Mobile Monday Grand Rapids Explores Big Data

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Grand Rapids chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan is set to explore Big Data and how to effectively analyze it and use it to increase productivity, sales, profitability and other key performance indicators for business

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Mobile Monday Grand Rapids will tackle Big Data at the organization’s upcoming event on May 15th at 5:30 p.m. taking place at Priority Health in Grand Rapids. Featured speaker will be Eric Kort, Research Scientist at the DeVos Cardiovascular Research Program of Spectrum Health and Van Andel Institute, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University.

Mr. Kort will explore data-driven approaches to bio-medical research, specifically, how next generation sequencing technologies continue to ramp up the speed at which data is flowing out of the cells that make up our bodies and that by integrating billions of data points we can discover new treatments, gain new understanding of human diseases and much more.

The event is FREE to attend but advance registration is required at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host/sponsor Priority Health for those who would like to network ahead of the presentations.

Mobile Monday Grand Rapids is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), Universal Mind and Priority Health.

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Mobile Monday Michigan Chapters in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing Seeking Volunteer Organizers

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan subsidiary, Mobile Monday Michigan, seeking connected technologies enthusiasts for a vital role in Michigan’s connected tech community

DETROIT, MI – Have you enjoyed attending an MTAM Mobile Monday Michigan event at one of our chapters in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids or Lansing? Have you benefitted from education you received from an expert speaker, or contacts you made at one of our monthly events? Have you thought about finding a way to be more involved in the exciting and evolving Connected Tech community in Michigan? If so, we have just the opportunity for you!

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is currently looking to expand the number of participants in our volunteer groups who assist with Mobile Monday Michigan chapters in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Mobile Monday chapters are run by volunteer organizers from each local community under MTAM’s supervision. MTAM also assists with organizer training, speaker referrals, event promotion, and other organizer assistance as is required.

Chapter event planning is typically coordinated during a once per month phone conference and subsequent exchange of emails or phone calls between group members. Group members work together to plan topics, identify and reach out to expert speakers, gather speaker information for event listing on Meetup site and MTAM news releases, and coordinate event logistics with speakers and event host/sponsors. Generally you can expect to invest 1 – 4 hours per month plus the time on-site at the Mobile Monday chapter events.

Mobile Monday Michigan chapter organizers are seen as leaders in the connected tech community. It’s a great way to broaden your network of contacts, learn a great deal more about all areas of connected technologies, and to help insure that Michigan maintains a national leadership role in the connected tech community!

If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact MTAM at

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Mobile Monday Detroit Discusses 3D Development for VR/AR

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan discusses the skill sets required for developers focused on 3D in VR/AR

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – Mobile Monday Detroit will explore 3D virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality development skills and resources to help Michigan’s developer community be on the fore-front of this exciting technology that provides yet another way to enhance connected experiences.

While traditional developer skills are useful, VR and AR require different tools and skill sets which to-date have generally been more popular in gaming development, but are more and more being utilized for business-oriented applications.

To help our developer community understand these differences, Mobile Monday Detroit will hear from representatives from some leading firm’s doing work in this space:

  • Ali Al-Aasm, Co-founder/Developer, Red Piston
  • Richard Geyer, Engineering Lead, Vectorform

The event is free to attend but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED in order to attend; make your reservation at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.

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Mobile Monday Detroit Discusses the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) at April 10th Event

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan reviews the use of the ‘Internet of Things’ in an Industrial Environment for a wide variety of industries

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – Mobile Monday Detroit will explore the use of the ‘Internet of Things’ in an Industrial environment during its April 10th event at RIIS in Troy, MI. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Specific topics to be discussed by our speakers will include:  ‘The Business Value of IIoT’, ‘Becoming the Premier Digital Industrial Firm’, and ‘IIoT, Changing the Way Manufacturers Innovate, Create & Make Business Decisions’. Speakers for the evening include:

  • Michael S. King, President, Data Analytics Solutions
  • Mike DeBoer, VP/Executive Hub Leader, GE Digital Hub Detroit
  • Jerry Foster, CTO, Plex Systems

IIoT refers to the inter-connectivity of sensors and other smart objects, along with technologies such as big data and machine learning to collect data, analyze it, and make more informed and rapid decisions, either by presenting the data to humans or automatically making changes. IIoT carries with it the promise of increasing efficiencies, reducing downtime, and improving safety for industries such as manufacturing, utilities, transportation, mining, energy, agriculture and more.

