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MoMo Detroit – Nov. 11th – Context-aware Computing via Mobile

What do these scenarios have in common?

  • While you are out shopping for a sweater, you receive a coupon on your mobile device for 30% off one particular sweater brand sold in the store you’re shopping in
  • Inclement morning weather will cause delays in travel, so your alarm automatically wakes you earlier than your normally scheduled time
  • A doctor walks into a patient’s room and the patient’s records are automatically pulled up on the doctor’s tablet device

These are all examples of context-aware computing. Research firm, Gartner, defines context-aware computing as a style of computing in which situational and environmental information about people, places and things are used to anticipate immediate needs and pro-actively offer enriched, situation-aware and usable content, functions and experiences.

The advent of social networks, the pervasiveness of mobile-computing technologies, and a myriad of other technologies are coming together to offer capabilities and services that can greatly improve our personal and professional lives.

To help us understand more about context-aware computing and the opportunity it provides in every industry, Mobile Monday Detroit presents the following topics and speakers:


Overview of Context-Aware Computing; Mark Driver, Gartner Research

Presentation will include:

  • Background: What is context-aware computing
  • Why now? What technologies are available to enable this capability?
  • What are the benefits and challenges?
  • What role will mobile computing play in this area?
  • What is the future? How will context-aware computing evolve and how will it impact our lives?

Examples of context-aware computing will be provided throughout the presentation.

Context-aware Mobile Computing: Progress, Problems and Prospects; Mark Newman, UM

Context-aware computing applications have the potential to greatly simplify user interaction, aid human cognition, and allow systems to behave in a much more natural and socially-appropriate manner. For almost 25 years, researchers have explored the vision of context-awareness, and recent advances in mobile computing have created the conditions in which the vision can become a reality. However, significant challenges remain. This presentation will provide contemporary research directions and provide insights into what might be coming next. Areas include:

  • an overview of the different aspects of context that can be sensed by mobile devices,
  • the current state-of-the-art in detecting context,
  • the difficulties that still need to be overcome.

Finally, challenges to software-design processes that arise when dealing with context awareness will be reviewed, along with work being done by Mark’s group at the University of Michigan to address those challenges.

Speaker Bios:

Mark Driver, Vice-president/Research Director, Gartner Research

Mark Driver specializes in application development technologies and open-source software. Within Gartner, Mr. Driver serves as a principal analyst for Java technology, as well as the Microsoft .NET framework. He is also the principal analyst covering the business and technical issues of the open-source software model. He covers many aspects of application development and open-source software, including adoption challenges, best practices, market impact and development models. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Driver was a technical architect and project leader for more than 15 years in the IT industry, where he focused on distributed open systems development. He worked in several areas including state government, commercial software vendors and in-house IT groups.

Mark W. Newman, Associate Professor, School of Information, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan / Founder, Michigan Interactive and Social Computing (MISC)

Mark Newman’s research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing, with a focus on support for interaction design and end-user configuration. In 2012, Mark received a NSF CAREER Award to pursue the development of tools for context-aware system design. Before joining the University of Michigan, Mark was a research scientist in the Computer Science Laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) from 2000 – 2007. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and his B.A. in Philosophy from Macalester College.

MoMo Detroit – Sept. 9th – Mobilizing Education

Mobile technology is on the minds of education professionals now more than ever before; but those education professionals are involved in a variety of education sectors, including:

- k-12
- higher education
- business education
- self-education service providers.

It’s a big topic, with far-reaching implications for our children – their current education and their future careers, our businesses and ourselves. To help gain an understanding of the topic, Mobile Monday Detroit is presenting Michigan-based experts to provide us with a wide range of perspectives on the topic of ‘Mobilizing Education’.

Speakers and their areas of focus will include:

- Elaina Farnsworth of Mobile Comply
- Christian Marcillo and Glen Konopaskie of Future Help Designs
Who will jointly be presenting a case study which showcases how these firms are working together to bring technology, curriculum content, and stakeholders to the table to move the needle in how education is approached from an interactive classroom.

- Lisa Toenniges and Matt Kurtin of Innovative Learning Group
Who will discuss how learning technologies are providing new opportunities for learning and performance support and will identify technology-based solutions to fulfill performance needs using a standard performance improvement model, as well as providing several examples of performance improvement solutions successfully using today’s new technologies.

