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Cross Platform Mobile Development: The Easy Way to Develop Native iPhone & Android Apps, 10/18, 6pm

Please join us for the next gathering of mobile industry professionals & enthusiasts on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 6:00 pm. Reserve the date in your calendar now! Please RSVP at:


Jeff Schwartz will present “Cross Platform Mobile Development: The Easy Way to Develop Native iPhone and Android Apps.” Jeff will focus on the challenges facing enterprises as they try to build native applications for multiple platforms. During his talk, Jeff will create a weather application that runs natively on iPhone and Android devices.


Date: Monday, October 18, 2010

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Topic: “Cross Platform Mobile Development: The Easy Way to Develop Native iPhone and Android Apps”

Presenter: Jeff Schwartz, Technical Architect & Project Manager, CITYTECH, Inc.

Location: CITYTECH, Inc. Offices, Chicago Loop

Location Notes: Please bring a picture ID for the security desk.

Directions & Parking: CITYTECH’s offices are located in Chicago’s Loop on the corner of Wacker Drive and Wells Street looking over the Chicago river and the Merchandise Mart. There is limited parking in the area, but good bus and El service. For detailed maps & directions, please see their web site:


6:00 pm: Sign-In / Light refreshments

6:30: Featured Presentation

7:30 - 8:00 pm: Refreshments / Networking


Jeff Schwartz is a Technical Architect and Project Manager at CITYTECH, Inc. For more than 15 years, Jeff has been developing enterprise products and applications. Recently, Jeff developed the Summit World Q&A Trivia Sweepstakes mobile application. The app is available in both the iPhone App Store and the Android Market. The innovative backend of the Summit World application featured an extensive enterprise cloud computing platform for highly available and on-demand massive scalability that could be leveraged for a broad range of business applications.


CITYTECH is a Chicago-based IT consultancy specializing in the development of highly available, extensible and scalable enterprise applications. We believe the best enterprise solutions are created by technical architects who understand business-related issues and possess the expert knowledge of strategic technology platforms used today and positioned for tomorrow. CITYTECH consultants’ grasp of both business and technology ensures that the systems we design won’t constrain your organization, but can adapt to meet ever-changing business needs. For more information on CITYTECH, contact Matt Van Bergen at 312.673.6433 x111 or Melissa Geoffrion at 312.673.6433 x148.


Please remember to RSVP by noon on the day of the presentation in order to help us better estimate needs for refreshments and to bring a picture ID.


Mobile Monday Americas Party at CTIA, 10/7, 6-9 pm

Join the Mobile Monday Americas networking party during the CTIA! It’s at the W Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6 - 9 pm. The event is FREE but an RSVP is required. (These events have sold out quickly in the past!)

The Mobile Monday Americas organization would like to thank Nokia for sponsoring the event!


“Designing for the iPad” – Monday, 9/20 at 6 pm in Evanston

Please join us for the next gathering of mobile industry professionals & enthusiasts on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 6:00 pm.  Reserve the date in your calendar now!

Please RSVP today and reserve your spot:

Special Note: And please note that we’ll be in Evanston this month to join in the fun with the Design For Mobile international conference! The fun begins at the Hotel Orrington in lovely downtown Evanston at 6:00 pm.

Your goal is to design exceptional user experiences for mobile devices. That’s a lot harder than it sounds! Fortunately, one of the most creative, talented and entrepreneurial designers in Chicago will be joining us to share his secrets and talk about his most recent project, BizTome. Pek Ponpaet will discuss lessons learned while designing this upcoming iPad app which won the 2010 iPadDevCamp Hackathon Best Entertainment App. Whether you’re working on apps for the iPad, the slew of upcoming Android tablets, or any other mobile device, you won’t want to miss this talk!

Date: Monday, September 20, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Designing for the iPad
Presenter: Pek Pongpaet, VP of Technology & Product Design, SpotOn Inc.
Location: Hilton Orrington Hotel, Downtown Evanston
Location Notes: Participants will see signage at the front entrance for the exact room.
Directions & Parking: Located at the intersection of Orrington Ave & Church Street, a few blocks east of the Davis stop on the Purple Line. (There is an express Purple train from the Loop during rush hour.) For detailed maps & directions, please see their web site:

6:00 pm – Sign-In / Light refreshments
6:30: Featured Presentation: “Designing for the iPad”
7:30 pm > Refreshments / Networking

Pek Pongpaet is VP of Technology and Product Design at SpotOn Inc. Pongpaet’s expertise ranges from product design and development to user experience. Previously, Pongpaet worked at Accenture Technology Labs in the research department coming up with next generation user interfaces. At Roundarch, a technology and strategy consulting firm, Pongpaet’s work included envisioning and designing the dashboard of the future for the Tesla Model S electric car.

