New iPhoneLive Conference in November

Please welcome Raven Zachary, an iPhone maven and the chair for our new conference. He will be blogging on Radar about iPhone and mobile issues. — Brady

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new O’Reilly Media conference focused on the emerging iPhone ecosystem – iPhoneLive. Apple’s iPhone is having a profound impact on the mobile telephony and computing industries, reshaping how we think about mobility and defining an entirely new class of devices. Whether you’re already building apps for the iPhone or are a developer who wants to make a move to the iPhone platform; if you’re an entrepreneur or simply an enthusiast of the iPhone, this is the event for you. I am the conference co-chair, along with Bill Dudney, an iPhone developer and author.

This one-day event scheduled for November 18, 2008, in San Jose, California, will explore the business and development issues surrounding the iPhone platform. There are two main iPhone themes at this year’s event – Build (core iPhone development) and Launch (launch readiness and business issues).

iPhoneLive will also feature Launch Pad, a showcase for the coolest, not-yet-public apps and startups. The iPhoneLive Launch Pad presents an opportunity for iPhone developers and entrepreneurs to unveil new applications and startups at a major event. There are a limited number of slots available for iPhoneLive Launch Pad, and there is no cost to participate. The deadline for submitting a proposal to participate is September 30th.

With only eleven weeks remaining before the event, we won’t be doing a call for papers this year, but there is still time for community input into the conference program. We’re finalizing our speakers and panelists now. We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any recommendations for speakers and panelists? What would make this conference a must-attend event for you? Please send an email to with your ideas for iPhoneLive.

Some of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Tim O’Reilly and his thoughts on the iPhone
  • Steve Demeter, the creator of Trism, “Building an iPhone App in Your Spare Time”
  • Ben Lorica and Roger Magoulas, O’Reilly Media, “App Store Trends and Patterns”
  • Ryan Sarver, Skyhook Wireless, “Why Consumer-ready Location Matters”
  • Neil Young, ng:moco:), “iPhone is greater than…”
  • Di-Ann Eisnor, Platial, “From Web to Mobile: Placing Your Online Company into Your Users’ Hands”
  • Shane Vitarana, the creator of Drum Kit, “Building Great Apps with Core Audio”

You can stay informed of the progress of iPhoneLive through the conference website, by joining our Facebook group, following user iphonelive on Twitter, and reading blog entries posted by Bill and me on our blogs – and

We hope to see you there!

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