportunity to speak on many conferences and wrote hundreds of technical articles on mobile and one book, and thousands of entries on my blog and other blogs. Contributed directly or indirectly to a few other books and wrote the foreword for one. Started 3 other books but didn’t finish them, and I owe book reviews to a number of friends, all great writers; sorry guys! I will review all the pending books! and should at least finish one of those books that I had started.

During the last decade I met wonderful and super smart Mobilists, some in person and others virtually, from all around the world, many becoming good friends even though some of them I’ve never met in person. Others who started in mobile at the same time as I did are still going strong on mobile — way to go! I also helped a number of students, some local but most from around the world, thanks again to the power of the Internet, some even throughout from their Bachelor to their PhD. I’m proud of them.

The space shuttle — my first job out of college in the 90s went through very hard times and a fatal accident losing all crewmen and the vehicle Columbia — glad am I to see the program continue, even though its end of life is to occur on 2010, to move forward into the next phase of the manned space program.

Also during the past decade (in 2005) founded MobileMonday Austin which today has close to 350 members and continues strong, and also was a founding member of the Austin Wireless Alliance and the Carnival of the Mobilists which also continue strong. Helping companies is a passion of mine and throughout the decade I helped dozen of companies with software to pure advice. Got involved with SXSW Interactive as an advisory board member focused on mobile which continues in 2010; hope to see you there.

During the same decade I spent a lot of time helping evolve J2ME by helping with the specs and APIs, writing about it, evangelizing, helping with the JCP and JavaOne and with the Mobile & Embedded Community. In 2009 I was nominated for the 2009 JCP Program Participant of the Year. It is sad for me that J2ME stalled towards the end of the decade (long story) but it is not dead and I think it will (should) live as the preferred development platform for Feature-phones.

Towards the end of the decade I co-founded eZee inc. a mobile marketing and interactive advertising company and joined the UT Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). I’m a proud alumni of the ATI with which I continue having a strong relationship. eZee’s technology was based on my vision of mobile with interactions between the physical and digital worlds and the user (and the analysis of such interactions), and the mobile user context while keeping the technology and adoption as practical to the times as possible — very interesting as in 2000 when I joined agentGO I focused on the importance of user-context and agent software and data as key ingredients to a successful mobile experience. So in many ways, eZee inc was the culmination of the previous 8 years of mobile vision and experience. And that vision is not dead!

And I ended-up the decade at Motive, which was later acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, where I work on software for Telcos in the areas of device management and call-center software and network stuff; things that typically happen “behind the scenes”.

The decade was hell of a ride, as I wrote before. I’m sure I’ve missed a number of things but the above is a good summary — I ended up writing much more that what I had anticipated.

2000-2009 was a decade of vision on things mobile, with lots of research, and partnerships, with some real deployments, with lots excitements and some disappointments. The mobile industry has taken a long time to evolve, mainly because of the operators, and as a consequence the technology took long to evolve and become adopted.

But it is happening now. I see it. I feel it. From the mobile lifestyle, to the ecosystem, from the operator to the developer, from the network to the devices. And as we enter the new decade, mobility will be even *more* pervasive. The technology, the devices and networks are catching up, and we will be able to bring to market all those product concepts that we have been talking about/researching over the last decade. For one, the users are ready with a next generation of users that if you think you and me are connected today, think again. Voice? Nah, only 1% of usage will be voice, and apps/data/messaging/social/media will be the other 99%, always-on/connected. Where 80% of the devices will be Smart-phones and Feature-phones will have 80% of Smart-phone capabilities/functionality. Hybrid apps (80% local/native and 20% web-based) will rule for the first half of the decade, and by the 2nd half, mobile web should rival local/native apps and/or complement them in ways that it is almost transparent when jumping from one to the other and back. The next decade will see Augmented Reality and digital/physical world convergence become a common tool, with the mobile handset right in the middle, and AR it will be standardized and absorbed into the browser as a view — similar to the “street vs. map view”. The mobile handset will also serve as the personal gateway to the Internet, providing the computing power to simple sensors and to the new 5th screen — AR visors/eye-glasses powered by the mobile handset.

And many thanks to all the companies such as Apple and Google and RIM and Nokia and Symbian and the other hundreds of super innovative small companies and people who made the difference during the last decade; while some made it and others failed, they all have a part and made important contributions.

So welcome to the year 2010 and the new decade… Let’s see what the new decade will bring us.

Let’s make it happen! Bring it on!