The Open Solutions conference is coming up in just a couple of weeks, and the full conference agenda is set, with 31 sessions and workshops, two prominent keynote presentations, and even a pre-conference hackathon for early birds.
Details are here, but we can tell you that there won't be a minute of boredom to be found in the San Jose Convention Center during the 12th annual conference, October 24 and 25.
Both days are packed with sessions, bookended with special Sprint keynote speeches. Getting things started on Wednesday (the 24th) will be Fared Adib, our VP in charge of all of Sprint's product strategy, with his 9 a.m. presentation. And to wrap things up on Thursday the 25th, Dan Hesse, president and CEO, will speak at 4 p.m.
In the middle will be 31 sessions addressing a vast range of topics and issues. We won't discuss all of them (again, click here to get those details), but just want to hit a few of the highlights:
• Mobile advertising: This panel discussion looks at a full-service advertising model with mobile at the core plus the ability to track relevant messages-in-the-moment. It segues into a breakout session on Sprint Pinsight Media+, a new opt-in advertising platform.
• Mobile commerce: Explores the next steps in mobile commerce adoption and opportunities for developers, with an eye on monetizing an application via carrier billing.
• Mobile security: Addresses the changing roles of mobile devices, application security, and the risks of malware or viruses, all as part of a socially responsible business model.
• Cloud services: This Gartner-led panel discussion examines the role cloud services play in providing solutions for IT when it comes to mobile/BYOD and social media strategic initiatives.
• Venture funding: A panel discussion – including successful startup CEOs and venture capitalists – on technology trends and business models that are shaping the future of mobility.
And on October 23, the day before the official opening of the Sprint Open Solutions Conference, an all-day (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) hackathon is planned, getting developers in the right frame of mind for the intense two days that will follow.
As we have mentioned previously, the conference is a fundamental part of Sprint’s open strategy. The idea is to provide a forum where developers and service providers can get connected with Sprint capabilities and those of our enabling partners. With Sprint's willingness to expose platform and network capabilities across a range of devices, it offers the opportunity for developers to leverage that openness and create services for consumer, business, and M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions.
On top of that opportunity, Sprint also offers go-to-market services that aid discoverability and help developers commercialize their applications.
The conference also gives developers the chance to get a close-up view of the latest tools and capabilities from Sprint and our partners. In addition to the sessions, there will be numerous exhibits in which Sprint partners will showcase to developers and service providers various tools to take solutions to market. And then there are the invaluable networking opportunities, giving developers the chance to network with each other, with startup companies, and with a whole range of business attendees.
You can register here for the conference, and we'll see in you San Jose.