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MoMo Chicago – Oct. 28th – Google Android Birthday Party

The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008.

Android is open source and Google releases the code under the Apache License. This open-source code and permissive licensing allows the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Additionally, Android has a large community of developers writing applications (“apps”) that extend the functionality of devices, written primarily in a customized version of the Java programming language.

The HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1 in the United States and parts of Europe, and as the Era G1 in Poland and other countries) is an Android smartphone developed by theTaiwanese manufacturer HTC. Released in October 2008, the Dream was the first commercially released device to use the Linux-based Android operating system, which was purchased and further developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance to create an open competitor to other major smartphone platforms of the time, such as Symbian, BlackBerry, and the iPhone.

The Dream was released to mixed, but mostly positive reception; while praised for its solid and robust hardware design, the introduction of the Android operating system was met with criticism for its lack of certain functionality and third-party software in comparison to more established platforms, but still considered it to be innovative due to its open nature, notifications system, and heavy integration with Google’s services. [Source: Wikipedia]

Space is limited, please Register Here only if you plan on attending. **Security details below.

Presentations:

Joe Born, Sonr Labs, Inc

Joe Born is a long time consumer electronics inventor, having brought over $300M worth of consumer electronics products to retail from the SkipDr to a host of open source hardware projects under the Neuros Brand. For the last two years, he’s been focused on bringing a line of Android peripherals to market, focusing on the alarm dock and speaker dock categories and developing their own “made for Android” program along the way.

Hale Devices is a Chicago-based start-up that aims to shake up Android accessories.  Hale has a tight focus on consumers and real-world problems.  We make products that simply make smartphones better.  We’ve been in the market for over a year with an Android dock and just launched an advanced android alarm dock in October.

Dave Turner, Waitbot

Dave Turner is a co-founder and current CEO of Waitbot. Prior to founding Waitbot, Dave spent eight years developing big data products for the financial industry and consulting for social enterprises. Part coder part businessman by trade, Dave is a social entrepreneur with a passion for using technology to solve big problems. Dave has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering as well as an MBA and Master in Public Policy. Fun fact: Dave is also a stand up comedian and has opened for Dave Chapelle!

Waitbot is a city guide designed to save you time. To this end, we provide wait time estimates for painful lines like popular restaurants, emergency rooms, public transit and airport security using a variety of cutting edge estimation techniques. In September 2013 we launched our Android & iOS mobile apps for Chicago, and plan to expand to New York, San Fransisco and London by years end. Ultimately, we believe Waitbot can become the go-to city guide for busy people. Think Waze for lines.

Martin O’ShieldWindyCitySDR

Martin will demonstrate Software Defined Radio on Android Devices

On September 11, 2013  WindyCitySDR commenced manufacturing Wideband Software Defined Radio MIMO devices within the Chicagoland area. Martin has been demonstrating a Prototype Software Defined Radio Device that covers all the Industries Motorola once dominated.

**At this meetup hosted by Morningstar we will need to provide building security with a list of the names of everyone attending. When registering please use your full name. You may be asked to present ID by building security when entering the building.

MoMo Chicago – Aug. 26th – August 2013 Meetup

THE VOICE OF THE MOBILE INDUSTRY IN CHICAGO
Mobile Monday Chicago relaunched in 2009 and since has grown into one of Chicago’s biggest technology networking organizations. Our mission at Mobile Monday is to increase the size and innovation of the local mobile industry by facilitating connections between companies and people: helping investors connect with new mobile startups, companies connect with new employees, entrepreneurs connect with each other, and bringing new professionals and students into the mobile industry.

Presentations:

Brian Hunt
Feature Team Lead, Mobile Applications
Orbitz Worldwide
Brian is currently Director of the award-winning native mobile applications team at Orbitz Worldwide, a leading global online travel company enabling leisure and business travelers. Among the many recognitions, Orbitz apps have received Apple’s prestigious Hall of Fame Award and Gizmodo’s App of the Day. Prior to Orbitz, Brian was an Art Director at Razorfish, Interface Design Manager at  Zefer and Interface Designer at Neoglyphics developing user experiences for companies such as Burger King, The Chicago Bears, Craftsman, Disney, Discover Card, General Motors, Motorola, Sara Lee, Sears, Sun Microsystems and the WNBA. He studied graphic design and photography at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he caught the internet bug while experimenting with the NCSA Mosaic browser. Brian is also a musical recording and performing artist having frequently toured the United States and Europe, releasing 8 full-length albums. His musical credits include television, commercials and film (True Blood, Dexter and others).

Simon Hunt
Head of Strategy & Analytics, S40 Internet Services
Nokia
Title: Deriving Value from Big Data
Synopisis: Nokia Xpress Browser is a cloud based browser that serves a growing base of over 90 million users every month. Learn how Nokia is taking advantage of that user base and Amazon Web Services to understand those consumers and derive value from their activity.

