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11 years of Mobile Monday

Mobile Monday began with a blog post by Alessandro Pace in 2005 which sparked a small gathering in a bar to discuss the idea of a new type of networking event in Boston.  In those days, downtown Boston was a wasteland for technology startups with the action happening along the suburban 128 Corridor and Waltham where the old mini-computer companies and early venture capitalists had been centered.  We started Mobile Monday around the same time as David Beisel’s Web Innovator’s Group and it picked up a spark of excitement among young tech people living in the city.

With that modest beginning, the momentum grew.  Over the years, we hosted over 70 free events with over 10,000 people attending, started a non-profit 501(c)(3), raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship money, and coordinated events across the country.  During all our history we were a group of unpaid volunteers (all sponsorship dollars went straight back into the organization).  It was thanks to the hard work of people like Kevin Wiant, Janelle Suckley, Ronda Billings Morra, Itay Sharfi, Maggie Taylor, Kate Imbach, Alessandro Pace, Tom Schmidt, and many others that we were able to scale the organization.

Here are a few highlights over the years.

April 3 2006: Our first event held in a classroom at MIT Sloan.  I bought a cheese plate so we’d have food.  Our speakers presented the state of the art in mobile browsers:  Nokia S60 Web Browser and Flash Lite with Flex.

2007: The Google team gave us a sneak peak at the first release of the Android SDK (they claimed it was the first public demonstration ever, and maybe it was).

2008: Thanks to Kate’s savvy, we persuaded an Apple Store employee to let us hold a party for the new iPhone SDK.  Rumor was that they got in trouble with Apple’s secrecy enforcers.

2009: Thanks again to Kate, we hosted Governor Deval Patrick in the Fairmount ballroom.

2010: We hosted Mayor Menino to talk about the City of Boston’s first mobile app.

Over those years, the mobile industry went from a nerdy niche to a hot space.  We were pulling in hundreds of people for each event and sometimes 700 or more.  There were still relatively few technology events to compete for people’s attention and mobile hype was at it’s peak.

Fast forward to the present, and we’ve slowed the pace of Mobile Monday events.  Today there are a plethora of technology networking organizations in Boston hosting more events and meetups than you can count.  The demand gap for events that Mobile Monday filled is now well supplied by others.  At the same time, the mobile industry no longer exists as a distinct entity.  Mobile has become a core part of technology stacks and is woven into the fabric of everything from customer interfaces to internal operations.

For this reason, we’ve spent the past few years doing a lot of healthcare-related events.  These events have been fun to do, they bring together a great crowd with focused interests, and there’s the chance that they help contribute something to the larger public good.  We’ll keep you posted as we go down our evolving path.

First presentation of Android SDK in 2007

Panel at MIT of the largest mobile startup exits in Boston

iPhone SDK launch event at an Apple Store







For anyone who’s interested, I’ve included below the history of Mobile Monday Boston events*.  The registrant number is for people who signed up for the event, with typically 30-50% of registrants showing up for the event.  We never did an accurate job of counting actual attendees.

