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Phoenix Mobile Festival

Sponsored by Intel

The biggest Mobile Conference in Phoenix.
iOS, Android, IoT, Wearables, WP, Cross Platform, Mobile Web …. anything Mobile!!

When: September 19th, 2015

Where: Infusionsoft, Chandler, Arizona


Anila Arthanari

Anila is CTO and cofounder of Iris, a tech startup in Phoenix, that is disrupting the Public Relations Technology space. Prior to joining Iris, she was the Director of Engineering at Infusionsoft, where she led the engineering departments in building innovative sales and marketing automation software for small businesses. During her tenure, Infusionsoft grew from $36M to $100M in revenue with over 700 employees. Anila is known for promoting a culture where high performing teams can thrive. She is a geek at heart, an entrepreneur to the core and thought leader for women in tech.

Anjali Nennelli

Anjali Nennelli is entrepreneurial by choice, a mobile developer with a robust enthusiasm for technology. With her passion for mobile developing, she is keen to adapt when it comes to the capricious nature of the tech industry.

The developer of many apps on multiple platforms, including the upcoming Trill, Nennelli, who has her masters in engineering, has always harbored an interest in women’s role within the technology industry. She’s had hands on experience and expertise with mobile devices and their ecosystems since the early days of its platform emergence.

With over 13 years in tech industry, Nennelli has worked in software solutions from start- up to large-scale enterprise architecture. In the past she has employed at Choice Hotels International as a mobile engineer and Mokriya as their mobile architect and lead developer, before striking out on her own. She’s now on a mission to disrupt the business card industry with technology using Trill.

Currently in its fourth year, The Phoenix Mobile Festival is Nennelli’s passion project; she’s thrilled to use her thought leadership to bring people together to witness the cutting edge of technology, and along with her apps, hopes to make a great difference in your world.

Brett Wightman

After 10 years of successful entrepreneurial, startup and corporate experience, Brett earned his MBA from the University of Calgary in 2009. Since then, Brett has continued to build long term relationships with business owners and corporate executives as he pursues his passion for securing his clients long term financial future. Brett started his career in financial services in 2014, joining Silverhawk early in 2015. At Silverhawk Brett sees a natural progression of continued success, combining planning from both personal and business perspectives into a comprehensive solution that will best benefit a client’s long term financial needs. Silverhawk’s substantial experience and resources in tax and asset protection provide the planning tools that business owners need to grow net worth. Brett works with a number of technology, medical and engineering firms listening to their individual needs and then designing customized plans and recommendations which dramatically enhance the firms, and the respective owners of those firms, financial future. Brett is married to Nadine and lives in North Scottsdale with their 4 children. They can be frequently found on the McDowell Mountain trails or cheering at their children’s swim meets.

Chris Galindo

Chris graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 and has since been developing iOS applications. He is currently developing for State Farm's Mobile Enterprise team.

Crystal Taggart

Crystal has worked in technology for 19 years ranging from development to project management and leadership in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
She currently works for FacilitySource as a Mobile Product Manager responsible for the design and launch of their mobile product stack.
In my evenings and weekends I'm working on several mobile products. Her latest app in progress is a virtual reality diet app that shows you your VR avatar in the future based on your calorie intake today.
She is also an author of The $6k Software Startup where she wrote a book about how to offshore your development project successfully.

Doug Ricket

Doug worked at Google as an engineer and manager for four years, focusing on maps for emerging markets. He patented pay-as-you-go solar at d.light and saw it grow to a $100M business worldwide, which led him to develop the technology for metering phones, which turned into PayJoy. Doug studied engineering at MIT and earned an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Francine Hardaway

Francine Hardaway, Ph.D is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned communications strategist. She co-founded Stealthmode Partners, an accelerator and advocate for entrepreneurs in technology and health care, in 1998. Prior to Stealthmode, she owned two marketing companies, and served as Director of Worldwide Press Relations for Intel and the CMO of Innovative Environmental Products.

Francine was an Entrepreneurial Fellow of the Eller Entrepreneurship Center at University of Arizona, and was a founder of Social Media Club Arizona, Arizona Entrepreneurship Conferences, and the Arizona Software Association (now AZTechCouncil).

She is co-founder of the blog USHealthCrisis, and blogs for Fast Company, Huffington Post, and the Stealthmode Blog.

Fred von Graf

Fred von Graf is the founder of W3M a software development company out of Tempe Arizona with 20 developers coding away on client projects. Fred has been very involved in the Arizona startup scene over the past decade, from his starting the LaunchSpot co-working space, to running the AREA48 program to starting the ASU Startup Accelerator. Fred recently left Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group where he was a Senior Venture Manger to focus on W3M full time. Fred is a principle driven person with diverse interests in startups, investing, education, entrepreneurship and technology.

