Handango is hosting its fourth annual Handango Partner Summit in San Diego, California from 23-25 June. The 2004 Handango Partner Summit platinum sponsors include Sony Ericsson, Nokia, palmOne and Microsoft. Additional sponsors are Symbian, Research in Motion, PalmSource, Cingular Wireless, AT&T Wireless, HP, Orange, Vodafone, Sierra Wireless, Telstra, @irBitway, Commsmart, Geekzone, MyPDACafe and VeriSign.
The Handango Partner Summit is an invite-only event bringing together the top 200 mobile software development firms and industry people from around the world. The Summit features in-depth presentations, networking sessions, panel discussions and small-group peer sessions. Attendees will hear from experts and executives from the leaders in the mobile software industry. Michael King, Senior Analyst with Gartner, will kick off the event with an overview of the industry dynamics. Other keynote speakers include:
Niclas Almquist, Head of Symbian SW Development, Platform Development & Global Functions, GSM/UMTS for Sony Ericsson
Nigel Rundstrom, Vice President of Multimedia Sales and Channel Management for Nokia
Page Murray, Vice President of Marketing for palmOne
Mark Spain, Director of Developer Marketing and ISV Services in the Mobile & Embedded Devices Division for Microsoft
Additional speakers include Geoff Preston, Technology Operations Director for Symbian, Jonathan Nobels, Product Manager for Research in Motion and David Fedor, Director of Developer Architecture and Disclosure for PalmSource.
"The Handango Partner Summit is a rare opportunity to bring together industry leaders from around the world," said Randy Eisenman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Handango. "With such an esteemed list of attendees, the year's Summit presents an amazing venue for device makers, operators and content developers to plot the strategic direction of the mobile downloads industry and their content businesses."
"palmOne is excited to again sponsor the 2004 Handango Partner Summit," said Page Murray, Vice President of Marketing at palmOne. "The Handango Partner Summit provides an excellent forum for discussing and learning about new trends in the industry, which in turn helps independent software companies improve the marketplace."
"We see the Handango Partner Summit as an excellent opportunity to meet with key Symbian OS and Java application development companies," said Niclas Almquist, Head of Symbian SW Development, Platform Development and Global Functions, GSM/UMTS for Sony Ericsson. "The increasing complexity of software for mobile phones -- especially smartphones like the P900 -- makes it extremely important for Sony Ericsson to establish strong relationships with those companies developing content for our phones."
"Mobile devices are becoming integral to the way people work and play," said Mark Spain, Director of Developer Marketing and ISV Services for the Mobile & Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft is committed to providing a rich platform on which developers can create innovative, imaginative products that enable a wide variety of mobile scenarios. We are proud to sponsor the 2004 Handango Partner Summit, which gives mobile industry leaders the opportunity to discuss strategic mobile initiatives designed to make the mobile world more useful and accessible for everyone."
On 24 June 2004, during the Handango Partner Summit, Handango will honor the best in mobile software by presenting the Handango Champion Awards. Judged by a collection of industry experts and reporters, the awards are sponsored by Sony Ericsson, Nokia, palmOne and Microsoft. Winners will be announced to the public on Friday, 25 June 2004.