Event Date Registrants
Mobile Monday Boston (February 5th) 2/5/07 113
Mobile Monday Boston (March 5th) 3/5/07 110
Mobile Mondays Boston (Mon April 9th) 4/9/07 110
Mobile Monday Boston (Mon May 7th) 5/7/07 71
Mobile Monday Boston (Mon June 18th) 6/18/07 101
Demo and Networking Event 7/16/07 69
Mobile Monday Boston (Mon Sept 17th) 9/17/07 110
Mobile Monday Boston Feb 4th 2008 Nokia Research Center 2/4/08 71
MoMo iPhone SDK party 3/24/08 302
Mobile Marketing and Advertising (Mobile Monday May 2008) 5/5/08 344
Browsers — Driving the Web, or Driven by the Web? – Monday June 30th 7pm 6/30/08 185
Boston’s Most Successful Mobile Entrepreneurs 10/6/08 484
Mobile Around the World: MIW Reception Featuring Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner – Wed Oct 22nd 6:30pm 10/22/08 61
Early Stage Mobile Companies 11/17/08 384
Compelling Mobile Business Models 1/12/09 540
Mobile Monday and MIT Mobile 4/6/09 530
Boston Mobile Company Demos – Featured Speaker Governor Deval Patrick 4/27/09 622
MM Silicon Valley: Location-Aware App Demos 5/4/09 362
Mobile Monday & MassMobile Developer’s Meetup 6/15/09 181
MoMo on the patio of the Grand Canal – July 27th 7/27/09 185
Mobile Advertising for Apps and the Mobile Web 9/30/09 443
Mobile Monday and TCN:  Making money through carrier and OEM app stores 10/19/09 373
Developers Meetup Jan 25th – Mobile Monday, MassMobile, and DrinksOnTap 1/25/10 264
Mobile Monday Boston UK vs. US Mobile Demos 3/8/10 465
Mobile Monday Party at CTIA 3/24/10 260
Mobile Financial Services 5/24/10 190
Evening of Mobile Startups at the MIT Museum 6/7/10 722
Mobile Monday & BostInnovation – Summer Block Party 7/22/10 780
An Evening with Google and Android 8/16/10 199
gdgt After Dark 9/22/10 400
The Realities of Mobile Advertising 10/4/10 425
Mobile Monday networking event at CTIA – sponsored by Nokia 10/7/10 600
ShutUp & StartUp Weekend 10/22/10 393
Mobile Monday – City of Boston Launch Party 11/8/10 564
Mobile Monday Demo Night at Park Plaza 1/31/11 545
Mobile Camp:  A Mobile Monday Saturday Event 2/19/11 740
March Mobile Networking with Mobile Monday, DrinksOnTap, MassMobile 3/28/11 287
Enterprise Mobile Event 4/11/11 646
MoMo Boston MIT Museum Mobile Showcase 5/9/11 750
Mobile Games 9/12/11 635
Building Successful Mobile Web and Native Apps in the Enterprise 10/17/11 644
Mobile Monday Labs – Android Development 3/5/12 200
Mobile Pitch Challenge 2012 4/23/12 590
MIT Museum Showcase 2012 6/25/12 760
Mobile Monday Labs – Mobile Design 9/10/12 383
Mobile Monday Demo Night 10/1/12 420
Trends in Mobile Investment 11/5/12 372
Mobile Marketing and Advertising 1/14/13 999
The Mobile Enterprise Industry 2/4/13 514
Mobile development across platforms 3/4/13 498
Mobile Healthcare 4/8/13 418
Tablet Commerce:  Fad or future? 6/10/13 294
Big Data in an Increasingly Mobile World 7/1/13 222
Boston Mobile Summer Party 8/5/13 1355
MIT Museum Startup Showcase 10/8/13 1244
Mobile Marketing, Brands, and Media 1/13/14 598
The Steady Growth of Mobile Payments 3/10/14 434
Mobile Healthcare 2014 5/5/14 600
Mobile Internet of Things 2014 11/3/14 350

*After 2014 we switched to a new registration system and I haven’t dug up those records yet.



Mobile Technology for the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Here is a recap from our event on Mobile Monday May 23rd.  Many thanks to Microsoft for hosting us.


Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson
Partners in Health, Specialists Ermyas Birru and Aaron White
VitalWave, Senior Technical Advisor, Jonathan Payne

Some key use cases for mHealth are contact tracing over time, training health workers (quickly) in symptom identification, and data sharing across countries in a secure and legal way.

Introduction of a new technology during a healthcare crisis is generally a bad idea.  That’s why new tech usually arrives as a crisis is trailing off.  The reason is that it takes time for the people on the ground to determine what the requirements are (in the ebola epidemic, this was contact tracing).  Another reason for lag time is it can take time for funding to come through and then organizations to get set up locally.

mobile-monday-dimagi-pih-eventIn this project there were many technology partners including Tableau and handset vendors.  Data ownership was unclear from the beginning.  It was collected by UN staff and data quality was their responsibility, but who owns the data after that is sensitive for patient privacy.  Even in aggregate it can be sensitive for  governments that might want to protect or suppress certain information.

PIH chose to go into the region of Kono because of a strong partner organization.  Formerly the region was a civil war hotspot, also a center of diamond mining, not as affected by Ebola as regions around Freetown.

