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Mobile Web vs. Native Apps: an @Walmartlabs perspective

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Please join us on December 4th, 2012 at 6:00 PM at our San Bruno Campus for food, refreshments and an informative discussion.

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Apple's iPhone SDK has proven the largest disruption to software development since the Web, sparking the creation in a few short years of the largest medium for consumer engagement in the world, eclipsing even movies and television. The Web, once destined to be the industry's dominant app platform, now has an uncertain future in mobile at a time when mobile is disrupting the entire PC industry. Is the Web destined to reclaim its former glory, or will app popularity continue its explosive growth? Join Ben and Dion as they discuss the web vs. app conflict in the context of the present and the post-PC era beyond.


6:00-6:30 meet other attendees, enjoy pizza and soda
6:31-7:15 Mobile Web vs. Native Apps: a @Walmartlabs perspective
7:16-7:20 Introducing
7:21-8:00 Q&A
8:01-8:30 Networking

Capacity: 300 attendees

Speaker: Ben Galbraith

We have been fortunate to get the time and cooperation from our Mobile Group and Ben Galbraith will be presenting the topic Mobile Web vs. Native Apps: a @Walmartlabs perspective. Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic "Ben and Dion" duo that founded, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben's been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he's written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.

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