The event is free to attend but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED in order to attend; make your reservation at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.

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Coulter Investment Forum and Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Team Up to Create a Super-Sized Venture-Investment Event

MTAM often sponsors events that will benefit members of the connected tech community in Michigan, and as part of that support will offer an opportunity to publish an article about the event in our blog.  Below is an article about the upcoming ‘Michigan VC Symposium‘ for which MTAM is a community sponsor. This event takes place on May 16-17 at the Marriott Resort Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti.


mgcs-logoThe Midwest’s leading and longest-running venture-investment fair for entrepreneurial companies and early stage investors ─ the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium ─ is about to get even bigger and better.

For the first time, the University of Michigan will team up with the Coulter Investment Forum to host the 2017 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium on May 16 and 17. The combination of two premier events at the same time will feature a total of 60 presenting companies and is expected to attract 600 participants representing nearly 100 investment firms.

In addition, commercialization and technology-transfer specialists from top-ranked research universities will be on hand to give investors a preview of exciting research-based ventures being incubated and spun out of their respective institutions. The Mobile Tech Association of Michigan is one of the sponsors for this year’s symposium.

The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium’s new partnership with the Coulter Investment Forum will not only extend the breadth and depth of its entrepreneurial and investment scope but also raise its visibility nationwide. Each year, the two-day, high-energy confluence of investors and entrepreneurs showcases 30 to 35 investor-vetted, high-potential startups representing the “best of the Midwest” and beyond.  These Midwestern companies, including many U-M spinouts, are commercializing new research discoveries and advances in the life sciences and technology, as well as advanced manufacturing and the automotive industry. Typically, their founders and CEOs are seeking early through mid-stage investments.

The symposium, now in its 36th year, offers opportunities for entrepreneurs to network, engage and do deals with leading angel and venture-capital investors from Michigan and out-of-state. Over the past three and a half decades, the synergy generated by these match-ups has helped to spur the further growth and development of transformational new ventures, which are driving innovation not only in the state and the Great Lakes region but in other parts of the country as well.

As this year’s co-host of the MGCS, the annual Coulter Investment Forum, sponsored by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, will feature 25 to 32 emerging companies with life-science innovations that have been vetted through the Translational Research Partnership Program at one of 16 university partners, using the Coulter Commercialization Process.

The Coulter Process utilizes industry best practices to accelerate the movement of academic biomedical innovations from the bench to the bedside by reducing risk and attracting follow-on funding. Over a 10-year period, it has funded 300 translational research projects, of which one-third advanced from university laboratories into industry and raised nearly $2 billion of follow-on investment.

“This is an opportunity to showcase companies to [members of] the Midwest investment community who may not have attended our previous two forums, at Stanford and Boston,” explained Director-Research Awards Mara Neal. She said the decision to hold the third Coulter Investment Forum in the nation’s heartland was driven by the opportunity to reach a broader audience of potential investors and by the “established excellence” of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium.

“The symposium has a long history, and the people who attend it are interested in this area,” Neal added. “Our companies are all biomedical startups [that are commercializing innovations] ranging from health IT to diagnostics and devices.”

Coulter Program oversight committees at the 16 participating universities, including U-M, will select one or two high-potential startups to attend this year’s forum where each will make a formal fundraising presentation to investors. To be eligible, a company must have received an investment from a Coulter Program at a partner university and have completed the Coulter Commercialization Process. In addition, it must have a professional CEO, a license from the university to commercialize technology that helps to improve patient care and medical practice and the ability to attract funding from angels, venture investors and/or industry partners.

The inspiration behind the Translational Partnership Program’s philosophy of “science serving humanity” was Wallace H. Coulter, a little-known biomedical engineer who applied his inquisitive mind and engineering talent to solving unmet clinical needs. Coulter invented the Coulter Principle and founded the Coulter Corporation, a private global diagnostics company. After Coulter’s death in 1998, the proceeds from his estate were used to fund the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, which has continued to provide risk capital for innovative initiatives through its grants and to sponsor university-based translational research grant programs.

