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With the sixth year of Mobilize, we decided to shake up the show by focusing on the mobile revolutions that’s happening outside of handsets. We also decided to ditch the Launchpad in exchange for a hardware product showcase.

Do you have a connected doorbell? A fitness tracker for dogs? A connected water sensor that will change the way farmers irrigate their fields? What about an awesome toy that talks back to the web? If you’re a hardware entrepreneur, we want to give you a chance to strut your stuff at our Mobilize 2013 conference as part of a Product Showcase.

Mobilize_in-article_300x200Since one of the guiding theories behind the show is that mobile computing isn’t just happening on mobile phones but on everything around us, we’re focusing heavily on the internet of things and the enabling technologies behind it. So we wanted to give those new connected devices some love.

We changed our Launchpad competition into a hardware-oriented competition designed to give the finalists a chance to show their wares to the Mobilize audience and receive an evaluation from our venture capitalist judges. There’s also an audience choice award.

So if you’re an accelerator or hardware incubator, tell your companies to apply. If you’re a founder working out of a garage with a soldering iron and a Raspberry Pi then check out the application. If you’re an investor with a stake in a Kickstarter-based project then send your portfolio company our form to fill out. Basically, we’re really excited about what people are building and we want to show it off. The deadline for applying is September 9th at 11:59 PM PT.

We started with some awesome speakers from the hardware space, such as Scott Miller, the CEO of Dragon Innovation and Alex Hawkinson, the CEO and cofounder of SmartThings. We have also included some real connected device brainiacs like Mike Kuniavsky from PARC, Hugo Fiennes, CEO and cofounder of Electric Imp and Alicia Asín, the CEO and cofounder of Libelium.

While Mobilize has focused on mobile networks, mobile devices and the app economy in previous years, we think that vision has become dated. We still have a network focus (after all, we will always need a pipe), but we’re moving into the devices and technologies that will make that pipe useful. It’s the difference between having a conference about broadband and modems to building a conference around the social web.

So hardware startups, I hope you’ll take a few minutes and fill our the application. At Mobilize we not only want to show people what it takes to build the internet of things, but also why people should be so excited to see this come to fruition. Fill out the application and I hope to see you there!

  1. Application submitted!

    Stacey, in your recent podcast with Om, you both agree that the Internet of Things needs to be invisible and more human, with the ability for everything to work together seamlessly. That will come from advances in the enabling technologies behind the IoT rather than from the connected devices themselves. We hope that the former will receive just as much love as the latter at Mobilize, and we’d be very pleased to have the chance to contribute to that discussion. Cheers to batting practice wrapping up so that the ballgame may begin!

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    1. Jeffrey, we are all about enabling technologies :)

      We have panels on how to supply the bandwidth needed, the challenges of dealing with data, the CEO of ARM coming to talk about the silicon and how to embed security. I used to head up our Structure conference on web infrastructure, so don’t worry. We’ve got the nitty gritty covered. But if you see something we’re missing, let me know.

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