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Jon Schlegel is the Founder and CEO of Optime Software, one of the leading developers of classic casual games for smartphones. Prior to founding Optime Software, Jon served as a Product Manager for Roundbox, Inc., where he focused on mobile broadcast data applications, and as a high-tech sales and marketing consultant for McKinsey & Company. Jon holds a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MS in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mobile strategy for 120+ media properties.
Prior to joining Gannett, Matthew served as executive vice president of marketing at ooVoo, LLC, a mobile and desktop video chat company. In this role, he was responsible for ooVoo’s brand development, user acquisition, retention and usage across 30 million users. Prior to ooVoo, Matthew was senior vice president, weather.com for The Weather Channel (TWC). In this role, he leads the teams responsible for all aspects of the company’s top 20 Web site and flagship digital businesses, including product strategy and development, user acquisition, editorial oversight, broadband programming, analytics and marketing. During his tenure, weather.com enjoyed year over year growth in unique visitors, pages views and video consumption. During his seven year tenure at TWC, Matthew was also general manager of TWC’s Consumer Applications Software group, which under his leadership launched and grew a number of products, including The Weather Channel Desktop, which became the Internet’s number one content application. . From 1994 to its successful sale in 2001, Matthew helped found and grow K2 Digital, one of the early digital agencies. Under Matthew’s leadership as president and later CEO, K2 was named to AdWeek’s Top 25 Interactive Agencies and Crain’s “New York’s Top 15 Players” and attracted many Fortune 1000 clients including Morgan Stanley, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hewlett Packard, NCR, LEXIS-NEXIS, Prudential Securities, ABB, Sony and MCI.
Author of the book "App Savvy" (O'Reilly 2010)
Ken Yarmosh is a nationally recognized mobile expert, the bestselling author of App Savvy (O’Reilly), and the creator of multiple award-winning mobile applications. He’s also the founder of savvy apps, a no-nonsense, boutique mobile agency based in the Washington, D.C. area that’s focused exclusively on building native mobile applications. When not nitpicking pixels, Ken speaks at venues such as Google and SXSW or more industry-specific events like CocoaHeads, iOSDevCamp, and 360iDev.
Mr. Cerniglia has been with Micropact since its inception and, as the lead architect for systems and software, is responsible for the development of all products. He has spearheaded the company’s transition from being a predominantly services-based organization to offering enterprise-class software and services. Mr. Cerniglia has played a vital role in bringing MicroPact’s industry-leading products to market, including entellitrak, entellidoc, and icomplaints.
Andrew Trice is a Technical Evangelist with Adobe Systems. Andrew brings to the table over a decade of experience designing, implementing, and delivering rich applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. Andrew is an experienced architect, team leader, accomplished speaker, and published author, specializing in immersive experiences, mobile development, realtime data systems, and data visualization.
Morgan Reed is a highly sought after expert on the intersection of government and technology. Beginning with a career in the ROC (Taiwan) and China, Morgan has dealt with foreign governments, telecommunications groups, software manufacturers and small business owners managing the core issues of innovation and IP.
In his role as Executive Director of ACT, Morgan specializes in issues including patents and copyrights in the digital age. His commentary and insight has been sought by the U.S. Senate High Tech Working Group, the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property and Piracy, and the State Senate of California. Outside of government, Morgan has been called on as a technology expert for major news networks including ABC, CNN, CNBC and CBN. He is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press, ranging from “National Journal” to “Slashdot”. Morgan also has a background in software development, contributing to several open source projects including the Linux Router Project (LEAF) and a few small “BSD” based projects.
Morgan’s latest work has focused on developing a culture of IP within entrepreneurial organizations worldwide. Along with a team of venture capitalists, IP attorneys and successful businessmen, Morgan has lectured throughout the United States on the importance of treating IP as a key asset. This “Innovators Network” has reached more than 500 small businesses and is growing daily.
Before coming to Washington, Morgan worked for a Taiwan-based trading company specializing in the manufacture of OEM products for the U.S. market. He served as managing director of North American sales, handling bilingual contract negotiation. During Morgan’s time abroad, he gave lectures in both English and Chinese on various aspects of U.S.-China trade, including building and maintaining long term partnerships in Asia. Morgan received his B.A in Political Science from Arizona State University and did graduate research in Chinese at the University of Utah and a Shi Ta University in Taiwan. He lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife, Alexandra and daughter Anwen.
Jeff leads the design and implementation of WeddingWire’s technology platform. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Jeff was involved in developing new analytical finance platforms that managed Fannie Mae’s $150+ billion mortgage and securities portfolio. Jeff was also part of the initial rollout of the AT&T Wireless mLife Project to over 20 million subscribers, as well as part of the core technology team that developed MicroStrategy’s personal alerting network called Strategy.com.
Jeff holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. degree from The George Washington University.
Paul is a passionate developer, with an eye for crisp and clean UI. He runs 3Advance, a dev-shop in Arlington VA that builds mobile, web and database apps for clients such as NPR, The New Republic and Special Olympics. Paul arrived on the DC Tech scene in 2010, winning the Apps4Bens contest at the inaugural Digital Capital Week.
Peter Welsch joined the White House in April of 2011 and serves as Deputy Director of Online Platform in the Office of Digital Strategy. Prior to this role, he was Technology Project Manager at the Democratic National Committee and previously served as Deputy Director of Technology at Media Matters for America. Welsch holds dual master’s degrees in information science and library science from Indiana University, Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Sze Wong is the CEO of Zerion Software, Inc. Since 1999, Mr. Wong has designed major mobile systems for companies like Sun MicroSystems and Shell Oil. Sze Wong founded Zerion Software in 2003 and created iFormBuilder in 2008. iFormBuilder is currently being used in over 80 counties and is the fastest growing mobile clipboard replacement solution on the market. iFormBuilder was the first data collection app to achieve US HIPAA compliance status on the Apple App Store.
Developed corporate mobile strategy and guided product implementations. Deployed CARFAX for Dealers on both iOS and Android. Launched CARFAX Reports for iOS and Android. Building myCARFAX for iOS and Android simultaneously. Launched iOS Enterprise tools to increase sales efforts and deliver business intelligence to over 30,000 dealer customers through daily interactions with CARFAX’s field sales/service unit.
Todd Moore is a software developer who founded TMSOFT to create unique smart phone applications and games. His most popular application, White Noise, was featured by Health Magazine, iTunes, The Washington Post, PC Magazine, and the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Card Counter, his most popular game title was featured by the Engadget, LA Times, and CNET TV.
Todd has had numerous speaking engagements at colleges and conferences such as Defcon 12 when he demonstrated how to crack a popular VoIP application. He explained tech to the masses on the CBS radio show Tech 411 and television show Megahertz on MHz Networks. He even competed on a NBC reality show called Treasure Hunters.
Sonny leads WeddingWire’s marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million. During his tenure, his brands’ reached record volume, revenue, and profitability levels. Sonny has structured partnerships with companies such as NBC, MTV, Condé Nast (Modern Bride and Brides magazines), Mattel, Universal, Dole, Reynolds, Costco, and Safeway. Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and attended Harvard Business School for his M.B.A. where he served as President of the Marketing Club.
Sameer Siddiqui has built and supported several successful digital products throughout his career. He is currently heading Gannett’s Social Commerce Product group, of which DealChicken.com is its flagship product. Prior to Gannett, Sameer played a foundational role for Naseeb Networks, a startup, to create one of South Asia’s fastest growing jobs site, which was later showcased in Forbes as a resounding success story.
Sameer also spent significant time at AOL where he was entrusted with the success of some of AOL’s key consumer-facing products such as AOL Real Estate, Daily Finance, AOL Mail and Chat applications.
As uTest’s CTO, Fumi is responsible for shaping the product development roadmap, and leading the Product Management, Engineering, QA and IT functions.
Most recently, Fumi was the Co-founder and CTO at Allurent, where he was responsible for directing product strategy and managing the product development team. Most notably, he led the highly successful initiative to shift the company’s business model from licensed enterprise software to a SaaS delivery model. Prior to Allurent, Fumi was the CTO at Art Technology Group (ATG), where he spent 11 years as a founding employee, defining ATG’s product positioning, feature development, and partnership strategies and personally driving the creation of ATG’s Dynamo product line.
He holds a Master’s degree in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Cornell University.
Pascal Luck joined Core Capital in 2000 and focuses primarily on the firm’s new media, networking infrastructure and information technology sectors. Pascal has been an advisor to and an investor in emerging technology companies as an investment banker and venture capitalist for more than seventeen years.