The idea for the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium was conceived in the late-1970s by U-M Finance Professor David Brophy, director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance, who recognized the need to bring together startup founders and angel and venture-capital investors in a common forum. His aim was to fuel the growth of an entrepreneurial community in Michigan, diversify the state’s staid economy beyond cyclical automotive manufacturing and foster the expansion of a thriving local angel and venture-capital investment industry.

Brophy also wanted to do more to promote the commercialization of exciting research discoveries and technological innovations emerging from the test labs at the state’s major research universities and medical centers. And he hoped to encourage enterprising entrepreneurs, including many former students, to seek out or provide the critical financing needed to accelerate the introduction of innovative products and services in the marketplace.

As the MGCS evolved, Brophy began to invite seasoned investors and successful entrepreneurs to speak about their experiences and to serve on panels that examine a wide range of industry issues, from new investment opportunities in technology and life sciences to the challenges facing entrepreneurs in health care and fintech.

The heartbeat of the symposium, however, still emanates from the startup founders and CEOs who make presentations each year to investors. For a privately held company to be considered, it should be seeking funding ─ seed, early-stage, late-stage or pre-IPO ─ in the range of $1 million to $20 million within six months of the symposium, and have projected revenue of $20 million within five years. A Midwest connection is preferred. Each application is reviewed independently by qualified venture capitalists serving on the symposium’s selection committee.

Once selected, a company participates in a presentation review, where MGCS coaches help startup founders and CEOs refine their formal pitch to investors and hone their presentation skills. During the symposium, each company is given a 12-minute presentation slot to showcase its business to an audience of angels, venture capitalists and institutional investors. In addition, startups are provided with table-top exhibit space, an executive summary in the MGCS conference binder and, new in 2017, a complimentary analysis of their investability and market-sector potential.

Since the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium began, hundreds of startups have taken advantage of the opportunity to meet and greet investors and negotiate a deal for financing.

“The symposium offers a great opportunity to access capital and to expand awareness of our business among VCs,” said David Esposito, president and CEO of Armune Bioscience in Kalamazoo. “We also are able to exchange ideas with other entrepreneurs.”

“We are at the MGCS, because we are huge believers in Michigan and are trying to build awareness of our company,” commented Michelle Lange, chief customer officer of AutoBooks in Troy. “We’d rather have Michigan money and see things happen in our state.”


Claudia Capos, the owner of Capos & Associates LLC, is a professional communicator with an extensive background in journalism, publications and media relations. A University of Michigan graduate, she co-founded About Ann Arbor Magazine before joining The Detroit News, where she held a variety of writing and editing positions. The News submitted three of her investigative-reporting series for Pulitzer-Prize consideration. 

Since leaving the News, Claudia has provided communications services to numerous clients, ranging from the Big Three automotive manufacturers to small and mid-size privately held companies. She also has written and edited publications for leading philanthropies and educational institutions, including the U-M’s Ross School of Business. Her articles have appeared in national magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. 

In addition, Claudia has gained first-hand knowledge of global business marketing and operations through her international-trade corporation, Foreign Accent Inc., and its locally based successor, Brighton Accents.

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MTAM CEO Guests on International Podcast to Discuss Connected Technologies in Michigan

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan CEO provides insight to international audience on Michigan’s connected technologies environment, economic impact, and role in the international connected tech community

Mobile Groove logo_rebrand_RGB - smallerDETROIT, MI – Taking the opportunity to showcase Michigan’s role in the national and international connected technologies community, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) CEO, Linda Daichendt, was recently a guest on the Germany-based international mobile technologies podcast, Mobile Presence, hosted by Peggy Anne Salz, Top 100 Mobile Industry Influencer and Chief Analyst of Mobile Groove. The podcast can be accessed at

Mobile Presence, a production of Mobile Groove, an international Top 50 ranked tech destination and media property, is one of the premier international podcasts for trends, tools and tips related to all areas of mobile/connected technologies.

“I was very pleased to present Michigan and its connected technologies-related achievements to the international community”, said Linda Daichendt, MTAM CEO. “Anything we can do to increase global awareness of the innovative, ground-breaking work being done here brings us another step closer in our quest to make Michigan the global center in several fields of connected technologies, including: connected/autonomous vehicles, enterprise-focused IoT, smart manufacturing and connected health. We appreciated the opportunity to make MTAM and Michigan a focus in the recent Mobile Presence episode.”

