We’re quickly approaching the 2014 Midwest Mobile Summit, to be held May 5 and 6 in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. While we’ll be covering a variety of informational and timely mobile topics during the Summit, we also thought it would be fun to highlight some of the more interesting Summit facts and features. Take a minute (or two) and get to know more about the Summit. And if you haven’t already, register!
1) A Keynote That Rocks Out
Marc Chesley, CTO of Infusionsoft, is not only on the leadership team at the nation’s premier solution for sales and marketing software for small businesses, he is an avid guitarist and guitar collector. Don’t believe us? Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter at @guitarlawyer and see for yourself. Marc will take the stage on Tuesday, May 6 at the historic Fargo Theatre.
2) Native North Dakotan Returns to Home Turf
Greg Brockman, CTO of Stripe, is quite familiar with the Red River Valley. The Red River Valley of the North, that is. Greg hails from sunny Grand Forks, North Dakota. After dropping out of MIT and Harvard, Greg went on to help build and shape large portions of Stripe’s organization, culture, and technology. Why is that a big deal? Because Stripe is revolutionizing the way we handle online payments. Greg will be back in the valley on Monday, May 5 to give one of the Summit’s keynote presentations.
3) Windows Phone Pioneer
Laura Butler, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, led the team that developed the “buttery smooth” user interface for the Windows Phone. Yes, let us say that again. We are bringing in the director of development behind the cool, slick Windows Phone user interface. Laura will talk about the “Game of Phones” at this year’s Summit.
4) North and South Dakota Women Spark a Retail Revolution at Target
Target Cartwheel is changing the way consumers shop and is hailed as a “new spin on coupons.” Two of the women behind the Cartwheel app grew up in the Dakotas. Amber Reimer hails from South Dakota and Sarah Peterson hails from North Dakota. Hear from them as they talk about the design behind the Target Cartwheel app and how it has sparked a retail revolution.
5) A Ninja of Production with a Belt of Gold
Kevin Kiley of AirWatch is a Gold Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma is the industry leading total quality management process to minimize waste and maximize efficiency within organizations. No small feat, the gold belt is the highest ranking one can achieve in Lean Six Sigma. Learn about mobile security from Kevin as he serves as a panelist on the mobile security panel, Monday, May 5.
6) A Marketer That Lives on the Edge
Sean Maki of AdShark Marketing is an avid sky diver. To date, he has logged over 450 jumps and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Listen as Sean and AdShark co-founder Rick Berg talk about ways you and your company can master the mobile marketing landscape, from the 30,000 foot level to right in front of you.
7) Speakers from Sea to Shining Sea
The Summit is bringing in speakers from across the nation. We have mobile experts traveling from San Francisco, Atlanta, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Fargo, and more. You’ll hear a diversified mix of expertise and connect with local, national, and international mobile companies.
8) The Local Brew
The beer brewing wizards at the Fargo Brewing Company will be conjuring up a special brew just for the Midwest Mobile Summit. The beer will only be available to Summit attendees at a secret location. Which leads us to our ninth unique, fun Summit feature…
9) Not Your Average Scavenger Hunt
To kick in some more spice to the conference there will be a scavenger hunt running through the duration the conference. All of the clues will be given through the Midwest Mobile Summit app, and solving the different clues will get you discounts at places all over town. We’re releasing the app soon. Stay tuned.
10) Sessions Aplenty
Here is a sampling of some of the Summit sessions. We have content for anyone interested in mobile strategy, development, and design.
- Windows Phone: Making Fruit Smoothies and Scrapping Robots for Spare Parts – Laura Butler, Microsoft
- Cartwheel by Target: How Two Dakotans Hacked Their Way to a Retail Revolution – Amber Reimer and Sarah Peterson, Target
- How to Build an Open Source Network – Max Lynch, Drifty
Designing for Platforms: Understanding the Differences and Similarities Between Android and iOS – Mike Bollinger, Livefront
Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Mobile Space – Matt Pacyga, Myriad Mobile
Become a Master of Mobile Marketing – Rick Berg and Sean Maki, AdShark Marketing
Stop Prematurely Converging: Encrypt Your Brainstorming Sessions and Design Sessions with Silence – Steve Rogalsky, Protegra
iBeacons: The Power to Rattle Your Industry or Start a New Company – Kurt McIntire, Vektor Digital
Hot Legal Topics in the Mobile Technology Space – Miguel Danielson, Danielson Legal LLC
- Mobile Security Panel – Kevin Kiley, AirWatch; Sean Ginevan, MobileIron; Brian Robison, Citrix XenMobile
Stay tuned for more Summit updates. Full session schedule will be released shortly!