Gerhard Boiciuc
VP Business Development
FASPARK.COM
Faspark is a startup working out of 1871 and we have a predictive technology that helps drivers find street parking in Chicago and now also in munich, Germany.

Gerhard Boiciuc has been involved in the startup community for several years and has helped various emerging businesses. He currently is VP of Business Development at Faspark, a tech startup focused on street parking technologies located in Chicago, IL. At Faspark he is responsible for developing strategic plans for the business to effectively market services to the automotive industry and international municipalities. Prior to this, he co-founded Ecologik Group, a sustainability consulting business based in Germany. Mr. Boiciuc also managed the community outreach program and identified local businesses for school sponsorship at VSR High-School in Nuremberg, Germany. He recently relocated from Germany to Chicago and lives now with his wife in Logan Square.

Jared Steffes
President & Founder
Furywing.com
Furywing is building the infrastructure and games that will revolutionize mobile gambling entertainment. Imagine games of skill with gambling games of chance. The best way to describe it is Angry Birds with gambling. You can play for free like normal or you can place a wager. As you play with a wager you can randomly win money by performing action in the game while you are trying to achieve the high score.

 

At this meetup hosted by Orbitz we will need to provide building security with a list of the names of everyone attending. Please Register using your full name. You may be asked to present ID by building security when entering the building.

Space is limited to just 75 attendees so please only register if you plan on attending.

For questions or more information about the meetup contact Todor Krecu at tkrecu(@)gmail.com

MoMo Chicago – May 28th – Building an Awesome Mobile Checkout

Providing a well designed and thoughtful checkout experience for your customers can be the difference between a healthy conversion rate and a failing business. This fact is amplified on mobile devices where the number of mobile shopping sessions are soaring but conversion rates drop-off massively when it comes to entering a credit card.

Presenter:

Mark Tattersall, Product Manager at Braintree

Braintree recently launched Venmo Touch to solve this problem by allowing customers to use credit cards across different merchant apps, thereby reducing the friction at checkout. As the Product Manager for Venmo Touch I did a lot of research in to mobile checkout experiences, and I will share the good, the bad and the ugly and provide some key themes and guidelines to consider when developing a mobile checkout experience.

Details and Registration Here

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Morningstar
22 West Washington Street
7th Floor, Chicago, IL

For any questions or more information about the event contact tkrecu(@)gmail.com

MoMo Chicago – April 22nd – Find Your Billion Dollar Apps

It is easy to dream up mobile app ideas, but very difficult to uncover and select apps that will provide the most value to your business. There are billions of dollars locked away in enterprise workflows!

Lextech CEO & Chief Geek, Alex Bratton, will walk you through his tried and true Billion Dollar Apps™ process that has been used in startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. This process will help you determine the viability and return potential of each of your app ideas, and arm you with the data you need to sell mobile internally.

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 6:00 PM
Lextech Global Services – Downtown
29 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1130, Chicago, IL

**Note: The building security requires us to provide a list of attendees 24 hours prior to the event. You Must RSVP with real name so we can provide the list of attendees to the building security.

MoMo Chicago – March 18th – Mobile Game Apps and Sencha Touch

Presenter: Margaret Dickman
INTERSOG

Mobile Game Apps

A mobile game is a video game played on a mobile phone, smartphone, PDA, tablet computer, portable media player or calculator. This does not include games played on dedicated handheld video game systems such as Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

The first game on a mobile phone was a Tetris game on the Hagenuk MT-2000 device from 1994.

Three years later Nokia launched the very successful Snake on selected models in 1997. Snake and its variants has since become one of the most-played video games and is found on more than 350 million devices worldwide

Total global revenue from mobile games was estimated at $2.6 billion in 2005 by Informa Telecoms and Media. Total revenue in 2008 was $5.8 billion. The largest mobile gaming markets were in the Asia-Pacific nations Japan and China, followed by the United States.

Presenter: Art Kay

Sencha, Inc

Solutions Engineer

As part of the Sencha Professional Services team, Art provides software development expertise and deep knowledge of best practices in the use of Sencha products.

Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch 2, a high-performance HTML5 mobile application framework, is the cornerstone of the Sencha HTML5 platform. Built for enabling world-class user experiences,

Sencha Touch 2 is the only framework that enables developers to build fast and impressive apps that work on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, and more.Sencha Touch 2 includes an updated and easier to use API, enhanced MVC, and richer documentation. To harness local hardware and system services, Sencha Touch 2 provides access to a wider set of native device APIs, allowing HTML5 developers to take advantage of hardware features. To broaden the reach of apps created with Sencha Touch 2, a free native packager is now included enabling app distribution to the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

The building security requires us to provide a list of attendees 24 hours prior to the event. You must RSVP and use your real name so we can provide the list of attendees to the building security.