Prior to joining Core, Pascal was Managing Director and Founder of Cross Hill Financial Group, a DC-based private investment banking/M&A advisory firm. Earlier, he was a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in finance and strategy initiatives for product and service companies in the telecommunications and information technology industries. He began his career as a systems engineer with AT&T-IS/Bell Laboratories.
Pascal is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an M.B.A. in Finance with Distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in Physics/Engineering from Loyola University in Maryland.
Peter Shih manages uTest’s vast community of moer than 60,000 professional testers in 190 countries. He has spoken and presented on such topics as SoLoMo, In-the-Wild Testing and Mobile Usability at many conferences including Quest, CTIA’s MobileCon and MoDev’s April, 2012 conference. Peter’s professional background is in software product management and engineering, where he has worked closely with QA teams and performed the fun task of testing during the critical release phases Peter holds an MBA from Boston University’s School of Management and a bachelor’s of science in engineering from Tufts University.
Dr. Merril is a physician and co-founder of Astute Technology, serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. His career has been devoted to improving the ways physicians and patients learn about health information with emerging technologies.
He is passionate about creating new opportunities using mobile technologies- and has built mobile solutions in the areas of education and training for some of the largest medical associations and hospitals. His philosophy of delighting the end-user and leveraging the power of the mobile platform- to provide an ‘anytime, anywhere, any platform’ technology has been widely and rapidly adopted.
Sanjeev is a 18 year veteran of the software industry. For the past 15+ years he has been a solution architect with IBM. His current area of expertise includes Mobile Development, DevOps, Agile Transformation and Software Supply Chains. He has spoken at several international industry conferences, including MoDevTablet 2012 and written internal and external articles. He blogs at sdarchitect.wordpress.com
With App47, Chris is applying over 25 years of product development experience in Enterprise Management to the fast moving domain of Mobile Application Management.
Mohan Rao joined Wireless Matrix in February 2008 as the company’s first CTO and is responsible for development of devices and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products. He is focused on speeding innovation and ensuring the quality of Wireless Matrix’s products and services. In addition, Rao is focused on building internal systems to improve the overall business effectiveness.
Rao has over 20 years experience in leading product development, driving product strategy and establishing a common architecture to drive engineering efforts. Prior to Wireless Matrix, Rao was Vice President of Dante Consulting, a boutique management and technology consulting firm where he led major engagements for a combination of government and commercial clients. He previously served as CTO of venture-backed Career Rewards, Inc., where he was responsible for product and technology development. He also acted as the CEO through the acquisition phase of the company.
In addition, Rao worked for ComSpace Development, a venture capital and advisory services firm, where he conducted due-diligence of prospective investments and assisted with the management of portfolio firms. Prior to that, he served as a Management Consultant with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group in the Telecom and Financial Services practices. He was also with NYNEX (Verizon) Science and Technology, where he worked in various R&D roles in the broadband and multimedia communications and process improvement technology laboratories.
Rao has an M.B.A. from Pace University, New York; an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and a B.E. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Mysore University, India.
With the success of the appMobi development ecosystem, Andrew’s role has changed from that of a developer to that of an instructor and technologist. He relishes the chance to help web developers like him use their existing skill set to create superior mobile applications.
Erin recently joined Apollo Matrix, Inc leading the strategy, usability, user experience and visual design for web sites, mobile applications, enterprise and consumer solutions, and communications at Apollo Matrix, Inc. She brings experience helping global brands with award-winning digital media, advertising and social media campaigns, communications, publishing, product design and development recruitment campaigns, professional development, and learning. Her digital work spans web, social, and mobile (mobile sites and native apps across multiple platforms) and explores innovative approaches including Augmented Reality, simulation, and gamification.
Her recent clients include PBS, Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Face the Facts USA (a project of George Washington University), and McGraw Hill. With a career start at Rosetta Stone in its early product days, Erin has extensive experience with start-ups and actively advises local start-ups in the mobile and technology space in UX/UI design and in product branding/marketing. She has held Creative Director and lead design roles with TMP Worldwide, Carney, Inc., Dub Labs, and VCampus. She has helped brands such as Capital One, Home Depot, VeriSign, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Atlantic Media Company, and several Federal Government agencies and Department of Defense components including the VA, DHS, DISA, FAI, IRS, Air Force, and Army.
