TechCrunch is hosting a Roundtable and Meetup at Mobile World Congress on Thursday next week. “TechCrunchTalk: Mobile 2.0 – Where next?” at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will feature an afternoon of panel discussions and some great evening networking with mobile startups and the investment community. The event will be live video streamed on TechCrunch. Please grab a ticket here.
2009 promises to be the year many of the predictions made about the rise of mobile may start to come true. Startups in the space are poised to take advantage of affordable mobile Internet access and sophisticated handsets like the iPhone. The question is, can they do it? That’s what TechCrunchTalk will seek to tease out from the assembled entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists that back them.
TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 will be at Hotel1898 Barcelona on Thursday 19th of February, 3pm-6.30pm, with networking over drinks till 9pm. Please contact our event organiser Petra Johansson on petra [at] twistedtree [dot] co [dot] uk for any enquiries about demo tables or sponsor packages.
The topics will focused around a number of themes, including:
– What will be the mobile trends over the coming year?
– What are VC’s looking for?
– Can the power of the operators really be disrupted?
– What value can be created in the mobile world in difficult economic times?
To help us explore these questions we’ll have on hand:
Davor Hebel, Fidelity Ventures
Jean Schmitt, Sofinnova
Peter Vesterbacka, Some Bazaar
Bob Last, Taptu
Marc Rougier, goojet.com
Andrew Scott, Rummble
Jeff Taylor, Director of Marketing & Strategy, Co-Founder INQ Mobile
Mike Butcher, TechCrunch UK
If feasible, the event will be followed by product pitches from three to five companies (products or startups that actually launch at the event will receive extra consideration, but it is not a requirement). If you have a Mobile startup ready to launch on February 19 and would like to give a demo, send a brief pitch to TechCrunch UK editor Mike Butcher.
The event is currently sponsored by LiveCLIQ Inc. Other sponsors slots are still available.
LiveCLIQ is a leading provider of 2-way, 3-screen Digital Media Streaming, able to stream network and user media on Mobile, Internet and TV platforms. The Company offers its hosted services to media properties, consumer brands and mobile carriers. LiveCLIQ’s user media site, http://www.livecliq.net, that enables people to stream live and recorded video from their mobile phones to public and community destinations on the web. LiveCLIQ’s Magellan interface provides a media overlay upon Google Earth in which geo-located media are displayed with user, title and tags enabling contextual media searches. The Company’s founders include product and business leaders from Apple, Microsoft Xbox, Netscape, Motorola and MobiTV. LiveCLIQ is based in San Francisco, California.
In addition, we’ll be holding a series of TechCrunch events in Europe this Spring and Summer, all focused on bringing together and networking the European tech community. The week after Mobile World Congress is TechCrunchTalk in Paris. If you wish to be on the mailing list for information about all the up-coming events, sign up on our Amiando account here. And there is lots more information here.