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28Oct/08

NOVEMBER 3 MEETING DETAILS

Hello MoMo Community Members:

Our next meeting is scheduled Monday November 3rd at 6:30pm.

Topic: Mobile User Interfaces - Creating Engaging Customer Experiences
Guest Speaker:
Mr. Hanni Doch
Director, New Products
Rogers Wireless

We return to our regular venue:
Dunedain Multimedia Inc.  (click for google map)
110 Spadina Avenue, Studio 700

You must RSVP for this event with the following:
1. Your full contact information
2. Your company name
3. # of additional invites you're including with your RSVP

Please send your RSVP to:
rsvp@mobilemondaytoronto.com

Regards,
Alex and Jim

P.S.:  To sign-up to our group list, enter your email address in the sign-up box listed as "Yahoo Groups Join Now!" below the Dunedain logo on the right-margin.






28Oct/08

Mobile Experience Innovation Centre — Online Survey

To MoMo Community Members:

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre is looking for your input.  MEIC is interested in your feedback for a research effort on how to improve the mobile user experience.

To contribute to the online survey, please click here.

Thanks,
Alex
25Oct/08

Nov 15th Event: MoMoNY at MobileCampNYC3

For November’s event we’ve teamed up with a few others to organize MobileCampNYC3.

MobileCampNYC3 will take place on Sat. November 15th (9:15am-6:00pm) at Microsoft’s NYC office in midtown Manhattan. Yes, all day (and we’re feeding you throughout.) Free after event drinks will be sponsored by Skyhook Wireless at a yet-to-be-decided bar nearby.

Microsoft
1290 Ave of the Americas, Floor #6
New York, NY 10104
*On arrival, please check in with the front desk (photo ID required)

Want to attend this Mobile Camp? Sign up!

View the list of people who have already signed up.

A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. MobileCamp  is a mobile technology theme BarCamp. Its aim is to bring together mobile enthusiasts, explorers and professionals to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobility. Topics may include – but are not limited to – mobile gaming, entrepreneurship, social mobility and presence, near field communication, physical hyperlinking, mobile storytelling, the importance of open standards, protocols, and platforms, linux based devices, and mobility on other continents.

The main theme of this event will be best practices & design patterns from a mobile perspective with a strong focus on the design of mobile software.

Call for Barcode Enthusiasts

The idea is to have a dedicated track for all things related to QR Codes, Barcodes, RFID, and Physical Hyperlinking in general. For this track we will have 10 sessions dedicated to one room (although it is still possible to use free spots on the main grid.) I’m helping curate this track so please send an email introducing yourself if you would like to hold a session to dharper [AT] wirelessink [DOT] com.

Want to attend this Mobile Camp? Sign up!

View the list of people who have already signed up.

Interested in sponsoring? Please contact dharper [AT] wirelessink [DOT] com.

Cheers,
David Harper
Founder, Winksite
Co-founder, MobileMonday, NY

23Oct/08

Mobility in America: November 17, 2008

Event: November 17, 2008- 5:30 networking/registration, 6:00 panel
Topic: Mobility in America
Location: The Franklin Institute (in the Planetarium!)
RSVP: RSVP. Due to venue size seating is limited. A $5.00 contribution is requested but not required at the door to support Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic events.
Panelists: Virgin Mobile, University of Pennsylvania, Gartner, Xtify/Meetmoi
This event is sponsored by:

Select Greater Philadelphia

DeviceAnywhere provides developers real-time interaction with handsets that are connected to live global networks. Sign up before December 15 and receive 20 Hours of FREE DeviceAnywhere access! To take advantage of a special Mobile Monday offer e-mail promotions@deviceanywhere.com with the subject line “MoMo promotion.”

Keynote: James E. Katz, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University where he also directs the Center for Mobile Communication Studies
Moderator: Steve Barsh, First Round Capital
Panelists: Matthew Berberian, Customer Experience, Virgin Mobile USA

Dr. Scott H Reikofski - Director, Office of Fraternity Sorority Affairs University of Pennsylvania

Tole Hart, Research Director, Consumer Services, Gartner

Andrew Weinreich, Xtify/Meetmoi

Overview: Learn how mobility is changing families, education and work in America.

