Sweden and the Seattle area have been leaders in the mobility space since "car phones” first become available to consumers during the 1980s.
Seattle is home to mobile pioneers such as Craig McCaw, John Stanton, and many others who have followed in their tracks. Mobile operations headquartered in the Seattle area today include T-Mobile USA and Clearwire, and AT&T Mobility also retains a strong presence here.
The Seattle area has a vibrant community of mobile application developers and start-ups, as well as more established companies, and serves as the US headquarters for handset makers such as HTC. It is also home to Microsoft, Amazon.com, Motricity, development offices of Google, Adobe, Getty Images, Expedia and countless other players in the Mobile and IT arenas.
The global mobile revolution started in Sweden where Ericsson had the foresight to combine a highly flexible switching platform with a military radio platform. Ever since those days, Sweden has been in the forefront of mobile development. Anyone who wants to try out something "new" in the mobile space turns to Sweden because of its high mobile penetration, advanced users, excellent infrastructure, and its role as a gateway to Europe. It’s easy to do mobile business in Sweden!
The US market, meanwhile, is the largest in the world, and provides a unique and rich opportunity for business and policy development.
The Mobility & IT cluster will bring these two worlds together for an intensive day of exchanging views, ideas, and information, of making new business connections, and of finding potential partners.
The Mobility & IT portion of the conference will focus on the rapid development and current opportunities that are available in the ever-changing mobile industry, as well as on a two-way knowledge and business-to-business exchange between the US and Sweden.
Keynote speakers will include Matthew Barzun (US Ambassador to Sweden), Mark R. Anderson (Strategic News Services and Future in Review Conferences), Tom Huseby (SeaPoint Ventures), as well as representatives from Ericsson, and Microsoft.
On the agenda are industry specific discussions; key note speakers; business and knowledge matchmaking sessions with delegates from Sweden and the U.S.; the Wallenberg Banquet Dinner; seminars; optional company visits to Boeing, Microsoft, University of Washington; as well as many networking opportunities.
|Thursday, May 6
Venture capital and Startups: The Dynamics of the Mobile Marketplace Key Note Speech:
- Tom Huseby, Managing Partner, SeaPoint Ventures
- Dr. Sailesh Chutani, CEO, Mobisante
- Mike McSherry, CEO, Swype
- Enrique Godreau, Managing Director, Voyager Capital
- Dan Shapiro, Entrepreneur
Mobile Monetization: How to make money from apps and servicesKey Note Speaker:
- Michael Lunsford, EVP, Strategic Ventures, RealNetworks
- Rick Hennessey, CEO, Cequint
- Gowri Shanker, CEO, Singlepoint
- Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting
Special Key Note: Internet Freedom Key Note Speaker:
- Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to Sweden
Open Mobile: What works and what doesn'tKey Note Speech:
- Abhi Ingle, VP, AT&T Mobility
- Jeff Giard, Director, Clearwire
- Sandeep Sinha, Director, Motorola
- Keith O'Neill, VP Business Development, IceBreaker
- Mike Foley, Executive Director, Bluetooth SIG
Note: This agenda is provisional and subject to change
For Company Visits schedule see the Business Focus general program