Every year as we prepare to gather for iPhoneDevCamp (and this year, for iPadDevCamp), we make our best effort to attract interesting keynote speakers to participate in the event. While the primary focus of the DevCamp is to bring iPhone OS developers together to demo cool and unreleased apps (most of which are developed _at_ the event!), we strongly believe that keynote speakers add to the overall quality of the experience for attendees.
Today, we are excited to announce our speaker lineup for iPadDevCamp. I think you’ll be pleased with the speakers – Bob Borchers, Chi-Hua Chien, Sean Byrnes, and Larry Tesler. Not familiar with all of the names? Read below and you will know all of them by their accomplishments…
Bob Borchers (Friday, April 16th, 6:30pm PT)
General Partner, Opus Capital
You will likely recognize Bob as the hands behind the iPhone from the iPhone intro videos in 2007. As part of the original iPhone team, Bob was instrumental in the development, launch and global expansion of the iPhone, iPhone OS, App Store and the launch of the iPhone 3GS. He left Apple in 2009 as Senior Director of Worldwide Product Marketing for the iPhone to join Opus Capital as a General Partner. Expect a fascinating talk on the origins of the iPhone, entrepreneurial opportunities in the mobile economy, and the explosive growth of iPhone OS – now on the iPad.
Sean Byrnes (Saturday, April 17th, 11:00am PT)
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Flurry
Having recently merged with Pinch Media, Flurry is the largest mobile analytics company in the world, with greater quantitative insight into the iPhone ecosystem than any company outside of Apple. Flurry CTO Sean Byrnes will be providing a fascinating and fresh look at iPad usage data in the two weeks since the initial product launch, and what we as developers can learn from this initial usage data. If you want to know what the half a million iPad users are doing with their devices, make sure to be there for Sean’s talk.
Chi-Hua Chien (Saturday, April 17th, 11:30am PT)
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
iPhoneDevCamp Alumnus Chi-Hua Chien from the Kleiner Perkins iFund will be returning for an informal “fireside chat” with attendees, providing an update on the iFund and its expansion to cover the iPad, doubling the fund size to $200M. He will also be hanging out during lunch after his talk to meet attendees and answer questions. Chi-Hua’s talk at iPhoneDevCamp 3 was a big hit with the attendees and we expect a similar reception at iPadDevCamp.
Larry Tesler (Sunday, April 18th, 10:30am PT)
Former VP of Advanced Development Group & the Personal Interactive Electronics division, Apple
Where does one begin when introducing Larry Tesler? A truly accomplished individual who has served as Chief Scientist at Apple, and who was instrumental in the creation of the Newton in the 1990s, as well as having a hand in HyperCard, QuickTime, AppleScript, and many other innovative Apple projects over the years. Larry will be giving an inspirational talk about the origins of mobile computing, his experiences at Apple, and his excitement surrounding the launch of the iPad. This is a talk not to be missed!
Four great keynote speakers, and we’re just over a week away from the event!
As with prior years, we intend to offer adjacent space for attendees and sponsors to sign up for BarCamp-style impromptu talks. We aren’t quite ready to open up the registration for speaking slots, but stay tuned!
We hope to see you at iPadDevCamp!