Earlybird tickets to MobileBeat, our conference focused on the tectonic changes happening in the mobile industry, are on sale until tomorrow — so move quickly.
We’ve got a great lineup of speakers shaping up. I expect the most valuable part will be the networking in the hallways between sessions. The mobile industry has long been fragmented: Developers have largely been shut out of the platform discussion, because of regulations that have resulted in a quasi-monopoly among carriers. Two worlds have existed, remotely.
But now that’s changing, as Google and the iPhone, together with new open wireless spectrum, are forcing the carriers to slowly change their tune. Developers are now focusing more energy on mobile apps.
We’ve finished selecting 80 nominees for best mobile companies, and readers are voting on them now — and the winners will be invited to be part of the event. We’ll have a cocktail party afterward for people to schmooze. A more exact agenda will be released shortly, but mark your calendar for July 24. We’ll start late morning, and will keep this a jam-packed half-day event.
We’ve already announced several speakers. We’re happy to announce the latest additions: Dan Farber, CNET’s editor-in-chief (top left), and Tim Chang, a partner at Norwest Venture Partners, who specializes in wireless investments (lower left). More to come.
Early-bird tickets here. The discount ends tomorrow.