For questions about this Meetup contact: tkrecu(@)gmail.com

MoMo Chicago – Jan. 22nd – Mobile Monday GOTO Night

Join us for an upcoming Mobile Monday event hosted by GOTO Chicago team.  Registration starts at 5:00PM and we will serve drinks and appetizers until 6:00PM.  The presentations will begin at 6:00PM.  The two presentations include:

Killing PhoneGap and Going Beyond HTML5, presented by Brian LeRoux from Adobe

HTML5 is exciting, but whats next? Emergent projects from the leading vendors of web browsers may give us a clue. Chrome OS, Firefox OS, Windows 8 all offer the ability to develop system applications with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This new breed of web technologies comes super charged with powerful access to the operating system internals, sensors, and data—sometimes called Device APIs. The misguided Web vs Native debate grows even fuzzier in light of these new technolgies. In this session Brian LeRoux will review the current state of Packaged Apps, how the standards process is shaping up, the natural relationship to Device APIs, and how this all relates to the nihilistic PhoneGap project.

Brian leads the open source PhoneGap project team at Adobe (currently undergoing incubation as Apache Cordova). He has been with the PhoneGap project from its very humble beginnings at Nitobi Software.  You can find Brian on twitter @brianleroux and website: http://brian.io

Patrick Mueller, IBM’er working on Emerging Technologies

This talk will cover the state of debugging web applications on mobile devices, and provide an experience report from the author on developing the weinre debugger.

Patrick Mueller is a software developer at IBM in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He has been working on web and mobile software for a long time, in many languages, across many OSes. Patrick is currently working on the weinre mobile web debugger and other Cordova related things. You can find Patrick on twitter@pmuellr and http://muellerware.org

About GOTO Chicago

GOTO Chicago takes place April 23-26th, 2013 and includes 2 Training Days led by leading practitioners and authors on various subjects and 2 Conference days with over 30 of the best speakers in the field. With a 360 degree perspective, we present new technology and trends in a non vendor forum to give attendees inspiration, energy and desire to learn.

For more information about GOTO Chicago, check our our event site: http://gotocon.com/chicago-2013/

GOTO Chicago Night Sponsor

Special thanks to our GOTO Night Sponsors for this event:

http://www.meetup.com/momo-chicago/

MoMo Chicago – Nov. 19th – Mobile Advertising and Game Apps

Presenter: Margaret Dickman
INTERSOG
Industry Gaming Experience

Trends – Gaming App Usage
*  Gamification
*  Education
*  Loyalty
*  Ad revenue
*  Brand building
Dev Cost/ timeframe
Product launch
*  Competition
*  Strategy

Presenter: Chris Phenner

Head of the Midwest for Unified, a social media buying platform.

An introduction of the 2012 timeline of releases from Facebook’s mobile team and a demonstration of how companies can promote themselves through paid mobile ads. Facebook is releasing so much in the form of (i) ad unit types, (ii) targeting capabilities and (iii) tracking options that many find it difficult to keep up with everything that is happening.Mobile Advertising

Some see mobile advertising as closely related to online or internet advertising, though its reach is far greater – currently, most mobile advertising is targeted at mobile phones, that came estimably to a global total of 4.6 billion as of 2009. Notably computers, including desktops and laptops, are currently estimated at 1.1 billion globally.

It is probable that advertisers and media industry will increasingly take account of a bigger and fast-growing mobile market, though it remains at around 1% of global advertising spent. Mobile media is evolving rapidly and while mobile phones will continue to be the mainstay, it is not clear whether mobile phones based on cellular backhaul or smartphones based on WiFi hot spot or WiMAX hot zone will also strengthen.

As mobile phones outnumber TV sets by over 3 to 1, and PC based internet users by over 4 to 1, and the total laptop and desktop PC population by nearly 5 to 1, advertisers in many markets have recently rushed to this media. In Spain 75% of mobile phone owners receive ads, in France 62% and in Japan 54%. More remarkably as mobile advertising matures, like in the most advanced markets, the user involvement also matures. In Japan today, already 44% of mobile phone owners click on ads they receive on their phones. Mobile advertising was worth 900 million dollars in Japan alone.

Mobile Game Apps

A mobile game is a video game played on a mobile phone, smartphone, PDA, tablet computer, portable media player or calculator. This does not include games played on dedicated handheld video game systems such as Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

The first game on a mobile phone was a Tetris game on the Hagenuk MT-2000 device from 1994.

