Mobile March 2014 Proceeds to Benefit Late Technologist’s Scholarship Fund!

FarhanAs mentioned at Mobile March 2014, a large portion of the proceeds from this year’s mobile event will be donated to a scholarship fund being created in the name of Farhan Muhammad, local technologist and CEO of ILM who passed away suddenly on March 3, 2014. We’re happy to announce that Mobile March will present a check for $2000 in the name of the local tech entrepreneur who was an early supporter of the annual conference that focuses on Mobile Business, Development, Design and Connected Devices.

“Farhan was someone who I respected as a great technologist, visionary and friend.” said Mobile March Co-founder Justin Grammens. “His generous personal and financial support of Mobile March early on has had a positive impact on our conference and has helped get us to where we are today.” Mobile March’s Phil Wilson noted, “We’ve always considered Mobile March a place where members of the Minnesota mobile community can learn from each other. Farhan was quite passionate about learning, teaching and sharing knowledge within that communit. It makes total sense to donate to a scholarship in his name.”

According to an announcement from ILM Professional Services, CEO Muhammad passed away suddenly on Monday, March 3. He founded ILM Professional Services in 2002 with the focus on the emerging Microsoft .Net platform, adding technologies, including mobile, as the company grew. “He had an entrepreneurial spirit and was one of the kindest individuals I personally have ever met.” said James Dietrich in a statement. “He was passionate about technology and he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.”

Mobile March 2014 Agenda Announced

mobile-march-largeWe’re proud to announce  the agenda for the 5th Annual Mobile March, Minnesota’s longest running mobile conference. In addition to the previously announced keynote speakers Jacquelyn Crowhurst of Microsoft and Zach Supalla of Spark, the multi-track conference will include sessions in the Mobile Business, Design and Development tracks. In addition, a full track dedicated to Connected Devices and Hardware has been added to highlight the growing “Internet of Things.” We always strive to present sessions that are relevant and informative. The agenda as a whole this year is one of our best.

As you’ll see, highlights of the 2014 agenda include Scaling Your Applications from Ryan Johnson, VP of Mobile Development, BuzzFeed, 5 Principals of Concurrent Innovation from 3M’s Peter Fritz and more from the Business track. Attendees of the Mobile Development and Design tracks will find sessions on the topics of Mobile Search Experience, iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy, Android, Apple and Cross-platform Development. The new Connected Device/Hardware tracks include topics such as building in Arduino, Wearable technology and Google Glass.

Mobile March’s Linda Cummings noted, “As the mobile industry has evolved and matured, this is an exciting year for Mobile March. We’re bringing together some of the best in the industry with a comprehensive, and well-rounded agenda, whether you’re focused on developing, using mobile in your business or marketing.”

Registration is now open for Mobile March, Thursday March 20th, 2014 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center here. The cost of registration is just $115. Student discounts are available.

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Mobile March 2014 Keynote Speakers Announced!

Speakers from Microsoft and Spark Highlight Mobile and Connected Devices

JacsWe’re happy to announce the keynote speakers for the 5th Annual Mobile March, Minnesota’s longest running mobile conference. Jacquelyn Crowhurst, Sr. Director, Central Region Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft will kick off the multi-track conference and Zach Supalla, CEO of Spark, a locally based company providing tools for connected hardware, will anchor the afternoon sessions. Mobile March includes the now familiar Business, Development and Design tracks as well as the new sessions highlighting connected devices.

zachJacquelyn Crowhurst’s keynote will leverage her evangelism background to share insight on taking mobility from a cost of doing business to differentiating your business. She will touch on topics such as the role cloud plays in mobile, how monetization and mobile ROI is evolving, and the future of mobility. Zach Supalla of Spark, a local startup providing tools to connect devices to the Internet via Wi-Fi, will address the conference following lunch. His presentation will highlight the natural evolution of mobile as a point of control for the growing Internet of Things.

Both Jacquelyn and Zach bring a wealth of knowledge and unique experiences to Mobile March. Though we are a mobile-centric conference, we look forward to addressing both mobile and connected devices; topics that the mobile community think are most important.  Co-organizer, Justin Grammens, added, “With the advent of low cost sensors, hardware and open source software, it’s becoming increasingly easy to build solutions based on the physical world. As mobile enthusiasts, we view this as the next phase in computing.”

Other highlights of the 2014 agenda include Business-centric sessions on the topics of mobile marketing via video, mobile search and more. The Mobile Development and Design tracks include sessions on developing in Xamarin, and node.js, wireframes, human-centered design and more. Topics in the new Connected Device track will include Google Glass, and other wearable technology, Arduino and more. A complete agenda will be released within a week.

Don’t forget, registration is now open for Mobile March, Thursday March 20th, 2014 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center here. The cost of registration is just $115 and includes all meals. Student discounts are available as well.

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