13 Dec

Happy Holidays — Mobile Monday Austin Dec 2012 Social

Happy Holidays!!!

Mobile continues to thrive in 2012 and we in the industry look forward to another prosperous year. As you are running around to make final deadlines, socialize and prepare for the holidays, come take a little break and join your fellow MoMo folks to celebrate. The Austin Mobile Monday crew would like you to join us for an impromptu informal holiday gathering at the Driskill, Monday December 17th in the bar/lounge from 6-8pm. We will have some apps and cocktails to share some holiday cheer. Libations and spaces are limited, so please RSVP by this Friday 12/14.

See you all at the event!

17 Oct

Mobile Monday Austin (Oct 22, 2012) – Mobile & Cloud

Join us for our October 2012 Mobile Monday Austin meeting, at the very cool Capital Factory offices in downtown Austin.

We are having a number of cool companies come talk about “Mobile and Cloud“:

* Cloudbees — CloudBees Platform as a Service (PaaS) architecture provides a powerful foundation for cloud development and deployment services.

* Twilio – provider of Cloud platform for Communications – APIs for Voice, VoIP and Text …

* Phunware – provider of branded mobile experiencesand mobile application infrastructure.

The speakers will cover related topics including using cloud-based Jenkins to build and test Android and iOS apps, using the Twillio APIs, and leveraging the cloud to end the native vs. html5 debate – introducing Mobile as a Service.

It is going to be a fun topic and event.

When: Oct 22, 2012
Time: 6-8:30pm
Where: Capital Factory
Cost: free
Drinks and pizza will be served

For information and headcount purposes, please visit & RSVP: http://momoaustinoct2012.eventbrite.com/

See you all there….

30 Sep

The Eternal Debate — MoMo London Event on HTML5 v.s. Native (Sept 2012)

Native vs. Web
Image Source: Mobile App Testing Blog

Seems that I missed a very good debate. I just read a blog on MoMo London event on HTML5 v.s. Native.

Seems like an eternal debate.

Today in 2012, I am still amazed we still are debating this and have not been able to address this. This is really a ~10 year old debate, still driven by the exact same issues and pros/cons as before — centralized vs. not, cross-platform vs. not, maintainability and fragmentation, code-reusability or not, better user experience vs. not, performance, security, access to device APIs vs. not, thin vs. thick, app discovery, etc. etc. etc.

We can argue the basics are here (HTML5, CSS3 and JS-and-related frameworks), but creating great mobile webapps with great user experiences is today only possible by a few; in other words, is a niche area. (Not even Facebook was able to pull it off, right?).

The day the “common mobile developer” is able to create great mobile webapps with ease, is the day this debate will end.

Today still, “user experience” (driven by network latency, app richness, toolsets, adoption by big brands) is best maximized on mobile native. Today still we have to talk about classes of mobile applications (again driven by network, richness, performance, storage, toolsets, maintainability, security, cost of one vs. other, etc) — then decide what is better suited — native vs. web on mobile.

How much longer will it take settle out this debate? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? Right now I say around five years — I wish I am wrong. But does it really matter?

In the meantime, successful mobile developers redefine the meaning of “full stack developers”; successful mobile developers must be “End-to-end, Cross-platform, Full Stack Developers” — this is a lot of complex ground to cover.

Related to this see “The biggest mistake we made as a company was not investing enough on native.” — Zuckerberg (2012).


25 Apr

Mobile Monday Austin | Nokia USA Tour visits Austin – Apr 30, 2012

Mobile Monday Austin

Please join us April 30 for our next event when Nokia visits Austin for its “Nokia Lumia USA Tour”

WHEN: April 30, 6-9pm
WHERE: Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. 6th St.
WHO: Mobile Monday Austin & Nokia

Please RSVP at Eventbrite: http://momoaustinapr2012.eventbrite.com/

If you have a Windows Phone application, Nokia Developer wants to see your app – visit http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com for more information.

Drinks and appetizers will be served. Nokia is giving away 2 Nokia Lumia 800’s, plus other! For more information, visit the Mobile Monday Austin website.

Also see our new Facebook Page!

See you there…


09 Sep

Mobile Monday Austin, Mobile Gaming – Sept 19, sponsored by Nokia

A reminder that our next Mobile Monday Austin event is on September 19, 2011. The topic is Mobile Gaming and the event is sponsored by Nokia.

Date: Monday, September 19, 2011
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. 6th St.
Cost: FREE, food and drinks will be served

Please join us on Monday, September 19 for the next Mobile Monday Austin session. We’ll be discussing mobile gaming, and the latest trends and technologies in this exciting and active area of the mobile industry.

We’ll start gathering at 6pm for free drinks and some appetizers, and the session will begin at 7pm. Come out to meet other members of the Austin mobile community, and to hear about:

  • the latest research in mobile gaming from Nielsen, with David Gill
  • what’s hot in the Austin game developer community, from American-Statesman reporter Brian Gaar
  • an update from Nokia and Microsoft on Windows Phone 7, and what it holds for game developers
  • presentations from local game developers on their latest and coolest work

Please RSVP below to reserve your spot! Visit Mobile Monday Austin website.

If you are an Austin-area game developer and would like to present, please contact Carlo Longino, carlo at mobilemondayaustin dot com, or C. Enrique Ortiz, eortiz at mobilemondayaustin dot com.

Thanks to our sponsor, Nokia!


31 Mar

MobileMonday Austin | April 4, 2011 | Mobile Enterprise Apps Demo Night

Our next event is on Monday, April 04, 2011 at Buffalo Billiards…

Please Register at: http://momoaustin-040411.eventbrite.com/

Please arrive by 5:30 PM as we will begin 6:00pm – 8:00 PM.

This is the first of a five-city tour sponsored by Cisco and MobileMonday Americas. The Enterprise App Demo Night events begin in Austin, TX on April 4th, followed by San Francisco, CA & Boston, MA on April 11th, Seattle, WA on April 18th and New York City, NY on April 25th.

Event is FREE. Food/drinks will be served.

We are having a number of cool companies present; see you at the event!

Raffle! Courtesy of Breaking Development: We are giving away a pass ($1000+ value) to the Breaking Development mobile design & development conference in Dallas on April 11-12; great lineup of speakers. Recommended conference for those in mobile web app development!

Thanks to our Sponsor Cisco!

Please Register at: http://momoaustin-040411.eventbrite.com/

18 Nov

MobileMonday/AppCircus Austin Showcase @ TWS 2010 – And the Winner Is…

We had a wonderful showcase at the Texas Wireless Summit 2010, with 12 companies participating:

Great interactions and demos all across…

The companies were judged based on application originality, creativity and innovation as well as business model, validity and execution. A Runner up and 1st place were chosen:

(Runner up) — QRANK
(1st place) — Famigo Games

Congratulations to Famigo Games, winner of the 2010 MobileMonday/AppCircus Showcase and QRANK…

We had a well rounded set of cool companies that included mobile gaming, fitness, tab and POS management, social, secure health, education, brand management and call management. It was awesome to have them participate and see the mobile startups that are brewing up in Austin… Congrats to All!

Thanks to the MobileMonday Austin, AppCircus and the Austin Technology Incubator staff and our sponsor Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

Related to this see Texas Wireless Summit Showcases Austin as Premier Wireless Innovation Hub (ATI blog).

03 Nov

Invitation to MobileMonday-AppCircus Showcase at the Texas Wireless Summit

This is an invitation to all Mobile Startups in Austin to participate at the MobileMonday Austin Showcase at the upcoming Texas Wireless Summit; read below. If you would like to participate please email me at eortiz [at] mobilemondayaustin [dot] com.

On Nov 16th, the ATI and MobileMondayAustin (MobileMonday Austin.com) are hosting a Showcase to highlight the most promising mobile applications and platforms. The Showcase will be 45 minutes during the afternoon break — we will set up cocktail tables around the coffee and snacks for the startups to demo and engage with the audience. We are anticipating around 200 participants, from all corners of the industry and including carriers, angel investors, and VC investors. Participating companies will receive one complimentary pass to the Summit. Please visit TWSummit.com.

During the TWS showcase we are doing Austin’s first AppCircus. We are partnering with AppCircus (AppCircus.com) which is a global cross-platform mobile showcase which enables any mobile application to be eligible to pitch in any city around the world which hosts an AppCircus. There will be an expert panel judging the applications and a winner mobile application will be chosen which will be eligible to present at the 2011 Mobile Premier Awards in Barcelona, during the Mobile World Congress.


20 Oct

MobileMonday Austin (Nov 2010) | Nielsen on Mobile Applications and Connected Devices

I posted at the MobileMonday Austin website information about the next event…

Please note that seating is limited; please register and reserve your seating and enter the raffle to win a new Nokia N8. For registration and more information, please visit the MobileMonday Austin website at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com/.

The event is sponsored by Nokia and the 2010 Calling All Innovators North America developer contest, presented by Nokia and AT&T.