Paper forms were currently used and were a big problem – decay in the climate, lack of digitization, no printers to generate new forms.  They started the pilot in June 2015 in 1 chiefdom and expanded to 6 chiefdoms in Sep 2015.

Use of the phones boosted the social standing of the health worker, an unexpected benefit.  Phone retention has been predicted as a problem but no phones were stolen or lost, only 1 phone had a scratched screen.  Challenges includeded power supplies for phones, very fast training in a couple days, many health workers had no smart phone expeirnece much less data collection, also it was the rainy season in a remote area.

The next step for this project is to take CommCare in Kono to more health workers and expand for other health projects.

Digital literacy was a challenge, many workers were barely literate and paper forms were a challenge, the phone app with images was actually easier for them to use.

mobile-monday-dimagi-pih-speakersTableau and other BI systems are a good solution for reporting and data analysis, but they only work with a fast data connection, Dimagi is exploring ways to push data down to phones over slow connections to enable reporting on the device.

In any study of technology adoption, people are excited by new phones, so the early data points about adoption are great. You only find out over time if the project is actually working.

Mobile healthcare and the Ebola Response (event on May 23rd)

Join us for a special Mobile Monday event focused on the mobile tech used during the recent West Africa Ebola outbreak. Cell phone technology was heavily used for mass communication, disease tracking, and response coordination.

Tech experts from Boston-based global health organizations Dimagi and Partners in Health will share their experiences developing and deploying mobile tech for Ebola response.

Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
Room: 1st Mann #1
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Register now

A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Light snacks will be provided.

Panelists will touch upon several topics, including:

  • The health / technology facts and figures behind the Ebola outbreak
  • Sharing stories of how organizations used cell phones on the frontline
  • The unique challenges of rapidly designing mobile apps for remote areas
  • Discussing how we can better prepare for possible disease outbreaks with mobile technology

About the Panelists:

Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson leads Dimagi’s efforts in developing mobile applications for 12 organizations working in Ebola response, used by a total of 1,100 people.

Partners in Health GIS and mHealth specialist Ermyas Birru has worked in Kono, Sierra Leone to help assess, design and implement mobile technology for Ebola response and health system strengthening.

This event is co-hosted by Dimagi, Partners in Health, and Mobile Monday.

Dimagi is a Cambridge-based social enterprise and software company that develops mobile apps to support health workers in developing countries globally.

Partners in Health is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of poor & marginalized people.

Recapping with Mobile Monday Boston – Mobile Healthcare (September 2015)

Back by popular demand, Mobile Healthcare was the latest event hosted by Mobile Monday Boston and co-hosted by Techstars held at Google Cambridge. With a vibrant audience snacking on mini-burgers and homemade flavored water, this healthcare event focused on everyday health and social apps.


Techstars – The standard for startup accelerators, with a massive interconnected network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and corporate partners, Techstars helps the most promising startups do more faster. With 18 programs worldwide, the mentorship-driven accelerator funds the best companies in the most entrepreneurial communities.


Ben Harvatine, CEO Jolt – Assists athletes to train smarter and safer through innovative technology solutions by provideing highly functional and intuitive products that provide athletes, parents, and coaches’ real-time feedback, and enable them to make smarter more timely decisions. Clip the Jolt Sensor to any type of headgear and when a significant impact is detected, capture the athlete’s sideline assessment directly in the app and nearby connected smartphones will see the frequency and severity of head impacts in real time.


Angelo Pitassi, CEO HealthID – Consumer focused health manager that gives you more control over your health, offering simple tools, from any smartphone or computer, to track what’s important to you. Whether it’s blood sugar levels, blood pressure, weight, multiple medical conditions, allergies, keeping track of your medications has never been easier with HealthID and we will send you reminders to take them as prescribed. HealthID provides you peace of mind by making it easy to communicate your updated medical information right from your HealthID Band or Card to anyone, at anytime.


Glenn Laffel, CEO Wellcoin – World’s First Health Currency to help people to live healthier lives. Members earn Wellcoins by claiming and verifying they did healthy activities, and then spend them for goods and services offered by merchants and brands. They have 5 fun, engaging ways to verify claims: ask a friend, upload a photo as proof, permit Wellcoin to import data from health sensors and apps they already use, sign up for a fitness class with a Wellcoin partner, or ask a trusted source (e.g. nutritionist).



