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GVSU Loosemore Auditorium

401 West Fulton Street · Grand Rapids, MI

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Loosemore Auditorium is on GVSU's downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus.

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Announcing the next meetup for Mobile Monday Grand Rapids: Mobile Web/HTML5.

On Monday, April 30, MoMoGR will host its next event at GVSU's Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids. The event will focus on the mobile web and HTML5, the language adopted by modern mobile web browsers. The event is free, but please do RSVP on the MoMoGR Meetup site so we have an accurate headcount.

Event Overview:

What is the mobile web? Simply put, the mobile web is what the web looks like on mobile browsers. With the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices, more and more companies are focusing their efforts on highly functional, elegant websites designed specifically for mobile browsers. And with widely adopted technologies like HTML5, and with existing web technologies like JavaScript and CSS, the barriers for building dynamic, cross-platform mobile websites are lower than ever.

Doors will open at 5:30 PM for refreshments and pre-event networking, and the event will begin promptly at 6:00 PM.

We are proud to announce that this event will be sponsored by Research in Motion (http://us.blackberry.com/) (RIM). The event will feature a panel of presenters, including developer Erik Oros from Research in Motion as well as a number of other mobile web experts. Research in Motion will also be giving away a new Playbook (http://us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet/) and other goodies at the event, but you have to be present in order to win!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Speakers:

James Brown is the Senior Director of Compuware’s Mobility Center of Excellence. Before joining the MCoE, James was the Global Delivery Manager for Volkswagen’s launch of their updated SOA-based website, responsible for managing the work of multiple vendors in Germany, England, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles. During his 11 years at Compuware, he has been the Chair of the Architecture and Development practice for Michigan, as well as leading a delivery team for Volkswagen marketing. Prior to that, he worked with Chrysler, managing onshore/offshore teams in the migration and conversion of several key dealer management applications into the Chrysler’s DealerConnect portal. “Live at the Apollo” is widely acknowledged as his best album.

Todd Fortier has just over 5 years in development experience creating applications in C++, C# .NET, Python, Java and Objective C. He started mobile development in Android, switched to iOS and hasn't looked back. He currently leads the mobile development effort at Rapidparts Inc, a local Grand Rapids company that distributes aftermarket forklift parts. He is an active mobile developer and has published a few apps to the market place. He started and runs the GR Mobile Developer Group with other local GR developers, designers, and technologists. Todd believes in continuing personal and professional growth through new experiences and constant learning.

Doug Lang is a passionate entrepreneur and self-described technophile. He is one of the two partners that make up Red Pigeon, a mobile web services firm in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition to his formal role as the front man for marketing and sales, he is the genesis of Red Pigeon's product line and mobile methodology (AKA "How to Free Your Message"). Prior to earning his degree in Aeronautical Science (in 2005 at the highly-regarded Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ), he worked in various capacities in telecommunications. His start in technology was in 1995 as an in-house IT technician in a large pharmaceutical data processing firm in Scottsdale, AZ. Doug's career spanned many positions, culminating in his role as Senior Software Associate for Avaya Communications, a spin-off of millennial tech darling Lucent Technologies, where he was hired in 1998.Recognizing game-changing technology is what he learned from his years of being on the bleeding edge of the telecom industry. Doug passionately believes that Mobile Web, Smartphones, QR Codes, and Red Pigeon's mobile implementation methodology are the game changers right now.

Erik Oros joined Research In Motion a little over two years ago as an Application Development Consultant; at that time he primarily interacted with enterprise customers developing Java applications. Prior to supporting BlackBerry development, he attended Wilfrid Laurier University’s Business Administration and Computer Science program. Even before university he always had an interest in programming, which helped immensely when picking up new languages in school and at RIM. Even more so during his transition into the HTML5 space over the past year. The opportunities of HTML5 in the mobile arena are immense right now, and the technology has brought with it a collaborative and open community that benefits all developers. Erik is extremely excited to be a part of this space as HTML5 solidifies itself on mobile platforms. His role as a development consultant is to help other developers ensure that they are choosing the best path forward for their project and, once that path is chosen, helping ensure that they reach the finish line.

Ben Rousch By day, Ben is the entire IT department and Manager of Information Systems at Van Dam Iron Works, a mid-sized stair and railing fabricator in Grand Rapids. By night, Ben helps to organize a variety of local user and technical groups and conferences including BarCamp Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Web Development Group, the Grand Rapids Linux Users Group, the Grand Rapids Python Users Group, and the Grand Rapids Mobile Development Group. He has been making websites for more than 15 years using plain old HTML and CSS, PHP, Javascript, and Python. His love of the Internet and Android addiction have recently prompted him to explore flexible, responsive, design techniques for the "regular" and mobile web.


Loosemore Auditorium is on GVSU's downtown Pew Campus. If you are not familiar with the Pew Campus a campus map is available online (http://www.gvsu.edu/maps.htm). The auditorium is in Devos Center Building E (marked 5E on the campus map), Room 122E. There will also be signage pointing you to the event. You can park free in the Fulton Lot (marked #16 on the campus map) if you mention to the parking attendant that you are attending the MoMoGR event.

About MoMoGR:

Mobile Monday Grand Rapids is a group of local Developers, Marketers, and IT professionals passionate about mobile technology and its ever increasing ubiquity.