April 4, 2011 - Monday

The Future of Mobile Apps and Peripherals


We are witnessing an explosion of apps for our handheld devices.

When Apple introduced their iPhone SDK (software development kit) on March 6, 2008, no one had a clue about the tectonic plate-shifting nature of this announcement. In just a few short years the number of apps has mushroomed into a force of nature, radically shifting how products are created, and more importantly, how people in the physical world interface with information in the digital world.

Today’s smartphones exist as self-contained communication tools, but that is changing quickly as a wide assortment of peripheral devices have begun entering the marketplace.

Join us as Futurist Thomas Frey takes a very probing look at where the exploding world of apps and peripherals will take us.

EVENT: Night with a Futurist - MEMBERS ONLY
DATE: April 4, 2011 - Monday
TIME: 6:30pm-9:00pm
WEBSITE: http://www.davinciinstitute.com/events/505/night-with-a-futurist--members-only-monday-march-14-2011

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: The Future of Mobile Apps and Peripherals
SPEAKERS: Thomas Frey, Gary Moskoff, Lisa Calkins, Michael Sitarzewski, Karl Dakin

SPEAKER: Thomas Frey

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.  His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists."  Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.

PANELIST: Gary Moskoff

Founder and President of Sleeping Giant Solutions

Presently,  Gary Moskoff leads the mobile business at SafetyWeb, a venture backed company focused on protecting one’s reputation and identity online.  He joined SafetyWeb after selling his company iHound Software to them in 2010.  He is also the President of Sleeping Giant Solutions, a creative agency focused on the lifestyle of their customers. 

Over the years, Mr. Moskoff has worked with Fortune 500 companies too start- ups alike, some of his clients have included CROCS, Intel, NEC, The Knowledge Webb, a few of the largest Japanese major integrated trading companies (Sogo-Shosha), Evil Genius Games – serving as Vice President, the largest casual game developers/publishers in the world - including Oberon Media, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, some of the worlds largest Telecom service providers and Waste Management.

Prior to founding SGS, Mr. Moskoff held senior business development positions at Nortel Networks and before that General Electric.  Mr. Moskoff founded Sleeping Giant Solutions while attending Colorado State University’s EMBA program in 2003. Much earlier in his career, he graduated from Quinnipiac University where he served as president of their student body.

PANELIST: Lisa Calkins

CEO of Amadeus Consulting

As CEO of Amadeus Consulting, Lisa Calkins has created a distinctive model for value-added technology consulting leading to many positive, long-term client relationships. Lisa co-founded the company in 1994 with the values that remain essential to the company today: Mutual respect for co-workers and technology solutions that achieve real-world business results.

Under Lisa's leadership, Amadeus Consulting has evolved into one of the country's leading software consulting companies by assisting clients with a wide range of technology, operational and marketing challenges beyond their immediate software development needs. This pragmatic approach has helped many successful entrepreneurs get their products to market quickly with a solid, extensible technology platform for sustained business growth. Lisa continues to refine the company's best practices to meet the unique demands of entrepreneurial development projects.

Prior to Amadeus Consulting, Lisa was a senior project leader for many years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where she led an elite group of software architects brought in to tackle major clients' most complex and challenging projects. In addition, Lisa was selected by senior management to chair a committee to promote leadership development and integrity at the global corporate level.

Lisa is a dedicated community leader and respected mentor to many colleagues and associates. She is a past president of the Colorado Federation of Business and Professional Women, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic self-sufficiency by advancing careers, building businesses and advocating workplace equity. Lisa also served two terms as president of the Boulder BPW, one of largest local business organizations in the country.

Lisa and her husband Rob are certified scuba diving instructors and enjoy diving together under exotic seas around the world. Lisa learned passion and creativity from her mother and competitiveness and kindness from her father. She brings those values to her leadership of Amadeus.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.

PANELIST: Michael Sitarzewski

Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute – President HyperSites – CEO Callisto.fm

Michael Sitarzewski is a Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute and veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on web based software and services. His internet startup career began in 1994 by co-founding an internet apartment search product, and continues today with companies in the web based website development and podcast streaming spaces. He understands the intricacies of the technology industry and considers helping people understand and leverage that technology his life's work. Michael is currently President of HyperSites (winner of the 2006 Colorado Inventor Showcase Software Company of the Year Award), and CEO of Callisto.fm. He also hosts several podcasts on technology and social media. You can find Michael at http://msitarzewski.com.

HOST: Karl Dakin

Owner of Dakin Capital Services LLC

Karl Dakin is an expert in early stage capital who has been raising capital for businesses, charities and community projects for 35 years.  An experienced business person and licensed attorney, Mr. Dakin speaks on and teaches capital topics.  He is a member of the faculty team at the Venture Accelerator program at Colorado State University and the Bio-Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center.  He has published magazine articles, journal articles and books on solutions and challenges to raising capital.  Beginning in 2006, Mr. Dakin started teaching workshops on early stage capital funding.  This has led to the establishment of the Seed Capital 2.0 Project – the first effort to create a comprehensive educational curriculum on early stage capital.  He is the innovator of the Stakeholder Capital approach to raising capital.  His present work includes leadership of the Colorado Capital Congress PBC, a public nonpartisan action forum on access to capital within the State of Colorado.