Gabriel Mann

Gabriel is part of the iFactor mobile app development team, where he focuses on Android development. Born and raised in Arizona, he holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University in Software Engineering with a primary focus in web and mobile development. During college, Gabriel's projects included an Android application for Lynx’s SmartGrill, which won a CES 2015 innovation award.

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Guy Bieber

Guy has over 25 years of experience in everything from maneuvering
missiles to wearable warfighting systems. Guy has spent the last four
years in Silicon Valley at Citrix anticipating the future as their chief
futurist and driving innovation within Citrix Labs and the Citrix Startup
accelerator. Guy currently is working on innovation around Internet of
Things, Future of Education, and the Future of Work. Prior to Citrix, Guy
worked as a member of the CTO for General Dynamics. Guy has worked on
everything from programmable missiles, fly by wire attack helicopters,
wearable soldier systems, robotics integration, intelligence systems,
large command and control data centers, and advanced research programs
with CERDEC, AFRL, and DARPA. Many of these individual programs were worth
more than 1B dollars. Guy holds a Bachelor’s
Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from ASU. Go Devils!!

Hari K Gottipati

Hari K Gottipati is a software professional, distinguished architect, thought leader, consultant, speaker and freelance writer who specializes in Open Systems, Java, internet scale computing/apps, architecture, big data, NoSQL, mobile, LBS and Internet Of Things.

Expert in analyzing market landscape for startup ideas and molding them into successful products with the technical/competitive advantage. Regularly writes about bleeding edge technologies and his quotes can be often found in various technology news/magazines such as Gigaom, CNN Money, WSJ, Bloomberg Businessweek etc. Well known blogger and his blogs can be found at and Speaks at various events on latest technologies including iBeacons, big data, NoSQL, architecture and of course Java. Worked for many mobile startups, as well as big companies including Yahoo, Travelocity, and Motorola. Passionate about technologies and spends most of his time exploring bleeding edge software technologies.

Jerome Myers

Jerome leads the analytics and business information solutions team at iFactor. As Customer Solutions Engineer, he drives customer-facing and internal development projects with a focus on improving customer satisfaction. Jerome holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Jesus Ramirez

Product guy helping small teams (startups) with big missions.

Jesus helps startups develop their customer development chops, develop their product, and hone their business models and go-to-market strategies.

At Tallwave, Jesus develops systems, tools and services that enable entrepreneurs to build the right products for the right market, reduce major operational risks, and grow much faster.

Prior to Tallwave, Jesus was a part of great teams at DrFirst and Zazzle, as well as work with many other small, passionate teams in the private and social sector.

Jesus is also a Stanford Product Design grad, rock climber, runner and furniture designer/builder.

Justin James

Justin has been a Software Developer in the Phoenix area for 10+ years. He has presented at several conferences, code camps and user groups throughout the United States and Europe. Justin is passionate about sharing his knowledge to get you your end goal faster. He can be found at @digitaldrummerj and

Koshin Mariano

Koshin is part of the core development team at Octoblu. He helped design and develop Octoblu's multi-protocol cloud based IoT platform that allows people to easily connect devices, systems and visually design automation flows.

Luis Montes

Luis Montes is co-founder of Iced Dev, a software firm focused on providing services around the latest web innovations. Iced Dev embraces open-source software by giving back to the community and advancing the technologies that lay the foundation of the Internet.

Luis has spoken about the open web, Internet of Things, mobile development, and robotics at a variety of conferences and user groups (including JSConf, RobotsConf, DojoConf, NodeAZ, PhxMobi, IoTPHX, and others). He keeps active in the local tech scene by hosting events such as NodeBots Day PHX, and a weekly coworking day at HeatSync Labs.

Matt Luedke

Matt Luedke is an iOS and Android developer at Exygy, which is a certified B-Corporation in San Francisco building sites and apps for changemakers like non-profits and government agencies. He has written several tutorials for, including the introductory Android series and an introduction to ResearchKit.

Miao Wei

Miao Wei is a software engineer in Intel Corporation’s Software and Services Group. He currently works on enabling Intel® Atom™ SoCs and other technologies on phone and tablet devices. Miao has over 15 years of experience in developing mobile platforms, web browser engines, location-based applications and services, digital map databases, and other software products.

Michael Luttrell

Michael Luttrell has been a full stack developer for over two decades at companies large and small. He is currently a developer for State Farm’s IT Research and Development group focusing on mobile technologies and enterprise application architecture. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and composer and is a passionate reader of history, physics, philosophy, poetry and politics.