Karl Knoll’s practice focuses on the representation of technology-oriented companies and government contractors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged and management buyouts, venture capital and private equity transactions, spin-offs, recapitalizations, restructurings as well as general corporate and securities matters. In the last five years, he has acted as advisor and de facto general counsel to more than twenty-five technology-oriented emerging growth companies. He has advised clients in more than forty M&A transactions with an aggregate value of more than $5 billion dollars.
R. M. Keelan Downton is designer, developer and data enthusiast with a background in religious conflict studies and philosophical hermeneutics. He has interest in machine learning, natural language processing, and visualization – and has a weak spot for dystopic sci-fi, origin stories and pan-asian cuisine.
Andrew Glover is an established expert in software development processes, techniques, and tools. He has spent his career working with companies large and small in various vertical markets such as Healthcare, Financial Services, Telecommunications, and ISVs; what’s more, he is the founder of multiple open source projects including 2009‘s Jolt Award winner easyb. He is the co-author of Addison-Wesley’s 2008 Jolt Award winner “Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk”, Wiley’s “Java Testing Patterns”, and Manning’s “Groovy in Action”, as well as a frequent author for multiple online publications. Andrew is also a regular speaker at worldwide conferences on topics such as collaborative development, Continuous Integration, Behavior Driven Development, software assurance, and Agile engineering practices.
Daniel Klaussen is 3Pillar Global’s Director of Product Management. He oversees Product Engineering Managers in our Client Services organization worldwide to ensure that all 3Pillar client engagements are running smoothly. Dan played an integral part in 3Pillar’s development of the PBS iPad app and has overseen development work for numerous projects for Carfax, including iPhone and Android applications. Prior to joining 3Pillar, Dan served as Director of Product Management at Silverpop and Group Product Manager at Netscape.
Elmer Thomas is a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid with over a decade of experience as a developer and entrepreneur. He currently works with developers at hackdays and conferences around the world to further simplify the process of integrating with SendGrid’s APIs and to discover what new email challenges need to be conquered. He is a personal productivity nut who loves to practice kiazen while semi-regularly hurting his body with crossfit while recovering with a nice IPA.
Amit is an API Evangelist & Front-end Developer at Mashery, driven by a constant urge to design and build awesome things for the internets. A hackathon junkie, serial Startup Weekender, he is passionate about APIs, beautiful design, elegant code, and all things Apple.
Before joining Mashery, Amit ran Random Loops, a small design studio, specializing in User Interface Design of Websites and iOS apps. By day you can find him at his desk cooking up beautiful code. By night, he loves catching up on the re-runs of Seinfeld. Also, he’s tall and slim.
G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the .net development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and he’s been hooked ever since.
Andrew is also the creator and developer of Community Megaphone, a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events.
In addition to his work in software development, Andrew has enjoyed some recent forays into the world of hardware experimentation, including developing for Kinect and .NET Gadgeteer, using his newly-formed hardware chops to do everything from blinking LEDs and making strange noises, to flying a helicopter with his bare hands.
Steve started designing software in 1982. Since then he has worked at Apple Computer, Penguin Software, HouseHold Data, Legends Software and America OnLine (AOL). He has created interface software, graphics and game software, graphical front ends, a drawing program, a bar code conversion program, a video teleconferencing application, an airline reservation system and a professional broadcast audio playback system. Steve also had a lead role in developing the Macintosh version of the AOL software. He has also worked extensively in creating interface and network client-server protocols for Macintosh and PC systems.
“Saya Behnam is a web and graphic designer with more than 18 years experience in digital design and art direction. She has had her own communication-design studio in Potomac Falls, VA, since 2001.
As a creative director, she specializes in branding and corporate identity, helping companies establish a distinguishable digital and multimedia presence.
She serves on an advisory panel for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which awards grants for small art projects. She has also been a consultant for the Loudoun County Small Business Administration since 2006.
She writes about digital design in her blog (www.arterruption.net)nand published e-books in graphic and web design”
Scott Tury is System Architect for Mobile Applications at AOL. He helps build the AOL Mobile native products you can get for your Android and iOS devices. These include such products as: AIM, Moviefone, Engadget, TechCrunch, Huffington., Engadget Distro, Shoutcast, Daily Finance and AOL On. Since earning his Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, he has worked in various startups and other consumer focused companies in the Washington DC area. He has been working at AOL for the past 11 years, and has over 22 years of commercial development experience ranging from desktop to mobile software.
Richard is a highly accomplished, entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience in business start-up/growth, board governance, system/software development, education, and technical consulting. He is a competitive visionary with an innate ability to advise organizations in today’s challenging economy utilizing an objective approach to conceptualize and implement effective strategies and solutions. Richard is the current Founder/CEO of Crimson Holdings, LLC, investing member of Blu Venture Investors and Co-Founder of Sequoia Holdings, Inc. In addition, Richard serves as an adjunct professor for George Washington University and Entrepreneur in Resident for Georgetown University. Richard holds a BS from Appalachian State University, MS from George Washington University and is a graduate of the OPM program from Harvard Business School.
Greg Carfine is the Director of the Central Region for Millennial Media’s Global Monetization Solutions team. With experience managing some of Millennial Media’s largest developer accounts, Greg provides strategic guidance and industry insight to up and coming mobile developers of all levels. Earlier in his career, Greg applied his business development expertise in traditional online advertising companies such as CBS Local and as part of the Senior Account Executive team for CareerBuilder.com. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Frostburg State University.
Joshua Granick is a passionate developer, writer and speaker. As a lead evangelist for BlackBerry, he loves to support developers and encourage tools that are fun and productive, and inspire innovation and creativity.
Before joining Research In Motion, Joshua was the lead support for native developers for Palm webOS. He has over twelve years industry experience, including previous work for Disney, Kellogg’s and Adobe.
Joshua lives in the mountains of California with his beautiful wife and four kids. He is also a lead developer for NME, an “awesome” cross-platform framework
Founder/CTO of Clearly Innovative Inc mobile development agency utilizing Appcelerator Titanium, Platform Evengelist for Appcelerator Titanium
Mark Gerl is Director of Mobile Development for POLITICO, ABC7/WJLA, and NewsChannel8/TBD – a major publishing and media trifecta. Mark’s team is responsible for numerous successful mobile apps on three different platforms.
With Computer Science degrees from The University of Michigan and The George Washington University, Mark brings to MoDevTablet over 25 years of customer-facing, cross-platform, commercial software development experience specializing in software architecture and user-interface design. After 15 years as a successful Software Engineer, Architect, and Consultant and the introduction of the Apple iPhone, he turned his passion to smartphone mobile development.
Read more of Mark’s bio from the POLITICO staff pages.
Sean Mallon joined CIT in 2011 as Senior Investment Director for the CIT GAP Funds. In this role, he leads deal sourcing and due diligence efforts for early stage companies committed to rapid growth and the development of innovative products and services. He also serves as CIT’s representative on the boards of several portfolio companies. Sean has over 17 years of investment and start-up experience, including senior marketing, business development and operational roles in public and venture-backed companies. From 1999 to 2003, Sean was a principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds (MAVF), an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the telecommunications and IT industries. Sean holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris, a Boston native, graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Economics. He then went on to earn his M.S. in Business Administration from Boston College. Since then, he has had numerous management roles and has been with the company since 2010. In his off time, he enjoys golfing and surfing in the greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.
Hans Weber has been a fixture on the digital landscape for over 20 years. Prior to joining appMobi, he spent 17 years at MapQuest where he lead some of its most challenging projects after his success as part of the original website team in 1996. He has done it all from writing code, supporting products, to technical management of Development, Data, and QA teams.
Hans brings his experience and skills to appMobi as the Director of Product Management. He enjoys helping developers achieve their goals and making all appMobi projects the best they can be.
Duncan Champney has been working as an IT professional since 1981 when he started writing software for the Apple II. Over the years Duncan has worked Muse Software, Johnston Laboratories, Intelligent Solutions (ISI), The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) and for many years at America Online (AOL). Duncan has written many kinds of application including word processor software, control systems for medical test equipment, typesetting and database software. At AOL Duncan worked on the first version of AOL software for the Macintosh then lead the development team for the 2.0 version as well. He also worked on the team that designed the host and client protocols (known as FDO91) for AOL’s next generation online services. Duncan also lead AOL’s third party development group, where he worked with 17 direct reports to expand AOL’s ability to integrate with other applications.