- Jeff Muglia and Dave Zabihaylo of Sprint
Who will be presenting “What works (and what doesn’t) with Wireless for Education”.

Speaker biographies:

Elaina Farnsworth, CEO, Mobile Comply
Elaina is skilled in showing professionals how to leverage the POWER of Mobile and teaching businesses how to reach their audience through these tools. She is a speaker and thought leader in the Mobile/Social Media Industry and is a proven expert in showing companies how to ‘Spin their Mobile Web”.

Elaina works together with companies to include best practices and mobile principles to launch meaningful training curriculum into their infrastructure. She created a 9-step ‘Spin Series” as an easy-to-understand guide to help businesses and organizations get started in mobile marketing, and she uses these concepts to help businesses create new opportunities and establish new connections with businesses and customers.

Elaina is honored to be a part of the 2013 Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40 class and a member of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Board of Directors.

Christian Marcillo, Co-founder/CEO/Creative Director, Future Help Designs
Christian is skilled at connecting users with mobile technology, and speaking the languages of both consumers and developers. He has an ability to speak with the right and left brain thinkers to put together projects that provide high-end user interfaces that don’t require the need of an instruction manual to use them. He works together with companies, idea generators, and engineers to focus on best practices, mobile principles and strategy. Bridging a fascination with technology and how it is utilized in every day ways is where he performs best. He demonstrates strength and experience in leveraging cloud environments and strong training, transparency and team collaboration to create a cultural foundation for Future Help Designs. Christian is an Ambassador for the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan.

Glen Konopaskie, Co-founder/President, Future Help Designs
Glen is skilled in assisting corporations adopt mobile strategies to implement industry and enterprise app solutions. His background is in training and software design with business degrees from Lake Superior State University. He has lead the development of several strategic mobile solutions from roadmaps to multi-platform app developments. His current role allows him to monitor the mobile and cellular industry for planning corporate direction and securing strategic partnerships that can extend into key markets. His current product development projects bring interactive mobile technology into the classroom.

Glen leads several product developments within the education and technology sectors. He is currently focused on a project that brings interactive mobile technology into the classroom, and his knowledge of mobile technologies and opportunities within the education space are gathering excitement for future products to come. Glen is Vice-chair of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Board of Directors.

Lisa Toenniges, CEO, Innovative Learning Group
Lisa has 25 years of experience in the performance improvement industry, and has consulted with many large companies about their learning and performance strategies and solutions. Currently, Lisa is the President of the International Society for Performance Improvement and previously served as a board member and treasurer for the association. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at performance improvement, instructional design, entrepreneur, and small-business conferences; graduate programs; and other business-related events. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Michigan State University. She is also a Certified Performance Technologist endorsed by ISPI.

Matt Kurtin, Lead Programmer/Learning Technology Consultant, Innovative Learning Group
Matt has more than 15 years of experience developing e-learning courses and learning management systems. He leads ILG’s mobile learning strategy and delivery efforts, and has developed numerous mobile applications and courses. Matt has presented on various technology topics at local and national training and development professional associations and has conducted webinars and other technology-related presentations. He has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Jeff Muglia, Public Sector Account Manager, Sprint
Jeff manages K-12 throughout Michigan for Sprint and provides support nationally via MiCTA, a Group Purchasing Organization that negotiates telecommunication discounts for non-profit and educational organizations. He has helped schools and districts plan, implement and support 1:1 initiatives throughout the Midwest and beyond for over a decade.

Dave Zabihaylo, Solutions Engineer III, Sprint
Dave is a veteran of the wireless industry and specializes in strategic solutions design. He supports customers in K-12 and higher education across Michigan and beyond, focusing on classroom technology, 1:1 learning, cloud-based software and communications platforms.

The meeting is FREE to attend, though Reservations are Required for security and catering purposes. Free parking is available onsite at the Macomb-OU Incubator facilities. Refreshments will be served.

MoMo Detroit – Aug. 12th – Augmented Reality

In a recent VentureBeat article a writer suggested that although Augmented Reality (AR) may seem like a futuristic concept, in actual fact it will become a realistic part of our daily lives in 2013. Given the focus that this use of mobile technologies is attracting, Mobile Monday Detroit thought the time was right to begin exploring AR and its implications.