If you are a mobile marketer, application developer or investor – this is your chance to interact with leaders who have the research and real world experience to tell you how mobile phones are changing the way we live, work and play.

Now that cell phones have come to play a prominent part in family life it is worth considering how this technology is affecting the American family and interpersonal relationships.

This question is important because we are increasingly communicating and coordinating via mobiles, and social relationships are thereby modified. The question is also important because policymakers are looking at cell phones both with an eye to control and address critical social problems ranging from education to public safety.

At this Mobile Monday event, we will review data from a range of sources including surveys, case studies, interviews and news reports to identify trends in the way mobile phones are used in family life. Parent-child relationships, to social integration and peer socialization will all be explored.

Our panelists are both research and real world experts how mobile is being used today and how it will be used in the future.

19Oct/08

Tagga

Tagga.com is the first website that allows people to instantly create SMS & mobile sites to assist them in effectively reaching other people on their mobiles. By combining SMS and mobile sites, Tagga’s solution provides distribution of quality and rich media content to all mobile users - a market that is 3x the size of the Internet. Tagga loves website owners and bloggers and offers all kinds of tools for them to enhance the distribution of their content and earn revenue.

Our recent interview with Amielle Lake, CEO of Tagga Media

momovan (mmv):  Congrats on being selected to be the new face of momovan.

Amielle Lake (AL): Thank you.  It was a great event, and I got to keep my hat.

mmv: Is this your first time at a momovan event?

AL: Yes.

mmv:  How did you hear about it?

AL: I got a phone call from WINBC asking if I could present at the Oct 6th event.

mmv:  Were most of the faces in the room familiar?  New?

AL:   A bit of both.  There was the comfort of knowing some folks and feeling at home and the opportunity to be introduced to others in the community.  It was a great mix of business types, development types and investors.  I also really liked that there were so many students, they provide a different dynamic and approach the issues in a different way.  There weren’t too many reps from the sales and marketing side, but that really is just more a function of Vancouver than of the event itself.

mmv:  Did you find the sessions useful?

AL:  Yes.  Panels are a great format and an excellent way to have a focused discussion.  The set-up was a good for learning and for interacting in a meaningful way.   I also enjoyed Ron’s tips.  The evening itself was a good mix talking and networking as well as the more organized sessions where a lot of information can be disseminated in a short period of time.

mmv:  Suggestions for the future?

AL: I think themed nights are a good way to focus on a specific topic and drill down enough to get useful information to take away.  Keeping things a little shorter is good too.  I stayed to the very end and really enjoyed the panel on mobile voting.  But it was almost too much for a single evening and I felt badly that most people left and didn’t get to hear the last session.

mmv:  What do you enjoy most about your day at Tagga?

AL:  The people that I work with and the fact that there is always something new.  When you are a start-up everything is pressing and you spend a lot of time with your team and your clients and you bond very quickly and get to know each other very well.

mmv:  Okay, and now a few random questions for you.  Are you from Vancouver?

AL:  Almost.  I was born in Toronto, but I was raised in Vancouver.

mmv:  Do you ski or snowboard?

AL: Ski.

mmv:  Favorite beer?

AL: Heffeweizen.

mmv:  Will you come again?

AL: Yes!

18Oct/08

Vancouver strong contender for MobileMonday Global Summit 2010

VANCOUVER, BC, Monday, April 21, 2008 - As the result of an invitation from the Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC), Jari Tammisto, President and CEO of MobileMonday Global, says his organization is now considering Vancouver as the location for its 2010 Global Summit. A final decision will be made this fall at the MobileMonday Global board of directors meeting.

MobileMonday (MoMo) is a global community of visionaries, innovators, developers and other influential leaders in the wireless industry. Members get together on a Monday evening of each month in casual gatherings to exchange wireless industry news, information and ideas.

Tammisto says MobileMonday Global is drawn to Vancouver for two reasons: One is the powerful draw of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and the world’s attention on Vancouver; the other is the growing strength of the wireless industry in Canada, and in BC in particular.

“I am excited to move forward together. The MobileMonday global community is really pleased to see Canada become a vital part of its’ future developments,” says Jari Tammisto, President and CEO of MobileMonday Global. “With MoMo chapters growing in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, that surely enables us to consider Vancouver as the site of MobileMonday’s Global Summit 2010.”

