Mobile Photo Connect, the leading annual forum for entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives driving the technologies and businesses behind the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, today announced its full program along with a stellar speaker lineup for its upcoming September 29 conference.

The event’s main theme, “Prospering in the emerging ‘Photos at your fingertips’ era,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations:

Special Presentations

David Vaskevitch

David Vaskevitch is a visionary software architect, business innovator, author, former CTO of Microsoft, imaging entrepreneur and photography enthusiast. He’ll draw on his unique command of key technology trends to discuss the forces that will shape the imaging industry in years to come.

Jen Pollack Bianco

Jen Pollack Bianco is an award-winning professional travel photographer and blogger, whose smartphone photos are widely published, including in Apple’s World Gallery and Shot on iPhone 6 campaign. She’ll discuss how mobile imaging is changing her career and her industry.

Panel Discussions

Prospering in the emerging “Photos at your fingertips” era

For the first time in the history of visual media, average consumers – who have been creating images at geometrically growing rates in recent years – are gaining transparent, intelligent access to their photos any time, anywhere and on any device. A new wave of business opportunities is being unleashed, while established models will be threatened with obsolescence. How will the “Photos at your fingertips” era impact every major player in the mobile photo ecosystem?

  • Yi Li, CEO, Orbeus
  • Rajiv Vaidyanathan, Head of Product, Flickr
  • Oren Boiman, CEO, co-founder, Magisto

Monetizing photo engagement

With photo engagement on mobile devices higher than ever before, building mindshare and generating sustainable revenues – whether through apps, cloud services or print output products – are top priorities for photo app developers. Where are the untapped opportunities?

  • Kealan Lennon, Founder & CEO, CleverCards
  • Charlie Carpenter, CEO, Kite
  • Wilson Kriegel, CBO & GM, PicsArt
  • Joe Rago, Director Mobile Innovation Program, Walgreens

Disrupting through hardware innovation

Recently innovative photo and video apps have been the main drivers of the visual communication revolution. But let’s not forget hardware – devices and components – had its day too, and it will again. Hear from the hardware innovators driving the next wave of user empowerment.

  • Eric Cheng, Director of Aerial Imaging, DJI
  • Jeff Cooper, Sr. Manager Business Development, Samsung

Panelists of the 2015 Mobile Photo Connect conference
Panelists of the 2015 Mobile Photo Connect conference

The do’s and don’ts of successful exits

Not every startup is cruising towards an IPO. “Just” an acquisition may actually be plan A – and often a highly lucrative one at that. Learn from those who’ve successfully sold their companies, including Aviary (acquired by Adobe), Kindred (its technology assets acquired by RPI), and Tiny Prints (acquired by Shutterfly).

  • Ed Han, Co-Founder, Nowvel
  • Vijay Vachani, Director, Partner Ecosystem, Adobe
  • Alex Austin, CEO, Branch/Kindred

The Envelope Please – expert feedback on the app show-and-tell demos

Hear from a judging panel of key industry movers and shakers which of the photo and video apps demoed in our 3 show-and-tell sessions stood out – and why. Which apps have the biggest potential to succeed? Who will be named best-of-conference?

  • James Joaquin, Co-founder and Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
  • Jackie Dove, Creativity Editor, The Next Web
  • Jen Pollack Bianco, Editor-in-chief, My Life’s A Trip

Show-and-Tell Sessions

In 3 fast-paced sessions, spread throughout the day, a total of 30 developers will show and discuss their photo or video apps in 4 minutes each.

  • Beamr
  • Canvsly
  • Chatbooks
  • Dolby
  • Ecce Terram
  • Fotor
  • Fujifilm
  • Holysnap!/RunZebra
  • iGreet
  • Kite
  • Krome Photos
  • Legacy Republic
  • Magisto
  • MEA Mobile
  • Mediaclip
  • Orbeus
  • PicPocket
  • Plum Perfect
  • Rainhut
  • RPI
  • Samsung
  • Shoto
  • Shuttersong
  • SnapsBoard
  • SoSocio
  • Taopix
  • Walgreens

Gold sponsors of Mobile Photo Connect are: Walgreens, Samsung, Orbeus, Magisto, and CleverCards.

For more information about the Mobile Photo Connect program, please visit

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Author: Hans Hartman

Hans Hartman is president of Suite 48 Analytics, the leading research and analysis firm for the mobile photography market and organizer of Mobile Visual 1st, a yearly industry conference about mobile photography.

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