Michael Palermo

Michael Palermo is Microsoft’s Technical Evangelist. His current passion is writing Windows Store apps with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript! Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP, and an “insider” with Microsoft on multiple technologies. He as had the pleasure of authoring several technical books as well as several online courses with Pluralsight.

Mike Wolfson

Mike is a passionate mobile designer/developer working out of Phoenix. He has been working in the software field 20 years, and with Android since its introduction. Currently, he develops Android applications for the health care field, and is a Mobile Architect at athenahealth\Epocrates.

He has spoken about Android and mobile development at a variety of conferences and user groups (including AnDevCon, Oscon, and Phoenix Mobile Festival). Mike is an active contributor to the tech community, including organizing the local GDG, and is recognized by Google as an ‘Android Developer Expert’ (one of 14 in the world).When he is not geeking out about phones, he enjoys the outdoors (snowboarding, hiking, scuba diving), collecting PEZ dispensers, and chasing his young (but quick) daughter.

Nic Raboy

Nic Raboy (@nraboy) is a Developer Advocate for Couchbase. He has released several native and hybrid mobile applications to App Store and Google Play and writes about his development experiences related to making web and mobile app development easier to understand. He has experience in Ionic Framework, Java, NoSQL, SQL, PHP, and NodeJS.

Olu Ayandosu

Olu Ayandosu is a Staff Software Engineer at Citrix, where he builds user interfaces for Octoblu on their Web & Mobile platform. He is passionate about learning and enjoys the process of creating. When not programming, you can find him taking photos, or laying down some groove on his bass guitar.

Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET, Node, and Angular. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on his blog at and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.

Scott Williams

I use a cobra snake for a necktie.

Scott is the Wrangler for all things code related. This means he’ll write software, manage other developers, gather requirements, communicate with clients, and plan out Tallwave projects.

Scott has been writing code for more than 15 years with a wide range of technologies. He’s done Windows, OS X, iOS, and the Web. He wrote CGI scripts back in the day with Perl, hacked on some PHP, embraced .NET for a decade, found himself knee deep in Python and Ruby, and can throw down in Objective C and Swift. And JavaScript, always JavaScript.

Outside of the office Scott enjoys photography, cooking, podcasting, reading, and most of all, his awesome family.

Sheldon McGee

Sheldon McGee has been a web developer since having to do things the REALLY hard way (Cold Fusion, ASP) before things got easier (PHP, ASP.NET) and then hard again (Rails, Node). He's been a fan of Google API's since before there were any and all Google hackers were really just map hackers. He has passion for building in the physical world too and uses maple and alder (no pine! except in plywood sometimes) whenever he can to make furnature for around his house (dresser bed, headboard, entertainment center, cabinets, etc). He also dabbles with Arduino and Raspberry Pi to get his embedded fix. AFOL and SNOT building (i.e. Technic). Oh, and he's been to every Google I/O and has been wearing Google Glass almost every day since May no matter how much his "friends" make fun of him.

Srinivas Raju

Srinivas earned his master’s degree in Machine Design Engineering from Roorkee-IIT, India. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD), Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA), Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD), Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services (SCDJWS), Bea Weblogic Certified Enterprise Developer and an Open Group Certified TOGAF-9 Practitioner. Srinivas has been working with Java related technologies since its very early days. He has over 18 years of experience in developing the enterprise applications using Spring, Android, and Java EE-related technologies.
Srinivas is currently working in State Farm (IT R&D) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is an active member in various Java user forums and he is a regular speaker in Java user groups. Srinivas is a technology evangelist and he teaches Spring, Web Services, Android, and Java EE-related technologies during his free time.
He is the author of following books.
• Imbibing Java Web Services – A Step by Step Approach for Learning Java Web Services.
• Spring Framework – A Step by Step Approach for Learning Spring Framework.
• MyBatis in Practice – A Step by Step Approach for Learning MyBatis Framework.

Trevor Lamy

Trevor has been developing mobile applications and full stack solutions since 2009 and has been in the development industry for over 15 years. He is currently developing for State Farm's Mobile Enterprise team.

Wayne Neale

Wayne is the founder and CEO of Kydak, an experience design consultancy in Phoenix, Arizona. Kydak focuses on user experience design and service design. Wayne is co-leader of IxDA (Interaction Design Association of Phoenix) and founder of Phoenix UX. Wayne held executive positions at SAP, ShoppingScout, Khimetrics (acquired by SAP), ITaxGroup (acquired by First Advantage), and Kodak and was the co-founder of iZoom and Fairway Productions. Dr. Neale holds a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech, masters in human factors from California State University, Northridge and bachelors in cognitive psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Wayne has an enduring curiosity in how the world is designed and unrelenting passion to make it a better place to live, work, learn and play.

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