Mobile in Boston
After many years of anticipation, NFC mobile technology is finally reaching the US retail market. Companies like Google, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and WHERE are leading the charge for making purchases with mobile phones at retail stores. Consumers will be able to just tap their phone to pay with cash or credit card, redeem coupons, or add points to loyalty programs.
Come hear how Boston companies are taking a leading role in this important technological shift. We’ll also be announcing the new NFC Cluster Boston.
See the future of mobile e-commerce at the NFC Cluster Boston kickoff event co-hosted with the MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge. Our moderator will be Karen Webster of Market Platform Dynamics.
Our speakers include:
Aditya Khurkejar – Director Business Development, Verizon
Patrick Gauthier - Head of Retail Services Product Marketing and Business Operations, Paypal
Jeff Miles - VP business Development, NXP
Russell Harty - Senior Vice President Sales, Retail Division; Ingenico
This free event will start at 6:30pm and runs until 8:30pm. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served. Registration is required.
Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116 (map)
Public transportation: The Park Plaza Hotel is close to both Red Line (Park St.) and Green Line (Arlington St) stops.
Parking is available at the Motor Mart across the street from the hotel or the Under the Common Garage. Street meter parking is also available.
Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.
Co-hosted with the MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge.
On October 17th, we’ll have some of the top minds in enterprise mobility talking about how companies can maintain high quality and efficiency across the mobile channel. The discussion will cover:
Our moderator will be Gene Signorini who runs Enterprise Mobility at the Yankee Group. We’ll have a great lineup of speakers including Joe Ferra of Fidelity Investments, Matt Foell of PNC Bank, David Nguyen of Putnam Investments, Faraz Syed of DeviceAnywhere, and more.
Monday, October 17, 2011
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
This event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of DeviceAnywhere.
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Join our first Mobile Monday event focused on mobile gaming. We are featuring a lineup of innovative mobile independent game developers and companies to talk about their experiences. Join The Tap Lab, New World Colony, independent game developer Greg Trefry and others for an overview of the Boston mobile gaming scene. The format will be short presentations followed by Q&A and networking.
We’ll also feature a guest appearance from The Boston Globe who will be launching their new mobile website and talking about how they put it together.
Location: Westin Boston Copley
Date: September 12, 2011
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentations begin at 7
Cost: Free - Register here
Garage- LAZ Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave, $18
Public Transportation: The hotel is adjacent to Copley Square and the Prudential Mall. You can take the Orange line to Back Bay, or Green line to Copley.
This event is sponsored by Nokia.
Thank you to the almost 600 people who came out to Monday night’s 2nd Annual Mobile Startup Showcase at the MIT Museum. The energy was fantastic – we are thrilled that we could provide the community with a glimpse into the most exciting mobile advances in the Boston area.
Congratulations to the winners of the Audience Choice for Best Mobile Startup: BlueTrain Mobile and CaptureCode.
Did you miss the event or need help remembering which companies you met at the event? Below is a list of all the exhibitors and links to their websites.
Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of this event:
Mobile Monday Boston is coming back to the MIT Museum for a night of mobile exhibitions, drinks, snacks, and networking on May 9th. We’ll have dozens of mobile demo booths and multiple cash bars within the museum exhibit halls. Come see the coolest mobile companies and meet new people.
Not an early stage mobile company but want to get a booth? Consider sponsoring this event! We are looking for sponsors at a number of different levels. Please contact us to learn more:firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: May 9th, 2011 — 6.30pm to 9:00pm
Location: MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA (Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge)
Transportation: Red Line Kendall Square. Parking info.
Questions? Email us: email@example.com
This event is co-sponsored by the MIT Mobile Club:
Our long-overdue Mobile Monday event on the enterprise has arrived. This event will showcase how companies are building mobile enterprise apps and the tools available to the developers who are building them.
This Boston event is part of a five-city US tour with Cisco, the first national tour in the history of Mobile Monday America. The tour kicks off 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.
April 11 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30.
Cost: Free – but registration is required to attend.
Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St. Boston, MA 02114
MBTA: Take the red line to the Charles/MGH Station.
Car: Parking Garage at 215 Charles St. for $16. Valet parking available for $42 per day.
This event is made possible due to a generous sponsorship from Cisco.
Join Mobile Monday, MassMobile, and DrinksOnTap for a mobile developer’s meetup.
We’ll meet at The Greatest Bar near North Station. We won’t have demo stations, but if you have a mobile app you’d like to show off, bring it along.
Date: March 28th, 2011. Time: From 6 to 9pm
Cost: $0. Cash bar.
Sponsored by Vlingo.
Last spring, Wade Roush at Xconomy put together a project called Mass Mobile Month in an effort to highlight all of the season’s mobile-related events and activities in Massachusetts and New England. This year, we’re helping to continue the tradition.
This is a true community effort since Mass Mobile Month has no owner. Anyone is welcome to organize an event.
View the Mobile Month event calendar on Greenhorn Connect:
To add your own event to the Mass Mobile Month calendar, just use the keyword ‘mobile’. Here’s an ‘Adding an Event’ tutorial.
For information about Mass Mobile Month and the list of organizations who participated last year and this year, you can visit the MassMobileMonth website.
Mobile App Frameworks – Samuel Chow, Co-Founder of MobyFab / Fred Spencer, Professional Services Manager at Appcelerator / Jesse Liberty, Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Developer Guidance / Ram Iyengar, Telecom Systems Management Program, Northeastern University / Steven Kursh, Executive Professor of Finance and Insurance at Northeastern University
Overview of the Current US Mobile Ecosystem: Tools and opportunities - Elio Maggini, Principal Software Engineer at Cengage Learning
Hybrid App Development for Mobile – Stephen Bourdeau, Tech Lead for Mobile Engineering at TripAdvisor
HTML5 for Mobile – Matt Gross, Founder of Mobile Monday Boston / Imram Malek, Games at Mocospace / Al MacDonald, Co-Founder of Bocoup /Pascal Rettig, Owner of Cykod
Designing for Thumbs and Fingers – Greg Raiz, Founder of Raizlabs
Machine To Machine (M2M) Basics for remotely monitoring and controlling devices – Thomas Classen, North America Business Development Manager at Wyless
Questions? Contact Elana at firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAMMING (Full descriptions below)
The Intersection of Sharing Code and Creating User Interfaces with Android – Mike Burns, Web Developer at ThoughtBot (10AM)
Introduction to Qt – Tej Shah and Thomas Dickes, Qt Software Engineer & Trainer at Integrated Computer Solutions (10AM)
Mobile App Frameworks – Samuel Chow, Co-Founder of MobyFab / Fred Spencer, Professional Services Manager at Appcelerator / Jesse Liberty, Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Developer Guidance / Ram Iyengar, Telecom Systems Management Program, College of Engineering, Northeastern University / Steven Kursh, Executive Professor of Finance and Insurance at Northeastern University (11AM)
Hybrid App Development for Mobile – Stephen Bourdeau, Tech Lead for Mobile Engineering at TripAdvisor (1PM)
HTML5 for Mobile – Matt Gross, Founder of MobileMondays Boston / Imram Malek, Games at Mocospace / Al MacDonald, Co-Founder of Bocoup /Pascal Rettig, Owner of Cykod (1PM)
Designing for Thumbs and Fingers – Greg Raiz, Founder of Raiz Labs (2PM)
MARKETING (Full descriptions below)
Sales Hacking: Innovation Offline – Jesse Waites, Founder and CEO of Beacon Hill Apps (10AM)
In-app Ad Monetization – Dave Yonamine, Director of Marketing at MobilityWare (11AM)
Leveraging Advertising Opportunities in Mobile – Adam Compain, Google-Boston’s Mobile Specialist (2PM)
Leveraging Existing Social Networks to make a Rich Network for your Mobile App - Saad Fazil, Senior Product Manager at Verizon Wireless (3PM)
BUSINESS (Full descriptions below)
Overview of App Space Using Real-time Mobile App Data – Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics (10AM)
Overview of the Current US Mobile Ecosystem: Tools and opportunities – Elio Maggini, Principal Software Engineer at Cengage Learning (11AM)
Student Mobile Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities – Matt Ricketson, Founder of Moglo / Neil Hannah, CEO of extraTKT / Kayvan Zainabadi, CEO & Co-founder of InstantNightlife / Jason Evanish, Founder of Greenhorn Connect (1PM)
The Impossible Apple App Store: Winning and Staying on Top - Jason Petralia, Product Manager at Raizlabs (1PM)
Hybrid App Development for Mobile – The concept behind hybrid apps is to re-use mobile website based content with a WebView and extend the functionality to include native features and interactions. This allows you to have shorter development time with rapid web development iterations outside of the normal submission and approval process you see on some native platforms while still leveraging native features such as GPS, camera, file upload, etc. The presentation will also cover some technical details and approaches for communication between the WebView (which tends to be a little black box) and the native app.
