GigaOM's Newest Conference, "Mobilize," Will Explore the Opportunities of the Next Mobile Web

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Wireless leaders from Amazon.com, Cisco, Google, Sprint, Yahoo! and others will gather at the annual conference in San Francisco to explore the opportunities and implications of the mobile Web.

Despite big plans and visions, to date, the promise of the mobile web and a truly untethered Internet has not been realized

Giga Omni Media, a leading provider of publications and events for the technology and information industries, will hold a conference dedicated to exploring the promise of the mobile web on Sept. 18, 2008, at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Through talks, demonstrations and debate, Mobilize will examine the developments, implications and opportunities surrounding the next generation of the mobile web. The conference will feature thought leaders and practitioners from wireless Internet giants and startups including Amazon.com, Cisco, Google, Sprint, Yahoo! and others.

"Despite big plans and visions, to date, the promise of the mobile web and a truly untethered Internet has not been realized," said Om Malik, Giga Omni Media's founder. "Now, with the convergence of recent developments in design, user experience, handset technology, and location and wireless network technology, everything is changing and the mobile web is about to take off like a rocket. Mobilize will explore the advancements driving the development of the mobile web as well as the implications and opportunities for entrepreneurs and their investors."

Up until now, the wireless Internet has been out of reach, largely due to the slower-than-predicted rollout of 3G wireless technologies. Today, several developments are powering a new kind of mobile web experience that is richer, faster and easier to navigate. Network technology, including the rapid approach of 4G wireless, is increasing network speeds and powering devices with bigger screens and newer interfaces. Wireless operating systems, including RIM's Blackberry, Apple OSX, Google Android, LiMo, Windows Mobile and Symbian, are opening up opportunities for rich, new applications and device personalization. In addition, a new generation of mobile browsers can now render AJAX web applications.

Mobilize will look at the innovations changing the mobile web today and the ideas yet to come - topics will include:

  •     Next-generation Networks, Handsets and Chipsets
  •     Rethinking Products in the Age of Hyperconnectivity
  •     The Economics of Mobile Development Platforms
  •     LTE or WiMAX: Who Does the Future Belong To?
  •     Mobile Browsers
  •     Location-based Services
  •     Emerging Mobile Business and Revenue Patterns
  •     Mobile Investment trends
  •     Startup Launchpad: Showcase of the 12 Hottest Mobile Startups

Mobilize Startup Launchpad:
GigaOM is looking for the 12 of the most promising mobile web startups to strut their stuff at the Mobilize Startup Launchpad. These startups should focus on the emerging technologies upon which the new era of the mobile web will be built. If your startup has the right stuff, get in touch with us. Just keep in mind the following:

  •     The idea or product must be good. No J2ME creations of 80s arcade classics, please.
  •     The startup or idea must be less than 12 months old.
  •     A working product has either been launched or will launch at Mobilize (preference given to latter).
  •     Someone from the company must be able to attend the Startup Launchpad ceremony in person.
  •     Funding status is immaterial.

If your company has the right stuff, fill out the form here http://events.gigaom.com/mobilize/08/StartupSubmit with the following information:

  •     Startup name and bio (200 words max)
  •     Product description (200 words max)
  •     Name and bio of company representative (100 words max)
  •     Product Launch Status
  •     Funding Status (if any)
  •     Would you be launching or announcing the product or a new feature at the Startup Launchpad?

Deadline for submission is August 20, 2008. We will announce the winners on August 27.

Scheduled keynote speakers include Rich Miner, co-founder of Google's Android, and Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco Systems. Other speakers include Ian Freed, Amazon.com VP of Amazon Kindle; Russ McGuire, VP of Corporate Strategy at Sprint; and Yahoo! Chief Scientist Marc Davis. To see the complete conference schedule and list of speakers, please visit: http://events.gigaom.com/mobilize/08/Schedule. Event sponsor partners include: Qualcomm, Fenwick & West LLP, Plusmo, and JAJAH. For sponsorship inquiries, please visit: http://events.gigaom.com/mobilize/08/Sponsors.

Discounted tickets are available for a limited time. To purchase conference tickets, please visit: http://mobilize-pr1.eventbrite.com/.

About GigaOM:
GigaOM is the premier destination site for technology industry insiders. Edited by award-winning journalist Om Malik, GigaOM is widely considered an authoritative voice on what is disrupting the world of technology. Topics covered include broadband, VoIP, infrastructure, mobile, wireless, and venture capital. With signature intelligence, candor and irreverence, GigaOM breaks down the hype and explains how these new technologies will shape our future. GigaOM is part of Giga Omni Media, a portfolio of leading publications in the technology and entrepreneurial markets that reaches 1.75 million readers worldwide.

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