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Did you know that smart phone data usage increased by 89% in the year ending June 2011? or that there were estimated to be 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010? or that 90% of the worlds population is in an area with mobile coverage? These are staggering numbers that give insight into the continued and increasing impact of mobile devices on application development, entrepreneurial activities, and our own social interaction. Beginning tomorrow evening, Thursday, November 16th, MassChallenge, in conjunction with EFactor and AT&T, will be hosting three events focusing on just these topics. Note you must register for each event independently – Thursday’s event has a nominal admission fee and the other two are free!
EFactor is kicking things off Thursday night, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with the Mobile App Accelerant, an event for business owners and developers offering an opportunity to learn from leaders in the mobile application industry as well as to network with fellow enthusiasts. Pre-event networking begins at 6:30 and will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A from 7-9 featuring:
SoMoClo is a term coined to convey the integration of mobile applications and devices, the social connections they engender, and the role of cloud computing in supporting the accessibility of applications and data served by those devices. On Friday evening, from 6 – 8 p.m., MassChallenge will be hosting a networking event and panel discussion on the intersection of social, mobile, and cloud and how it affects both the consumer and the enterprise. Participating in the panel will be:
AT&T and Apigee are rolling out several developer hackathons across the country, and the Boston edition runs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is designed for technical (and non-technical!) attendees to learn about new technologies, build mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly, meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. It’s platform agnostic – use Objective C, Java, C#, HTML, XNA on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone 7. There will even be live developer support from organizations like Sencha, Apigee, Microsoft, PhoneGap, AppMobi, and RedFoundry to guide you!
The agenda includes time for networking, a number of lightning talks, and plenty of time for coding – with prizes including gift cards and smartphone devices! Speakers include: