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Carnival of Mobilists #189

From her base in Siegburg, Germany, Peggy Anne Salz of MSearchGroove.com brings us the week’s worldwide Best & Brightest blogging in Carnival of the Mobilists #189. Lots of great reading material here. A comprehensive list of mobile industry facts and figures has been posted and explained by Andy Favell and the team at mobiThinking.com. Did you know that there are 4.3 billion mobile subscribers worldwide; growing to 5.8 billion in 2013? Check out the article for more great information.

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Carnival of Mobilists #187

Host Jamie Wells at mobilestance.com tells us it is typical with most summertime carnivals for the heat to bring out the passion - and Carnival #187 does not disappoint. Steve Smith of min online gets The Post of the Week for his post Top Five iPhone Revenue Ideas Magazines Should Steal.

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WIP Opportunities @ CTIA

Be Scene @ CTIA

Great news for WIP members! Here are 3 ways to get involved with WIP @ CTIA in San Diego, CA. (Not a WIP member? Register here!)

1. Developer Pavilion at CTIA
Wednesday, October 7 - Friday, October 9, 2009
Fully pimped out booth (5′ x 10′ for $2,000.00) and valuable extras
Deadline August 7 for full benefits!

2. Pepcom - Mobilefocus@CTIA WIRELESS IT&E 2009
October 7, 2009; 7:00 - 10:00 pm
At the Omni in San Diego
20% WIP Member Discount

Thursday October 8, 2009
Don’t forget to sign up to Jam with us!

Here is more information on these great opportunities!
Developer Pavilion at CTIA
Wednesday, October 7 - Friday, October 9, 2009

Become an exhibitor at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment Show with us!
We’ve secured a great rate and valuable extras for WIP members and partners at the Developer Pavilion. Fully pimped out booths are available in 2 sizes:
• 5’ x 10’ booth for $2,000.00 USD
• 10’ x 10’ booth for $3,800.00USD

All booths include:

• 2 chairs
• table (3′ for 5′x10′ booth, 6′ for 10′x10′ booth)
• Electricity (5 amps)
• 5 exhibitor passes to the keynotes and onto the exhibit show floor
• guest passes for customers
• 50 word company description in both the show guide pavilion section as well
as in the regular exhibitor listings. (deadline Aug 7)
• company listing in the cross reference section of the show guide(deadline Aug 7)
• sign identifying each exhibitor hung from the back wall drape
• opportunity to provide a logo to be placed above the company description in
the pavilion section of the show guide. (deadline Aug 7)

WIP is also going to provide a WIP Developer Pavilion Show guide, along with marketing and promotion for the exhibitors before and during the show.

Next Steps:
Go to the Pavilion web page for contracts and registration.
Contact us if you have any questions or require further information.
The deadline is fast approaching so act now!

Pepcom - Mobilefocus@CTIA WIRELESS IT&E 2009

October 7, 2009; 7:00 – 10:00 pm
At the Omni in San Diego
20% WIP Member Discount

MobileFocus is the #1 mobile and wireless press showcase event - held at both CTIA conferences and at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Pepcom is offering a 20% discount on the price of a table to any WIP member company that has not previously done a Pepcom event. There will be special signage to identity APP developers at the event! MobileFocus is a great opportunity to demo your products and services to a huge press audience. To take advantage of this great offer, please contact Jon Pepper (jon at pepcom dot com) and mention the “WIP” offer. Space is limited so act fast.


Please register for this popular “Day for Developers”. We have now held WIPJams, miniJams and Jam Receptions on four continents! Jam On!

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Back from linuxTag … with Euro Notes prospectives!

Following our Europe Open Source in mobile WIPjam tour, here’s the third and last blog in a short series summarizing the tour.

The last element of openness spotted during the tour was for open opportunities in the mobile space… Some call it fragmentation and hate the number of niches that keep appearing some see it as wide open spaces in which to create something new!

And at this point in time in Europe, this is probably best illustrated by the number of Android specialized start-ups ExpertiseAndroid, OpenIntents,  OTAMate, akquinet . All these companies have one thing in common :

Their owner takes a bet (probably a reasonable one) on the emergence of Android as a major platform and position his company as a leader in this field by evangelizing about Android at conferences like LinuxTag.

