Thursday, November 10, 2011

Panel Discussion on the Future of Mobile

Event Information
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 9:00PM
Location: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue at MLK/19th, Austin, TX 78705

Registration Fees (which include refreshments & garage parking)
Pre-registration: $25.00 (Deadline to pre-register: November 11th at 5:00 PM)
Walk-Up registration: $30.00 (space permitting)
Student pre-registration: $5.00 (with a valid student ID)
Student walk-up registration: $10.00 (with a valid student ID)

Background and Panel Discussion
Over the last few years, the mobile industry has emerged and evolved in ways none of us could have imagined a decade ago. Just as the web opened up countless opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation, so too has the mobile industry. From hardware to connectivity to applications, mobile is increasingly becoming the platform that we rely on for work, play and everything in between.This panel discussion will feature different Austin technology professionals with unique perspectives on mobile trends and what’s in store for us as innovation continues in this space at a breakneck pace. Panelists will present perspectives on application development, mobile commerce, mobile investors and investment, mobile gaming and more. We’ll look at critical innovations that have shaped this industry, challenges that still need to be overcome and opportunities. We’ll also explore whether Austin has the right combination of creative genius, technical talent, entrepreneurial know-how, and access to capital to contribute in a meaningful way to the evolution of the mobile space.

Josh Jones-Dilworth, Founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth, Daily Dot and Totem, and Slashy
The founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth (and the Daily Dot and Totem and Slashly), Josh helps bring early stage start-up technology companies to market. Previously a leading member of Porter Novelli’s digital practice, he's a prolific blogger (on Mashable's 'Top Bloggers' list and Robert Scoble's 'Top Tech Blogger/Friendfeed/Social Media List') and social media expert with a tremendous amount of knowledge of and understanding of the changing landscapes in the mobile industry. He's a go-to source for everyone from the Associated Press to Mashable, and he is currently an advisor to Buzzstream, MakeMeSustainable, Startup District, Ice Cream Man, GoTime, Plerts, and the SXSWi Accelerator.

John Arrow, CEO of Mutual Mobile
John Arrow is a veteran of entrepreneurship with a passion for harnessing disruptive and emerging technologies. His ability to combine market vision with methodical execution has propelled Mutual Mobile, Inc. to become the world’s largest and most called-upon mobile consulting company. Over the last ten years, John founded successful businesses in the online payment processing industry and the consumer and enterprise software spaces. He also created one of the first site targeted PPC advertising networks. An adventurer and an innovator, John founded Mutual Mobile with the vision to unite the best minds in emerging technologies to pursue world changing endeavors.

Rudy Garza, Partner at G-51 Ventures
Rudy started G-51 Capital in 1996 and has served as an investor and board member for >20 companies, selling many to publicly traded acquirers including SAP, ADP, Prudential, and Cisco. Rudy has demonstrated success in seed-stage business identification and development across the country, leading to the firm’s nationally ranked return performance. He is also an active leader in the venture community. Rudy received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his BBA from St. Edwards University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Texas Alumni Association and is a lifetime honorary trustee of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Dave Sikora, CEO of Digby
David founded Digby in 2006 with a goal to accelerate the convergence of mobility and electronic commerce. A veteran of the software industry, he was previously CEO of several successful public and venture-backed private companies during his 25 year business career. He has served as the CEO of Pervasive Software (NASDAQ: PVSW), Question Technologies, Ventix Systems, and Forefront Group (NASDAQ: FFGI, acquired by NASDAQ: SKIL). He has also served on the boards of several companies, including TippingPoint Technologies, Motive, AG Tech, ClearOrbit, Troux Technologies, and Powered, Inc. Sikora has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Hoan Vu, CTO of Digital Harmony Games
Hoan is a software systems engineer with a passion for gaming. Previously, he co-founded two GPS telematics companies in which he developed and integrated systems that network remote devices via cellular networks. Fearless and innovative, he has a knack for delivering solutions through conventional and innovative approaches. Hoan oversees Digital Harmony's revolutionary new network architecture called "Harmony" that provides a 'Harmonious' cross-platform environment where iOS, Android, and Browser players can play together in one world in real time.

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