Please remember to RSVP by noon on the day of the presentation in order to help us better estimate needs for refreshments.

Our generous host and sponsor is TBA. Please contact Anthony ( if YOU would like to sponsor this event!


Call for Leaders: Nominations for a New Leadership Council

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to close. And just as Summer gives way to Autumn, it’s time to bring in a new leadership council for Mobile Monday Chicago.

When Ray Villares, Kristie Fox and I took the leadership reins last summer, we set rules that council membership would last one year at a time. Ray (co-chair) and Kristie (PR/Marketing Chair) have decided to move on. However, I am signing up for another year as Events Chair!

So, there are two open positions on the leadership council. The commitment to these positions is one year, until end of July or so next year.
  • Co-Chair: This position focuses on strategy, outreach, and developing strategic partnerships.
  • PR/Marketing Chair: This position will focus on developing and implementing our PR and marketing strategies, and writing and publishing our press releases.

Note: For the last year, we’ve been running lean with just 3 people on the leadership council. That being said, if one or two additional members came forward with passion and commitment, we would consider expanding the council.

This year we are conducting interviews with each applicant. So if you would like to be considered for one of the open positions (or create your own), please do the following:
  • Send me (Anthony) an email:
  • Clearly state which position you wish to be considered for.
  • Write a little cover letter expressing why you’re passionate about mobile and interested in the position.
  • DEADLINE: Friday, August 27, 2010 at midnight.
  • Ray, Kristie, or I will follow up, depending on our travel schedules.
On behalf of the membership, I’d like to thank Kristie and Ray for all of their hard work and dedication (and out-of-pocket expenses) over the past year.

Networking & Tech Demo Mixer with ITA Mobile Visionary: Schaumburg, Thurs, 8/26 at 6 pm

Our friends at the Mobile Visionary Roundtable  (associated with the ITA) are hosting a networking mixer & startup demo evening at the Westwood Tap & Tavern in Schaumburg next Thursday at 6 pm. MoMo Chicago has been wanting to do something in the western suburbs for awhile, so we would like to encourage our members (and their friends!) to join the festivities.

The event cover charge is $15 and includes two drink tickets and appetizers. But use the special discount for MoMo Chicago members to save $5!

What’s especially cool is that the event organizers are inviting startups to setup demo tables at the event. We always love seeing what kinds of cool new projects people are working on in Chicago!


ITA Mobile Visionary Mixer 2, July 22 @ 6 pm

Our friends at the Illinois Technology Association are organizing the Mobile Visionary Mixer 2 for Thursday, July 22 at 6 pm. The mixer will be focusing on introducing the community to the Mobile App Expo scheduled for Summer 2011, as well as offering an opportunity to meet and greet with local startups.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the EventBrite site:

Rebel Bar & Grill (Wrigleyville)
3462 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
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Building a Compelling Mobile Marketing Strategy

Please join us for the next gathering of mobile industry professionals & enthusiasts on Monday, July 19, 2010, at 6:00 pm. Reserve the date in your calendar now!

Please RSVP so that we can plan refreshments and to get your name into our host’s security system. (Ticketing stops at noon the day of the event!)

Marketers: should your brand build an iPad App? Entrepreneurs: which types of brands should you target to share your awesome iPad app idea to? Designers: what’s different about designing for the mobile platform?

With amazing, new mobile technologies coming out each day, it can be challenging for marketers and partners to stay focused on what’s most important about our field: the consumer. Molly Garris from Arc Worldwide and Leo Burnett will bring the agency perspective to building mobile marketing strategies, covering:

  • The current state of mobile marketing and opportunities within the landscape
  • The role of mobile in the marketing ecosystem
  • Examples of challenges and wins from marketers engaged in mobile
  • Current mobile marketing trends and how to leverage them to reach your audience

Bring your smartphones to demo out some of our favorite mobile marketing campaigns!

