We’re little more than a month away from MobileBeat 2012, VentureBeat’s annual mobile conference, where we’ve lined up some of the biggest names in the industry to chat about this year’s theme, “Design is the new battleground.”
We’ve snagged Dave Morin, co-founder and CEO of the upcoming mobile social-network Path; Mark Pincus, founder and CEO of the social gaming company Zynga; and Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile; along with a slew of other great speakers. You can find the full speaker list at the MobileBeat 2012 website, and we’ve featured a few below as well.
MobileBeat 2012 will take place July 10-11 in San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. This year it’s taking place alongside our GamesBeat 2012 conference, which is focused on the “Crossover Era” of gaming. Register for MobileBeat 2012 here (you can also sign up for a combined GamesBeat pass at a discount).
We’re also still accepting applications for our Innovation Competition, which is open to mobile apps and services developers. (Deadline for submission is 5:00pm PST on June 8.) At the conference, an expert panel and the audience will choose the winners of the competition. Winners will receive our coveted Tesla award (named in honor of Nikola Tesla, the scientist who discovered early mobile communication) along with other prizes yet to be announced.
Meet some of our star speakers:
Dave Morin is the co-founder and CEO of Path, the smart journal that helps you share life with the ones you love. Prior to founding Path, Dave was an original member of the Facebook team, where he played a variety of product, marketing, strategy, and management roles helping to expand Facebook’s ecosystem to what’s now more than 901 million people worldwide.
Mark Pincus is the founder, CEO and chief product officer of Zynga. He founded the company in 2007 with a mission of connecting the world through games. He has also founded zynga.org, based on his believes that games can be more than just fun, they can do good.
Jason Spero is the director of mobile ads for the Americas at Google. Jason is responsible for leading the sales and partner management teams that provide services and solutions to thousands of advertisers, developers and publishers. He joined Google in May 2010 as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob where he was vice president and general manager of North America responsible for strategy and operations.
Chris Weber is the president of Nokia Inc. and head of markets for the Americas region. He’s responsible for managing the markets organization of Nokia’s device and services business across North and South America. Prior to joining Nokia, Chris owned his own consulting business focused on helping companies develop world class sales cultures. He is a Microsoft veteran, who during his 15 years with the company, held several senior executive positions in sales, marketing and professional services.
We want to thank the industry leaders that are supporting MobileBeat 2012: W3i as Platinum Sponsor, Flurry, Tapjoy & YouWeb as Gold Sponsors, Greystripe & Nokia Developer as Silver Sponsors, and Game Insight, Kontagent, Nexage, Pontiflex, Swrve, Urban Airship & Apsalar as Event Sponsors.