06 Mar

Mobile Monday Austin @ SXSWi 2014 (Unofficial)

The Mobile Monday Austin (unofficial) SXSW party is back. Join us at Fogo de Chao on Monday, March 10 at 5:30pm for some free drinks and food, as well as demos from leading mobile startups from Austin and around the world.

We packed Fogo de Chao last year with a room full of great conversation, brilliant ideas and interesting people — and you can expect the same this year, so come grab a drink with us at the end of another day of SXSW before you head out to the night’s parties.

Many thanks to our Sponsors!!!

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23 Feb

Mobile Future 15 at SXSW Interactive

We are less than a month away from SXSW Interactive; exciting!

If you are attending the Festival, don’t forget to stop by the Mobile Future 15 session; more info below…

When? Monday, March 14, 3:30-6pm.

Topics & Speakers:

  1. Mobile Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in 2011 (Raj Singh, Stanford Research Institute)
  2. Future of Mobile Gaming/Entertainment (Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio/Angry Birds)
  3. Designing for Mobile Web (James Pearce, Sencha)
  4. What Overseas Innovations Still Haven’t Hit the US Market Yet? (Debi Jones, Telefonica)
  5. Designing for Android (Amanda McGlothlin, Mutual Mobile)
  6. Tips for Getting Your App Approved (Michael Yuan, Ringful Health)
  7. Interactive Patterns in the Mobile Space (Barbara Ballard, Linchpin Mobility)
  8. User Experience and Cross Platform App Development (Carlo Longino, Wireless Industry Partnership)
  9. The Intersection Between Mobile and TV (Craig Negoescu, NAKA Media)
  10. Designing for iPhone (Chaotic Moon)
  11. Emcee: Yours truly, C. Enrique Ortiz

I am very excited about the the speakers and the topics for this year.

If you are attending SXSWi 2011, make sure you stop by our Mobile Future15 panel session! It is going to be awesome.

See the other Future 15 sessions: Future15 Lineup for 2011: Shorter is Better (SXSW blog).

ceo

03 Feb

Mobile Future15 @ SXSW Interactive 2011

For the last number of months I’ve been curating the SXSWi Mobile Future 15 panel. This is a special kind of short-form panel content, fast-paced sessions, each title reflecting one 12-minute solo speaking slot, which is followed by a short, three-minute break before the next speaker begins his or her presentation. These proved to be very popular with attendees during 2010.

So I am very happy to announce the SXSWi 2011 Mobile Future15

When? Monday, March 14, 3:30-6pm.

Great topics and speakers:

  1. Mobile Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in 2011 (Raj Singh, Stanford Research Institute)
  2. Future of Mobile Gaming/Entertainment (Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio/Angry Birds)
  3. Designing for Mobile Web (James Pearce, Sencha)
  4. What Overseas Innovations Still Haven’t Hit the US Market Yet? (Debi Jones, Telefonica)
  5. Designing for Android (Amanda McGlothlin, Mutual Mobile)
  6. Tips for Getting Your App Approved (Michael Yuan, Ringful Health)
  7. Interactive Patterns in the Mobile Space (Barbara Ballard, Linchpin Mobility)
  8. User Experience and Cross Platform App Development (Carlo Longino, Wireless Industry Partnership)
  9. The Intersection Between Mobile and TV (Craig Negoescu, NAKA Media)
  10. Designing for iPhone (Chaotic Moon)

I am very excited about the quality of the speakers and the topics for this year’s Mobile Future15. If you are attending SXSWi 2011, make sure you stop by our Mobile Future15 panel session! It is going to be awesome…

ceo

31 Aug

Taking the Pulse of the Mobile Tech Industry (2010-2011)

One of the cool things about helping judge/select the mobile sessions for SXSW Interactive Festival is that it is like taking the pulse of the Mobile industry — how the mobile industry and technologists feel about the state of things.

This year’s mobility and new technology submissions show how Geo & Social, AR and Big-Data continue to evolve and are key technology areas in the mind of many mobile technologists and marketers alike; a not surprising trend. Some NFC/RFID and barcodes came up. And the topics of native vs. web continues but not as strong, same with Flash, perhaps indicating native as the preferred approach to mobile apps, at least for now.

A lot of very good sessions this year; it was a bit tough to choose… congrats to all who submitted.

ceo

14 Aug

SXSW 2011 PanelPicker | Vote now; voting ends Aug 27, 2010

A reminder that the 2011 SXSW Interactive PanelPicker community voting is open and that voting ends Aug 27, 2010. SXSW Interactive is on March 11-15, 2011.

For SXSW Interactive alone there are 2344 sessions! Wow. And for mobile/wireless and mobile apps there are 96 sessions.

Please remember that SXSW is a community-driven event and that your vote literally accounts for about 30% of the decision-making process for any given programming slot.

So go ahead, find the proposals (and mobile proposals!) that most interest you and vote!

Voting ends 11:59 CDT on Friday, August 27.

See you March 11-15, 2011…

ceo

02 Jul

SXSW PanelPicker 2011: Send Your Incredible (Mobile) Programming Ideas Now!

It is that time again…

The 2011 SXSW PanelPicker launched on Tuesday, June 15: see PanelPicker 2011: Send Us Your Incredible Programming Ideas Now! (SXSW blog).

The entry process for the PanelPicker continues through Friday, July 9.

Then the public voting phase on these proposals will run from Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 27.

So go ahead and submit your cool ideas, especially the your MOBILE ideas, now!

ceo

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!

ceo

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

ceo