Mobilex Chicago


Charles Yim

AdMob, Business Development

Age: 27
Location: San Francisco, CA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Working with media companies and mobile application developers of all sizes and stages figure out how to approach advertising as a part of their business model.
Topic: Mobile Advertising
About Me: I manage iPhone and Android publisher outreach for AdMob. I love working with app developers; having a front row seat to the production of the most innovative apps out there is the best part of my job.
Twitter: @ChuckYim

Noah Kagan

President & Founder of kickflip inc. Makers of

Age: 27
Location: San Francisco, CA
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Creating Facebook Mobile and Gambit Payments for mobile.
Topic: Making Money in Mobile - It's not just the iPhone
About Me: I love building web products, burritos and watching movies. Please check out my latest passion at I also like to rappel off of 300 foot bridges.
Twitter: @noahkagan

Steven Woolley

ooTunes Founder

Age: 30
Location: St. Louis Missouri
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Over 90,000 sales in about 1 year in the app store.
Topic: Integrating open source libraries into your iphone app
About Me: I'm a father of 4 (as of last week). 30 years old, and I spend more time doing customer service than any other single activity, and that includes sleeping.
Twitter: @ooTunes

Justin Raney

Apax Software, VP of Development

Age: 25
Location: Lexington, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Fanstream iPhone App, Hallway Feeds iPhone App
Setup Development Environments
Basic Menu Navigation
Introduction to Table Views
Working with Data Sources
Sound, GPS, External Links, etc.
About Me: I like working for myself, because it allows me to do things my way. This allows for more creativity and innovation.
Blog: N/A
Twitter: @jarane2

Jon Myers

JUFTi Games, Founder

Age: 37
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment:
1. First iPhone app to be censored by a government.
2. Wall-street journal coverage
Topic: App launch marketing
About Me: Nomadic contrarian with a passion for mobile, design, pattern detection and serendipity.
Twitter: @jonmyers

Chris Judd

Judd Solutions, President/Consultant/Author

Age: 37
Location: Columbus, OH
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Built the Remarkable Ohio iPhone Application for the State of Ohio and the Ohio Historical Center but I have also built complex work order applications for standard phones written in J2ME.
iPhone Mapkit
Unit testing & performance tuning
About Me: Christopher Judd is the president and primary consultant for Judd Solutions (, an international speaker, an open source evangelist, the Central Ohio Java Users Group ( and Columbus iPhone Developer User Group leader, and the co-author of Beginning Groovy and Grails (Apress, 2008), Enterprise Java Development on a Budget (Apress, 2003) and Pro Eclipse JST (Apress, 2005) as well as the author of the children’s book “Bearable Moments”. He has spent 13 years architecting and developing software for Fortune 500 companies in various industries, including insurance, retail, government, manufacturing, service, and transportation. His current focus is on consulting, mentoring, and training with Java, Java EE, Groovy, Grails, Cloud Computing and mobile platforms like iPhone, Android and Java ME.
Twitter: @javajudd

Rob Babcock

Airframe Structures Lead/Liaison, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Age: 34
Location: Lexington, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Co-Host of the iPhone Applications Podcast 'The Appcast'
Topic: App Store Trends
About Me: I co-host a podcast that's all about iPhone applications, so I spend far too much time looking over the new ones that have come out and testing and comparing more specific genres for our weekly 'core topics'.
Twitter: @TheAppcast

Adam Winter

JoeMetric, Inc., ChiefJoe

Age: 35
Location: Columbus, OH
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Co-Founder of JoeMetric, a company that is revolutionizing the way in which companies gather consumer opinions.
Topic: The business side of structuring, funding and launching a mobile app company.
* How to run a company efficiently.
* The role of cloud computing infrastructure.
* Critical elements of a business plan.
* How to bootstrap the finances.
* How to seek angel/venture investment.
* Understanding investment term sheets
* Key financial metrics, and how to act upon them
About Me: Adam is a web and mobile entrepreneur as well as an angel investor. He enjoys talking about the future and the role of cutting-edge technologies of all types, but particularly the mobile revolution.
Twitter: @AdamWinter

Krista Neher

CEO, Boot Camp Digital

Age: 30
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Work with brands like P&G and on their mobile strategies and executions.
Topic: Mobile Marketing 101 - How Marketers can Play in Mobile
About Me: I am originally from Canada (although I no longer say aboot) and have worked in marketing for over 10 years. I spent 5+ years with P&G and then went on to run marketing for, an internet start-up. I now run Boot Camp Digital - we do social media and internet marketing training and consulting.