AR blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear or feel. A more detailed explanation from those who work with the technology would be: Augmented reality (AR) is a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. The technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match, or restaurant ratings & distances on a map on your cell phone. With the help of advanced AR technology the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and increasingly informative.

To help us gain an understanding, Mobile Monday Detroit Presents:

Overview of Augmented Reality technology and how it will be used – Steve Peterson

On a journey through the past, present and future of AR technology, Steve will talk about the next evolution of AR – 4D – and how it is transforming the way we see, feel, and think about information in the world around us. We will also have a chance to experience live demos of 4D technologies currently being applied in industries ranging from automotive – education – advertising – medical and beyond.

Augmented Reality developer tooling and approaches – Ali Al-Aasm

This introduction level session will help you get started making cross-platform AR apps taking the path of least resistance. It will start with an explanation on what AR is, the different types of AR available and focus on target-based AR platforms. A comparison of the different platforms will be explained with some visuals and pros & cons, as well as the different target options. Finally a quick demo will be shown on how to set up and create a simple cross-platform AR app using Unity3d and integrating the best available AR platform.

Legal issues with Augmented Reality – Brian D. Wassom

What legal issues will ubiquitous mobile AR raise? Some will be similar to those raised by other forms of mobile technology, such as patent trolling and driver distraction. But because AR and its related technology puts content in places its’ never gone before, many of the issues will be unlike anything to which mobile developers are accustomed. These include new copyright and trademark issues, physical injury, privacy concerns, and more.


Steve Petersen, Director of Sales & Business Development, DAQRI

Steve Petersen directs sales and business development efforts for Daqri, helping companies utilize Daqri’s augmented reality technology to engage customers, enhance products, and improve operating efficiencies in fascinating ways that have never been possible. He began his career at digital media start-up Outdoor Hub between 2008-2012, a time in which the company grew rapidly from the seed of an idea to an outright industry leader. A unique blend of sales, marketing, and tech start-up experience assists Steve in translating the business needs and objectives of Daqri’s partners into creative, long-term solutions that deliver a significant and measurable ROI.

Ali-Al-Aasm – CoFounder/Developer, Red Piston

Ali Al-Aasm has over 10 years of experience in technical development of websites, iPhone applications and Windows applications. He began his career working in technical support for eLearning modules and training programs for Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership personnel. Ali then moved to BBDO Windsor to become the development lead on the websites, customer relationship management forms, databases and contest administration for the Chrysler Jeep Dodge brands in Canada. In this role, Alli developed both the technical architecture and content management solutions for the brand websites, as well as dozens of promotional micro-sites and contests, with a focus on security and data integrity.

In his spare time while at BBDO Windsor, Ali started to focus on iPhone application development and released a few. One of his applications – Handyman Sidekick – was featured in Best iPhone Apps – A Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by O’Reilly Press, as well as in the New York Times. With the advent of Fiat’s takeover of Chrysler and the subsequent dismissal of BBDO as Chrysler’s agency, having lost his job he decided to join with two former co-workers to found Red Piston three and one-half years ago. Red Piston since that point has grown from the original 3 founders to 23 people and has moved to larger space four different times in that period. Ali programmed the engine used on Red Piston’s Interactive Books platform (Angry Octopus) and wrote all code on Banzai Blowfish, as well as many other projects for Red Piston ranging from games to news aggregation software for iPhone. Ali graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Computer Science.

Brian D. Wassom, Partner/Chair of Social, Mobile & Emerging Media Practice Group, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Brian D. Wassom litigates disputes and counsels clients concerning copyright, trademark, publicity rights and related intellectual property and advertising issues. In particular, Brian focuses his practice on social media and other emerging forms of digital communication. He has several years’ experience assisting media companies in exercising their freedom of the press, obtaining access to information, and defending claims of defamation, invasion of privacy and eavesdropping.

Brian chairs his firm’s Social, Mobile and Emerging Media practice group. He also authors a popular blog on this topic, as well as the online treatises Wassom on Social Media Law and Augmented Legality, which examines the law governing ‘Augmented Reality’ technologies. He is also a highly sought-after public speaker and presents regularly to industry groups, legal education seminars, and conferences across the country on social media, augmented reality, and related topics.

MoMo Detroit – July 15th – Vehicle Safety via Mobile Technologies

With a focus on vehicle safety and mobility, this month’s speakers will discuss the year-long V2X / V2V (vehicle-to-infrastructure / vehicle-to-vehicle) safety pilot taking place throughout Ann Arbor, as well as the ability for mobile technologies to make driving more safe – both from a ‘brought in’ and a ‘built in’ perspective.

Jay Parikh will speak on ‘The Changing Paradigm, built-in vs. brought-in device for connected vehicle applications’.

Traditionally, automakers have been designing their vehicles with built-in (embedded) devices/technologies for infotainment, OnStar like safety and security, navigation and location-based systems and now V2V and V2I for collaborative safety applications. The major challenge for the automakers is to keep up with the rapid growth of consumer electronics technologies to align with the vehicle development cycle and mitigate technology obsolescence.

The consumer electronics devices such as smart phones/tablets on the other hand, pack significant processing power, high resolution crisp touch screen display, wireless communication technologies, GPS, accelerometer, etc. provide ubiquitous connectivity.

Jay’s presentation will outline current and future trends towards the use of smartphones as brought-in devices for connected vehicle applications for safe and smart driving.

Debra Bezzina will speak on the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Pilot Model Deployment taking place in Ann Arbor.

Connected Vehicle technologies have long been identified as having the potential to significantly improve motor vehicle safety, but the study of these technologies to-date have been limited to small field tests and technical development exercises. In order to potentially advance this initiative and support a Federal rulemaking decision regarding vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the U.S. Department of Transportation has undertaken the Safety Pilot Model Deployment. Under the leadership of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), this one-year initiative will allow for the evaluation of a scaled deployment of connected vehicle technologies in Ann Arbor, including nearly 3,000 equipped vehicles and over 70 miles of instrumented roadway, making it the largest connected vehicle field test in the world to-date. This presentation will introduce the connected vehicle concept, and discuss the Safety Pilot program and its role in advancing this promising new technology.


Jay Parikh, Director of Emerging Technologies and Product Innovation, Escort Inc. (manufacturer of Radar/Laser Detectors and Automotive Accessories).

Jay brings over 28+ years of automotive experience from two different regions – the U.S. and India. He began his automotive career as a research engineer at General Motors R&D in Warren. During his GM tenure he conducted and led significant research projects in Telematics and wireless communication, as well as leading the connected vehicle program portfolio. His work has focused on multi-media infotainment, wireless communication technologies, standards and protocols, in-vehicle client architecture, and back-office support for end-to-end systems from development-to-deployment.

From 1998 – 2003 Jay represented GM and its interests by playing a major role in AMI-C, a multi-OEM consortium of worldwide automakers and suppliers. He led a team in the development of Bluetooth hands-free phone requirements as well as specification and implementation guidelines for in-vehicle use in AMI-C. He established and chair the Automotive Expert Group, an advisory body to Bluetooth SIG architecture group and the Car Working Group responsible for development of automotive profiles.

In 2009 he relocated to India to head Advanced Engineering at Ashok Leyland, the 2nd largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in India. Earlier this year he accepted the Director of Emerging Technologies and Product Innovation position at Escort Inc. Jay holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science.

Debra Ann Bezzina, Senior Program Manager, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

Debby Bezzina holds B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., and Program Management Professional Certification (PMP). Ms. Bezzina has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, and has served as a program manager for 11 years. She served as Visteon’s program manager on two USDOT-funded field operational tests of automotive advanced safety systems research (Road Departure Crash Warning FOT and Integrated Vehicle Based Safety Systems FOT). Prior to Visteon, Debby worked at General Motors on Vehicle Control MOdules and Audio in the Truck Group, and Ford Motor Company in the Engine Design Division. Ms. Bezzina is currently the Assistant Program Manager for the Safety Model Deployment at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

MoMo Detroit – June 10th – State of the Connected Vehicle

An article in Consumer Reports asked the question, “Worried about drivers talking on cell phones?”