Michael Bidu, executive director of the Wireless Innovation Network of BC and one of the founders of MobileMonday Vancouver, says he’s delighted that MobileMonday Global has acted so quickly and positively to his invitation.

“I spoke to Jari just a few days ago to brief him on what MobileMonday Vancouver (MoMoVan) is doing. I also told him some of the results of our recent Wireless Industry Survey - how the BC wireless cluster has reached the milestone of $1 billion in revenues - and mentioned that Vancouver is the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Then I told him we were going to hold our third Pacific Northwest Wireless Summit (PNWS) in March at the new Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, immediately after the games, and suggested that MobileMonday Global Summit be part of it.”

Tammisto says he has already talked with others in MobileMonday Global, and to some of the top executives at Nokia, in Helsinki and they are definitely excited about going to Vancouver in 2010. Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries; it has a major R&D site for devices and services in Vancouver.

“Bringing the MobileMonday Global Summit to Vancouver as part our own Summit will help us create a world-class event for BC’s wireless industry and bring lasting benefits to the local wireless and new media economy and for our colleagues from Montreal and Toronto, as well as for our partners in the region and around the world.” says Bidu.

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About MobileMonday

When two well-know visionaries of the wireless industry in Finland invited a bunch of their colleagues for drinks and an exchange of ideas and information one Monday night in the Fall of 2000, they had no idea they were creating an international phenomenon.

Since then, in cities all over the world, thinkers and innovators in wireless have been getting together on the first Monday of every month in their own MobileMonday chapters. There are now chapters in major cities on every continent, making MobileMonday the world’s leading mobile community.

The Global Summit is a true fast-growth story. The first summit in 2005 brought four MoMo chapters and fewer than 500 delegates together. By the 2006 summit, the number of chapters had grown to 17, with over 1,000 delegates. At the 2007 summit last September there were  more than 50 chapters from around the word and 1,500 delegates.

Learn more about MobileMonday: www.mobilemonday.net

About WINBC and MoMoVan

The Wireless Innovation Network Society of BC (WINBC) is the wireless technology association of British Columbia, Canada representing more than 250 BC wireless technology companies including wireless services, developers, carriers, infrastructure suppliers and others generating in excess of $1B in revenues per year.

WINBC is a non-profit membership organization established in 2001 promoting the fast growth and sustainability of British Columbia, Canada as one of the world’s best wireless technology clusters and communities.

The MoMoVan Chapter was founded in January 2006 by a group of wireless and Internet entrepreneurs and fans of the MobileMonday global community. It welcomes anybody interested in the wireless space to the fun and informative community events it holds on the first Monday of the month.

Learn more about WINBC: www.winbc.org and PNWS  www.pnwsummit.com

Contact WINBC:

Michael Bidu
Executive Director
WINBC

18Oct/08

Where will BC’s wireless companies find $133 million?

By now you’ve heard that our 2007 BC Wireless Industry Survey uncovered the need of BC’s mobile companies to find $133 million in financing over the next two years to fund growth and expand their markets. Where will that money come from? That was the main subject of our March 3rd MoMoVan at the downtown offices of Fasken Martineau.

The panellists were:

Steve Hnatiuk, from Yaletown Venture Partners. Yaletown is backed by major institutional investors in Canada and the US and invests the majority of its capital in early-stage technology companies in BC. They typically invest up to $2 million in the first round in any start-up they back and up to $6M in a company across multiple rounds. Every year Yaletown sees about 300 new companies seeking funding and invests in 3 or 4.

Jenny Yang, from the Business Development Bank of Canada, a crown corporation with $500 million to invest in early stage companies, especially ones in life sciences, advanced technology, telecommunications and IT.

Earl Hong Tai, from Telefilm Canada’s New Media Fund for early stage start-ups.

Riz Kheraj, from NRC/IRAP, which helps small and medium tech companies by providing financial and other support. They have $13 million in R&D funds available to BC technology companies.

Michael Bidu, Executive Director of WINBC, moderator

Here are some highlights from the panel:

Michael: So, where can we find that money, that $133 million.