Mobile App Frameworks – The purpose of the session is to explore useful technologies and software systems that developers should be looking at. The panelists have expertise in Three20, PhoneGap Titanium, and a number of other frameworks. Steve Kursh PhD, Professor at Northeastern, will moderate this content-rich session.
Introduction to Qt – Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework used by hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide looking to create amazing user experiences on Windows, Mac, Linux/X11, embedded Linux, Windows CE , Windows Mobile, Symbian and Maemo devices. Qt is used by thousands of companies in a multitude of leading industries enabling them to develop software and devices used by hundreds of millions of people every day. Learn more with these Qt Software Engineers from Integrated Computer Solutions.
Designing for Thumbs and Fingers – This talk will cover a number of topics around mobile user interface design and the challenges for designing for a small screen. The talk will cover techniques, design patterns, differences from traditional web or desktop design and the various challenges for different phone and tablet platforms. The talk will also cover specifics on iPhone and iPad techniques. Topics include Mobile yesterday vs. Today, Unique challenges of Mobile, Widgets and Techniques, Mobile Wireframing, Mobile Usability, Designing for the Mobile Web.
HTML5 for Mobile – Join some of Boston’s HTML5 experts for a discussion of current and future trends in HTML5 on mobile. We’ll discuss which mobile browsers support HTML5, what graphic and native functionality is supported, and whether long-term trends indicate that it will become a universal platform for mobile development.
The Intersection of Sharing Code and Creating User Interfaces with Android – The Android user interface sees the most development, customization, and hatred. We are often left to create components ourselves, take guesses at consistent experiences, and debug XML. Mike Burns leads a discussion on sharing code, UI consistency vs branding, and debugging and extending the view infrastructure.
Sales Hacking: Innovation Offline – In this session I will teach developers how to become better marketers using clever techniques I have developed in the years I have been selling apps on the App Store. Trust me: You won’t find these original tips anywhere else.
In-App Ad Monetization
Mobile Marketing Today: Search, Display and Apps - Adam Compain, Google-Boston’s Mobile Specialist, will talk about the explosive growth in mobile usage, consumer trends and share how marketers are leveraging the mobile industry’s leading advertising products to reach and engage their audience.
Leveraging Existing Social Networks to make a Rich Network for your Mobile App - This is a very relevant topic for anyone writing a mobile app that involves network effect. There are many challenges involved, and this session could make an entrepreneur’s life easier. What possibilities are there? What kind of access/API’s do these networks (Facebook, Twitter for example) provide? What is and is not possible? We will discuss recommended strategies and optimizing performance.
Student Mobile Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities – Hear from current students and recent graduates about their experiences building mobile apps and starting subsequent companies while in school in the Boston area. What did they learn during the process? Where are their apps and companies now? What advice can they share now that they’ve been through it? Panelists represent Boston College, Northeastern, and MIT. The panel will be moderated by Jason Evanish, Founder of Greenhorn Connect, Boston’s entrepreneur hub for resources, events and organizations.
Overview of the Current US Mobile Ecosystem: Tools and opportunities – This presentation will cover current carriers in the US, basic handset numbers, and raw dollar amounts – historical and projected for 3rd party mobile services. Based on this data, Elio will give an overview of the pro/cons of tools available for development and suggestions of rough areas for development exploration.
Overview of App Space Using Real-time Mobile App Data – Join Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics, for a discussion and presentation on the mobile app space using data that Localytics has gathered from the few thousand apps that they are integrated with. How can you use this data to improve the apps that you are building?
The Impossible Apple App Store: Winning and Staying on Top - This session will comprise mostly on realistic approaches to driving downloads to your application in an ever increasing competitive environment. Topics include: App Store (iOS) Recap and Current State, 3 Strategies that drive downloads and why they may or may not work for your application, The myth of the spike and the long tai, Marketing your application – do’s and don’ts, The future of apps and the app store. The speaker, Jason Petralia, has been creating and shipping apps since the early days of the app store.
Questions? Contact Elana at email@example.com.