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Lexington, KY
April 15, 2011


Brian Wong

Former Digg bizdev

Age: 19
Location: San Francisco, CA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Starting a mobile in-game ad network using unique aspects in games.
Topic: Mobile, entrepreneurship
About Me: Brian is the founder of kiip (pronounced ""keep""), a stealth startup focused on mobile in-game advertising, backed by True Ventures. Very recently, Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal called him the ""youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture capital firm"". Last year, at only 18-years-old, he was an early Bachelors of Commerce graduate from the University of British Columbia, after skipping four grades in elementary and high school.

Brian speaks around the world advocating youth entrepreneurship, while focusing on topics like youth targeted marketing, mobile marketing, and mobile gaming with social game dynamics. He has spent much of his time in Asia and Latin America working closely with young entrepreneurs and high-growth tech startups. He was recently lauded in Mashable as one of ""The Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch"", and the Vancouver Sun called him ""a budding internet visionary"". He was also recently a recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 awards in all of Canada, and the Impact Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is also the youngest charter member of the C100, an invitation only Silicon Valley based organization of top Canadian entrepreneurs, executives, and venture capitalists.

Before starting kiip, Brian was responsible for key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website He also launched the Digg Android mobile app, adding to the company's rising mobile presence. He began his career after University by creating the world's first categorized Twitter discovery tool: Followformation was touted as one of the best Twitter user discovery tools in Mashable, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, and more."
Twitter: @brian_wong

Lai Lau


Location: Seattle, WA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Developed the first mobile search application on AT&T's first Mobile Portal (mMode).
Topic: Platform Landscape for Mobile Application Development
About Me: Lai Lau is a Senior Manager with the AT&T Developer Program. She develops strategies, marketing programs, and technical requirements to promote AT&T products and services for third party vendors and enterprise customers. Prior to this role, she worked as a Senior Application Developer in AT&T Wireless Services developing several key wireless applications and initiatives. Lai has worked in the wireless telecommunication industry for over 10 years.

William J. Steele

Microsoft Corporation

Age: 42

Location: Lawrenceburg, IN
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Windows Phone 7

Topic: Windows Phone 7
About Me: I'm a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft Corporation where I've been developing software and evangelizing it for over 13 years. As a developer evangelist, I travel around the country giving talks on various developer related topics, primarily on Windows Phone 7 and .NET Languages and Core feature. I have over 25 years of development experience, with most of that on the Microsoft platform, but do regularly develop on competitive platforms to keep up with industry trends. In addition to developing applications for Windows Phone 7, I have developed applications for both Android and the iPhone platforms. In my spare time, I am an avid pilot and own a small avionics company that specializes in developing portable electronic flight instrumentation for small aircraft.


Twitter: @wjsteele

Praveen Alavilli

PayPal X Developer Network

Age: 33

Location: San Francisco, CA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: As the Mobile Developer Evangelist at PayPalX Developer Network, I play with a lot of web and mobile technologies related to Online Identity, and Payments, helping developers monetize their apps with PayPal in-app payment apis and libraries on both Android and iOS platforms.

Topic: Mobile In-App Payments on Android Platform
About Me: Praveen runs the developer evangelism team for the PayPal X Developer Network ( that helps developers convert their cool new ideas into successful applications and services using the PayPal's Global Payments Platform.


Twitter: @ppalavilli

Nihal Mehta


Age: 33

Location: New York, NY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: sold world's first mobile advertising agency (ipsh!, founded 2001) to omnicom in 2005.

Topic: Mobile Advertising
About Me: With over 12 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through four successful startups to date, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Named a top 10 NYC 'game changer' in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News 'mobile movers and shakers' in 2008, a BusinessWeek 'M-Commerce Baron' in 2006 and named one of AdAge's 'top 20 marketers in their 20s' in 2005, Nihal is currently CEO and co-founder of buzzd, Inc. which is currently launching the platform “LocalResponse,” to help brands reach consumers across aggregate location-based services. Prior to buzzd, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal is also a General Partner at the world's first venture fund focused on mobile startups, ENIAC ventures. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.

Twitter: @nihalmehta

Sam Soffes

Scribd, Inc

Age: 21
Location: San Francisco, CA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Created iPhone application used by more than 5 million people worldwide
Topic: iOS development
About Me: I am a software engineer, musician, and burger enthusiast.
Twitter: @samsoffes

Uki D. Lucas

Sears Holdings Corporation

Age: 37
Location: Chicago, IL
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: "Over a dozen mobile applications including games, AR, social on the market, Android
Architect at Sears, founder of"
Topic: Android App Development
About Me: Uki Dominque Lucas is an entrepreneur and Android technology evangelist with a over 14 years of experience in Agile management, during which time he's held positions of director of technology, founder and principal in consulting and technology start-ups.

Currently, he is an architect at Sears Mobile Innovation team focusing on a holistic mobile experience from TV and social media, thru mobile software to household hardware.

As a leader of Chicago's Android mobile development community, he is working closely with both Google and Motorola Corporation as well as Chicago's incubators to organize conferences, events and workshops for over thousand participating developers.