As always, a big shout-out to our sponsors for making Mobile Monday Boston’s Mobile Healthcare event a huge success!
Mobiuso – We work with healthcare market leaders and innovators to create crisp mobile apps and outstanding enterprise scale web solutions. We bring 10+ years of experience through our pioneering work at Skyscape, an mHealth company that launched over 600 apps and acquired 2.2 million physicians and nurses (acquired by Merck GHIF in 2013).

CTIA -The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Mobile Monday and Techstars in September

Join us for a Mobile Monday event co-organized with Techstars. The event is hosted by the Google Cambridge healthcare team and includes demos by Jolt Sensor, HealthID, and Wellcoin.

Register here: 

(Pre-registration required for this event)

Date: 9/28 from 6 to 9pm

Location: Google Cambridge, 325 Main Street, Cambridge, MA

Co-hosted with the Sprint Mobile Accelerator powered by Techstars


John Fein, Managing Director, Techstars

Ben Harvatine, CEO Jolt -An advanced head impact sensor for peace of mind

Angelo Pitassi, CEO HealthID – An easy to use platform helps you manage, track, & share all aspects of your health

Glenn Laffel, CEO Wellcoin  The world’s first health currency for all your healthy choices, big and small

Applications are open for the Techstars mobile accelerator in Kansas City, the only Techstars program dedicated to mobile and IoT startups.  Apply for 2016 Techstars accelerator here:

Many thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

We work with healthcare market leaders and innovators to create crisp mobile apps and outstanding enterprise scale web solutions. We bring 10+ years of experience through our pioneering work at Skyscape, an mHealth company that launched over 600 apps and acquired 2.2 million physicians and nurses (acquired by Merck GHIF in 2013).

CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Mobile Monday Boston Recap- Mobile Local Boston (June 2015)

After a long hiatus and feet and feet of snow, Mobile Monday Boston was finally ready to get back into the tech scene and present Mobile Local Boston, cohosted with Street Fight.

The event was held at Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen, a venue that was the perfect size for a personal chat with Randy Parker and David Hirschman to discuss about local + mobile within on-demand services, the user experience of everyday ‘local’ apps and the potential backlash of ‘too much personal knowledge’.




After a power-hour of networking, attendees gathered around to hear a Q&A session with Randy Parker, CEO of PagePart and Founder of Constant Contact and moderated by David Hirschman, Co-founder and COO of Street Fight.



With the assistance of Twitter and Periscope, the conversation kept whether you were in attendance or not, on the ideas and discussions on the pros and cons of mobile+local, Near Field Communication (NFC) and iBeacons.

Thank you to our sponsors and hope to see everyone at our next event!

StreetFight –Media, events, and research company focused on the business of hyperlocal publishing, commerce, marketing and technology. The Street Fight website publishes news, commentary, case studies, and how-to articles to chronicle the hyperlocal ecosystem’s development of sustainable business models.

CTIA – Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association is an industry trade group that represents the international wireless telecommunications industry. Its members include cellular, personal communication services and enhanced specialized mobile radio providers and suppliers, and providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.



Mobile Local Boston with Street Fight

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Street Fight is coming to Boston and ‘Mobile Local Boston’ happens on June 8th. You’re invited to take part in the festivities. Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen (581 Washington Street) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, and hang loose.

We’ll hear from industry experts Randy Parker and David Hirschman about the convergence of local+mobile for on-demand services, targeted advertising, and customization of the mobile expeirence.

Food will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Register here (online event registration via SplashThat)

Recap of Mobile Monday Boston’s Internet of Things (IoT) Event (November 2014)

Mobile Monday Boston’s recent event, “Internet of Things (IoT)”, was hosted at the IBM Innovation Center in Cambridge. From 3D data solutions to state of the art ventilations systems and everything else in between, the demo booths really told the story of what and how the Internet of Things works. After a bit of networking and getting a quick overview of each demo, attendees were welcomed to hear and learn more about what each company had to offer during the speaker session.