As the article goes on to explain, we’re moving way beyond that now. “Don’t look now, but the guy in the next lane could be searching the Web or posting a Facebook entry as he maneuvers in traffic. With the exploding popularity of smart phones and social networks, automakers are increasingly looking at how they can attract customers by integrating those types of functions into their cars.

Such in-car technology is quickly being integrated into broader infotainment and navigation systems, an area of auto technology that’s rapidly expanding. “Within five years, 90% of new cars will ship with connected car features,” predicts Dominique Bonte, group director of telematics and navigation at ABI Research, a technology consulting firm. For consumers, he says, those services are now “extending their connected lifestyle into the car.”"

As most of us know, the use of wireless technology in-vehicle is expanding at an unprecedented rate. Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed a shift in vehicle architectures from closed to open with regard to connectivity. This shift is opening many opportunities for both the automotive supply base and 3rd-party entrepreneurial developers.

In this month’s Mobile Monday Detroit, we’ll explore the current state of the connected vehicle and what to expect in the future.

In his presentation, Mike Coletta will offer a information that will establish the underlying wireless technologies associated, major trends at both the technical and policy level, and discussion of emerging technologies over the next 10 years. He will pay particular attention to the differences between embedded and tethered (i.e., Smartphone-based) Telematics. In addition, adjunct applications to the connected vehicle will be discussed, such as mobile health and the connected home. Lastly, Mike will explore business opportunities for the mobile community in this dynamic and growth-oriented field.

The meeting is FREE to attend, Reservations are Required for security and catering purposes.

About Our Speakers:

Mike Coletta, Sr. Director Automotive Sales, Telit Wireless Solutions

Mr. Coletta is a 20 year veteran of the Automotive Electronics industry, with expertise in Telematics, Wireless and Infotainment products.  Mr. Coletta joined Telit in March of 2013 to lead its North American Automotive Strategy and Sales efforts.  Prior to joining Telit, Mr. Coletta served the industry via Independent Consulting, and positions with Laird Technologies, Visteon and Ford Motor Company.  Mr. Coletta holds a BSME with EE Cognate from Kettering University and an MBA from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Jake Sigal, CEO, Livio

At 26-years-old, Jake Sigal quit his XM product management gig at Delphi and combined his two passions, engineering and music, to start Livio from the guest bedroom of his metro-Detroit home. Today, the 31-year-old is an established entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Livio, with more than 25 products on the market including Livio Connect, a technology responsible for getting Smartphone applications into car head units. Jake earned his undergraduate’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Ohio University and sits on the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and the Small Business Council (SBC). In his spare time, Jake loves listening to house, electro and dubstep and riding his fixed-gear bike.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of MichiganMobile Monday Michigan and Compuware.

MoMo Detroit – May 13th – Rise of Open Source Mobile Platforms

The mobile OS war has been won. Android and iOS have captured the market. Windows Phone and BB10 are battling for market share. However, just when you thought it was over, several open source mobile OS platforms have begun to emerge on the scene. Could one of them be the new Android? This month’s event will focus on alternative Mobile operating systems including the new FirefoxOS, as well as providing information on Ford Motor Company’s OpenXC API.

Mozilla’s new mobile operating system, FirefoxOS, has been designed from Day 1 to show the world that the web can be the platform. Everything on the Firefox phone runs using web technologies, even when net connectivity is not available.

Jared Wein, Senior Software Engineer on the Mozilla FireFox front-end team, will explore the rationale for Mozilla to enter the mobile operating system space. Jared will also show how Mozilla has opened the full hardware stack up to developers, and has given web developers as much access to the phone hardware as “native” application developers have achieved on other mobile platforms.

The presentation will also incorporate some novel application discovery mechanisms as part of the consumer experience overview, and will feature a demonstration of the Firefox phone.

Randy Nunez from Ford will also provide information on a variety of additional open source mobile OS platforms that are catching the attention of the developer community.

Another presentation will focus on OpenXC. OpenXC is an API to your car – by installing a small hardware module to read and translate metrics from a car’s internal network, the data becomes accessible from Android applications using the Open XC library. You can start making vehicle-aware applications that have better interfaces based on context, can minimize distraction while driving, are integrated with other connected services, and can offer more insight into a vehicle’s operation. Chris Peplin, technical leader of the open-source project and Ford research engineer, will present an overview of the project, describe what you need to get started (very little!), and demo some interesting applications of vehicle data using the platform.