As CEO and Co-founder, Imran spearheads TenPearls, a leading and award-winning application development company helping businesses build products and technology solutions spanning mobile, enterprise, web and games. TenPearls’ clients include large enterprise, small and medium-sized companies, as well as start-ups.
Imran has a 15 year track record developing and leading the implementation of innovative products, strategies and solutions. Prior to TenPearls, Imran served as the Director of AOL’s Global Outsourcing, where he managed over $150M annual outsourcing spent over twelve vendors spread across seven countries. Imran has been involved with various stages of product development, and has held positions ranging from VP of Products at Paxfire to Product Manager at MicroStrategy.
As CEO and co-founder of MyCityWay, Puneet Mehta is pioneering the next-generation intersection of mobile and local by building a cloud-connected, self-learning discovery and mobility platform that brings together various aspects of the urban experience in a connected way.
Mehta spent much of his career on Wall Street, building complex technological platforms to power robust financial systems. Under Mehta’s leadership, MyCityWay has applied the technology once reserved for high-powered algorithmic trading to build a mobile application that taps into situational-awareness and personalization as the key pegs to create a unique mobile experience. Puneet and his team have earned the backing of investors including NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and BMWi Ventures.
Before founding MyCityWay, Mehta held many technology executive positions, where he built situationally aware, self-learning orchestration engines that ran businesses or helped people make real-time decisions to run their businesses – in everything from trading platforms to supply chains. He has served as SVP for technology strategy and architecture for Citi Capital Markets, VP of technology for capital markets at Merrill Lynch, VP of technology for JP Morgan and held leadership positions at Johnson Controls and IBM.
Manuel Mattke leads the product development company Hydra Insight. Hydra works with companies of all sizes on developing product strategies for mobile and web products, and supports the development and launch process end-to-end. Hydra is also developing (and currently beta-testing) an innovation management platform for small and medium-size companies. Manuel is a serial entrepreneur who founded and sold Apex Digital Systems, a custom software company, co-founded PicPocket Books, a publisher of children’s picture books to iPhone and iPad devices, and co-founded the Kingswood Group, a financial services company.
Product management is typically seen as an enterprise function, usually done by big teams. However, entrepreneurs need to put as much effort into managing their products – and sometimes more so – than big product companies do. In this session, I will describe 5 key skills entrepreneurs in fast-moving, smaller companies need to know to manage their product creatively and effectively for better outcomes and faster releases. The session will include an interactive discussion about audience experience with product management, best practices, and a general Q&A section.
Josh leads UI development efforts of the websites and applications at The College Board. He is also a mentor at Acceleprise, and advises startups on UX, UI, and product development,
Harold E. Smith III architected and developed RxmindMe, the #1 rated prescription management and reminder App on the Apple App Store, which was acquired by Walgreens in 2011. In 2012, he architected and developed a SharePoint mobile security product, which was acquired by Fixmo.
A graduate of Virgina Tech’s Computer Science program, Harold has an extensive background of architecting and building secure products for federal and commercial clients and applying those practices to mobile development.
Harold sees the mHealth industry as being the number one driving force in reducing medical costs for patients and boosting revenues for physicians, and most importantly, improving the health of everyone.”
Kevin Weatherman is the VP of Business Development at MoPub where he leads a global business development team including publisher sales, account management and demand partner management. MoPub is the leader for in app publisher monetization leveraging a simple open source SDK to facilitate direct sales, cross promotion, ad network mediation and the leading mobile real time bidding exchange (MoPub Marketplace). Prior to MoPub, Kevin helped start the business development department at PubMatic where he was for 3.5 years. At PubMatic, he was on the forefront of the real time bidding revolution that is changing the online advertising ecosystem. He has spent the last seven years in online advertising focused on the publisher side of the business.
Prasanna Perera is the founder of 321Apps. Prasanna has over a decade of experience in the software industry and now focuses on mobile app solutions. Prasanna has several patents pending for the work that he has done in the mobile-voice space with regards to multi-modality. With several successful mobile applications, both in the Apple App Store and Android Market under his belt, you will see Prasanna playing an active role in the mobile industry by giving presentations and writing blog posts. Prasanna has both an MBA and a Masters of Computers Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.