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BlueTrain Mobile & Capture Code Win “Most Exciting Mobile Startup” at MIT Museum Showcase

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.


the arugula

BlueTrain Mobile

Brass Monkey





Dolnk Animation & Drawing







Modo Labs







Tap ‘n Tap



The Tap Lab


Unbound Commerce



Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of this event:


Confirmed Speakers and Topics for MobileCamp Boston 2011

MobileCamp Boston 2011 is a joint program with:

and is made possible by the generous support of:

With 700 people registered for this year’s MobileCamp Boston, we are hard at work to make sure everyone there will be a diverse range of quality programming. This year attendees can choose from one of 14  scheduled sessions, or propose/lead/participate in one of 20 unscheduled sessions.

Here’s a preview of the confirmed sessions and presenters. Don’t forget to bring your ideas for the unscheduled sessions!

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)

Machine To Machine (M2M) Basics for remotely monitoring and controlling devices – Thomas Classen, North America Business Development Manager at Wyless (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 MobileThe 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 FrameworksThe 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 QtQt 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 FingersThis 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 AndroidThe 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 OfflineIn 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.

Machine To Machine (M2M) Basics for remotely monitoring and controlling devices – Session will cover a basic overview of the various components and pieces needed to build a scalable M2M solution.  Topics include: hardware/modems, carriers/US & International data charges, service management  and a view of the business opportunities that exist.  Leader is a seasoned marketer that has been in the M2M market for the past 6 years. Currently North America Business Development manager for Wyless. Wyless is a Global Network Enabler ( GNE ). Our Managed Services enable companies to securely and reliably communicate with their remote and mobile devices in over 120 countries, in partnership with Tier 1, Mobile Operators. They include Open Connectivity, an Intelligent Network, our unique Open Platform and professional services. These Managed Services combine to provide real-time visibility, enhanced control and flexibility for wireless connections.

Student Mobile Entrepreneurs: Challenges and OpportunitiesHear 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 opportunitiesThis 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 DataJoin 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

Boston Mobile Camp 2

Boston Mobile Camp

Boston Mobile Camp

Boston Mobile Barcamp is coming.  Join us on March 21st for Boston’s annual event for mobile developers and enthusiasts.

Saturday, March 21, 2009
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(Registration starts at 8:30 AM)

Building E51 (Tang Center)
70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


Sign up here.

Mobile Monday Boston CTO Dinner

This month, Mobile Monday hosted a CTO dinner to bring together technical leaders from Boston’s mobile companies. The dinner was sponsored by Flybridge Capital and moderated by Xconomy’s Wade Roush.

Over dinner our discussion covered the future of mobile platforms, market fragmentation, the mobile web, what consumers want, and much more. To hear what the CTOs have to say about the mobile industry in Boston and the future of mobile, check out our video:

MOMO Boston CTO Dinner from Chris Brackett on Vimeo.

Nov 17th – Early Stage Mobile Companies

Mobile Monday 11.17 from Chris Brackett on Vimeo.

Join us on November 17th, at the Omni Parker rooftop ballroom, and see 10 early stage mobile companies demonstrate their new mobile products. Each new company will provide a rapid-fire 5 minute presentation, followed by a social cocktail hour with product demonstrations.

Our keynote speaker, Tom Erickson, has experience starting and running companies in the best and worst of times including MRO Software during the recession of 1991 and WebMethods in 2000.  He’ll review the current economic situation and outline steps to help drive young mobile companies through rough seas. Tom is the Chief Product Officer for TeleAtlas, a member of Common Angels, a board member of SeeWhy, Quickcomm, and Acquia, and a advisor to iTKO.

Presenting are 10 mobile companies:

  • Assured Labor:  A social marketplace for services utilizing web and mobile technology
  • Cadio:  Location-based behavior-targeted mobile advertising
  • Drync
  • Mobegic:  Help retailers and consumer product companies deepen customer engagements  through their mobile phones
  • Padpaw:  Helping groups organize using text messaging and mobile web
  • Pongr:  Mobile price checking that uses innovative image search technology
  • RunKeeper:  Mobile GPS fitness tracking applications for runners and cyclists
  • SCVNGR:  A mobile gaming platform that lets anyone quickly and easily build out sophisticated mobile games
  • Shovebox:  Manage snippets of information across your desktop and iPhone
  • Urban Interactive:  Mobile applications that connect the digital world with physical spaces

Date: November 17th, 2008, 7-9pm

Cost: Free

Register now.

Location: Omni Parker Hotel – Rooftop Ballroom with an amazing view (details below)
60 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
MBTA: Park Street Station (Green / Red), State Station (Orange / Blue), about 10 minute walk from North or South station
Parking for $12:

Thanks to our sponsor Goodwin Procter for making this event possible.

Mobile Around the World: MIW Reception Featuring Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner, Nokia – Wed Oct 22nd 6:30pm

Join us for a reception at Mobile Internet World 2008, Wed Oct 22nd at 6:30pm, Boston Convention Center, Room 0-51, organized with MoMo NY and MITX. Cash bar.


>> Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner
>> Thi Linh Wernau, Senior Mobile Strategist at Nokia Interactive Advertising

This reception is free for MoMo members. Registration: Click Here

We have arranged a $200.00 discount on your behalf for Mobile Internet World – Boston, October 21-23, 2008. Expo passes are free and can be picked up at the door. Join 175+ executives from the mobile internet ecosystem including Google, Intel, Qualcomm and others. Grab your share of this $66 billion opportunity. Your code for Mobile Internet World: MIWMS9.


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MoMo Boston/NY and MITX at MIW 2008 – Wed Oct 22nd

Join us for a reception at Mobile Internet World 2008, Wed Oct 22nd at 7:00pm, organized with MoMo NY and MITX. Speaker TBA. This reception is free for MoMo members: registration TBA. We are looking for sponsors! If you are interested, contact us at tgschmidt at gmail dot com.

We have arranged a $200.00 discount on your behalf for Mobile Internet World – Boston, October 21-23, 2008.

Join 175+ executives from the mobile internet ecosystem including Google, Intel, Qualcomm and others. Grab your share of this $66 billion opportunity.

Your code for Mobile Internet World: MIWMS9


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Browsers — Driving the Web, or Driven by the Web? — Monday June 30th 7pm

Free Registration (required): Click Here

Over the next five years, shipments of advanced mobile browsers will grow from 76 Million to 700 Million per year (ABI). Will mobile-specific websites proliferate, or will browsers and transcoding catch up? Will web aps and widgets replace native aps? How will users navigate – by voice, touch or typing? Ed Mitukiewicz, Research Director at Orange Labs Boston USA, will moderate a panel of industry leaders and experts on mobile browser technologies from Orange, vlingo, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera and Google to address these and other questions. A reception with food and drinks will follow, sponsored by vlingo.



  • Keith Waters is currently a Director of Research at Orange Labs Boston USA and is an Orange senior expert specializing in mobile services. Keith has over fifteen years of experience in research labs creating industrial prototypes. He currently holds eight patents in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Interfaces. He has been involved with the World Wide Web Consortium, on behalf of Orange for several years as the lead on Delivery Content Client Interfaces (DCCI), as well as assisting in the definition of the Mobile Web Initiative. Keith’s interests involve novel mobile HCI applications.
  • Mike Phillips is Co-Founder and CTO of vlingo, which has recently voice-enabled the Yahoo! oneSearchTM application and are working on developing other voice-enabled applications. Mike founded SpeechWorks in 1994, a company acquired by ScanSoft (now Nuance), where he served as CTO. In 2005, Mike left ScanSoft to spend a year as a visiting scientist at MIT before starting vlingo in the summer of 2006.
  • Brad Lassey of Mozilla is working with the team building Mobile Firefox (code named Fennec). He is formally of the MIT Media Lab and France Telecom R&D.
  • Franklin Davis works in Business Development at Nokia, seeking internet companies and technologies that will extend and enhance Nokia’s market-leading S60 smart phone platform, with a focus on web technologies. Earlier in his career at Thinking Machines Corporation he built text search and database applications for the Connection Machine massively parallel supercomputer.
  • Charles McCathieNevile is the Chief Standards Officer at Opera. He has been at Opera just over 3 years in this role, and before this he was employed as a staff member of W3C, initially at MIT and then at INRIA/ERCIM in France. He is currently chair of the W3C WebAPI group, and involved personally in a number of W3C working groups and specifications.
  • David Carson is technical lead for the Android Browser application at Google, which utilizes the open source WebKit rendering engine. Before Android, he worked for almost 7 years on mobile browsers at Nokia, implementing mobile browsers engines that support WML, XHTML-MP, HTML & CSS and then the S60 port of WebKit.
  • Moderator:


  • Ed Mitukiewicz, Research Director at Orange Labs Boston, has over 25 years of consulting, software and telecommunications industry experience. Since 2005 Ed has represented Orange/France Telecom Group in the W3C Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) – he is a member of the MWI Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group and until April’08 was co-chair of the MWI Steering Council.
  • Free Registration (required): Click Here

    When: June 30th at 7pm

    Orange Labs Boston USA
    175 Second St.
    Cambridge, MA 02142

    Reception After the Panel:
    Dante, Royal Sonesta Hotel
    Drinks and Appetizers Sponsored by vlingo

    At the time of the event, open metered street parking is available on 2nd Street and along Rogers Street.

    Walking Directions:
    From Red Line Kendall Square (10 min):
    Walk through the plaza facing the Bank of America branch and cross Broadway. Continue up 3rd Street passing 1 Broadway on your right (you will pass Zigo Café). At Binney Street, make a right. At the next intersection, make a left on 2nd Street. Orange Labs Boston is just past the intersection with Rogers on the left side.

    From Green Line Lechmere (10 min):
    Exiting the T-Station, continue walking along McGrath Highway. Stay to the left side and make a left on 2nd Street. Cross Cambridge Street and proceed 6 blocks. Orange Labs Boston will be on your right just past the intersection with Bent St.


    Orange vlingo