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Satellites, Sensors and Soul: The Future of Mobility

MLOVE ConFestival USA gathered a passionate group of mobile insiders – from app developers and enterprises to NGO foundations.

MLOVE ConFestival featured inspiring speakers and topics from Internet of Things, wearables, connected cars, brands & mobility, maker movement and transmedia.

The inspiring event thrives on open innovation and intense networking. Participants from across the US, Canada, and Europe convened in Monterey, CA to share optimism and opportunities about the future of Mobile.

Jerome Nadel, CMO of Rambus Inc., opened the MLOVE ConFestival with Rambus CTO Dr. Martin Scott sharing new opportunities for invention in the Internet of Things. “The MLOVE initiative and events are symbolic of the true spirit of invention, bringing together the creativity, drive, and expertise of both entrepreneurial start-ups and established market leaders in a dynamic, yet intimate, environment. The result is a collective brilliance of thought leaders and innovators, all centered on the single concept of mobility as a catalyst for change and opportunity. Rambus is pleased to participate in and be a sponsor of the MLOVE 2013 ConFestivals,” said Jerome Nadel about the MLOVE event in Monterey.

Speakers & Themes

Other speakers represented Mercedes-Benz, AT&T, Edelmann, Samsung, Atmel, frog design and Microsoft. A special highlight was the Bentley concept car on display by QNX Software Systems. Together with a smart electric drive and a smart car2go rideshare vehicle from Austin Texas, the automobiles sparked discussions about mobility of the future and connected cars.

Exclusive for the MLOVE audience, Nanosatisfi made available one week of free computing time as a result of a design-thinking workshop called “Future Cube”. Their kickstarter-funded ArduSat satellite is powered by open source Arduino hardware designed around an Atmel chip.

Speakers included Maurice Conti, Head of Innovation at Autodesk, and Brad Templeton, consultant to the Google self-driving car – both faculty members of Singularity University of Mountain View, CA.

Startup competition

The following startups presented at the startup competition and won prizes by AT&T, Samsung, Nike and American Airlines through a partnership with Tech Wildcatters:

  • Securepress ID, CEO Paul Johnson
  • Share2you, CEO Brett Bauer
  • Twyxt, co-founder Roman Weishäupl
  • StylePal, CEO Lona Alia Duncan

The judging was led by Gabriella Draney, founder of accelerator Tech Wildcatters (Dallas) and joined by venture partners from NEA and Draper Associates, the managing editor of Venture Beat, plus speakers from AT&T and Samsung.


MLOVE has a special touch on bringing humanity and soul to its events and growing tribe. At Monterey, touch software specialist Artrage presented artist Bo Paweena, who drew exclusive live portraits of the speakers. Together with videos of the talks, the portraits are made available at www.mlove.com.

Director and producer Steve Brown opened MLOVE USA with a sneak peak of the Burning Man documentary "Spark" and discussed his journey from app developer to film maker. He set the right course for the MLOVE ConFestival by revealing a spirit of participation, activism and passion. “We do not have to wait until Burning Man, we are at MLOVE now,” noted Urvi Bhandari, Global Innovation Director of AT&T.


The MLOVE crowd was well balanced between Silicon Valley insiders and inspiring personalities from Europe. It is a must for MLOVE to combine thought leaders from various industries, continents, backgrounds, and cultures. This is the perfect setting to generate cross-pollination of ideas, which benefit every attendee - on a business or personal level.

“We are very proud about the second edition of MLOVE in the US and to continue our success story so close to Silicon Valley and the hottest innovation hub world wide. This would not have been possible without the dedication of our MLOVE team and these amazing speakers. I am also very thankful for the ongoing engagement of our sponsors and partners,” said Harald Neidhardt, MLOVE founder & curator.

The next MLOVE ConFestival Europe near Berlin is opening June 19-21, 2013.


The MLOVE ConFestival brings together CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of scientists, artists and other thought leaders. The event exposes the mobile industry to the best minds outside of Mobile to maximize the opportunity of creating life-changing services and applications that can impact us all for the better.

The MLOVE tribe was founded by Harald Neidhardt and started grass roots with an international group of “mobile passionistas” in 2008. MLOVE’s goal is to stimulate new ideas and thinking which you can apply to your life, your business and to inspire others.

For more information, the speaker line up and tickets registration, visit our official website at www.mloveconfestival.com.

“The Best event for Mobile” – WIRED | “TED for Mobile” – Contagious Magazine




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