Posted on: Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 11:18 am
‘Mobile Moves Michigan’ is a multi-faceted statewide event taking place on July 30th and 31st at Motor City Casino, which is designed to educate a variety of audiences / stakeholder groups from throughout our state about the variety of mobile / wireless technologies available, their ability to positively impact our state’s economy, and to facilitate the development of a strategic plan that will enable Michigan to obtain a national leadership position in the industry.
- Mobile / Wireless Technology Symposium: An invitation-only full-day symposium where state leaders in business, government, education, manufacturing, healthcare and other critical verticals will be exposed to local, national and international experts in various mobile / wireless sectors. After the presentations, attendees will participate in a strategic planning session designed to achieve a ‘to do’ list that, once implemented, will enable Michigan to claim a national leadership role in the industry. This event will be followed up in approximately 6 months by a similar event where we will evaluate our progress and develop the next set of initiatives.
- Michigan Mobile / Wireless Technology Exhibition: Open to the general public, as well as invite-only symposium attendees, the Michigan Mobile / Wireless Technology Exhibition will enable attendees to view exhibits from Michigan-based firms currently utilizing a variety of mobile / wireless technologies. For the public, this event will increase awareness of the wide variety of mobile technologies available – much more than just a cell phone or tablet device, generate awareness that Michigan is a leader in providing products and services utilizing those technologies, and provide education about the ways those technologies may be utilized in their businesses and/or daily lives; for the exhibitors, the event will provide an opportunity to showcase their firms to a large audience interested in the capabilities of mobile / wireless technology that are also interested in working with Michigan-based firms. Last, but certainly not least, for symposium attendees this event will increase their level of awareness and knowledge of the types of technologies available, what is currently being done in Michigan with those technologies, and will assist in their development of the strategic plan that is a goal of the symposium.
- WIPJam + Muther! of all Hack-a-thons: Produced by internationally renowned, Canada-based,Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), the WIPJam + Muther! of all Hack-a-thons is a mobile developer conference and hack-a-thon event which will provide education from, and direct access to, national and international companies in the mobile / wireless industry that mobile developers in the Midwest have likely not previously had such access to. Developers will receive training, access to resources, and one-on-one engagement with these industry experts, as well as the opportunity to win prizes based on apps developed during the hack-a-thon portion of the program. This segment of the event is open to mobile developers from throughout the Midwest and Southern Canada, and will include elements beneficial to college and high-school students from Michigan who will be invited to participate in the event. Final judging of the event will also be accessible to the public.
What are the goals ‘Mobile Moves Michigan’ hopes to achieve?
- To provide broad-based education to Michigan residents and businesses from national and international experts regarding the diverse mobile / wireless technologies available, the variety of verticals impacted by those technologies, the level of economic impact currently being received in Michigan from these technologies, and the anticipated future impact.
- To showcase to state leaders in business, government, education, healthcare and other critical verticals the ways mobile technology is currently being utilized by Michigan-based firms to enable them to conceptualize future opportunities and uses.
- To provide symposium participants with knowledge and resources that will enable them to implement mobile / wireless strategies for their own organizations that will facilitate increased productivity and profitability; as well as to empower them to work together on the formulation of a statewide execution plan that will enable Michigan to take advantage of existing state resources and a short window of opportunity currently available to facilitate the state’s attainment of a national leadership role in the industry.
- To showcase to the public and to state business, government, and education leaders the diversity and breadth of mobile / wireless-related activity that is currently based in the state and contributing substantially to the state’s economic recovery effort.
- To provide global and national perspective to Michigan leaders on the potential economic impact of Michigan’s mobile / wireless technology industry.
- To provide national and international resources to Michigan’s mobile development community.
- To provide an educational opportunity for high-school and college students who are considering careers in the mobile technology industry.
Why is mobile / wireless technology important for Michigan?
