dcMOMO Hosts Evening to Navigate GeoSocial Apps Market

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Join Soundtrckr, Skyhook Wireless and Brightkite to explore trends in GeoSocial applications for mobile devices.

Mobile access to Facebook grew 112 percent between January 2009 and January 2010 and access to Twitter grew 347 percent during the same period.

Transformative is the only way to describe the convergence of geo-location and social networking. Not long ago, geo-location in the consumer market applied solely to GPS, which enabled one to navigate through foreign routes. According to the Nielsen Company, in 2009, Internet users worldwide spent 5 ½ hours on social networking sites per month. This 82 percent increase from the year before indicated that social networks and blogs were the primary destinations, with Facebook leading the pack.

As communications extends from the traditional medium of voice, text, and video to include sharing of time and location-based information, 30 percent of smart phone users were found accessing social networking sites using mobile browsers. Access to Facebook and Twitter grew 112 percent and 347 percent respectively between January 2009 and January 2010, with the caveat that this figure omits the 6M mobile phone users who use dedicated applications to access these sites. This year’s South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin saw big players such as Nokia and Google building out location databases, Twitter and Facebook enabling their respective services to include location-tagged post/tweets and browsers, such as Google Chrome supporting W3C’s geo-location.

Come learn more about the uncharted yet exciting ecosystem of the GeoSocial application marketplace from talented entrepreneurs who innovate daily in this space at an evening hosted by dcMOMO and Critical Exposure.

On Monday, April 26, 2010, dcMOMO is holding a panel at the Thurgood Marshall Center on 1816 12th St., N.W., Washington, DC, 20009. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The panel will feature Daniele Calabrese, founder and CEO of Soundtrckr (soundtrckr.com), Kate Imbach, VP of marketing at Skyhook Wireless (skyhookwireless.com) and cofounder of MobileMonday Boston (momoboston.com), and a speaker from Brightkite. The panel will be moderated by Viq Hussain, senior consultant at SE Solutions Inc.

Daniele Calabrese is the former communications officer with the Development Communications Division, World Bank, Washington, DC with a focus on wireless technology, infrastructure, telecom, energy, public sector reform and climate change. During his tenure, he initiated the idea of the First World Congress on Communication for Development. He spearheaded numerous other international communications efforts, many involving the uptake of mobile technologies around the world. He holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a Political Science degree from Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy.

Kate Imbach leads marketing at Skyhook Wireless. Prior to Skyhook, Ms. Imbach worked in project management at m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), where she managed the submission of hundreds of mobile marketing campaigns to mobile operators. Previously she worked as campaign director for Massachusetts State Representative Mark Falzone, and in government affairs consulting for a variety of Massachusetts and New York State non-profits. Kate holds a B.A from Skidmore College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University.

To register for the April 26 event, visit http://geosocialapps.eventbrite.com/

The event is free to the public. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

About dcMoMo (http://www.dcMoMo.com)
Mobile Monday Washington, DC (dcMoMo) is the leading local networking organization supporting the mobile industry in the DC/MD/VA regions. We are a central gathering point for businesses, organizations, political operatives, application developers, academia and the media.    

dcMoMo's main objectives are to raise the profile of both local and global mobile initiatives and teach the community how mobile initiatives can benefit them both professionally and personally. We do this via face-to-face gatherings each month, along with virtual networking via the worldwide community of Mobile Monday groups. There are more than 80 MoMo chapters worldwide.

As an open forum for mobile enthusiasts, dcMoMo fosters cooperation and cross border business development through virtual and live networking events where ideas, best practices and trends - both global and domestic -­ are shared.    

dcMoMo supports mobile-­related entrepreneurs, new ventures and new application development; events are made possible through the sponsorship of forward-­looking companies that understand the power of individual inspiration and innovation.

About Critical Exposure (http://www.criticalexposure.org)
Critical Exposure is a Washington, DC-­based nonprofit, located in the historic Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.

By empowering young people to develop skills in documentary photography and advocacy, and to exhibit their images and stories in galleries, coffee shops, and other public spaces, we expose citizens and policymakers to the realities and challenges faced by DC youth.    

Please join us at "5 Years, 5000 Images: A Celebration & Retrospective" on April 22nd, 2010, 6:00-­8:30pm, at the Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW.

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