During the 2010 GSM World Mobile Congress, TechCrunch Europe will be returning to Barcelona for yet another interactive and live-video-streamed session featuring some of the most innovative and interesting mobile startups and investors in Europe. You can get your tickets to the event here. And by the way, you don;t actually have to be signed up to Mobile World Congress (i.e. pay) to come to our event, which is offsite.
Here’s the programme for the day so far.
2.20pm Opening Remarks, Mike Butcher, Editor TechCrunch Europe
2.30pm Speaker: Christophe Maire on “iPads, eReaders and the new mobile revolution”
Christophe Maire is chief executive officer of Txtr, a Berlin-based startup, building an eReader that’s aimed to be Europe’s answer to the Amazon Kindle. Christophe has 15 years experience as founder and CEO of technology ventures. He founded and led gate5 AG, a Berlin-based pioneer in mobile mapping & community software for 7 years before selling the company to Nokia in the summer 2006. He previously was Managing Director of one of Europe’s largest digital media production and visual effect venture, raising equity from Bertelsmann, Vivendi and Deutsche Telekom (70 m euros total funding). He also initiated CyberCinema, the first European network of electronic cinema venues. He started is career in Japan as innovations manager for Japanese group TOTO. Christophe holds board positions in German media & film production companies (Greenlight Media, Pallas Film). He is further involved in a number of cutting edge web 2.0 ventures, (e.g. Plazes, StudiVZ, Imedo, Autoki, TooStep, Bookpac) as early stage investor and/or board member. A Swiss citizen, he studied business & Administration at the University of St.Gallen and attended executive education in NYU and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
2.50pm Speaker: Noam Bardin, CEO Waze, on “Using moble apps to crowdscource data into a service”
Noam Bardin co-founded Deltathree inc. (NASDAQ: DDDC), a leading international VoIP service provider, where he served for 10 years in a variety of executive positions including as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and VP of Operations. Prior to waze, Noam served as CEO of Intercast Networks. Noam holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University.
3.10pm Investor Panel
Jean Schmitt, managing partner at Sofinnova Partbers
Rodrigo Sepúlveda, Vpod.tv and angel investor
Ricard Söderberg, managing partner, Active Venture Partners
Christian Geissendoerfer, CEO Yoose
4.10pm “The future of realtime location”
Stefan Magdalinski is the CEO of Mocality.com, a new mobile business directory (and a lot more to come) providing services to thousands of entrepreneurs across Africa. Mocality’s first city is Nairobi, Kenya. Previously, he was CTO of Moo.com, the innovative digital printing company, but has been building web applications and online civic hacks since 1994, mostly in startups, including: Virgin Mobile’s original retail website, and OTA apps; UpMyStreet, the ground-breaking web1.0 location-based information source and community; WriteToThem.com (formerly faxyourmp.com); TheyWorkForYou.com, an activist created re-implementation of Hansard, the UK’s parliamentary record; The Open Rights Group (www.openrightsgroup.org). In his spare time, he wonders why he doesn’t have any.
Speaker: Ilja Laurs, CEO and Founder, GetJar on : “The future of app stores – with the rise of HTML5, will app stores still exist in 5 years time?”
Ilja Laurs is Founder & CEO of GetJar, the world’s most popular mobile application distribution and developer community. Today, GetJar is a great example of mobile applications companies growing their businesses off-deck, without having to go through the mobile operators. Some of the high profile applications companies Getjar has been working with include Google Maps, Yahoo Go and Opera Mini. He was born in Lithuania in 1976 – at a time when the country was part of the Soviet Union. While at secondary school, he enrolled in an American student exchange programme, which found him a place in a school in Ohio State for a year. He then came back to Lithuania to join Vilnius University. Interestingly, he says he decided to do Economics as technology was not considered cool at the time, financing his education by teaching English to school students. Fluent in Lithuanian, Russian and English, he holds a keen interest in Basketball and Chess, and enjoys traveling.
4.50pm Panel: “Platform proliferation or decimation? Will Android, iPhone and Maemo win?”
Ouriel Ohayon, Appsfire
Tom Hume, Futureplatforms
Alex Jonsson, mosync.com
Alex Caccia, CEO, IdeaWorks Labs
Gino Micacchi, Mobnotes
Jose Luis Huertas, Mobbeel (Biowallet)
Katie Lips, Little World Gifts
Clemens Rossberg, fonyou Telecom
Raoul Jarvis, Taxipal
Daniele Calabrese, Soundtrckr
30 second audience pitches introduced by Mike Butcher and facilitated by Marina Zaliznyak, TechCrunch Europe
6.30 Networking Drinks at venue
Please contact Petra Johansson petra (at) twistedtree.co.uk for further details.
If you are a member of the press wanting to cover the event, please contact Rassami Hok Ljungberg on rassami (at) rassami.com.