The meeting is FREE to attend, though Reservations are Required for security and catering purposes.

FREE parking is available to those who utilize Compuware’s parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Mobile Monday Michigan and Compuware.

About our speakers:

Jared Wein joined Mozilla 2011 as a Senior Software Engineer on the Mozilla Firefox front-end team. He has contributed to the development of desktop Firefox, and three major mobile platforms: Firefox for Android, FirefoxOS, and Firefox for Windows Metro.

Jared has a Bachelors of Computer Science (‘08) and a Masters of Computer Science (‘11) from Michigan State University. After working from the Mozilla headquarters in Mountain View, CA, Jared moved back to Michigan, and currently works remotely in East Lansing. Prior to joining Mozilla, Jared worked at TechSmith in Okemos, MI.

Randy Nunez is a Technical Specialist in Mobile Computing Technologies for Ford Motor Company where he leads the Mobile Computing workstream in researching emerging mobile trends and technologies, performing proofs of concepts for technology prove-out, writing internal technical briefs, and delivering presentations to various audiences. He serves on the advisory board for the Gartner Catalyst Conference, the IDC/IDG Enterprise MobileNext Forum, the US Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the TabTimes Think Tank, and the Enterprise Mobility Forum. He is also assistant organizer and planning committee member for Mobile Monday Detroit and holds memberships with the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Randy has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Telecommunications Option.

Chris Peplin is a research (computer) scientist at Ford’s Research & Advanced Engineering division, and he is the technical lead for the Open XC project (http://OpenXCPlatform.com). Chris’ background is in web application development, infrastructure and distributed architecture design, and since joining Ford two years ago, has focused on Android services, microcontrollers and open source community management.

MoMo Detroit – April 15th – Windows 8 Connected Experience

With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has revamped their entire ecosystem and opened the door for a more seamless computing experience. Whether at work, home, or on the go, Microsoft is focused on allowing users to stay connected to the data that is important to them. Users no longer interact with Windows through just a PC, but through many new devices such as phones and tablets. This shift in the Windows ecosystem has changed the way both users and developers approach Windows.

Join speakers from (Microsoft) & Vectorform as we explore this new Windows ecosystem and how to get the most from what Microsoft has to offer. We will look at what defines Windows 8 and how it has changed the way a user a user interacts with their computing devices. Along the way, we will examine some of the new features and benefits of Windows 8 for both business and personal use. Vectorform will also provide some insight into the development process of a Windows 8 application, identifying some of the new pitfalls and ways to overcome them as well as some of the key features every Windows 8 application should have to be successful. Throughout the talk, Vectorform will be demonstrating a few of the applications that they have developed including Toolbox for Windows 8.

The meeting takes place at Compuware Headquarters on Monday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m., and is FREE to attend, though reservations are required for security and catering purposes.

FREE parking is available to those who utilize Compuware’s parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.


Richard Geyer

Working as a lead interactive developer at Vectorform, Richard Geyer has specialized in developing both multi-touch and natural user interface applications on the cutting edge of technology. His proficiency in everything C# has allowed him to bring to life programs for nearly every Microsoft platform. Richard began his career at Vectorform with Microsoft Surface development for the Microsoft stores, developing one of the most popular Surface games, Galactic Alliance. Since then, he has created experiences for the PixelSense, Kinect, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. Currently, Richard is working on creating innovative applications for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 including Vectorform’s own ‘Toolbox’ as well as many other client applications. Richard has come to love working on a variety of projects and platforms, and thrives to push both himself and the technology he works with to new and never before seen heights.

Other speakers To Be Announced.

MoMo Detroit – March 11th – Rise of the Machines

Smart sensor networks, whether in a home, commercial building, or advanced vehicle platform have the power to transform our living, working and driving experiences. As sensors, mobile devices, and networked objects become more pervasive, the connected world will become more intelligent, self-diagnosing, and even more predictive in its interactions with human beings. With these billions of data points, business insights will beome richer and more valuable, and will enable greater adaptation to our needs.

Join Mobile Monday Detroit for a discussion of smart buildings and networked devices, and interaction with the mobile-enabled world.