Three years later Nokia launched the very successful Snake on selected models in 1997. Snake and its variants has since become one of the most-played video games and is found on more than 350 million devices worldwide

Total global revenue from mobile games was estimated at $2.6 billion in 2005 by Informa Telecoms and Media. Total revenue in 2008 was $5.8 billion. The largest mobile gaming markets were in the Asia-Pacific nations Japan and China, followed by the United States.

For questions about this Meetup contact: tkrecu(@)gmail.com

MoMo Chicago – Oct. 22nd – Mobile Test Automation

Jason Huggins, SAUCE LABS

Jason is co-founder and CTO at Sauce Labs, where the focus is on testing infrastructure as a service for software developers. Before Sauce, Jason was an engineer at Google where he supported the Selenium Farm for testing applications such as Gmail and Google Docs. While at ThoughtWorks in Chicago, Jason started the Selenium project, a popular open source web testing tool. Since 2011, Jason has been building robots to play Angry Birds on mobile devices — the project has been featured in Popular Science magazine, NBCNews.com, O’Reilly Radar, and Hackaday.

Monday, October 22nd, 5:30 PM

Morningstar
22 West Washington Street
7th Floor, Chicago, IL

We look forward to see you there!

MoMo Chicago – Sept. 17th – Mobile Pitch Challenge

The Mobile Pitch Challenge

Mobile Monday’s Chicago does this once a year and its one of the best times to come and hear interesting business ideas that people are working on. Its also a great networking opportunity. We do request that you RSVP only if you intend to come since space will be limited. Hot on the heels of Level Up that presented a few months back, we have 2 mobile payment solutions pitches! Full details and registration here.

We’ve selected the 5 finalists for the pitch event -

Echo Mobile Payments (Trent McMurray, CEO) – Their target market is small to medium businesses, looking for an economical alternative to accepting credit card payments and empowering mobile employees to accept payments anywhere. By the time of the Pitch Challenge, they will have a mobile application for the iOS, Android and Windows.

Arc Mobile (Tyler Mendoza, CEO) - Arc Mobile is the first app based mobile payment system that is truly mobile and targeted to the service sector. We have created a revolutionary way of gathering check data that enables Arc to allow guests to pay and split a bill from their phone without QR codes, NFC or any additional hardware for the merchant. We are also the first platform to accept ACH payments which allows us to save merchants on Credit Card Processing Fees.

SparkReel (Matt Gibbs and Adam Hirsen, Co-Founders) – The definitive platform for easily sharing mobile videos with the right audience. It aims to create a community where people can create and join purpose-driven groups (private or public) to share mobile videos. SparkReel is device and OS agnostic, allowing anyone with a smartphone to easily contribute video moments to a group without having to download an app. e.g. http://www.sparkreel.com/g/flying

Curve (Peter Jameson, CEO) – The digital calendars we use today are based on a design that’s over 500 years old. They’re boring, unfriendly and one dimensional. Despite these challenges, the calendaring system has become the largest social network in the world. Curve reimagines what the digital calendar can be. Forget boring. Curve is completely visual, simple to use and works behind the scenes to keep your world organized. Curve works with existing calendars like Outlook, Google, Yahoo! and many others. With Curve, you’ll be visualizing  your life in minutes.

MobileX Labs (Daniel Novaes, CEO) - Provides a mobile application platform where users can create fully functional UI/UX minded apps for IOS and Android without knowing code that cost significantly less than creating an app via a developer or dev studio. Our service allows for users to create professional looking apps and manage them from the web within our content management system. Our service integrates with many of the services our clients already use in the industry. Our service started off focusing on the entertainment industry, but we have been building it out to assist other brands and industries as well. It is our main goal to change the way brands engage with fans in addition to creating an additional source of revenue for our clients.

The short pitches will be followed by Q&A and an audience choice award. Should be fun! If there is enough interest, we may do a rapid-fire round of pitches (1 minute each) in addition to the above. Please comment below if you are interested.

MoMo Chicago – July 23rd – Designing Cross Platform Apps

Chris Balcer, Director of Technology Innovation at SuperConnect, will share their experiences in attacking cross platform design challenges… Please Register in Advance Here!

From user experience to data transfer there are a number of considerations required when you build a mobile app on multiple platforms. Take a look inside at how SuperConnect is building their Connections app for phone and tablet on the iOS, Android, Mobile Web, and Windows 8 Surface platforms. Design topics will include maintaining native app performance when working with sizable server side datasets, supporting multiple android resolutions, leveraging cloud to provide server side processing, and creating consistent and brandable user experiences. SuperConnect’s Connections app is the smartest mobile enterprise directory available that makes it easy for your teams to find, discover, learn and connect with each other, all with the tap of a few buttons.

Event location:
GeneXus USA
1143 West Rundell Place, Suite 300
Chicago, IL

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