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Tech in Motion Hosts Future of Mobile Panel at Tagged HQ: Event Recap


Tech in Motion Hosts Future of Mobile Panel at Tagged HQ: Event Recap

Meg Rahner June 25, 2014

Last night, Tech in Motion held a meet up event in San Francisco as part of their mobile summer series called The Future of Mobile, hosted by Blackberry. Over 200 people attended this panel event held at Tagged Headquarters. The event attendees were comprised of start up employees, entrepreneurs and recognizable folks in the mobile industry, including Scott Bales, author of Mobile Ready.  The panelists were successful mobile developers keen on discussing what they thought the future holds for all things mobile.

Owen Thomas, editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, moderated the panel. The panelists were Alex Gaber, Jeanine Swatton, Tom Anderson, and Bill Magnuson. They spoke on everything from wearables, to how mobile privacy has evolved in a technical sense as well as a psychological sense, to how mobile will be intertwined in the Internet of Things. Tom Anderson joked about how he has seen a few revolutions, but in all seriousness we are in the midst of a new revolution. He said:

The other major topic of discussion was mobile privacy. The panelists mentioned that five or six years ago, people were very reluctant to share any private information with their mobile device. Now, people are opting in to apps, giving them access to virtually all of their information. While this is somewhat concerning to some, sharing your information like location is intended for these apps to understand your preferences and ultimately help you.


The attendee feedback was very positive:


Owen Thomas moderates event panels frequently, including Glimpse just a couple of weeks ago. Owen has spent his career devoted to crafting narratives and telling stories in ways that are uniquely suited to the online world, as well as managing some of the Web’s best editorial teams. Prior to joining ReadWrite, he was West Coast editor of Business Insider and founding executive editor of the Daily Dot. He has held editorial leadership roles at VentureBeat, NBC Universal and Gawker Media, where he notoriously transformed Valleywag into the Silicon Valley’s authority on tech gossip. He also spent several years at Time Inc.’s Business 2.0.


Alex Gaber is Director of Developer Programs at Crittercism, the world’s leading mobile app performance platform that is running on over 1 Billion devices globally. Alex works with mobile app developers to improve the performance of their iOS, Android, HTML5, and Windows Phone 8 apps, to achieve the best possible mobile app user experiences. Alex has published numerous apps for consumer and enterprise for iOS, Android, and Blackberry, and has also led technical training classes to teach mobile app development on each of the mobile platforms. Alex has been a speaker on topics surrounding mobile app technologies at prominent technical conferences, including O’Reilly Android Open, QCon, AppNation, GlueCon, HTML5DevConf, SIIA, and numerous AT&T mobile app hackathons. Starting as a software developer 18 years ago, Alex has a passion for building web and mobile applications that impact all aspects of our lives.


Jeanine Swatton is the Technology Evangelist and Engineer for Ninefold.com and the Director of Wearable Technologies SIG at Silicon Valley China Wireless Organization. She taught iOS development and Ruby on Rails at a few universities. Jeanine has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University and has over 15 years of software engineering experience as well as extensive experience leading engineering teams. Jeanine is a member of Women in Technology International, the Society of Women Engineers as well as Computer Users Educator Organization. She is a huge advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. Jeanine organizes the Women in Technology Meetup, Silicon Valley Ruby on Rails Meetup, and the East Bay Ruby Meetup. She is also a Technical Mentor for high school students at Technovation.


Tom Anderson started his career in 1986 as a Program Manager with Microsoft Corporation, on such products as Windows 3.11, Windows for Work groups, Windows 95, and Internet Explorer. He was also the creator of the Windows Resource Kit, which began that product line. In addition, Tom presented at many trade shows and gave technical presentations with the executive staff. In 1995 he formed Three Points Consulting with two partners, which focused on bringing the power of the emerging internet technology to everyday life. Tom’s innovative technology solutions played a key role in the successful acquisition of Three Points. In 2004, Tom decided to become a high school teacher as his primary method of giving back to the community. In 2005 he joined the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA CYBER), where he was awarded the Keystone Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Class Room. During this time, he also earned a Master’s degree in Software Design through Capella University. In 2009, in addition to teaching, Tom returned to software development, creating various web and mobile applications. Tom joined RIM in 2012 as as Senior Developer Evangelist.

Bill Magnusum is currently the Co-Founder and CTO of Appboy, a marketing automation and analytics platform for mobile. Bill is also the cross platform mobile lead at Appboy, contributing to and managing the iOS, Android, Unity and Windows mobile products. Before starting Appboy, Bill worked at Google as a software developer in Google Research on the App Inventor for Android project (later moved to the MIT Media Lab). Bill’s first foray into the world of mobile came before Android was officially released through a project class taught by MIT Professor Hal Abelson and Rich Miner (Co-Founder of Android) and he has been an avid member of the development community ever since.




Tech in Motion is a national event series started with the goal of bringing local tech communities together to meet, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an international event series bringing local technologists together for the hottest discussions in technology. Two years later, Tech in Motion has grown to over 20,000 members and has featured some of the most innovative thought leaders in the technology world. Tech in Motion currently hosts events in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, and now Toronto. Learn more here.

Meg Rahner

Meg Rahner
Meg is the PR Coordinator for CircleClick and a writer for MobileFOMO. She is from Erie, Pennsylvania and has a BA in Public Relations from Penn State University. She moved to San Francisco shortly after graduating in 2010 and loves life on the west coast. Since moving to SF, she has contracted for the Academy of Art University's Marketing team, LinkedIn's Recruiting Team, and is excited to be pursuing her passion for writing and PR in her current roles.
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