TweetALondonCab: Cabbies go mobile – what next?

Here is a chance to both show your love for London and use your knowledge of mobile to change a very basic part of living in in this city: getting a cab. This is an area that is ready for some real mobile innovation, cialis and the cabbies themselves are the ones asking for it. Richard Cudlip from TweetALondonCab is coming to Over The Air 2010 to discuss what his group can do next with mobile to make getting home fast, physician safe, transparent, and pleasant. He has helped you to get from A to B physically, now you can help his group to get from A to B in using mobile technology for better service.

Keynote Announcement: Sir Tim Berners-Lee to speak on Open Data

Tim Berners-Lee

photo credit: Le Fevre Communications

We’re extremely excited to announce that Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be delivering a keynote talk on Saturday at Over the Air. Tim has been a vociferous proponent of open data, especially in government, and will be talking about what open data means for mobile developers.

A graduate of Oxford University, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

He is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ( CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.

He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. He is a founding Director of the Web Science Trust (WST) launched in 2009 to promote research and education in Web Science, the multidisciplinary study of humanity connected by technology.

He is also a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to fund and coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.

During 2009 Tim also advised the UK Government’s “Making Public Data Public” initiative.

In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany’s Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of “Weaving the Web”.

Speaker Announcement: Imperial’s Brian Fuchs and Vasa Curcin on mHealth

Imperial College’s Social Computing Group (fka Internet Centre) has been one of the key supporters of Over the Air since our first event in 2008. This year Brian Fuchs and Vasa Curcin from the SCG are going to present a session on mobile health. Increasingly, mobiles are being used by individuals to collect, manage and share biometric data, particularly in the area of personalised healthcare and sports, where there is a broad range of apps available to smartphone users. The implications of what is effectively “crowdsourcing” of monitoring functions traditionally associated with institutional health providers for the well-being both of individuals and of society as whole are immense and will lead to reduction of hospital readmissions, better quality of life for patients, and improved healthcare efficiency. This session will bring together application developers, NHS IT professionals, entrepreneurs and healthcare workers, to discuss the state-of-play in the mHealth arena and the future directions for integration with traditional healthcare.

Mr. Brian Fuchs is Co-ordinator of the Mobile Applications Centre in the Department of Computing at Imperial College. He has been active in development of computing support for research in the US, UK, and Germany for many years. He currently acts as a developer and researcher in several projects with a strong mobile component (TfL Mobile Demonstrator, Vortix, Totalcare, MusicShare, SpamJam).

Dr. Vasa Curcin runs the healthcare theme in the Social Computing Group at Department of Computing. His main research is in the areas of worklows, having been one of the authors of the Discovery Net software, and in particular the application of process algebras and other formal models to analysis of workflows. Another research focus is on the use of workflows as methodology for in silico studies on repositories of electronic health records, which he is pursuing in collaboration with Department of Primary Care and Public Health and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has designed and authored the data collection and reporting framework for CLAHRC Northwest London initiative, currently used by nine projects across seven NHS hospitals.

Speaker Announcement:’s Richard Stirling

Richard StirlingWe’re very excited to announce that, in line with our focus on open data and the possibilities it opens up for the mobile developers, Richard Stirling, Head of Making Public Data Public and will be delivering a session at this year’s Over the Air.

Richard is leading the central team on and Making Public Data Public. Before creating Richard worked on the secretariat for the Power of Information Taskforce. In that role he created Show Us A Better Way, one of the first online competitions in Public Services. Prior to joining Cabinet Office Richard worked in HM Treasury where he was engaged in both tax and public spending policy.

Speaker Announcement: Nokia’s Petro Soininen on JavaScript inside Nokia phones

Petro SoininenPetro will be hosting a no-nonsense session on getting JavaScript to work on the very large portfolio of Nokia devices, touching on developing and distributing applications that also include Flash, and a peek into Nokia’s JavaScript future.

Petro’s Chief Engineer tasks at Forum Nokia include bridging the initiatives and interests of web developers and Nokia R&D teams. With over 10 years of hands-on experience in the mobile space, Petro knows Nokia’s developer offering inside out and is glad to share his insight on maximizing your potential today, tomorrow and the days to come.

Keynote Announcement: Nokia’s Pawan Gandhi

Pawan GandhiWe’re please announce our Saturday keynote for this year’s Over the Air: Nokia’s Pawan Gandhi.

Working with Nokia as Director, Business Operations for Ovi Life tools, Emerging Markets services, since 2008. This role has given Pawan an opportunity to get deep insights on the needs and pain points of the low income consumer in emerging markets. The ‘one size fit all’ strategy does not work in these markets since the consumer has unique needs making the job challenging and exciting at the same time. The Life tool services are currently available in India, Indonesia and China and have several millions users.

Prior to this Pawan has managed several other business in Nokia during his 5 years in the company. In global business role he was also responsible for building the Video and TV business for Nokia including digital mobile tv business on the DVBh platform.

Before joining Nokia, Pawan was with WorldSpace for 6 years. He managed the India business and additionally led the mobile transmission project globally. He was part of the task force who was responsible to demonstrate the India success and growth potential to investor at Wall Street in 2005. This eventually led to listing the company at New York exchange.
Pawan started his career as an entrepreneur immediately after securing his degree in Business Management. His company provided business strategy and regulatory consulting services to start up companies in India. An entrepreneur by heart Pawan like to plays golf and enjoys movies.

