The inaugural MEF Global Forum 2013 took place last week in San Francisco. Over 350 senior execs attended during the three day event which delivered a unique showcase and platform for international mobile content & commerce. In the coming weeks we will share some of the sessions, interviews and opinion pieces from #MEFGF13, but for now here’s a quick snapshot of the highlights and a selection of photos from across the three days.
MEF Global Forum has been 12 months in the making after the move to Silicon Valley was announced by MEF NA Chair Ron Czerny last December at MEF Americas in Miami.
The goal was to take an established platform for knowledge sharing and business networking between North and Latin America and create a broader, global platform to showcase international mobile content & commerce and connect the global community in the heart of Silicon Valley. Five events took place across three days with over 70 speakers, an incubator tour, drinks at Mozilla’s downtown offices plus the small matter of the 10th Anniversary of the Meffys awards.
No one can argue that Silicon Valley is the centre of technology and indeed mobile innovation. #MEFGF13’s Innovation Day, supported by Silicon Valley Bank, was held in Redwood City at new tech-accelerator nestGSV (complete with obligatory pool table, water feature and slide to the ground floor…)
It was the ideal setting for 250 delegates to learn about the latest technology and innovations coming from the Valley. They got to experience the hottest trends first hand, hearing from diverse early stage start-ups, learning where carriers are investing their dollars today and were inspired by success stories from established mobile pioneers in the Valley such as Evernote, Shazam and Waze.
However, what made last week’s event unique in San Francisco’s crowded event calendar was the international platform established by #MEFGF13.
Delegates representing over 25 countries attended the show and the international speaker-line-up and Meffys finalists representing all regions (re)confirmed to all that mobile success and innovation happens across our global content and commerce community.
We will be releasing all content sessions from the two-day conference program for members unable to attend as well as running a series of follow-up features here on the blog. For now watch an exclusive interview with CEO of Evernote, Phil Libin before he took to the stage to engage in a fireside chat with MEF’s very own Rimma Perelmuter.
And check out a selection of photos below for some of the highlights from #MEFGF13
The goal when planning MEF Global Forum was to offer an inside-out and outside-in perspective on today’s mobile landscape. Expanding both geographically and vertically, MEF aimed to reflect this and connect those driving the evolution.
Feedback from the event has been fantastic and we look forward to establishing MEF Global Forum as an annual must-attend event in the Valley. We would like to thank all of our speakers, founding partners, sponsors, media partners and attendees in making this inaugural event possible.
The event was supported by Barclays, Boku, Binbit, Kaspersky Lab, KPMG, Mooreland Partners, Movile, Mozilla, Nazara Technologies, OnMobile, Playphone, RealNetworks, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, TIMWE, vserv.mobi and William Capital Group.