I’ve participated as a presenter every year since 2001 (back before smartphones – when downloadable apps was a new thing for feature phones and drove the appetite for color screens). But I am every year, an attendee too, and it is the attendee experience that matters here. Uplinq is a rare thing and I would argue there are things you can accomplish at Uplinq that are virtually impossible to accomplish at the big wireless shows.
Uplinq has evolved to address the entire mobile value chain from developers to manufacturers to software and hardware technology providers so you really have everything under one roof at Uplinq – but in an intimate, casual environment that lends itself not just to learning, but to engaging. And to make business deals.
The conference has a host of special programming designed for the particular needs of each part of the wireless ecosystem. Uplinq kicks off on Sept. 3 with the Mobile CodeFest & Hackathon for coders (definitely not for the business guys). Hardware Day, focused on the needs of component suppliers, is a new program this year, also being held on Sept. 3. Market Match, which runs Sept. 4 & 5, gives the BD guys at developer companies direct 1:1 access with decision makers at manufacturers and network operators. The afternoon breakout sessions have something for everyone, from “tech. lite” sessions to business sessions that help attendees get a better bead on important considerations as they run their businesses. BTW, I think the networking opportunities at Uplinq are second to none.
And for the big-picture view, Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s chairman & CEO, will again open the first general session. This year, we also have Marc Andreessen addressing the full conference. And, of course, Raj Talluri and I will see you in our annual super sessions. In addition, we have Mozilla and BlackBerry super sessions this year, so the agenda’s packed.
We’re on final approach for Uplinq 2013. I hope to see you there.