Speaker Announcement: Paul Coulton Returns to Over the Air

Paul CoultonIn 2008, Paul Coulton presented on Location-Aware Apps. In 2009, he returned to present on Mobile Games as Social Information Appliances. We’re very pleased to announced that Paul will be returning this year to “explore the far reaches of the mobile interaction continuum.”

Says Paul:

This talk will explore emerging possibilities for novel mobile interaction at both input and output which currently lie at the extremes of current practice. In terms of input I will discuss Brain Mobile Interaction, which offers the tantalizing prospect of controlling a phone with our mind in terms, and demonstrate what is currently possible and what potentially it may afford. In terms of output I will discuss AR which despite the current zeitgeist is still in its relative infancy. In particular I will present the possibilities for contextualized AR which will allow augmentation relative to actual objects or people in the field of view by dynamically mapping the environment rather that using vague projections relative to current position and direction or requiring the world to be physically augmented using fiducial markers.

Paul Coulton has over 15 years’ experience in mobile and founded the Mobile Radicals mobile experience design research group at Lancaster University. Paul also leads the Mobile Experiences Group for the Nokia Innovation Network which is an elite group of 20 universities around the world selected by Nokia .Paul’s long term relationship with Nokia has meant research projects encompass novel uses of the latest technologies such as RFID/NFC, cameras, GPS, 3-D accelerometers, and magnetometers in mobile phones and many of his projects have won a number of international awards for innovation.

Speaker Announcement: O2’s Richard Spence on “Hacking with #Blue”

Richard SpenceRichard Spence (@spugamola) will be running a technical session on an experimental service called #Blue, stomach which is a place where users can automatically store all of their text messages sent and received. O2 have an API for this they would like to tempt developers to play with to add a novel twist to the theme of texting, which is still the most popular way of P2P communication on the planet!

He has posted resources that can be used during the workshop session.

Richard is a Platform Designer working at O2.  A developer by trade he has worked in mobile for over 10 years both on a consultancy basis and in product development.   Over the years Richard has had a bash almost all mobile platforms but mainly:  Windows Mobile, J2Me, Blackberry and Android. He is an Aries.

Speaker Announcement: Ricardo Varela and Kasey Chappelle on Digital Privacy

We’re glad to be welcoming back Ricardo Varela, joining new face Kasey Chappelle to present about a key topic for today’s mobile developers: digital privacy.

Facebook, Google, Zynga, Flurry – companies that have made the news for lots of good reasons, and a few very bad ones relating to how they use (and abuse) personal information. Join Kasey Chappelle, Global Privacy Counsel, Vodafone Group, and Ricardo Varela, Principal Manager, Joint Innovation Lab, in getting beyond laws and policies to explore the real technical, user experience and application design issues around privacy. We’ll discuss: WHY privacy is important (and why it’s now headline news); WHAT are the current best practices and expectations from consumers, regulators and advocates; and HOW can you make sure that your apps and user interfaces are providing the best experience (as well as not breaking the law). You’ll be able to learn more about this tricky emerging issue and get expert advice on any questions you might have.

Kasey ChappelleKasey Chappelle has 10 years of experience helping multinational online, technology and telecoms companies deal with global consumer privacy and data protection issues. Before joining Vodafone, she handled consumer privacy for eBay’s e-commerce, financial and online services platforms around the world. But before law school, she was a graphic artist and advertising major – skills that help her speak “consumer” and not “lawyer” when advising on privacy compliance and product development.”

Ricardo Varela
Ricardo Varela is the Principal Manager of the Joint Innovation Lab, an initiative from Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, China Mobile and Softbank Mobile. Ricardo and his team work in enabling a mobile web applications ecosystem that will allow developers to access the the combined customer base of the 4 JIL operators.
Previously to JIL, he has lead the engineering team for Yahoo Mobile in London, engineered several projects for Google Mobile and tinkered with some components of Windows Mobile for Microsoft.
Ricardo is a regular speaker in conferences related to mobile development and collaborates in several developer community initiatives, mainly related to mobile web applications.
In a not-so-distant future, he hopes to own a bakery near a beach and never worry again about the differences between the iPhone and the Motorola RAZR.

Richard Vahrman returns to Over the Air to present “Bombs Away”: A Location-Based Game that WILL Make You Run

Richard VahrmanGone are the days when you can saunter around a GPS based treasure hunt. Locomatrix’s Richard Vahrman will present a team-based game where speed is critical – it’s Jack Bauer meets the Hurt Locker. Of interest to the attendees will be, how they came to create the game, and how they are proposing to fund it. From their previous work they will be talking about HTML5 and location games, and why they are now exclusively designing for Android.

After gaining BSc in Biology, Richard pursued a variety of jobs including musician and truck driver, before working with Prof. Heinz Wolff at the Clinical Research Institute in Harrow, and later helping him set up the Institute of Bioengineering at Brunel University, specialising in building robotic equipment for the European Space Agency. He then started up MultiAxis where he invented and marketed a novel method for tracking containers within the dairy industry. On moving to Brighton, he started up Brighton Web, a web hosting and design company, which is still operational with around 200 clients. He now heads LocoMatrix, one of the first companies to work in location-based gaming for mobile phones