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The Future of Mobile {Sponsored by Microsoft & Blackberry}

There’s no question the mobile market is at an all time high. Companies are now shifting their marketing and development efforts to ensuring they have a strong mobile strategy, but have we only scratched the surface? 

As part of our Tech in Motion mobile summer series we have invited a panel of mobile developers to discuss what the future holds for all things mobile.

Have a question you’d like to ask the panel? Click Here

About the Panelists:

Ryan Johnson, VP of Mobile Engineering at Buzzfeed

Ryan Johnson is the Vice President of Mobile Engineering at BuzzFeed, where he is in charge of the iOS, Android, and Mobile Web teams.  Prior to BuzzFeed, Ryan was the Director of Technology at Hyper IQ and the VP of Engineering at Red Stamp. After being featured by Starbucks and Apple, Red Stamp was acquired by Taylor Corp in 2013. Passionate about mobile development, Ryan has been developing for the iPhone for the last five years

Manny Elawar, Blackberry Developer Evangelist at Blackberry

Manny travels the globe in the hopes of finding talented developers eager to pursue new opportunities on the new and exciting BlackBerry 10 Platform. Manny's technical background primarily includes C/C++ development for simulation tools, specifically in the areas of Mobile Device Management, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and VoIP. He has an educational background in Software Engineering and Business Administration. Manny loves to travel, play music, organize social events, and spend time with friends and family. Fun Facts: Manny has been skydiving multiple times, traveled throughout Europe, and can solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute...track him down and get him to show you!

Charles Schulze, Principal Engineer at Yahoo!

Charlie Schulze is a principal engineer currently working with Yahoo in NY on their new mobile products. Previously Charlie was with HBO working on the team that originally created and built HBO GO in NYC. Whenever there is an opportunity, nights and weekends are spent prototyping, tinkering, and developing mobile games. Over the past 14 years, he has had the opportunity to develop mobile and desktop applications for many of the worlds top brands including EA Games, Bloomberg, Puma, Harvard, AOL, HBO, ESPN, Adobe, and more. 

Henry Kirk, Senior iOS Developer at Audible, an Amazon Company

Henry has been working on the iOS platform since Apple released the first SDK in 2008. Henry joined Audible’s iOS team in 2013, contributing to the company’s flagship iOS apps, as well as the new Audible integration within the Kindle iOS app. Prior to joining Audible, Henry had built nearly 50 apps, most notably SpeechBox for iPad, an app designed for children with speech and language disabilities. In 2013, SpeechBox was recognized by 148Apps as the “Best App Ever” in the Special Needs category. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 SDK.

Lee Edwards, Engineering Manager at Groupon

Lee is an engineering manager at Groupon in New York, responsible for GrouponLive, the ticketed event part of the business that includes concerts, theatre, sports, and family activities. Previously, he was the lead engineer at SideTour, which was acquired by Groupon last September. Groupon's mobile business accounts for more than half of its transactions globally. Its native app has over 80 million downloads and is one of the top 25 all-time apps in the App Store. Groupon has also recently launched Gnome, a tablet-based platform that helps merchants run their businesses more effectively and understand their customers better.

About the Moderator:

Kaja Whitehouse, Technology Editor at The New York Post


As always we would like to thank our sponsors Workbridge AssociatesJobspring PartnersBlackberryMicrosoft, Syncano & Applico for sponsoring this month’s event.

Learn more about our sponsors:


BlackBerry®, a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected.

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Our comprehensive strategy, design and engineering services give our clients all the resources they need to capitalize on Platform Thinking and dominate the competition.

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  • HomeVision S.

    good topic to discuss, its have a bright future

    August 6

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    See you tonight.


    2 · July 17, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    The meetup was a great learning experience. Looking forward to the next event as this was my first

    1 · July 18, 2014

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    July 17, 2014

  • manuela

    About to launch our kickstarter and I'm looking for a CTO

    1 · July 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's interesting that Blackberry and Microsoft are sponsoring this event - with a combined global market share of 4%

    2 · July 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not sure what you mean. Explain?

      July 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ditching my tix. Not interested.

      July 17, 2014

  • Michael Y

    I am in the process of Developing an App. Would love to meet like minded people

    July 11, 2014

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      July 15, 2014

    • Sara C.

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      July 16, 2014

  • J. Michael B.

    I have a conflicting engagement, working on adjusting/figuring how to manipulate both events.

    July 16, 2014

  • Omar227

    Tech consultant in born and raised in NYC

    June 30, 2014

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      July 15, 2014

  • Alavee H.

    I have high interest in tech talk and events

    July 10, 2014

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      July 15, 2014

  • elhadj m d.

    I wish i have time to attend this Important meetup about the Future of Mobile .

    I Just launch a StartUp '' Smartpone Evolution '' a Media Magazine i'd love to meet people , Journalists and analysts about the Mobile industry , if you are interested you can send me an Email at : [masked]

    July 15, 2014

  • Omar A.

    Hey guys, Looking forward...
    Check out our Augmented Reality Hat:­
    tell me if that's too crazy lol...

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Lily

    so sorry that I'm gonna miss it. Looks very appealing.

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Gerardo

    sorry going to be traveling for work

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Dave B.

    Is there a fee for this event? Wasn't sure.

    June 24, 2014

    • Claire

      Hi Dave, it is completely free to attend this event. Cheers, Claire

      June 24, 2014

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    1 · June 22, 2014

  • manuela

    Can't wait for this one

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward

    May 15, 2014

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