Steve: If you’re looking for funding, remember that it won’t all come from local sources, especially if you are seeking funding beyond $500K. You will need local partners. Other regions of the world are definitely aware of us and want to invest, but they want to see local participation.

Besides VCs, you can go to the BDC for loans, especially if you are cash flow positive. You can then use their funding to leverage interest from VCs elsewhere. Also remember, the BDC has great contacts in Asia, India, Europe and the USA.

Earl: Telefilm Canada has a $14.5 million fund for new media, which we created because it is so difficult to finance content…especially entertainment. If you’re looking for new media funding, you need a solid value proposition. For most new media it’s hard to establish a good business case – except in familiar areas ringtones and SMS. Keep in mind, too, that what companies are most looking to invest in are talented people.

Michael: What are Venture Capital firms looking for?

Steve: We are all looking for the next Sierra Wireless. But only 1 in 100 companies have any real VC potential, so if you aren’t that 1 in a 100, you need friends, angel financing, and sources like Telefilm, the BDC or NRC for enough funding to get off the ground and get established. Then you might be ready for VC financing.

Jenny: One of the problems with financing wireless apps is that they are expensive to develop – there are too many different platforms that you have to develop for to have a large enough market. The hope is that Mobile Web will provide an open platform and create better opportunities for wireless products and services. I tell people in the planning stage that things always take longer to develop than you plan for.

Sam Znaimer (audience member, from Ventures West): If you say you’re looking for $133 million in investment, that’s daunting, but if you break it down into smaller chunks, it’s more do-able. To interest VCs, you have to start small, make sure you set and meet milestones, get some results and then go after raising more capital. A good example of that is Zeugma. They raised $2 million initially, then on the strength of their ideas, and particularly the strength and experience of their management team, went on to raise another $35 million.

Steve: You need products and customers. You need both.

Riz: A good strategy might be to combine companies to reach a critical mass.

Michael: Yes, in Finland it’s not unusual for 3 or 4 companies to work together as a group.

Riz: Telus and Bell also fund new media. You can apply to them for funds for content development, content delivery and content delivery backbone.

17Oct/08

Smile, It’s Monday!

Meet Amielle Lake, CEO & Co-Founder of Tagga Media Inc. as our new face of Mobile Monday Vancouver!

We thank you to all those who participated in our search for the new face of MoMoVan.  Many thanks to Natalie Hobbs of Edie Hats in Vancouver for providing us with the dazzling variety of hats.

About Tagga Media Inc.

“Say hello to the most useful text messaging service you will ever meet.”

Tagga allows anyone to create instant SMS and Mobile Sites so that you can interact, sell to, or simply communicate with mobile users.  Promote your band, your house for sale, your business, organize your sports team, club, events… anything!

Visit:  Tagga Media

17Oct/08

Meet Michael “Luni” Libes

As Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Media Systems (Seattle, USA), Libes is a serial entrepreneur who has designed, developed, and shipped over 50 commercial products over the last 15 years. Most recently, Libes was the head of Mforma’s Application Studio, leading the company’s efforts beyond mobile games. An early Mforma employee, he helped build the company’s developer support, handset porting, and quality assurance departments. Prior to Mforma, Libes co-founded 2WAY Corporation, designing and developing enterprise-scale collaboration and instant messaging software. Libes and the other founders of 2WAY are Smithsonian Laureates, and 2WAY’s primary software product was inducted into the Smithsonian’s Permanent Research Collection.

Before 2WAY, Libes founded and was CEO and CTO of Nimble Corporation. Nimble developed and licensed software for the early handhelds from Sony, Motorola, Panasonic, Philips, and EO, plus early wireless pioneers McCaw Cellular, AT&T Wireless, and General Magic. Prior to Nimble, Libes was an architect on IBM’s Workplace OS. Libes received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington.

More about Medio Systems: www.medio.com

17Oct/08

Handi Mobility

Handi Mobility’s products let you create great mobile services with minimum hassle, while we focus on optimizing them for every device in every ecosystem. Be creative about mobile!  Their passion is making mobile applications people actually use. We specialize in providing complete mobile strategies - deep Web/SMS integration, UI design and cross-platform compatibility.  Visit Handi Mobility at: www.handimobility.ca