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Online dating has, since its inception, been primarily about people sitting in front of their computers, endlessly composing and perusing (often highly contrived) profiles, hoping to find the right combination of words and flattering photos to lead them to true love. Location-based technology in mobile phones (both browser-based and apps) means that dating can make its way back to the streets. New services like MeetMoi and others put the dating back in digital dating, facilitating introductions to like-minded singles within a certain proximity. This panel will address: 1) what privacy concerns need to be taken into consideration when people begin meeting IRL through this technology? 2) Is a check-in based model, like Foursquare, or persistent-location, like Google Latitude, the best format for mobile dating? And 3) how do daters change the way they present themselves when their potential paramour may be right around the corner? Location-based dating is the future of online dating… and it’s about more than just hookups with the new technology that increases the “intent-to-date” among users. Now that people read books on their iPhone, keep their entire music library on their BlackBerry, and use their Android to house their entire family photo collection, why wouldn’t a mobile phone become a personal matchmaker extraordinaire?
There are lots of obvious geo-location use cases for consumers. But how can enterprises benefit from geo-location apps? Everyone knows the man in the van – they are installing your cable, technicians fixing heavy equipment in the field, landscaping office parks, repairing medical devices on-site and more. Shouldn’t those businesses be able to benefit from mobile apps that are geo-location aware? Whether they need to pick up and install a new fetzer valve or simply need to know where there next job is, there’s no reason why they can’t benefit from what Gowalla, DoubleDutch and foursquare have done for consumers.
Ever met a friend for a spur-of-the-moment drink just because Foursquare told you he was down the block? How about popped into a restaurant in a foreign city because your phone told you that you’d like it? Or got wind of a special product offer at the precise moment you were walking by your favorite store? If you haven’t yet, you will. And your life will be better for it.
Here’s the deal: new location-aware technologies recognize where you are and connect you to the people and things that matter to you most. But you knew that already. What you don’t know is what’s next – how the next generation of mobile location-aware services are going to transform how you socialize, shop and experience entertainment in unimaginable new ways. Where a mobile device will know what you like, maybe even more than your best friend. And where you hold a virtual passport to new and spontaneous experiences in the palm of your hand.
Dr. Tero Ojanperä of Nokia will lead a panel that propels you into the future of location-based services and gives you a first look at the products and services that will revolutionize how you connect with the world around you.
Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley will discuss how a new wave of location-based applications are changing the way we interact with our friends and surroundings. New mobile technologies combined with enhanced game dynamics are helping people experience the world around them in new and different ways. Dennis will walk through some of the foundational elements that feed into the current model, what this means for the future, and how foursquare can manufacture serendipity.
Previously, Crowley founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the U.S., which was acquired by Google in 2005. He has been named one of the "Top 35 Innovators Under 35" by MIT's Technology Review magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine and Newsweek. Dennis holds a Master's degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor's degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Interviewing Crowley will be Pete Cashmore, CEO and founder of Mashable.com, the online guide to social media. One of the top 10 blogs worldwide, Mashable is a hub for those looking to make sense of the online realm.
Location-based and Context-aware technologies are transforming the way we interact with our environments and the people around us. Following Pete Cashmore’s interview with FourSquare founder Dennis Crowley, join our panel of experts – Mike Schneider (Location-Based Marketing for Dummies), Amber Case (GeoLoqi) and Cali Lewis (GeekBeat.TV) – to discuss the implications of their presentation and other ideas on how gamefication, location-sharing, an other virtual tools are changing the way we experience the physical world.
11th–15th March 2011