The Mobile Space and Web Developers – W2E observation
Opening remarks by the Web 2.0 Expo SF program chair Brady Forrest:
“One of the main themes of the conference this year is to look at the mobile space. It seems really obvious now but it was not always so obvious how mobile would play with the web. It’s really only been within the past two years with the launch of the iphone, Android, WebOS and now Windows 7, that we are seeing mobile come to the web. We need a new UI to manage all of the different data that we need to access these smaller devices and how a company can take advantage of the new data.”
At the AT&T Developer Program booth, we had quite a few web developers stop by and chat about developing mobile applications. They were surprised to learn about the existence of the AT&T Developer Program and they wondered what tools the program offered. They learned that network APIs could enable them to access the mobile network nodes and the Program could support them to develop apps on various mobile platforms.
This is a group of developers who want to step into the mobile space and look for the support they may need. We were glad that we were at the conference to share information about our support. They were interested in learning how to integrate their web apps with the mobile infrastructure and how to partner with AT&T mobility if they desired to go to market with their apps.
Jason Grigsby’s workshop title “Get Me a Mobile Strategy or You’re fired” expressed a need for the current environment.
I think we will be seeing more mobile workshops in the coming web 2.0 conferences based on the demand from the web developers.