Mobile Photo Connect announces its program and speaker lineup for October 25 San Francisco conference


CONTACT: Hans Hartman

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October 5, 2016

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading forum where entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives gather to discuss the key technology and business issues driving the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, announces its program and speaker lineup for its October 25 conference.

The event’s theme, “Shaping the world of smart mobile imaging,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations:

Fireside Chat Session

How to get your photo app covered by the major hi-tech sites

How to get your photo app covered by the major hi-tech sites

With over 100,000 photo and video apps now available in the iOS and Android stores, getting your app covered on one or more of the Top 10 hi-tech news sites is critical to emerging from the pack.

So what are the keys to success when approaching them to write about your app?

Learn the do’s and don’ts from two insiders who make these decision on a daily basis:

  • Haje Kamps, writer for TechCrunch (and previously on the other side of the aisle as founder of a photo startup seeking coverage)
  • Jackie Dove, writer for sites like Macworld, PCWorld, TechHive, and Digital Photography Review(and past creative editor of The Next Web and former senior reviews editor for Macworld).

Panel Discussions

Monetizing photo apps through mobile output

Photo app developers have many options to monetize their user base, including ads, in-app purchasing, paid apps and subscriptions. An additional monetization option is rapidly gaining traction: offering physical photo products, such as photobooks and prints, within the apps where users engage with their photos. Hear from industry leaders how B2C and B2B mobile photo product printing solutions are quickly transforming into a multichannel checkerboard of ship-to-home, in-store and in-home printing products and services.

  • Jim Dolce, VP Technology and Strategic Business Development, Fujifilm
  • Kartik Subramanian, Director Product & Program Management, Mobile Commerce, Walgreens
  • Troy Sechrist, Head of Strategic Partnerships at HP Strategy and Emerging Business Group, HP
  • Ralph Naruhn, CEO, di support

How to succeed in the photo app business 

A no-holds barred conversation with four photo app developers who achieved breakout success. What does it take to achieve, and then maintain, a high ranking? How do you leverage the ever-changing app store opportunities? And to how to generate long-term value from a mobile photo or video user base?

  • Bryan Mason, COO, VSCO
  • Wayne Liu, GM and VP of Bus. Development, Perfect Corp.
  • Kemal Ugur, Co-Founder & CEO, Funimate

The Next Big Thing: user-generated VR content

Until recently industry consensus was that the field of VR needed professionally created content in order to take off. Haven’t we heard this before, for instance with Desktop Publishing and Digital Photography? Now as then, a slew of powerful consumer tools – 360° cameras and even intelligent 360° photo and video apps – are coming to market that enable consumers to capture and share VR content more easily than ever before. That will inevitably change market dynamics, at the same time as the business potential for VR surges. Hear from the innovators in this space who lead the charge to bring VR user-generated content to the masses.

  • Radu Rusu, Co-Founder & CEO, Fyusion, Inc
  • Mehrshad Mansouri, Dir. of Bus. Development & Partnerships, Software and Services, GoPro
  • Paul T. Kim, Director of Content and Services, Samsung

The future of visual story telling

Moving beyond traditional photo slideshows, a variety of innovative approaches have recently come to market that make it easy for smartphone photographers to share their visual memories in new and enticing ways.  Users can now share their photos through video trailers, travel journals, music videos, and many other exciting formats.  In this session, cutting-edge developers will lay out how this market will evolve and what the future of visual story telling holds for us.

  • Filipe Vasconcellos, CEO, Storyo
  • Offir Gutelzon, Co-founder & CEO, Keepy

The Mobile Photo Connect Awards

Hear from an all-star 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 receive the best-of-conference award?

  • James Joaquin, Co-founder and Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
  • Jackie Dove, Writer and editor, various tech blogs
  • Haje Jan Kamps, Writer, TechCrunch
  • Rudy Burger, Managing Partner, Woodside Capital

Show-and-Tell Sessions

In three fast-paced sessions spread throughout the day, leading and emerging photo/imaging app developers will show their latest creations in 4-minute presentations. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Athentech
  • di support
  • FotoSwipe
  • Fripito
  • Fujifilm
  • Funimate
  • HP
  • Keepy
  • MEA Mobile
  • Mission: Pic
  • nventify
  • Pastbook
  • PhotoGurus
  • PicCollage
  • PicsArt
  • Rainhut
  • SanDisk
  • Sharalike
  • Storyo
  • Streetography
  • Timebox
  • Upthere
  • Vuze
  • Walgreens
  • Younity

Gold sponsors of Mobile Photo Connect are: HP, Walgreens, Fujifilm, di support, Storyo.