Mobile devices are changing how we communicate today just as fundamentally as the web has for the past decade, and businesses of all types are rushing to embrace their potential. Thanks to the success of the iOS and Android app stores, "mobile" has become nearly synonymous with "native" in most peoples' minds, while the mobile web is usually dismissed as a poor cousin of the app. As mobile browsers improve, however, the user experience gap between native apps and mobile web apps will continue narrowing, and it will become increasingly important for mobile strategists to have a nuanced understanding of both. This panel will explore the pros and cons of modern mobile web and native apps from the perspective of technologists with extensive experience designing and developing both, and will provide examples of products that use either medium (or both) particularly effectively.
As the rise of iOS, Android, and the Mac App Store brings more web developers into the world of native applications can our existing processes and best practices survive the transition? How can we release early and often in an environment where each update must pass through a review process? How do we aggressively refactor code when outdated clients must be supported? Can we iterate efficiently on features when design changes require more than a stylesheet update? A group of experienced web, mobile, and native app designers and developers will discuss our experiences working on native applications. We will explain what unexpected challenges we encountered coming from a web background, what strategies have helped us design and develop native applications, what did not work, and what we should learn from experienced native application developers.
There are tools and tutorials out there to teach developers all sorts of things about mobile apps, taking them from "Hello World!" to sophisticated products ready for the big time. But if you want help building privacy into your app, that's a lot harder to find.
This workshop seeks to change that. Through demos of existing resources and Q&A with attendees, we will provide you with the tools and skills you need to build the next killer mobile app while protecting your users' privacy and avoiding the media firestorms and government investigations that can kill a fledgling product.
We'll include hands-on demos of existing apps and developer kits and tools that help you think through and address the privacy implications of the data you collect and use. We'll also discuss what other resources are needed to give designers and developers the ability to meet their deadlines, pull in revenue, and still stand up for their users' privacy.
In the intersecting worlds of music and social, how are startups and artists working together to enhance the music experience? By embracing mobile and social networks, bands are able to connect with their fans and interact with them directly. Companies like GroupMe, Mobile Roadie and GetGlue provide platforms for direct communication between fans and music labels, artists and festivals, fans use them to pull in info about their favorites and share the experience with their friends. During live events, mobile networking apps are helping people connect, coordinate plans and interact with their favorite musical personalities. By using technologies like these, artists and festivals can grow their fanbase, maintain loyalty and utilize a direct channel to provide relevant information to their fans, wherever they are, in real-time. These panelists will share their experiences working with music labels and how they went about building apps to provide consumers with the best music experience.
by John Bolton, Bobby Rosenbloum, Archie O'Connor, Aaron Ray and Jeff Roberto
Navigating the mobile-digital music landscape is difficult at best. The growing number of mobile music providers who is focused on or struggle with - how to distribute, monetize, drive downloads, and engage in consumer behaviors. This session will feature insights from key stakeholders in the mobile music space, including service providers, managers, musicians, lawyers, and platform technologies. We will discuss pain points within this space and effective best practices to minimizing barriers. Music downloads to mobile phones is a $2.4 billion industry today and is expected to hit $5.5 billion by 2015 (Jupiter Research), yet the discourse between the stakeholders has yet to mature. Come join the conversation and be at the forefront of the mobile music revolution. This session is sponsored by InMobi.
by Paul Resta, Michael Mayrath Ph D, Priya Nihalani and David Conover
Education is stuck in the past. Yet, after decades of incubation, technology is revolutionizing teaching, learning, and assessment. Around the world, people are increasingly using mobile devices to connect with each other and the Internet. This transition is laying the foundation for exponential growth in mobile learning. Simultaneously, games are being adopted as tools for teaching and assessment of higher-order thinking. This panel consists of experts from industry, higher education, and K-12. They will discuss and answer questions about technology’s potential to solve today’s most pressing education issues. Dr. Paul Resta is a professor at UT Austin. Dr. Michael Mayrath was a Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow and is CEO of GYLO (GetYa Learn On) – an educational software company specializing in mobile learning & game-based assessment. Dr. Priya Nihalani was a UT University Fellow and is GYLO’s Chief Scientist. David Conover teaches game design at Connally High School, Pflugerville ISD.
9th–13th March 2012