Topic: Mobile Applications and Connected Devices — New Nielsen Company research on the changing media consumption landscape

When: November 1, 2010 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Cool River (4001 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727-4105)

Come listen to the Nielsen Company present new research on Smartphones, Tablets and the new Application economy. Information in this session will address:

  • Growth of Smartphones, leading platforms and a look forward
  • Behaviors and preferences of mobile app users
  • Which apps are people using and why?
  • How much are downloaders’ willing to pay?
  • Overall look at tablets, e-readers, media players and netbooks – how are users consuming media on these devices?
  • How do tablet users respond to advertising versus smartphone owners?
  • What do media companies need to consider when launching tablet and smartphone content?
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.


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!


08 Mar

MobileMonday Austin/SXSWi Special Event | Mobile App Design | March 15 2010

Don’t miss our yearly MobileMonday Austin/SXSW special event. We are having a great set of speakers.. Our Next MobileMonday event is on March 15, 2010; the registration form is at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com. Seating is limited so please register.

Thanks to our sponsors Mobile Behavior and Forum Nokia.

And thanks to the International Center of Austin (ICA) for offering their space for the event. And thanks to the Austin Wireless Alliance/ATI Wireless and Maria OCampo (Collider Media) and Allison Mooney (Mobile Behavior) for the help with logistics.

Seating is limited! (really to about 50 people)

Cost? Free. Light food and drinks will be served, thanks to our sponsors.

Time? 5:00-6:30 or so pm so we can end early and continue the SXSWi Festivities! Arrive by 5:00 pm.

Where? The International Center of Austin (ICA). The IAC is literally 5 minutes walk distance from the Austin Convention center, so it is very convenient. Address: 201 East 2nd Street Austin, TX 78701-4009. See map: http://bit.ly/cpfrBa

Agenda | Topic Mobile App Design:

  • Barbara Ballard — presentation on Mobile Design and User Experience (UX);
  • Panel with Foursquare, SimpleGeo, CloudFour, Frog Design and others TBD. Moderated by Carlo Longino of MobHappy.

Please register at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com!

==> Also, don’t miss on Saturday March 13 the Wireless Future15 at SXSWi! See http://bit.ly/9K7BE2


13 Dec

Awesome MobileMonday Austin Dec 2009 Event, thanks! | Next: January 20, 2010 with Android Dev Austin

We had a great MobileMonday Austin event on Dec 7, a full house and great speakers — what a great way to end 2009. Thanks to our sponsors and speakers:

David Gill (Nielsen), Austin Technology Incubator (Bart Bohn), Austin Entrepreneur Network (Hall Martin), Idea Finishing School (Dean McCall), Tech Ranch Austin (Jonas Lamis) and Erin Defosse, and startups Ringful, SocialMuse, MediaSourcery, AVAI Mobile, Edioma.

The 2010 calendar of events is being put together and is being published on an on-going basis — see http://www.mobilemondayaustin.org calendar of events.


Our next event is with the new Android Dev Austin group, a new special interest group interested in Android OS and application software development, and put together in cooperation with the Austin chapter of MobileMonday. Our next event is as follows…

When: January 20, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Topic: Android Dev Austin

Agenda: In planning. If you are a developer or a startup of Android software and/or hardware and would like to present, please add your name to the registration page at http://groups.google.com/group/android-dev-austin/web/jan-2010-meeting or email me.

Where: Motive Building — http://www.motive.com

Cost: Free

To have an estimated headcount and for security (front-desk) please *add your name* to the following registration page: http://groups.google.com/group/android-dev-austin/web/jan-2010-meeting

Also, to keep track of Android Dev Austin-specific announcements, feel free to register at the Android Dev Austin mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/android-dev-austin.


29 Apr

MobileMonday Chapters Around the World

Great map by MobileMonday Estonia:

View MoMo Chapters in a larger map

It is great to see how many chapters we have now / how much the MobileMonday community has grown over the last years…

The Austin chapter was founded on May 10 of 2005 and today it consists of more than 280 members. Our mission has remained the same “an open community of mobile professionals and enthusiasts in Austin, TX, that share both a common interest in mobile technologies and a desire to foster cooperation among individuals, the industry and academia.”


10 Mar

MobileMonday Austin — Great speaker lineup — The Mobile Web

Update… Venue information for MobileMonday Austin. Very convenient right on 2nd street by SXSW! Thanks to the The International Center of Austin for the room. And thanks to our sponsors W3C Mobile Web Initiative, OMTP and Motive/Alcatel-Lucent.

Please note the next MobileMonday Austin meeting is on March 16, 2009 (the Monday of SXSW Interactive). More information will be published at the MobileMonday Austin website; see http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com.

Please note that I am still trying to figure out the venue. But mark your calendars. We have a great speaker line-up. If you have a room that holds 50 or more people in the downtown area, please let me know ASAP***.

For headcount purposes, please register at http://groups.google.com/group/momoaustin/edit/mobilemonday-austin-event-mar-16-2009.

  • When: March 16, 2009 — 5:30-8:30pm (we will try to be done by 8pm so we can go and party/celebrate at SXSWi)
  • Where: The International Center of Austin (http://www.austin-international.us/)
    201 East 2nd Street (btwn Brazos & San Jacinto)
    Austin, Texas 78701
    See map
  • Cost: Nada, zero, free — if you would like to sponsor, please let me know
  • General Topic: The Mobile Web
  • Speakers:
    • Mobile Web Industry metrics — Nielsen-Mobile
    • The State of the Mobile Web — World Wide Web (W3C)
    • On Web Browser Trends and Strategies — Skyfire
    • On Web Runtime APIs and BONDI — Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP)
    • On Widgets. The GSMA OneAPI — Vodafone

For headcount purposes, please register at http://groups.google.com/group/momoaustin/edit/mobilemonday-austin-event-mar-16-2009.

If you would like to speak/present and/or sponsor, please send me an email to enrique dot ortiz at gmail dot com.

26 Feb

Great MobileMonday Austin Feb 2009 – thanks to our sponsors and speakers

MoMo Logo

Last Monday Feb 23rd we had our MobileMonday Austin meeting. The topic was “Rich Local Applications and Applications Stores”. The meeting started with David Gill of Nielsen Mobile who gave an excellent presentation on industry metrics on mobile applications and usage. This was followed by Dr. Michael Yuan of Ringful who covered iPhone applications and app stores, followed by Andrew Donoho of DDG who covered technology strategy and the iPhone.

It was a very good meeting, with tons of great info, all possible thanks to our sponsors and speakers: the Austin Wireless Alliance (AWA), Motive/Alcatel-Lucent, Ringful, Nielsen Mobile and the Donoho Design Group, and of course, to everyone who attended.

Please note that our next meeting is targeted for March 16 (the Monday of SXSW Interactive); stay tuned by visiting the MobileMonday Austin website, and subscribing to the mailing list.

Below are some photos of the meeting:


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04 Feb

MobileMonday Austin – Feb 23rd – Rich/Local Apps and App Stores

MoMo Austin

Mark your calendars…

Please register for the event at http://groups.google.com/group/momoaustin/web/event-feb-23-2009 (so we have a headcount to go by).

The next MobileMonday Austin is scheduled for Feb 23rd. The topic is on rich/local applications and App Stores. We will have industry/market and information on developing local/rich applications for iPhone and Android and other, and the importance/impact of App Stores.

For more information and dates, please visit the newly redesigned MobileMonday Austin website at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com (feedback is welcome).

If you would like to speak/present, please send me an email to enrique dot ortiz at gmail dot com.

Also, we are planning on having a MobileMonday Austin event during SXSW Interactive on March 16… mark your calendars. Again, please refer to the MobileMonday website for info and dates.

Last but not least, if anyone is going to Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona, let me know to meetup. For a pretty good list of parties during MWC see http://www.mobileslate.com/blog/2009-mobile-world-congress-party-list.


16 Jan

Mobile Peer Awards at Mobile World Congress – we need more Austin representation (deadline is tonight)

Austinites –

The “Mobile Peer Awards” is to happen at Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC). There are great mobile startups in Austin. It would be great if you register your startup, even if you will not attend MWC. I can do the registration for you if you cant; email me. We need Austin representation! It will be good for your company with some extra visibility, global visibility.

Shoot me an email if you have any questions…


05 Nov

Mobile Peer Awards — Calling all Austin Mobile Startups!


The MobileMonday Mobile Peer Awards are among the most influential events in the mobile industry and, with over 1000 attendants, the point of reference in startup innovation during the Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, February 16, 2009).

There are a number of cool mobile companies in Austin, and it would be great to have Austin representation!

If your company is ready, this will give you a big opportunity to present in front of investors, operators, media companies, and everyone else in the mobile value chain, press and influential bloggers and your peer entrepreneurs.

Visit the Peer Awards Homepage (http://www.mobilepeerawards.com) and register your startup under the *Austin* chapter.

I will be monitoring the list and serve as a liaison… If you have any questions, shoot me an email…


If you would like to become a sponsor of MobileMonday Austin at the Peer Awards, please send me an email. In exchange your logo will be included on the Austin’s Peer Award page and will be mentioned at the peer awards event. The collected money will be used to send Austin representation and/or help a local startup make it to the event.

/C. Enrique Ortiz, MobileMonday Austin