The meeting takes place at Compuware Headquarters on Monday, March 11th at 5:30 p.m., and is FREE to attend, though reservations are required for security and catering purposes.

FREE parking is available to those who utilize Compuware’s parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Mobile Monday Michigan and Compuware.


A live demonstration of Automated Logic’s WebCTRL Building Automation system, which offers features such as temperature control, lighting control & energy monitoring, as well as integration into other building systems such as access control and critical system monitoring – from Darryl Trombley, Metro Control Systems.


Darryl Trombley, Metro Control Systems

Darryl Trombley is the WebCTRL Customer Support Manager for Metro Controls in Clinton Township. He has worked in the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) trades since 1982 and has held various positions including HVAC Tech, Facilities Chief Engineer, HVAC Service Manage, HVAC Trade Expert Controls, Control Sstem Programmer, and Control System Trainer.

Steve Samolinski, OnStar Corporation

Steve Samolinski recently re-joined General Motors as a Manager of Global Planning for OnStar. He has over 12 years of experience in connected products and services including telematics and home automation. Prior to joining GM, he led Product Management for Nexia Home Intelligence at Ingersoll Rand. During his time there, Steve led the development and launch of hardware products including locks, thermostats, and energy management devices in addition to the web and mobile interfaces that allowed consumers to access their home from anywhere. At OnStar, he led the development, launch, and operations for diagnostic services including OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics.

Phil Zito, Johnson Controls

Phil Zito is Technology Project Development Engineer – Panoptix for Johnson Controls.  Additional bio details available soon. Phil is a professional in the Building Automation and HVAC industry. He brings extensive background focused on IT, BAS, HVAC, third-party integration, sales, management and energy management.


Metro Controls

Metro Controls is a Building Automation dealer and represents Automated Logic of Kennesaw Georgia. Automated Logic is part of the United Technologies group of companies. Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) manages automation and control systems, including energy management, temperature control, lighting control, and facility management. Built on the BACnet backbone, ALC systems and services integrate the strengths of multiple sub-systems to provide custom solutions that meet a client’s energy and comfort objectives.


OnStar Corporation is a subsidiary of General Motors that provides subscription-based communications, in-vehicle security, hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and remote diagnostics systems throughout the United States, Canada and China. A similar service is known as ChevyStar in Latin American markets. In September 2011 the president of OnStar stated that the service had more than six million customers.

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. They create products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. In 2012, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #5 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list.

MoMo Detroit – Feb. 11th – Changing Face of Retail

Mobile Trends Shaping the Retail Experience

Join BlueWater Technologies, MARS Advertising and Team Detroit as Mobile Monday Detroit explores and discusses the ‘New Retail’ – choosing and integrating the right technologies and the increasing importance of integrating mobile development within the creative process.

Retail has reached a critical tipping point – the digital marketplace – where the lines between the virtual and physical sholpping world are blurring, placing signficantly more power in the hands of the consumer. This shift requires retailers to consistently and continuously engage customers with timely and relevant interactions, while providing a seamless shopping experience across all touch points. Consumer expectations of the shopping experience far exceed many retailers’ capabilities to deliver, resulting in a fragmented customer journey and lost sales for the retailer.

The current trends are clear:

  • Customers are more empowered
  • Shopping has become omnipresent
  • Competition exists in new and compelling forms
  • Mobility is disrupting the path to purchase

New and innovative mobile solutions can provide a tailored and personalized shopping experience that builds loyalty, creates trust and transforms satisfied customers into advocates. Those who are able to seamlessly integrate mobile into their existing shopping experience stand to grow share of wallet and margin. Today’s retailers face two choices: invest in mobile technology as a key way to exceed customer expectations, or risk losing sales and market share to the innovators in their retail segment.


BlueWater Technologies

  • Dan Lorenz, Director of Innovation
  • Scott Schoeneberger, Experience Architect

MARS Advertising

  • Jason Unger, SVP Group Creative Director

Team Detroit

  • Aaron Smith, VP of Mobile & Tablet

The meeting takes place at Compuware Headquarters on Monday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m., and is free to attend though reservations are required for security and catering purposes.

Free parking is available to those who utilize Compuware’s parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Mobile Monday Michigan and Compuware.

