Yes, I know it’s mid-July. Summertime is in full swing. The heat is hot and the rain is not in Austin. The next “official” US holiday, Labor Day, is a nearly seven weeks away on September 5 – an eternity in mobi time.
But, my friend, there’s no time like the present to (urgently) plan for an onslaught of events that provide opportunities to learn, sell, and network with people from across the mobile app world. Below is our list of noteworthy conferences.
Some of these events are in greater Austin and some aren’t. And, no doubt, depending on your wireless and/or app focus, you may have other mobile events in your plans that we don’t mention here.
If so, then please let us know about them and why you think they are important in the Comments below. I may also have them posted to the Events calendar in The Appconomy, which you can always find here: http://the.appconomy.com/events/
First: the big local, mobile events. The major Austin-area mobile Fall events are bunched up into a “murderer’s row” in October. They include:
- InnoTech, October 20 – now in its 8th year in Austin
- SenchaCon, October 23-26 – the annual developer’s conference for one of the emerging contenders for mobile cross-platform development tools
- Texas Wireless Summit, October 25 – the “grand daddy” of all things mobile, produced by the Wireless Incubator at ATI and still heavily-oriented around core hardware and software technologies that power the industry, but more inclusive of app-related topics than ever before
There are a couple of key opportunities at InnoTech 2011, in particular, for mobile/apps companies to strongly consider. First, the Beta Summit will be returning, which is a high-visibility chance to get your new product in front of a key group of influencers. Although it’s open to more than mobile-related products, the Beta Summit is a great chance to take a product that is ready (or nearly so) to go-to-market and show it off.
AustinStartup.com’s publisher, Bryan Menell, is chairing the Beta Summit again and encourages any team that wants to be a candidate for pitching to start “getting their act together” because the bar will be set high for this premier chance to show what you’ve got on-stage.
The second InnoTech opportunity is an offer from Conference Producer, Sean Lowery. Sean has always been especially tuned-in to the needs of emerging tech sectors and, thus, has been generous in years past in providing ways for new companies to join the conference Exhibit.
For 2011, Sean is taking inquiries from companies that would like to be featured in a Mobile and Apps Pavilion on the InnoTech Exhibit floor, providing them some additional visibility at an attractive rate. If you are interested, please let Sean and his team know ASAP, contacting them through the InnoTech website.
Of course, Austin is far from the only region to consider when mapping your mobile events for the Fall. A few others worth note (for which info and registration links may be found on this Events page) include:
- Mobilize, September 26-27 (San Francisco) – arguably, the flagship mobile event for the industry, produced by GigaOM
- App Developers Conference, October 26-27 (Santa Clara) – a promising-looking 1st year event, produced by Austinite Chris Sherman, who founded the Austin-hosted Game Developer’s Conference
- AppsWorld North America, November 1-2 (New York City) – a robust East-coast program that has a heavy hitter line-up of speakers, programs, and exhibitors
Lastly, no listing of big conference would be complete without a few of the general startup-oriented tech-fests that tend to dominate all of the attention when they are in season. These events aren’t exclusively focused on apps or mobile technologies, but you can bet they will be deeply influenced by them. They include:
- TechCrunch Disrupt, September 12-14 (San Francisco) – http://disrupt.techcrunch.com/SF2011/
- Fall DEMO, September 12-14 (San Francisco) – http://www.demo.com/
- Consumer Electronic Show, January 10-13 (Las Vegas) – http://www.cesweb.org/
So, there you have it. The local, the mobile, and the global of Fall 2011 events. We look forward to seeing a bevy of our fellow ATXers at a number of these shows, demonstrating how our mobile scene rocks.
[Correction: Chris Sherman, producer of the App Developer Conference, is an Austin area resident, not a ‘former’ Austinite, as referred to in an earlier version of this post – even better!]