Uki is an Android developer himself and an avid public speaker and a proud mentor to scores of many successful software engineers.

For recent mobile portfolio please visit:
Twitter: @UkiDLucas

Josh Bob

Location: Boston, MA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Founder of Textaurant

Topic: Novel uses for SMS
About Me: Josh founded and serves as the president of Textaurant Corporation, a technology start-up that is changing the way people wait. He has experience in marketing, business development, and sales management, as well as a diverse background that includes hospitality, technology, and sports management.

A 2008 MBA graduate from Babson College, Josh's passion lies in connecting people with each other and with businesses through technology.

He has also served as the Northeast Regional Manager of the World Adult Kickball Association."

Twitter: @JoshSamBob

Krista Neher

Mobile Boot Camp

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Teaching my Dad how to use text messaging.
Topic: Mobile Marketing 101, Integrating Mobile into your marketing, Exciting ways businesses are using mobile
About Me: Krista Neher is the CEO of Boot Camp Digital, a social media consulting and training organization. Krista has trained thousands of people in digital marketing, is the author of the best-selling Social Media Field Guide, an international speaker and the Managing Director of the Institute for Social Media at Cincinnati State. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing and over 5 years in social media. Krista spent 5+ years working at Procter & Gamble where she gained a deep understanding of marketing and went on to work with P&G on their first social media program – a model which is now being replicated throughout the company. A true social media pioneer, Krista launched one of the first ever corporate campaigns on Twitter and saw early success in corporate blogging. Krista is an internationally recognized speaker and leading authority on digital marketing and has presented at industry leading conferences including: Search Engine Strategies, PubCon (Webmaster World), The American Marketing Association, The Ad Club, BlogHer, Blog Indiana, SXSW and many others.
Twitter: @kristaneher

Robert Babcock

Age: 35
Location: Lexington, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Co-Host of The Appcast, an iOS applications-centric podcast that has run for over 100 episodes.
Topic: The iOS Store and Applications
About Me: I'm an aerospace engineer who loves playing with apps and somehow ended up running a podcast about them.
Twitter: @theappcast

Karim Varela

AT&T Developer Support

Age: 29
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Back when I worked at Hands On Mobile, I lead a team of 4 engineers porting Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to all North American GSM devices. We were able to finish the job in time to release the game in tandem with the movie.
Topic: Android, Tablets, Cross-Platform
About Me: Karim Varela has experience of over seven years in mobile software. He currently works as the virtual machine support lead within AT&T’s technical developer support team. His focus is on Java ME and Android. In previous lives, he held various roles in the mobile games industry ranging from QA and build engineer to porting engineer and networking engineer.
Twitter: @KarimVarela

James Burnes

Age: 32

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Founded Mobiltopia, a new digital services business to build mobile-optimized web sites and custom apps for iPhone, Blackberry, Palm and Google Android smart phones. Public speaker and presenter on mobile’s impact on business.
Topic: B2B strategy in mobile applications

About Me: "James Burnes is CEO of Mobiltopia and Founder and Principal of Project Brilliant, an idea consultancy and business incubator James founded in 2009 to provide new venture development for companies and entrepreneurs. He recently served as Vice President of Strategy and Senior Digital Strategist for MediaSauce, a leading Internet strategy and interactive agency. He is based in the Indianapolis, IN with clients and business interests around the United States.

James is a board member of the advisory board of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Development Centers. He is a contributing editor to The Social Media Bible (J.W. Wiley Publishing, May 2009). He is a guest lecturer to several university programs and speaks regularly for corporations, associations and seminars on how to transform your business for the Digital Age.

Prior to his current endeavors, James led high profile initiatives for publicly traded broadcast and publishing groups directing Internet strategy, sales, marketing, product development and social media initiatives including Gannett and LIN Television."


Twitter: @jamesburnes

Wright Steenrod

Chrysalis Ventures

Age: 43
Location: Louisville, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Building out the wireless network used by AT&T in the southeast.
Topic: Investor Panel
About Me: A Principal with Chrysalis Ventures, Wright joined Chrysalis as an Associate in 2001 and today leads the Technology Group. Bringing his own entrepreneurial management experiences to the Chrysalis team, Wright previously worked as a senior business development executive at a rapidly growing company preparing to go public, and served as CFO of a start-up technology transfer company where he set strategic plans and raised equity and debt capital. Wright has worked with the management teams of fourteen of Chrysalis’ investments including Advanced Academics (sold to DeVry), Genscape (sold to GFI) and Appriss (sold to Bain Capital), in the Technology portfolio among others. He currently is a Director of Digitalsmiths, Continuum 700 LLC, Cybera, Ygnition and Regent Education.

Twitter: @wrightsteenrod

Dov Rosenberg

Allos Ventures

Age: 35
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Topic: Investing in mobile
About Me: Dov is a Director at Allos Ventures and Blue Chip Venture Company, where his responsibilities range from due diligence on new investment opportunities to ongoing monitoring of the firms’ portfolio companies. He also manages Blue Chip’s Validation Fund, which invests in seed- and startup-stage technology companies in Ohio, and is active with regional angel investment groups.