MoMo Detroit – Dec. 10th – 2012 Year in Review

What a difference a year makes! The mobile technology industry has been extremely dynamic over the last few years and 2012 was no exception. On December 10th, join us as we explore ‘2012 in Review; What happened in mobile, what comes next and what’s the impact?’. The format of this meeting will be quite different from our typical Mobile Monday Detroit meetings; instead of speakers presenting to the audience, we’ll encourage the audience to offer their own insights thru broad participation and interaction.

MoMoDetroit organizers, Linda Daichendt, Glenn Everitt, Randy Nunez, Jeremy Eckhous, and Dave Pollock will get things started by highlighting key events and trends of 2012 which may include any of a diverse list of topics such as:

  • AT&T/T-Mobile merger cancelled. What is the impact to these companies and the industry? How might this impact future mergers and the industry?
  • Rise of the machines: The growth of the “Internet of Things” and The Connected World
  • The dominance of Android and iOS. Is there room for other Mobile OS players?
  • The Microsoft mobile story. Is it coming together nicely or is it too late to the game?
  • RIM’s destiny. Will BB10 give them new life?
  • Location-based services. How much knowledge is too much?
  • Many more!

With over 1000 MoMoDetroit members, we have a wide diversity of expertise among our membership, and we urge you to bring your thoughts, perspectives, opinions and questions with you as together we reflect on 2012 and explore the year’s impact on our industry in 2013 and beyond. Share your expertise and gain insights from others that may impact your firm’s strategy going forward!

The meeting takes place at Compuware Headquarters on Monday, December 10th at 5:30 p.m., and is free to attend though reservations are required for security and catering purposes.

Free parking is available to those who utilize Compuware’s parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Mobile Monday Michigan and Compuware.

Mobile Monday Detroit Organizers / Event Moderators:

Linda Daichendt, Executive Director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Co-founder of Mobile Monday Michigan, Co-host / Co-producer of the international online radio program ‘The Mobile Marketing Review’ and CEO of Strategic Growth Concepts. Linda is one of Michigan’s leading proponents of the use of mobile technology in all business verticals, mobile marketing for businesses of all sizes, and a driving force in growing the mobile industry in Michigan. As a recognized business expert with 20+ years of corporate, small business and franchising experience, Linda’s goal is to make Michigan a leader in the national and global mobile/wireless technology industry.

Glenn Everitt, a Technical Consultant specializing in mobile technology and reporting to the CTO of Compuware, Glenn works with Enterprise-level firms to develop their Mobile Strategic Direction. He has designed worldwide test infrastructure deployed for remote automated browser and SMS testing on mobile platforms, designed and built applications on multiple platforms, and deployed applications thru app stores around the world. He currently manages a team of developers building apps with downloads in the tens of thousands, and focuses on efficiently building and deploying applications utilizing mobile platforms to their fullest. Glenn is a member of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and an organizer of Mobile Monday Detroit.

Randy Nunez is a Senior Network Engineer for Ford Motor Company where he leads the Mobile Computing workstream in researching emerging mobile trends and technologies, performs proofs of concept for technology prove-out, writes internal technical briefs and delivers presentations to diverse audiences. He serves on the advisory board for the IDC / IDG Mobile Enterprise Leadership Forum and the U.S. Enterprise Mobility Exchange 2011 Conference. Randy is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has a BS in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications Option). He is a member of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and an organizer of Mobile Monday Detroit.

Jeremy Eckhousis a marketing technologist in the Compuware Professional Service Division. Jeremy has been a part of the Detroit digital marketing and communications community for over 20 years as a strategist, business development professional, digital learning consultant, and interactive marketing evangelist. Jeremy was a co-founder of GLIMA (Great Lakes Interactive Marketing Association) and Connectech, the association for technology professionals (recently acquired by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan). He is also an MTAM Ambassador and an organizer of Mobile Monday Detroit.

Dave Pollockis a Business Development Director for Compuware’s Mobile Solutions Group and a 20-year digital sales professional within interactive, mobile, enterprise software and emerging technologies. He is currently consulting with clients in the areas of enterprise mobility, mobile performance and machine-to-machine for the world’s leading brands in Automotive, Energy, Finance and Healthcare. Dave is also an MTAM Ambassador and an organizer of Mobile Monday Detroit.

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