On stage jury
Rick Fant – VP Apps and Marketplace – Mozilla Francisco.Rick Fant as VP and GM of Apps and the Firefox Marketplace leads the development of the ecosystem, the tools and infrastructure supporting developers, the Marketplace for discovery and distribution to end-users, and the commerce platform within Mozilla. Rick joined from Vodafone in the UK where he was the Program Director for the combination of Internet services and bespoke handsets marketed as Vodafone 360. Prior to Vodafone, Rick had a long career at Microsoft starting in application development and deployment; growing to server product development and marketing and evolving into managing product teams in the delivery of mobile applications and services. Rick gained an extensive background in software development and organization management with Tandem computers and US West communications.
Bear Douglas is a Developer Advocate at Facebook, where she helps developers build compelling social apps using Facebook’s APIs and mobile SDKs. She’s collaborated with many development teams and startup accelerators to help new companies and apps get users and gain traction. Bear is a hackathon veteran, responsible for organizing Facebook HACKs and mentoring at dozens of others. When she’s not at a hack, she can usually
Joe Neale, Principal, m8 Capital. m8 Capital is a London based VC firm focusing solely on investing into mobile technology across the globe. m8 Capital’s investment include Masabi, Evernote, Noom, Fuller, Portalarium, 955 Dreams, Rummble Labs and Aylus Networks.Prior to m8 Capital, Joe held a series of operational roles in design, business development and marketing at MySpace and Symbian.
Dídac Lee Hsing Entrepreneur & CEO of Inspirit . Dídac founded his first company at the age of 21: Intercomgi, which was the embryo of what has today become the technology group Inspirit. The engine of the group is Inspirit Labs, which is dedicated to the creation, incubation and acceleration of new technology-based businesses.Inspirit currently consists of 9 innovative technology businesses (Marketing Online, IT security, Software engineering, E-commerce): Zyncro, Spamina, Fhios, The Etailers, Hotelerum, Addfleet, Pickbe, Matrix and a Development Centre in Argentina with 80 engineers.
He is currently a director of Futbol Club Barcelona, where he is responsible for technology. Among his awards, Dídac was given “Best Tech Entrepreneur” from Cambridge University (2005), “The National Internet Prize” in 2011, “Entrepreneur of the Year ” in 2012, and he was chosen by the prestigious business school IESE as one of the most influential entrepreneurs under 40.
Robin Wauters is the European Editor of leading global technology news site The Next Web and formerly a senior editor at TechCrunch (acquired by AOL in 2010) and editor-in-chief of Virtualization.com. A seasoned technology journalist and commentator, he’s also an entrepreneur, event organizer, speaker, moderator, occasional startup advisor and angel investor but most importantly a champion of startups and the European startup ecosystem in particular.After working as Internet marketing manager for technology company Hostbasket (acquired by Telenet) and later as online media manager for leading Belgian IT publisher Datanews / VNUnet (acquired by Roularta), Robin co-founded social media agency Talking Heads in 2009 (the company became part of Web design and development agency Netlash in 2010).
Scott Apeland, Director, Intel Developer Program. Scott currently leads the Intel Developer Program and is responsible for defining and delivering programs and services for software developers world-wide. His responsibilities include developer engagement, technical support, marketing and outreach, community building and app validation for the Intel Developer Zone and the Intel AppUp Developer Program. The Intel Developer Zone is global program where developers engage with Intel for all things software – from development to distribution. Intel Developer Zone is the global program to engage with Intel for all things software – from development to distribution.
Scott joined Intel in 1991 and prior to his current role was responsible for managing new product development, roadmap strategies and partner initiatives in the Video Conferencing Division, Internet Media Streaming Division and Embedded Controller Division.
Raimo Van Der Klein ,VINSON. Raimo has been active in the mobile industry for more than 12 years. Started as Product Marketing Manager at Nokia Networks. Moving to Nokia Mobile Phones where has various sales and marketing positions. After a short stop at KPN, where he was Principal Innovation Manager responsible for User Generated Content, Mobile Social networks and Presence Messaging, he became an entrepeneur working in the mobile space together with companies like Vodafone, Rabobank and the national dutch broadcaster NOS. In 2009 Raimo co-founded the Amsterdam based mobile Augmented Reality company Layar. As CEO Raimo made Layar the biggest player in Augmented Reality in the world with 29 million downloads and more than 20.000 partners. Currently Raimo has joined VINSON a highly innovative Mobile TV player which will be launched at MWC 2013..
Gary Stewart is the Director of Wayra Spain (Telefonica’s start-up accelerator,with full-time academies in both Barcelona and Madrid). He is also an associate professor and the entrepreneur-in-residence at IE Business School, and was previously the managing director of the Venture Lab at IE Business School. In 2006, Gary founded nuroa.es (a property search engine operational in 12 countries) with his business partner, Oriol Blasco. To date, nuroa has raised more than €3 million in financing. Prior to founding nuroa, Gary worked as a corporate lawyer specialized in mergers and acquisitions and securities law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Barcelona and Madrid, and as a summer litigation association at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles. After law school, Gary also clerked for Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Gary graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and received his juris doctor (JD) from Yale Law School, where he was co-Executive Editor of (and was published in) The Yale Law Journal. Gary has been interviewed and written about his views on entrepreneurship in such publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Marker, Globes, and China Business News, etc. He’s also been selected by OnlineMBA.com as one of the “50 Business Professors You Should Follow on Twitter”. You can reach him via Twitter or LinkedIn. Gary will soon launch a blog in Cinco Dias, one of Spain’s top business newspapers
Andy Carvell is Product Marketing Manager for Mobile at SoundCloud, the leading social sound platform, with offices in Berlin, London, Sofia and San Francisco.
He has worked in the mobile industry for over 12 years in a variety of roles, from software development to project, program and product management. He started his career at Nokia in 1999, developing the first generation of mobile videogames. At SoundCloud he is dedicated to driving adoption of the company’s mobile apps and mobile website.
James Parton is Twilio’s Director of European MarketingJames brings over 20 years experience of working at the intersection of telecommunications and the web;covering marketing, product development, product management and sales. In addition James is an active contributor to the wider tech and marketing community. He co-founded and hosts HashBang.TV a regular podcast that profiles the UK’s leading entrepeneurs and tech community personalities. James was the founding chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Technology Interest Group, and served a successful two year term as a global director of MEF.
James Thornton, Senior Editor & Mobile Lead Expert at Softonic. James leads a team of specialist mobile app experts from across Softonic’s network of international sites. Together, they produce innovative reviews, news, tutorials and analysis for applications across all mobile platforms. During his 8-year tenure at Softonic, James has tested and reviewd more than 6,000 mobile apps. In that time, he’s seen the cutting edge of smartphone apps change from simple solitaire games on a Palm of Pocket PC device, to immersive 3D adventures on HD tablet devices. James has a BA ( Hons) degree in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University and works at Softonic’s Spanish headquarters in Barcelona.[
Marco Benninghaus, Senior Manager App Partnering, Deutsche Telekom AG. Marco is heading the mobile developer relations around the TopApps and VIP Apps programmes at Deutsche Telekom in Germany. With more than 100 co-marketing deals per year, Telekom TopApps is one of the biggest telco-initiatives promoting high-quality apps to a multi-million monthly user-base in Europe.
Marco is responsible for winning the hearts and minds of app developers and building an ecosystem of app recommendation across iPhone, Android and Windows Phone – always at eye level with developers. His profound knowledge of the various app ecosystems, store dynamics and strategic marketing make him a sought-after mentor for startups in the app business.
Petra Vorsteher, EVP Strategic Alliances & Co-founder,Smaato. Petra has over 18 years of business development experience in the US and Europe. She was VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Intershop Communications, Inc. with responsibility for all strategic, business and technical partnerships globally. As founding member of Intershop, Petra was instrumental in growing the company from a start-up to a publicly listed company with a market cap of $12B and worldwide offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
She was largely responsible for Intershop’s $25M licensing deal with Deutsche Telekom and their subsequent investment in the company. Petra has formed partnerships with IBM, HP, Apple, Intel, SAP, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, eBay,Visa, FedEx, UPS and major telecommunication companies including AT & T,Sprint, Telstra, Hong Kong Telecom, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom. Prior to Intershop she did market entry strategies for companies wanting to establish a presence in the US or Europe. She is a board member of [email protected] responsible for International alliances.Petra was named Mobile Women to Watch 2010 by Mobile Marketer and Top Female Executive 2010 by Mobile Entertainment.
Vipul Chopra, Manager, Developer Program, Intel Corporation. Vipul is responsible for fostering, building, and growing developer communities around the Intel® Developer Zone Intel Developer Zone is the global program to engage with Intel for all things software – from development to distribution. Vipul and his team are passionate about engaging and helping developers to build differentiated applications for platforms and emerging technologies powered by Intel® Architecture. He has more than eighteen years of experience in software industry in various positions and functions. Vipul holds a BS in Engineering and an MBA from University of Oregon.
Neil Mansilla is the Director of Platform Evangelism & Partnerships for Mashery. He is a passionate software engineer and tech entrepreneur. Neil previously founded several web and software companies in verticals including search, e-commerce, real estate and healthcare. He is responsible for helping developers discover, learn and utilize the platforms on the Mashery API Network (http://developer.mashery.com/apis) Neil has spoken at Cloudforce, OSCon, Gluecon, The Business of APIs Conference, PayPal X.commerce, Cloudcamps around the country, and each year appears at dozens of national and local developer events.
Bill Maggs is Director of Product Management at Mozilla Concentrating on Mozilla’s creation of a platform for the creation and distribution of open web apps. He previously worked on third party apps, platforms, and tools at several mobile OEMs.