A tried and tested approach? An easy thing to do for anyone with Java skills? Yes maybe… but the rooms are full to listen as the buzz grows…

The absence of Google or any Open Handset Alliance from these events is what makes it an open opportunity… opened for the more daring developreneurs. Anyone with courage and credibility can step up and lead his tribe uncensored, unprompted, unsupported, only motivated solely by the idea that they can generate revenues from the this space.

So far  open opportunity sounds more like the natural human behavior to fill in gaps than it does look like anything new and groundbreaking in the world of mobile software. This is where the second element comes in… The ability to start smaller and smaller. All the companies above are good example of companies starting from garage or still in incubation mode.  This ability to start very small is also an opportunity brought by openness (the Appstore being a good example of the principle).

In a way  the this is quite reminiscent of web development, as was pointed out recently by the panel of VC at MobiTechFest Europe.  The possibility for anyone with a bit of technical background in the web space to develop and host a website makes starting a web company, developing and launching a proof of concept almost effortless and for sure won’t make you penny-less…  This was  makes VCs or rather angels almost redundant (it must be a sign of recession times).

Obviously open source has played a huge role in lowering the barrier to entry for developreneurs, whether its is a LAMP stack, a wordpress or a drupal…

And in a way today the same is happening in mobile… numerous new projects come that promise to lower  the barrier to entry for developers (and hopefully too for the whole value chain). So what’s the state of the nation for mobile developreneurs… what is or will be the LAMP stack or the Drupal of mobile?

One could argue that it will continue to be the LAMP stack and Drupal with tweaks to make them more mobile friendly.  One could also argue that the contenders have to be found on device. Maybe on the web side  of things: webkit, Fennec, or new projects such a phonegap, Or maybe the OS itself?

For now I’ll reserve my votes. But look forward  to exploring the options with you?  Comment here or come and meet us at WIPJam@OSIM to cast your vote

PS: Having been told that the title of the previous post was weird I thought I’d engage into even more oddity and a very bad pun for this one!

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Caroline Lewko, Founder and CEO, WIP, named to Top 10 Women in Wireless

caroline-pictureHere at WIP, we are thrilled that our Founder and CEO, Caroline Lewko, has been named as one of the top 10 Women in Wireless by FierceWireless.

Fierce Wireless selected the top 10 for their accomplishments, their technical savvy, their leadership-and perhaps most importantly, their influence on the industry. As stated in their publication “These are the women who you often see speaking at industry events, working on various committees or negotiating tough deals. From entrepreneurs who have turned their passions into successful ventures to savvy executives who are climbing the corporate ladder in traditionally male-dominated firms, these are the women that the industry should keep an eye on in 2009 and beyond.”

Caroline is in great company on the Top 10 Women in Wireless list. She is joined by the following dynamic women: Cathy Avgiris, Comcast; Jill Braff, Glu Mobile; Venetia Espinoza, T- Mobile; Peggy Johnson, Qualcomm; Selino Lo, Ruckus Wireless; Kelly Owens St. Julian, Boost Mobile; Viviane Reding, European commissioner for Information Society and Media; Cher Wang, Co-founder and chairperson of HTC; and Christy Wyatt, Motorola.

Many of you know Caroline as the “connector”. In fact, she describes herself as a consummate ‘connector’ with a passion for wireless! Active in the wireless/telecom industry since 1995, she has been a coder, funder, business developer and entrepreneur. She is sought out by investors and C level executives for insights, contacts and advice; and has advised and funded hundreds of companies.

If you haven’t met Caroline yet, you probably will-very soon. She spends much of her time traveling around the world, attending conferences and doing what she does best-bringing together various industry players.

At WIP, we aim to bring developers together with the rest of the wireless ecosystem to help shorten development times and foster innovation. We give emerging wireless companies an extra edge in getting products and services to market with global partnerships, events like WIPJam Sessions; Go to Market programs and websites like the WIPwiki (a membership and resource tool). WIP partners with wireless organizations and Developer Programs around the world. According to FierceWireless, “At a time when mobile developers are in high demand, an organization such as WIP is providing a tremendous service to the developer community.” More information about Caroline and WIP is available on our website.

It is interesting to note that Caroline is the only woman on the list who Tweets.