IBM Bluemix – Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM will provide services and runtimes into the ecosystem based on their extensive software portfolio.


Revvo – “The world’s smartest exercise bike”, Revvo is an up and coming Fitness Company creating an “all in one” fitness bike that helps track your fitness levels with innovative sensors, guides you to cycle at precisely the right intensity with the help of bio-adaptive technology, and best part of all, each training session is only 10 minutes long!


ecovent – State of the art ventilation systems that gives you room-by-room temperature control in the palm of your hand, making your home more comfortable and efficient. Ecovent works with your existing central air system so there’s no nee for a total house renovation.


Robin – Robin is software for your building. It uses the latest sensors (i.e. Estimote iBeacons) and wireless technology to connect the people, devices, and systems you already have. Helping rooms react and making work delightful, one room at a time. ‘Smarter office, less bullsh*t’.


DOT Product 3D– DotProduct 3D develops high performance, easy to use solutions for capturing 3D data. The Phi.3D software turns any Android tablet into a 3D-cature and processing solution that delivers results before you leave the worksite.


Red Light Positioning – Powerful Real-Time Location System (RTLS) platform that offers class-defining features such as high accuracy, real-time updates, and sensor connectivity. It is a complete, self-contained, highly configurable solution with straightforward, user-friendly APIs that allow localization capability to be seamlessly integrated into end-user applications.


Onkal – A simple-to-use invention that connects elderly and those with special needs to their family and caregivers. It provides a team approach to helping care for a loved one, while allowing them to continue to live independently in their home.


As always, a big thanks to our amazing sponsors who helped make this event possible.

WinterWyman – A leading recruitment firm headquartered in the Northeast for more than 40 years, WinterWyman has helped thousands of companies, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups – identify, attract and recruit talented professionals.

CTIA – Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association is an industry trade group that represents the international wireless telecommunications industry. Its members include cellular, personal communication services and enhanced specialized mobile radio providers and suppliers, and providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Check out our Facebook Page to see more pictures of the evening

Check out our You Tube Video of the Speaker portion here

Internet of Things and Mobile

Join Mobile Monday for an event on the intersection of Internet of Things and the mobile industry.

See live demos and listen to expert speakers from Boston area startups who are pioneering this space:

Onkol (
Dot Product (
Robin Powered (
Red Point Positioning (
Ecovent (

When:  November 3rd, 2014, doors open at 6pm

Where:  IBM Innovation Center, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142

Cost:  Free

Advance registration is required.

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this community event.


October and November events

Want to join an impromptu Apple Pay launch party?  Sign up here.  Tentatively Oct 20th (based on the latest rumors).  Bring an NFC iPhone if you have one.

This Thursday

Join the App Developers Alliance for the Make Money With Apps Workshop in Boston this Thursday, October 9.

  • Gain key insights from industry leaders at GSN Games, Millennial Media, Smaato, OpenX, PreApps and more on how to leverage monetization strategies, enhance user-experience, boost engagement, and generate revenue from your apps.
  • Learn how to build apps that more efficiently use, measure, and manage data
  • Grab a drink after the workshop with speakers and attendees at Hack/Reduce in the heart of Kendall Square (beer, wine, and pizza served).

Register with code BosTech to reserve your place for free.  Space is limited.

Internet of Things (call for event speakers)

We are planning our first Mobile Monday event on the Internet of Things.  The next generation of the Internet belongs to interconnected devices.  Network enabled and embedded with sensors and computers, these devices will soon be an ubiquitous part of our life.

Stay tuned for your invitation to the event on November 3rd at the IBM Innovation Center in Cambridge.  Attendees will learn from experts, see demonstrations, and share information about the technology enabling this upcoming revolution and get a glimpse of companies from Boston area working on IoT.

If you are interested in speaking or demonstrating, contact

Other events

TCN Event:  Angel Funding
October 14 at Constant Contact
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cyber Security Event
October 16 at the State House
Boston New Technology October
October 20 at PayPal Boston
Stay turned for upcoming Mobile Monday events
Internet of Things
Annual Startup Expo
Mobile Security

Thanks to our sponsors

CTIA – The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Find more about WinterWyman staffing and positions here.

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