Casual Games Connect (http://seattle.casualconnect.org/) took place in beautiful Seattle, Washington this year, which was convenient for me since I live right across the pond (Lake Washington) in Bellevue and work at the splendid AT&T corporate office here in Redmond. Casual Games Association Events are the go to events for casual games developers worldwide. Since most of the games you play on your phone are, by nature, casual, this was the perfect opportunity for AT&T to network with some of the big players in the casual games industry. Read more...
Congratulations to all of the developers who presented at the 2010 Open Call at CTIA in Las Vegas. The process of selecting finalists was no easy task. After two days straight of presentations we reviewed over 90 applications.
Entries presented ranged from Enterprise Based Solutions to Consumer targeted productivity, safety and entertainment applications. We had an application that allowed users to publish and share coverage of sporting events from the field to your active network in real time. This is perfect for parents sharing kids sporting events to family that can’t be there. There was an application that holds text messages, e-mails, and calls while driving, cutting down on driving distractions. Another application allows Moms-to-be stay informed about their pregnancy, such as tracking contractions and baby kicks. One other interesting application is the Sudoku game that will plant a real tree when you reach a certain level.
These are just some examples of the unique applications presented, but there were many more that stood out. I encourage all participants to continue to keep AT&T informed about application updates and sales opportunities. Thank you again to all who participated.
Open Call – Apps For All! Contest
Next week the AT&T Developer Program team and I will be headed to Las Vegas for the annual CTIA Wireless show. There, we’ll be hosting the Second and Finals Rounds of the AT&T Open Call – Apps For All! Contest where developers pitch their mobile solution for a chance at cash prizes and exclusive go-to-market opportunities. We love this time of year because it gives us a chance to meet over a hundred new developers in just two days! It can be a little crazy, with just 10 minutes to meet with each company, but its also a lot of fun (especially once we get to the Awards Reception)! There is that certain buzz in the air that typically follows along “Ed McMahon-style” oversized checks and trophies.
There’s also some cool stuff going on in the booth this year. You can find the AT&T Developer Program in the AT&T booth (#6603) to see that “There’s something BREWing at AT&T!” and learn more about the AT&T SDK, including AT&T Resource Files for Brew Mobile Platform, all while enjoying a freshly ‘brewed’ latte. A little kitschy, we know, but caffeine sure does help get through the day and night in Vegas! You can also find out more information on our upcoming Code Camp series with Qualcomm on Brew Mobile Platform.
On Monday, WIP is hosting its Day For Developers at CTIA. We are really excited to be part of that great event. You can check it out here http://www.wipconnector.com/wipjam/ctiaspring10/ag
Be sure to come see us if you’re at CTIA Wireless next week!
Congratulations to our finalists of Consumer Fast-Pitch 2009 at CTIA Wireless: TuneWiki (top finalist), DialPlus (runner-up) and Intelligent Spacial Technologies (runner-up). Read more...
This is the second enterprise applications blog. This community site with blogs is new so not sure how many saw that, but as a review this blog will feature different aspects of enterprise mobility.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to CTIA along with others from AT&T. For those who may not know this event, it is telecommunications show that occurs twice a year with the fall event focused on IT and entertainment. It is a good industry event where I know a lot of our partners attend. During the last four CTIA events, the AT&T developer program has done some version of Fast Pitch, that is where we let companies pitch ideas on how they might work with AT&T.
At the Spring CTIA, we gave some cash prizes for top solutions, but we scaled back our effort for the fall show because we have been so busy (although I did miss giving out gigantic checks to happy developers). Despite that, it was a very good show. I continue to be extremely impressed with the great ideas companies are developing and it continues to make working in this mobile space so exciting. It is sometimes difficult for us that we cannot work always work with companies the way they desire, but remains as one of the best way we use our time.
Since we did not offer any prizes, I wanted to mention a few of the companies I met with. There are other companies I met with innovative solutions, but I am careful to only mention some that have existing solutions in the market. The first company I will mention is Scanavert. The mission of this company is to alert users of harmful foods (such as those they may be allergic to) through a mobile application. They have a database of foods and what they contain. With the mobile application, you enter any allergies you have and drugs you may be taking. All you have to do is scan the barcorde (which you can do with your camera) and it will tell you if the product is OK for you to use, or perhaps may cause an adverse reaction to another drug you are taking. I think any applications like this that can improve the lives of others through technology are very positive.
Another nice application is DiVitas Networks. In this case, it turns out they were already working with AT&T a little. They are in the Fixed Mobile Convergence space, specifically around managing the handoff between cellular and Wi-Fi. Their solution not only manages the handoff, but with PBX functionality. I can see this solution being very useful to many companies, particularly since the solution seems easy to integrate into existing PBXs companies may have.
Another company doing nice development work is iVisit. I had met them in past, but was pleased to see their progress. Their application enables multiparty video. This is another application I could see of use to many of our enterprise customers.
One of the events around CTIA I went to was the Location 2.0 Summit, hosted by Andrew Seybold and SIRF. They had their own Fast Pitch, but here companies pitched to the whole audience then the audience voted the best application be texting. LBS is spurring a lot of really great innovation and development work and there were several great applications. The well-deserved enterprise winner was ProxPro. Their application looks to when your appointment is, calculates how long it will take you to get there, then lets you know when you should leave. Again, I could see this of great use to a lot of mobile workers.
Thanks again to all the companies we met with and I saw. Sorry to the ones I mentioned that we did not do a contest this time and then to those other good vendors I had met with that I did not mention.
For those who did not see my first blog, besides the application talk I will include some other personal bit in each blog, likely around sports or TV. For this week, I will cover my Baseball Playoff picks. For the American League, the winners of the first round series will be the Angels and the Devil Rays, with the Angels representing them in the World Series. In the National League, the winners of the first round will be the Cubs and the Phillies with the Cubs going to the World Series. I think the World Series Champ will be the Cubs after a LONG wait. I do not believe in curses and think they have the most complete team. (Best song to play if Cubs win is “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” by Steve Goodman, favorite line, “Have Keith Moreland drop a routine Fly”)
(Hi Dr. Nick!)
I am so excited to be writing my first blog for the devCentral Community Network! This is a culmination of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe not blood) by several dedicated devCentral team members. We’ve redesigned the Community to be a fun and useful environment for mobile developers to communicate with each other and experts in the industry. On here you’ll find blogs from leading industry experts, interactive forums to post and answer questions about mobile development, personal profiles with neato customization possibilities, access to features like Tech Chats and Webcasts, and up-to-the-minute announcements on everything from emerging technologies to exciting events.
As the Senior Marketing Manager for the Enterprise flavor of devCentral, I’ll be writing mostly about events and co-marketing opportunities.
The first said event is our participation at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment this week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. devCentral will be well represented in the AT&T booth, as usual. Plus, the Enterprise team is hosting a Fast-Pitch Open Call for enterprise mobile applications and devices. Here are the details:
Moscone Convention Center (San Francisco)
September 10-11th, 2008
10 AM – 2 PM
Meeting Room 5001 (MR-5001)
You only get 10 minutes to pitch and demo your application, so keep it succinct and focused! Applicants will be seen on a first-come first-serve basis outside the meeting room.
Benefits of certification include all the standard devCentral benefits plus inclusion in the online and print Certified Solutions Catalogs, exposure to AT&T customers, exposure to AT&T sales field, and more.
If you can’t join us in person, consider Virtual Fast-Pitch for Enterprise Applications. Just fill out the survey here and an AT&T representative will contact you directly.
Thanks for joining me for this first installment. Catch ya next time!