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Verizon Developer Conference Webcast

Watch the Live Webcast from the Verizon Developer Community Conference, taking place July 28, 2009 in San Jose, CA. Register at: www.vdc2009.com

The morning general sessions live webcast will commence at 9:30 am PT (12:30 pm ET) and will provide mobile applications developers with an overview of the VDC, including technical, marketing and network information from Verizon Wireless and other industry leaders.

Confirmed speakers for the morning sessions include:
— Lowell McAdam, chief executive officer, Verizon Wireless
— John Stratton, chief marketing officer, Verizon
— Roger Gurnani, senior vice president, product development, Verizon Wireless
— Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer, Research In Motion
— Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer,Softbank Mobile (via video)
— Executives with developer partners discussing their experiences launching
applications with Verizon

The afternoon deep-dive sessions will be available for viewing on the Web shortly after the conference concludes. The deep-dive sessions include a mini WIPJam complete with an Unpanel and Discussion Groups.

For more information and to register for the webcast, please go to the conference website.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #183 - Mobile World Analysis

This week’s Carnival is hosted at TamsIJungle, with some select mid-summer analysis of the mobile world. Great content has been listed including WIPs Back from Linuxtag so take a look.

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Back from LinuxTag… with a Eureka feeling!

Following our Europe Open Source in mobile WIPjam tour, here’s the second blog in a short series summarizing the tour.

So if we do not want openness in mobile to equal opensourness soon can we really limit it to opensourceness and exclude other aspects of openness such as open development, open governance…

The first answer to the question came from a very unexpected angle and (un?) surprisingly from a non mobilist Tomcat from Mozilla. [For background information Mozilla Christian Sejersen was presenting on Fennec (Firefox for mobile) at the show and one of our discussion leaders at the WIPJam.]

The conversation had started very badly though on the slippery subject of certification and signing. The subject is fairly commonly referred to as the rock and the hard place of debates between mobile application developers. And it usually takes strong moderational talents to navigate around them… On that day I failed… But when the subject is usually the beginning of an endless (if partially justified) rant against operators and device manufacturers, despite their efforts to facilitate the lives of mobile developers* this time it actually revealed a gem… A comparison with the extension certification process as operated by Mozilla for the most famous Firefox extensions (before you click on the link believing that this is pointing towards a hugely interesting extension for Firefox this is actually a link to the process…)

Let’s imagine the world of mobile applications adopting the Firefox extension approach tomorrow:

  • Developers write their applications, submit it to a sandbox / beta mobile app store. Obviously before doing so they are able to test them extensively with a series of tools, looking at memory leaks, compatibility test, traffic analyzers… all available in open source.
  • A group of volunteers (editors) pick up the various proposals from the queue to evaluate and test them and communicate directly with the authors to discuss potential issues (with nice recommendations to editors such as “Remember that your comments go to a *real person*, so try to be friendly”. Or more and more let the public know that the apps are in beta and use crowd testing.
  • Once approved by peers the application is published unsigned onto the mobile app store, all applications are displayed on the main page using a publicly disclosed mechanism.
  • End users discover the apps on the appstore, a bit like they do today, by category, recommended, featured… and they trust the appstore just like they do today.. they trust that all the verification work has been done and therefore are more than happy to ignore warnings saying unsigned application… and despite that… they get a fully functional application

Simple! Happy developers! Happy customers! Open!

Obviously various mobile certification programs have started implementing some of this approach (do not hesitate to post spot the difference type comments), but still no one can claim to be this transparent and open today.

A pipedream in mobile? Completely unrealistic in the wireless world? How do me make money if nothing protects apps? Maybe, and all good subject of a lively debate here or at our next WIPJam session… One thing is sure though… something like this could come to a Fennec near you in the coming months…

* Background reading on certification :see the new Java verified process , the Symbian Signed 2009 roadmap, the Android Market, the well documented Apple process and each operator specific variety).

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Carnival of Mobilists #182

The first mobile-hosted Carnival is #182 where a new member of our carnival hosting team Antoine RJ Wright spins a tale about a tent full of mobile expert bloggers and points us to their posts. WIP’s blog Around the World in 31 days is included.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #167: London Calling

This week’s G20 special edition carnival of the mobilists is now live from London Calling! Be sure to take a look all the interesting posts from many different nations.

A bunch of us are going to be down in Las Vegas this week for a little event you might have heard of called WIPJAM (wink wink) so if you’re there, be sure to say hi!

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