Date: Monday, July 19, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Building a Compelling Mobile Marketing Strategy
Presenter: Molly Garris, Digital Strategy Manager at Arc Worldwide/Leo Burnett
Location: Arc Worldwide/Leo Burnett, 35 W. Wacker Dr., Burnett Room, Chicago
Location Notes: Participants must register to get on the official attendance list! At the venue, please sign-in at the security desk. Picture ID required.
Directions: Located near the intersection of Wacker and LaSalle in the Loop, the building is well served by the El and buses. The Clark/Lake and State/Lake Street El stops (all lines) are just a few blocks away.
Parking: There is parking in neighboring buildings.

6:00 pm – Sign-In / Light refreshments
6:30: Featured Presentation: “Building a Compelling Mobile Marketing Strategy”
7:30 pm > Refreshments / Networking

Molly Garris is a Digital Strategy Manager at Arc Worldwide / Leo Burnett, serving as the agency’s in-house mobile marketing subject matter expert. She leads internal and external mobile education, strategically guides accounts across the agency with mobile solutions and assists with managing large, complex mobile campaigns. Agency clients include Purina, P & G, Whirlpool, Allstate, McDonald’s, Walgreens, Altria, Comcast, Norton, Hallmark, Nintendo, United Airlines and Kellogg.

Molly has worked in the mobile space for over 6 years, driving new product development, integrating the mobile channel into marketing strategies, optimizing mobile campaigns to yield stronger results and overseeing various mobile marketing campaigns for clients such as Land Rover, Toshiba, L.E.I. and Moneygram. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Michigan State University and actively participates in Mobile Mondays, the Heartland Mobile Council and the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing (CADM).

Please remember to RSVP by noon on the day of the presentation in order to get on the official registration list for our host’s security system.

Special thanks to our generous host and sponsor, Arc Worldwide / Leo Burnett!


Android 201 Workshop, 7/17

Chicago Android and Mobile Monday Chicago are co-organizing an Android 201 workshop on Saturday, July 17. For more information and to register, go to:

This intensive full-day class is being taught by nationally renown Android instructor Mark Murphy, author of “The Busy Coder’s Guide to Advanced Android Development,” and will be held at Motorola’s downtown Chicago offices. The $75 registration fee covers lunch and materials.

This course builds on the series of “Android 101″ workshops offered by Chicago Android in order to help students advance to the next level of competency with the platform. As a prerequisite, all students must have successfully completed both the SMS and the barcode scanning app courses, or the equivalent.

Registration is limited to just 30 participants in order to offer this rare “hands on” course with Mr. Murphy. As mentioned, due to the intense nature of this workshop, a minimal level of experience is required.


The Android 201 organizers would like to thank Motorola MOTODEV for sponsoring this workshop. A MOTODEV representative will also be at the workshop to answer any additional technical questions and provide more information about the organization. A few words about MOTODEV:

“Motorola has chosen Android as a simple, powerful means to bring a whole new generation of phenomenal mobile experiences to Motorola users and has already announced an extensive portfolio of Android based handsets around the world.

“MOTODEV, Motorola’s developer network, offers the one, easy-to-access, internet-enabled, open environment developers need to succeed in the future.”



Mobile Demo Showcase – Monday, June 21, 6:00 pm

Please join us for the next gathering of mobile industry professionals & enthusiasts on Monday, June 21, 2010, at 6:00 pm. Reserve the date in your calendar now!

Please RSVP so that we can plan refreshments and to get your name into our host’s security system:


This month marks our second annual Mobile Demo Showcase! Six companies will take 10 minutes each to tell you about how their mobile projects are out to change the world — or just change their own company! After each of the six companies present, a handful more will do three minute lightning presentations on their projects. Before and after the event, all participating companies will have tables where they can demo their projects individually for attendees.

This event is going to be a ton of fun. Come to meet some promising local startups, see how some established companies are launching new mobile projects, and meet some amazing entrepreneurs. You won’t want to miss this one!

Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Mobile Monday Chicago Mobile Demo Showcase
Presenter: Please see the bottom of this page for the full list of demoing projects
Location: ThoughtWorks, 200 E. Randolph St., 25th Floor, Aon Center, Chicago, IL 60601
Location Notes: Participants must register to get on the official attendance list. At the venue, please sign-in at the reception desk on the first floor. Picture ID required.
Directions: Please see the ThoughtWorks web site for details. The State/Lake Street and Randolph/Wabash El stops (all lines) are about 2 blocks away. The building is a block off Michigan Ave. and is also well served by buses.
Parking: There is parking in the Aon Center and neighboring buildings. There is less expensive parking on Lake Street just west of Michigan Ave, plus several other parking structures in the vicinity.

6:00 pm – Sign-In / Light refreshments
6:15: Mobile Demo Showcase: Six 10 minute presentations
7:15: A handful of three-minute lightning presentations
7:30 pm > Refreshments / Networking

10 Minute Presentations

The following list of projects will be giving 10 minute presentations. We’re excited that there’s a nice mix of startups, a couple of consulting firms working on interesting projects, and even an established local company branching out into the mobile space.

  • Allstate® Mobile by Allstate Insurance Company:
    • Contact: Nathan Kraft (
    • “Allstate Mobile is Allstate’s new mobile application that gives customers instant access to their Allstate agent, account information and proactive tools to keep customers safer on the road. Features include an agent locator, mobile bill pay, ballpark insurance quote estimator, account access and policy information and mobile claims filing. Customers can also use a built-in accident toolkit feature to capture accident info at the scene and email it. Allstate Mobile is available on iPhone, BlackBerry and will be released in July, 2010 on Android. Wherever you go, you’re in Good Hands with Allstate.”
  • The Official 2010 Chicago Blues Festival App by Applitite:
    • Contact: Philip Berman (
    • “The official iPhone app of the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains one of the largest of Chicago’s Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 640,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the ‘Blues Capital of the World.’ This app features:- Live schedule updates
      - Artist descriptions
      - Rate and take notes about your favorite shows
      - Plan and email your agenda to freinds
      - The latest festival news and tweets
      - Fun encore flame
      - Color coded map + GPS Map to help you find your way
      - Pre-event ‘Blues Season’ schedule”
  • Universal Mobile Marketing by Iris Mobile -
    • Contact: Dr. Cezary Kolodziej (
    • “Since 89% of mobile users don’t have access to smart phone technology today, Iris Mobile’s Universal Mobile Marketing platform enables marketers to send rich content (image, text, video, audio, slide presentation) to any handset with any major wireless operator without a data plan at standard messaging rates, in an optimized format depending on end-user phone capabilities. A demo of Universal Mobile Marketing platform will prove it is possible to create engaging marketing campaigns (far beyond text messaging) reaching not only iPhone and Droid communities but also the rest of the 89% of phones on the market today.”
  • mPayy Contactless Transit Payments by mPayy, Inc.:
    • Contact: Conrad Sheehan (, Trace Johnson (
    • “mPayy will now access its mobile payment API’s via contactless fare media, including smart cards, keyfobs and stickers. mPayy plans to offer the solution to transit authorities as a jumping off point to take on broader retail. The unique benefits to prospective transit authority partners include i) lowering costs of managing multiple types of fare media because mPayy controls pricing server side; ii) providing free accounts to the 50+% of riders who are unbanked with mPayy’s stored value accounts; iii) increasing ‘top up’ options available by providing mobile payment services to the card.”
  • SoleSearch by Pangea Subsidiaries:
    • Contact: Brandon Williamson (
    • “SoleSearch is a niche app created for the traveling sneaker collector which uses GPS coordinates to guide users from their location to the location of choice within the SoleSearch database. SoleSearch is the first ever sneaker boutique finder and has a database of only the finest sneaker boutiques from Canada to Australia! SoleSearch is the premier interactive iPhone/iPod Touch application created for the needs of the on-the-go sneaker collector. SoleSearch harnesses relevant global retail information and GPS data to give both seasoned and novice collectors an ‘insider shopping advantage’ anywhere in the world sneakers are sold. Although the focus of this app is on such a niche market, it will open up how we shop for most things important solely to us. Though the name currently being SoleSearch is related to the soles of one’s footwear, SoleSearch will soon expand to be the Sole Search Provider for things related to people as a whole. It’s not only the future of shopping, but the future of how we are introduced to new things in new or even familiar areas.”
  • by Roundarch / Wilco - and
    • Contact: Jeremy Bierly (
    • “WILCO (the App) was developed to provide you (the fan) with a little bit of Wilco in the palm of your hand. Some of the features include:
      - Streams of all of the band’s studio albums
      - Show calendar with the ability to purchase tickets and request songs
      - Concert photo and poster galleries
      - Setlists and live recordings from shows”


The following projects will be given three minutes to talk about their projects. All presenters will also be available afterward to demo their projects and network.

  • Formation by 820Mobile -
    • Contact: Kenneth Hebel (
    • “Formation allows the collection of data using forms that are hosted on our servers. A user may retrieve and submit a form using either a web browser or an Android Phone. On the Android Phone forms can also be retrieved using a QRcode Results of the form may be viewed in a variety of formats (2D/3D Pie Chart, Bar and Line Graph) on our website. Our application has many practical uses including retrieving feedback for presentations, events, and products. For more information check out
  • Android App Reviews:
    • Contact: Antonio Wells (
    • “ is the world’s leader in mobile cellphone application consumer reviews for Google’s Android operating system. Featuring news, advice, interviews with mobile application developers, and support. The service is beneficial to consumers and developers alike. For consumers; they receive in-depth information regarding apps like pros versus cons, features, pricing, screenshots, video reviews and advice when in need of buying apps. Developers receive added exposure to sell their apps and interact with our consumer audience, candid feedback, announcement and interview opportunities. also offers full Android Market search, Android app recommendations, and more.”
  • Good for Enterprise Software Suite by Good Technology -
    • Contact: Renee Bruning (
    • “Managing mobility is an ever increasing challenge, especially as more and more users demand support for popular new platforms and devices. Good for Enterprise™ provides critical security and management features that allow corporate IT to secure and control the most popular devices on the market. You can rest easy with over-the-air and on-device encryption of enterprise data, remote application password policies, and remote wipe of enterprise data across a wide range of handsets including the newest Apple and Android devices.  IT helpdesk can easily manage and troubleshoot issues with complete visibility of devices deployed within your company, through a simple web-based management interface.”
  • ProOnGo Expense by ProOnGo:
    • Contact: Phillip Leslie (
    • “ProOnGo, an Chicago based company, makes expense reporting as easy as a snap. With ProOnGo’s flagship product ProOnGo Expense, smartphone owners submit their expense reports simply by taking pictures of their receipts with an Android™, BlackBerry®, iPhone™, or Windows Mobile® phone. Expense details are prepared automatically by ProOnGo’s Receipt Reader service, and within minutes the results are available for export to Microsoft® Excel, QuickBooks® Online Edition, PayServ Payroll Systems, and more. Time and mileage tracking are also included, making ProOnGo Expense a complete expense tracking solution for today’s busy mobile professional. ProOnGo has been featured by BusinessWeek, Chicago Tribune,, Forbes, NBC, Network World, and PC World, and was named a top app of the year by the BlackBerry Partners Fund in 2009.”
  • iComplishments by Tap Me, Inc. -
    • Contact: David Ballard (
    • “iComplishments is an in-game ad platform that represents a departure from the traditional web ad model of banners and videos within mobile games and apps. Our impressions are served through in-game achievements, and players are able to choose brands to sponsor them in exchange for unique powerups and augments to their gameplay. The various augments and powerups are intelligently matched to brand messages (for example, a player may choose Nike as a sponsor for extra speed in their game). This relationship is broadcasted via social channels, and grows organically over time. iComplishments creates meaningful relationships between consumers and brands through play.”

Please remember to RSVP by noon on the day of the presentation in order to get on the official registration list for our host’s security system.

Special thanks to our generous host and sponsor, ThoughtWorks!


Call For Participation: Mobile Demo Showcase! Monday, June 21st @ 6 pm

Attention startups and more established companies!!

Do you have a new app, product, or service offering targeting mobile devices? If yes, then we want you to join our Mobile Demo Showcase on Monday, June 21st!

Each participant will have 10 minutes to talk about and demo their app, product, or service offering. (That includes Q&A!) Before and after the 10-minute demo rounds, each participant will also be given space around the room so that the attendees can stop by and learn more about them.

Who are we looking for?
Startups. Service providers. Entrepreneurs. Even more established & larger companies who’ve recently launched a new mobile offering are welcome to join in the fun! We would like to showcase between 6 - 8 demos. Please be located in the greater Chicagoland area.

How much does it cost?
Participation is FREE!! It’s free both for attendees and demo participants.

How can I sign up?
Demo Participants: If you would like to show off your app, product or service offering, send me a note (Anthony Hand, email info below) telling us more about you, why you should share your wonders with the world this night, plus a web link & telephone number. The Mobile Monday Chicago executive council will review all applicants and make final determinations.

Attendees: We’ll be posting meeting details on EventBrite soon. In the meantime, reserve the night in your calendar now!

When is the deadline for application?
The sooner the better!! Application deadline is Wednesday, May 26 at midnight Central time. Don’t be late!

Please help spread the word to your friends & coworkers!