Before beginning his venture capital career with Blue Chip in 2005, Dov served on the management team at the Auld Company, a small, privately-held manufacturing company; was a senior strategist in the Intellectual Property Strategy and Development group of Battelle Memorial Institute; and developed and managed the deployment of software as an IT consultant for Cap Gemini.


Rick Coplin


Age: 48 years young
Location: Columbus, OH
Topic: Investor Panel
About Me: Rick works with entrepreneurs and startup companies helping them to lay the foundations of success, calibrate expectations and prepare for growth and funding. He is also the Entrepreneurial Consultant with the City of Dublin, Ohio’s Economic Development Department and is one of the key people developing the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center with the City of Dublin’s economic development team.

Twitter: @RickCoplin

Christine Huskisson

University of Kentucky Department of Art

Age: 48
Location: Lexington, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Public Art Smart Phone App - TakeItArtside!
Topic: Public Art/Aggregate Data Collection
About Me: Christine Huskisson is an artist, writer, contemporary art historian, and adjunct faculty for the University of Kentucky Art Department who, for over 28 years, has worked at the intersection of arts and community engagement. While pursuing her bachelor’s in the 1980s, Huskisson developed a passion for visionary art, completing her Masters of Art History thesis arguing that art, no longer limited by the traditional confines of object, influenced the 20th-century paradigm shift for museums.

Huskisson teaches Museum Studies courses dedicated to the mantra that visionary art, particularly when placed in the public realm, has the power to address issues of major significance for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Huskisson holds a Masters in Art History and a Masters in Business Administration. She has held positions that include Executive Director of Galleries and Collections for Georgetown College, where she helped establish the Dr. Donald and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery and led the installation of the first piece of public art on that campus (September 2002: L’Chaim by Dennis Whitcopf). She has also worked on an independent basis for the Kentucky Arts Council and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

She has worked as an arts journalist publishing with Business Lexington since 2002, authoring numerous articles and composing for over fifteen arts segments on the Business Lexington Television. Her primary focus is community engagement in the intersection of business and the arts (Business Takes a Solo, 2004) and public art (Public Art Springs Up in Lexington, 2008).

She is currently a member of the Exhibitions and Programming Cabinet for Lexington Art League, the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium, Public Art Dialogue, Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance, Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, and the Woodford County Heritage Committee.

Huskisson is a 2010 recipient of the Commonwealth Collaborative grant from the University of Kentucky for her work in the field of engaged research and public art, in particular for her commitment to engage students on all levels of multiple initiatives in the field of public art in Lexington. The CKMWW Project has also been nominated for an Association of Continued Higher Education Distinguished Program Award.

She was born, raised, and resides in Kentucky with her husband, Michael and their son, William.
Twitter: @TakeItArtSide

Chris Judd

Judd Solutions, LLC

Age: 38
Location: Columbus, OH
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Developed the iPhone and Android versions of Remarkable Ohio and University Systems of Ohio applications for the state of Ohio.

Topic: Introduction to Mapkit
About Me: Christopher Judd is the president and primary consultant for Judd Solutions (, an international speaker, an open source evangelist, the Central Ohio Java Users Group ( and Columbus iPhone Developer User Group leader, and the co-author of Beginning Groovy and Grails (Apress, 2008), Enterprise Java Development on a Budget (Apress, 2003) and Pro Eclipse JST (Apress, 2005) as well as the author of the children’s book “Bearable Moments”. He has spent 13 years architecting and developing software for Fortune 500 companies in various industries, including insurance, retail, government, manufacturing, service, and transportation. His current focus is on consulting, mentoring, and training with Java, Java EE, Groovy, Grails, Cloud Computing and mobile platforms like iPhone, Android and Java ME.


Twitter: @javajudd

Madison Hamman

Mavizon Technologies

Age: 24
Location: Louisville, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Consumer Electronic Association iStage champion and fan favorite. Featured at 2011 CES. #6 on Fast Company's "2011 Most Innovative Consumer Electronic Companies" list- All for our Mavia mobile application and hardware device offering.
Topic: Growth of a startup
About Me: Madison is the Market Development Manager for Mavizon Technologies, a mobile technologies startup based in Louisville, KY. "Mavizon", founded in 2006, stems from "My Vision." Mavizon's vision for the future revolves around the simplicity and necessities of the mobile computing and mobile entertainment experience.

Madison's main focus at Mavizon Tech is to take an engineer's vision and develop, implement, and monetize the project to fuel future product development.

Prior to Mavizon, Madison worked at Samtec Inc. - a global, debt free technical electronic component company for over 4 years. Madison's focus on product marketing and positioning helped Samtec reach nearly 500 million in sales dollars for FY2010 (est.).

Madison has a passion for new product positioning and new product releases in a highly-technical field. He strives to liven up what has become a drab industry and to help sales people exceed their goals with intuitive marketing tools.

Twitter: @madisonhamman

And more to come!