GMIC SV 2012 and App Conference Attendee Guide

Headed out to the App Conference and the Global Mobile Internet conference in San Jose this weekend? If so, be sure to visit our booth, eat some chocolate and say hi!

We’ve assembled some pointers and a few highlights for conference attendees, check it out:

 

Need Tickets? We’ve got 10 free passes left, so email us and we’ll hook you up.

 

Getting There – The conferences are being held at the San Jose Hilton and San Jose San Jose Convention Center, which is a quick cabride or a 20 minute walk from the San Jose Caltrain station.

 

Thursday October 18th

This is the one day where strictly the App Conference is taking place, as GMIC does not start til Friday. Taking that into consideration, we suspect that Thursday will be the mildest of the three days in terms of excitement and attendance. Nonetheless, there are some cool companies presenting you won’t want to miss:

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm “Cloud Services for App Developers”

Moderator:  Steve Guengerich, Co-founder and VP, Appconomy, Inc.

Appconomy is a snazzy mobile development platform which provides commerce and community cloud services, allowing developers to build and distribute compelling apps that can run on any device and any platform.

Panelist: David McLauchlan , Co-founder and CEO, Buddy.com

Buddy.com is a cross-platform mobile “backend as a service”. They describe themselves as enabling “developers to build engaging, cloud-connected apps without having to write, test, manage or scale server-side code or infrastructure.”

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm “Distribution Opportunities”

Moderator: Estuardo Robles, Vice President, AppsGeyser

AppsGeyser is a framework which uses web content and HTML5 to create apps for Android.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm “Monetization vs User Acquisition”

Panelist: Dan Kurani, CEO, Thumb

Thumb is pretty awesome. It’s an app which lets you as questions of the crowd to gather opinions. You can check it out by downloading it for iOS or for Android.

6:30pm – GMIC VIP Kickoff dinner (VIP passes only)

Location: Almaden Ballroom in the Hilton San Jose, 300 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA

 

Friday October 19th

Friday is the big day, with 4 different tracks, and both conferences happening simultaneously. Not to mention Scandit wil be competing against 9 other startups on Friday for the G-Startup competition! Check it out:

 

9:30am Keynote: Yuri Milner, Founder, DST Global and Lei Jun, CEO, Xiaomi

10:40am Keynote: Vaughan Smith, VP of Mobile Partnerships and Corporate Development, Facebook

11:40am “The Realities of Mobile Payments”

This panel with feature speakers from Swisscom Ventures, RIM (lol!), Amex Ventures, Rogers Communications and Sequent Software. We’ve written a lot about the mobile payments space, so we’re very curious to hear what these guys have to say.

1pm-3pm G-Startup Growth Stage Startup Competition

Come on out to the G-Startup competition and cast your vote for us! Our CEO Samuel will be taking the stage to pitch a panel of judges and the audience. We hope to see you there!

 6:15pm-8:30pm GMIC Night, AppSpace A

Drink a pint of beer with your fellow conference attendees which checking out the mobile fashion show, and the crowning of Miss Silicon Valley. We suspect this could be awesome… or it may go terribly wrong! In any case you won’t want to miss it.

 

Saturday October 20th

10am G-Startup winner announcement

10:35am Fireside chat with Aaron Levie, CEO and Founder, Box

Aaron also provides insightful and humorous commentary.  He’s a great ice-breaker to start the day.

2:20pm Fireside chat with Tayloe Stansbury, SVP & CTO of Intuit, and Wade Roush, Chief Correspondent at Xconomy

This chat will feature more discussion about m-commerce to wet your palette.

2:35pm “Monetization Strategies for the Next Wave in Mobile”

Featuring panelists form Chartboost, Playphone, HandyGames and iFree, this panel will tackle a tough but interesting topic.

8:30pm-late Official GMIC Afterparty, Studio 88, South 1st Street  San Jose, CA

Only the first 200 drinks are free, so get there early!

 

If you’re a developer, you’ll also want to check out the appspace track.

 

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for live tweets from the conference, and stop by our booth to say hi, scan some barcodes and eat some Swiss chocolate. We can’t wait to see you out there!