Vitaliy Levit

Recess Mobile, Cofounder

Age: 23
Location: Columbus, OH
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Dove into mobile and SMS head first with no previous industry experience and quickly establishing the company as a respected startup.
Topic: Solving problems with the ubiquitous mobile technology, SMS
About Me: I learn well by failing quickly. In 2009 alone, I started three LLCs and one S-Corp, each with different partners and industry focus. While others are thinking how to proceed, I get it done and iterate quickly.
Twitter: @vlbeta

Yury Tsukerman

Recess Mobile, Cofounder

Age: 24
Location: Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Lead the development of a mobile messaging platform from scratch, which let me touch on every kind of SMS application possible and more important, defined my approach to building a product.
Topic: Solving problems with the ubiquitous mobile technology, SMS
About Me: I consider myself a skeptic of the quotidian - as Steve Jobs says, "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." I love a clever solution and have validated many of them: the Uberman Sleep Cycle for four months, daily cold showers inspired by a NYT obit, a gluten-free diet, jettisoning "stuff," the Lean Startup methodology, deliberate practice, and of course, the panacea of mobile.
Twitter: N/A

Mark Gilicinski

Founder at MobileXpeditions, LLC

Age: 40-something
Location: Dublin, Ohio
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Launching MobileXpeditions
14ninetytwo program at TechColumbus
Building hammers instead of nails
About Me: Passionate about developing technology that solves problems and brings new solutions to the world.  My career includes experience at the Department of Defense, AOL, and over ten years with Disney.
Blog: N/A
Twitter: @mwgilicinski

Henry Balanon

Founder/Lead-Dev at

Age: 28
Location: Detroit, MI
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Bickbot's designed apps that were Apple Featured in the iTunes App Store. We've also created a top 10 app in the sports category of the App Store.
Topic: The top 5 problems you have with getting press for your iPhone App and how to solve them
About Me: I am a mobile writer and speaker. I am also the iPhone app founder and developer. I am also a food photographer for
Twitter: @balanon

Marco Nielsen

Enterprise Mobile, Director

Age: 40
Location: Chicago, IL
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Helping Fortune 100 companies successfully deploy mobile devices and appliances within their enterprise environments.
Topic: Opportunities for Mobile Solutions in Large Companies - Best Practices for Successful Mobile Application Implementations
About Me: These days I tend to carry more than one mobile device. Still waiting for the perfect device. :-)
Twitter: N/A

James F Ruffer III


Age: 32
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: RESOLUTE's biggest mobile accomplishment so far has been the development of Appanda, an online tool that allows anyone to create their own iPhone and Android app in less than an hour and for less than $500 a year. The goal was to build an intuitive interface design that allows flexibility and control for the user. We created this technology from scratch with no guidelines, and we now have a solid software platform that we will grow in a number of cool directions. Our next steps include making Appanda capabale of supporing all mobile platforms, as well as to deepen the tool set, allowing users even further freedom to create their apps. This is a new world and mobile devices are changing everything. Just ten years ago, businesses that had their own website were considered edgy. Now, every business is almost required to host its own website. Mobile apps are going to be the same sort of tool that businesses can use to reach their customers. Appanda helps them create that tool.
Topic: Spectacular Failures
About Me: James F. Ruffer, III, is a co-founder and CTO of RESOLUTE, a company that creates software platforms for mobile devices. James comes from a diverse entrepreneurial background, with deep experience in IT security, server-based technologies, and SaaS solutions. When he is not geeking out, he is playing/coaching/reffing volleyball and eating really fine cuisine.
Twitter: @appandaapps

Ryan Bauer

Partner, Vivian's Voice

Age: 32
Location: Columbus, OH
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Helping over twenty businesses develop, implement and benefit from successful mobile marketing campaigns.
Topic: Creating Powerful Mobile Marketing Campaigns
with strategies for harnessing social networks
About Me: In my MobileX presentation, I'll give real world examples from other businesses that have completed successful mobile marketing campaigns. Aside from getting people to separate themselves from their money and buy things from my clients, I'm interested in cutting edge technologies. My current project revolves around using smart phones to scan QR codes and how that can be used to market products.
Twitter: @ryanomics

Ed Keenan

Former Executive Technology Director at Midway Games

Age: N/A
Location: N/A
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Coming Soon!.
Topic: Coming Soon!.
About Me: Coming Soon!.
Blog: Coming Soon!.
Twitter: @Coming Soon!

Luke Murray

Awesome Inc Experience

Age: 27
Location: Lexington, KY
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Hosted a mobile conference in Lexington and launched five conferences nation wide.
Topic: Funding a startup: What are your options
About Me: I like to skateboard and play keyboard when I am not talking about mobile apps.
Twitter: @lukemd

Molly Garris

Arc Worldwide / Leo Burnett, Digital Strategy Manager

Age: 30
Location: Chicago, IL
Biggest Mobile Accomplishment: Worldwide's in-house mobile marketing subject matter expert to lead internal and external mobile education, strategically guide accounts with mobile solutions and assist with managing mobile campaign execution. Clients include Purina, P & G, Whirlpool, Allstate, McDonald’s, Walgreens, Altria, Comcast, Norton, United Airlines and Kellogg.
Topic: Top mistakes companies make when trying to utilize mobile as part of their marketing strategy
About Me: lover of tennis, food, interior design, urban life, technology and marketing
Twitter: @girliefromthed

And more to come!