- Machine-2-machine / mobile-2-machine
- Business-focused mobile app development
- Telematics (where we are already well-positioned due to work being done by the auto manufacturers)
- Existing resources such as:
- global leadership capabilities in manufacturing and engineering
- exceptional 4-year and 2-year higher-education institutions
- an abundance of existing engineering and development talent in a wide variety of specialty areas
- world-renowned healthcare institutions & medical research facilities
- recently developed media production facilities that were built to take advantage of the entertainment industry tax incentives
- international enterprise-level firms already leading the exploration of ways to utilize telematics for maximum advantage
- award-winning mobile development firms already located in Michigan
- a large existing mobile technology community; to-date Mobile Monday Michigan groups have collective membership of over 1500 across the state
- strong state-based resources and support for entrepreneurial-focused activities
- a diverse base of enterprise-level firms willing to invest in the sourcing, hiring and training of mobile technology-related staff
- Every mobile / wireless-related position created in the state of Michigan also creates 3.9 additional non-mobile-related jobs; the only other industry in Michigan having a job creation factor that high is manufacturing (MEDC)
- There are currently over 47,000 Michigan residents employed in mobile-related positions in over 2300 companies (MEDC)
- The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) has set a goal to create 9,250 new mobile /wireless industry jobs by 2015; per MEDC, achievement of this goal will also result in the creation of over 35,000 non-mobile-related jobs in the state and over $1.7 Billion in salaries / wages for Michigan residents
- Per MEDC, the average compensation for a mobile / wireless-related position in Michigan is over $63,000 annually (an equivalent cost-of-living to a Silicon Valley salary of $145,000)
- Mobile industry networking / education organization Mobile Monday Michigan currently has 4 chapters in Michigan (Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and most recently, Lansing) with over 1900 members to-date
- Michigan’s top 5 mobile development companies alone (ranked by aggregate app downloads) are responsible for over 20 million app downloads
- If the public sector were to fully utilize smart traffic mobile technology, fuel consumption on urban roadways could be cut by as much as 20% (CTIA)
- 4G wireless network investments will be between $25 and $53 Billion between 2012 and 2016; resulting in up to $151 Billion in gross domestic product growth and between 371,000 and 771,000 jobs being created (CTIA)
- 40% of physicians indicate they could eliminate up to 30% of office visits thru mobile health strategies such as mobile monitoring and SMS (CTIA)
- By 2020 it is anticipated there will be over 60 Billion connected M2M (machine-2-machine / mobile-2-machine) devices (CTIA)
- The worldwide smart grid market will from grow from $20 Billion in 2010 to $100 Billion annually by 2030 (Morgan Stanley)
- Wireless broadband investment will create as many as 205,000 jobs by 2015 (CTIA)
- Wireless economic contributions have grown faster (16%) than the rest of the economy (3%) (CTIA)
- Wireless jobs pay greater than 50% higher than the national average of other production workers (CTIA)
- In 2010 the value of the mobile / wireless industry surpassed $1 Trillion, a growth rate of 9% over the previous year and far faster than the world economy and every other giant industry. Of note, only 3 other industries have achieved that level of revenue: automobiles, food and defense (Tomi Ahonen, industry expert)
Who Should Attend?
WIPJam + Hack-a-thon:
- Mobile developers’ from MIchigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pnnsylvania, and Southern Canada
- Students exploring mobile development as a career opportunity
- Educators providing mobile development coursework to students
Mobile Technology Exhibition:
- Those interested in learning about the opportunities mobile technologies provide to increase productivity and profitability for their businesses and their industry vertical
- Those working in the mobile / wireless industry
- Those interested in learning about the types of mobile / wireless companies being developed and/or utilized and creating jobs and positive economic impact in Michigan
- Those interested in technology innovation and its economic impact
- Students seeking career inspriation from a world-renowned technology leader
- Business leaders seeking insight and motivation
- Educators seeking insight and motivation to share with students
- Technology-oriented individuals interested in learning from one of the world’s greatest technology experts
- Local and state government officials (elected and appointed)
- Senior economic development officials
- C-level executives from Michigan businesses; all verticals, including but not limited to: general manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, financial services, legal, non-profit, staffing, retail, business services, consumer services and more
- Administrators from Michgan school districts and higher-education institutions
- Senior executives from Michigan-based foundations
- Senior executives from Michigan-based associations / organizations; particularly those focused on Michigan revitalization efforts
Source: Mobile Technology Association of Michigan