DETROIT — Next Monday and Tuesday, hundreds of people will gather at the Motor City Casino in Detroit to push the future of Michigan as a hotspot in mobile technology.
“Mobile Moves Michigan” is a production of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, which has brought the Mobile Monday events to the state.
The event will be comprised of several components, including:
* A mobile and wireless technology symposium. This invitation-only full day symposium, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 31, will bring togehter about 100 state leaders in business, government, education, manufacturing, health care and other industries. They will meet with local, national and international experts in various mobile and wireless sectors. After the presentations, attendees will participate in a strategic planning session designed to achieve a ‘to do’ list that, once implemented, will enable Michigan to claim a national leadership role in the industry. This event will be followed up in about six months with a similar event where the group will evaluate its progress and develop the next set of initiatives. Speakers are to include Linda Daichendt, president and CEO of MTAM; Elaina Farnsworth, CEO, Mobile Comply; Nicole Piggott, vice president, and Gregory Nasto, CEO, Mousetrap Mobile; Scott Wruble, vice president of IT, Palace Sports & Entertainment; Caroline Lewko, CEO, Wireless Industry Partnership Connector Inc.; Heather Anusbigian, COO/CMO, SmartGrid Careers; Jeffrey Hipchen, Principal, RF Connect; Gary LaRoy, vice president and CIO, Michigan Economic Development Corp.; Richard Mislan, professor, Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, Member, FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and CEO, Battleground Technologies; and Scott McCormick, president, Connected Vehicle Trade Association.
* A Michigan Mobile – Wireless Technology Exhibition from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 31. Open to the general public, as well as invite-only symposium attendees, the Michigan Mobile – Wireless Technology Exhibition will enable attendees to view exhibits from Michigan-based firms currently utilizing a variety of mobile and wireless technologies. For the public, this event will increase awareness of the wide variety of mobile technologies available, generate awareness that Michigan is a leader in providing products and services using those technologies, and provide education about the ways those technologies may be utilized in their businesses and daily lives; for the exhibitors, the event will provide an opportunity to showcase their firms to a large audience interested in the capabilities of mobile and wireless technology that are also interested in working with Michigan-based firms.
* WIPJam + Muther! of all Hack-a-thons: Set for both July 30 and 31, and produced by the Canada-based Wireless Industry Partnership, the WIPJam + Muther! of all Hack-a-thons is a mobile developer conference and hack-a-thon event which will provide education from, and direct access to, national and international companies in the mobile and wireless industry that mobile developers in the Midwest have likely not previously had access to. Developers — about 100 are expected — will receive training, access to resources, and one-on-one engagement with these industry experts, as well as the opportunity to win prizes based on apps developed during the hack-a-thon portion of the program. This segment of the event is open to mobile developers from throughout the Midwest and Southern Canada, and will include elements beneficial to college and high-school students from Michigan who will be invited to participate in the event. Final judging of the event will also be accessible to the public.
Sponsors of the event include TechSmith, Spectrum Health/Priority Health, Mobile Comply, Gravity Works, Strategic Growth Concepts, Media Academica, Mousetrap Mobile, The Prewitt Group, NOOK Developer (Barnes & Noble), Blackberry, Openshift by RedHat, Apigee, Microsoft, and Digital Globe.
Supporting organizations include Mobile Monday Michigan, Automation Alley, Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Wireless Industry Partnership, Application Developers Alliance, Detroit Dev Days, and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology