From the blog Post: Columbus is the first to experience Awesome Inc.'s MobileX Conference
One of the great things about Central Ohio is the vibrant innovative community that is a foundation for a tremendous amount of entrepreneurial activity and a corresponding high level of investment available in a variety of forms. An ingredient in our foundation is an ongoing series of events, networking & educational opportunities, and Meetups that seamlessly mix casual and professional.
The MobileX Conference is a great example of this foundation. Spearheaded by Awesome, Inc., based in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, MobileX is a five-city technology conference tour designed to provide networking, educational content and opportunity (via a pitch contest). Here's the tour schedule:
- Columbus - March 4, 2010
- Chicago - March 5, 2010
- Atlanta - March 26, 2010
- Nashville - March 27, 2010
- Lexington - April 16, 2010
One of the best parts of this conference is that fact that it is organized by what some might think of as "outsiders" - i.e. people not from within our own innovation community here in Columbus. Several of us met Luke Murray last fall at a mini-mobile application conference we hosted at The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, and at that time Luke talked about bringing his conference concept to Columbus. We welcomed him with open arms and several of us volunteered to help make it a reality. Instead of "hey, this is our turf", we collectively said, "you are welcome here". The payoff? Several, and among them are: We are anticipating a great conference that highlights some of our local experts and brings other experts into our community; We will likely see some real creativity and potential for new ideas to take off and become viable business opportunities; We'll expand our horizons via an expanded network of friends and people we can call upon for their expertise later. In short, we have an opportunity to grow and to learn, to make our community even better for entrepreneurs and innovators. We also have an opportunity to help Luke and Awesome, Inc. learn what works best and what might need improvement to make this an even better event for the next four cities.
I am proud of our community, our openness, our welcoming nature, our desire to learn and grow - all of the things that contribute to our foundation that enthusiastically supports innovation and entrepreneurialism.
If you can attend, you've still got time to register for what promises to be a great conference. There are no outsiders here.
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We are thrilled to have Jon Myers of Jufti as one of the featured speakers at the mobileX conference in Columbus next week. In this video Sandy Blanquera of Social Boomerang gets the background and a demonstration of the Cornhole Allstars iPhone game from Jon.
For the full story read the Graphic Conversation Blog Post: Cornhole All-Stars: Making an iPhone Game
Last summer Luke Murray of the mobileX conferences sat down with Sandy Blanquera of Social Boomerang to share his vision for the mobileX conference and the possibility of bringing it to Columbus! (Luke describes the Lexington event around the 4:20 mark)
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COLUMBUS CULTURE ATTRACTS AND CONTRIBUTES TO MOBILE TECH/ENTREPRENEUR CONFERENCE TOUR
2/15/10 Lexington, KY
Columbus is starting to get recognized for one of its lesser known but rapidly growing cultures - its startup culture. There are many examples of this, but the most recent is its inclusion in a 5 city mobile technology/entrepreneur conference tour that included cities like Chicago & Atlanta.
MobileX is a series of one day conferences for entrepreneurs, developers, investors, industry professionals, and mobile enthusiasts. The conference will have keynote presentations, a pitch contest for early stage mobile companies, and four breakout session tracks for the target audiences/topics of “Mobile Developers”, “Entrepreneurs/Investors/Enthusiasts”, and “Mobile Marketing”. There will also be a track specifically dedicated to teaching programmers with no iPhone experience how to code for the iPhone. The Columbus conference will take place from 8am-5pm on Thursday March 5th at the Concourse Hotel & Conference Center.
Speakers from around the nation will be flown in to speak on mobile technology trends including the original Facebook Mobile product manager, Noah Kagan. However, especially interesting to the mobileX team was the contribution of the Columbus community to the actual content of the conference. Luke Murray, one of the conference organizers, commented on this phenomenon:
“At all our conferences we try to get the community involved but with Columbus we have as many as half of our speakers not only speaking at this conference but also up at the Chicago conference the very next day. I have been overwhelmed with how receptive this community has been to such an up-and-coming topic and how many people have pitched in to help”
Rocky Vanbrimmer, one of the local promoters of the conference had this to say about the series
“Things like this (conference) don’t happen on this level outside of Mountain View, CA but they should, especially in a place like Columbus. There are people in this city that are really interested in these topics and want to be informed about them and connected to others in their community that feel the same way.”
mobileX is put on by Awesome inc, an organization based out of Lexington, KY that exists to establish, grow, and connect hi-tech, creative, and entrepreneurial communities and companies . Since opening in April 2009 they have had over 3,000 total attendees at 60+ events, including their first mobile technology conference in July of 2009. The Awesome Inc. Mobile miniConference (www.mobile.awesomeinc.org) the conference was both well attended and well received and was the catalyst and inspiration for the mobileX conference series. For more schedules, speakers, & other information: www.mobilexconference.com
Media Contact: Luke Murray (209)-901-5853 firstname.lastname@example.org 348 E Main St. Lexington, KY 40507
Q: If I pitch my company or idea at the MobileX pitch contest, how is my "ownership of the idea" protected?
A: Conference Organizer Luke Murray provides his answer in the comments.
About the Pitch Contest:
One of the best parts of the mobileX conference is the pitch contest where startup companies (and in many cases, just startup ideas) are pitched to a panel of experts. The panel will give feedback and the crowd will vote via their phones (of course) and determine the winner - who will receive an iPod touch!
We don't care how far along the idea/company is as long as you're "new". You could have just thought of the idea yesterday or be in your second year of business (no companies older than 3 years...we feel this is about as old as you can be and still call yourself a "startup" especially in the mobile web business). We do care about your ability to talk about it compellingly, intelligently, and succinctly. You'll have 5 minutes to pitch, 3 minutes for Q&A from the judges & perhaps the crowd if there's time. Powerpoint presentations and demos are welcome but not necessary. We will pick no more than 5 applicants and the winner will receive an iPod touch.
Visit ''Six Degrees of Community" Project Dublin to see my video recap of the kickoff event. I really enjoyed hearing Jared Mahone and his band. Check out their mixtape project and promising integration of social media.
We are excited to announce Ryan Bauer of Ryanomics Media will be sharing his expertise on Mobile Marketing at mobileX Columbus. His presentation style is full of energy and humor, don't miss this fun breakout session! You can find him on twitter @ryanomics.
In the two weeks leading up to mobileX Columbus, we plan to introduce you to the event speakers and local organizers on this blog. Please let us know if there is additional info you'd like to see us touch on... comment here, email jody at mobilexconference.com, or tweet us @MobileXCols. (event tag is #MXCOL).
We kickoff our "Meet the Team" series with a familiar face here in Central Ohio. I've known Rocky since Startup Weekend Columbus in July 2008 and I have to say, the only thing bigger than his personality is his heart! We ran the social media for SWC and his antics made challenging work into a fun playground.
In this clip, Rocky tells about the origins of the Skyline Chili Connoisseur's Club.