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For Auto Industry, Attracting and Retaining Millennial Talent Requires Changing Company Culture

NOTE:  This article originated in the MICHauto Mobility Report newsletter and is replicated here for our audience. Links will forward to MICHauto content.


michauto-eventThe millennial generation is the fastest-rising workforce and will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025, according to PwC. In order for Michigan’s automotive and mobility industry to reap the talent it needs to maintain its leadership in connected and autonomous vehicle development, changing “the company culture” to appeal to millennials is not only necessary, it is essential.

“What we’re seeing, regardless of industry, are three megatrends impacting businesses: the rise of the millennial workforce, the rise of the flexible and freelance workforce, and the explosion of mobile and digital technology,” Mendoza said. “To stay ahead of the game, you have to adapt to these trends quickly and strategically.”

That was a key message Marvin Mendoza, director of talent innovation at PwC, delivered to more than 150 automotive industry leaders and stakeholders at the sixth MICHauto Annual Meeting. Read highlights from the event here.

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Mobile Monday Detroit Reviews Connected Technologies in 2016, Previews 2017

In its’ annual year-end wrap-up, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan reviews the impact of Connected Tech in 2016 and attempts to forecast 2017

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – As has been the case since 2007, Year 2016 has been another innovation-filled, exciting year of advances related to the use of connected technologies – in almost every industry – globally, nationwide and here in Michigan! And 2017 is shaping up to be another ground-breaking year!

As they have for the last several years, Mobile Monday Detroit will again hold its’ Year-end Wrap-up event “Connected Tech Year in Review & Focus on the Future” on Monday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. at RIIS in Troy. As it is every year, the format for this event is modified to be much more interactive; audience members are highly encouraged to participate in the conversation that will be led by Mobile Monday Detroit organizers, Randy Nunez of Ford Motor Company and Glenn Everitt of Compuware.

The discussion will review Mobile Monday Detroit events from 2016, as well as highlighting key connected technology innovations and issues that occurred during the year in Michigan and elsewhere, while looking at what we can expect moving forward into 2017. The audience is asked to bring their thoughts, perspectives, opinions and questions as the Mobile Monday Detroit team and audience together reflect on past events to understand the future impact they will have on connected technologies – and all the industries that use them!

Specific topics to be included in the discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Apple vs. FBI: San Bernardino
  • Pokemon Go and Augmented Reality
  • New Connected / Autonomous Vehicle Laws in Michigan
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Issues
  • Google’s New Facility in Novi
  • 5G
  • Virtual Reality
  • Wearable Computing
  • Internet of Things

The event is free to attend but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED in order to attend; make your reservation at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.



About Mobile Monday Michigan:

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile/wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000 members state-wide.

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MTAM CEO & Members Named to 2016 Michigan ’50 Names to Know in IT’

Representing a broad range of technical disciplines & technology form factors, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) shows a strong representation on the 2016 Michigan ‘Names to Know in IT’


MTAM-LogoDETROIT, MI – Showing the broad-based, multi-industry impact of connected technologies, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and 10 of its’ member firms are among those selected for the 2016 Michigan ’50 Names to Know in IT’ list from Crain’s Detroit Business.

Those selected representing MTAM and its’ membership include:

  • Michael Antaran, Founder/CEO, Marvel Apps LLC
  • Meredith Bronk, President/CEO, Open Systems Technologies Inc. (OST)
  • Barbara Ciaramitaro, Director – Center for CyberSecurity Leadership and Chair – Decision Sciences Department, Walsh College
  • Linda Daichendt, CEO / Executive Director – Mobile Technology Assn of Michigan (MTAM), Co-founder – Mobile Monday Michigan
  • Carl Erickson, Co-founder/CEO, Atomic Object LLC
  • Elaina Farnsworth, CEO, Mobile Comply
  • Tel Ganesan, Founder/Managing Partner – Kyyba Ventures, President – TiE Detroit
  • Jimmy Hsiao, Founder/CEO, Logic Solutions Inc.
  • Fred Jacobs, President – Jacobs Media Strategies Inc., jacAPPS
  • Neetu Seth, Founder/President/CEO, NITS Solutions
  • Krischa Winright, Senior Vice-president, Spectrum Health

A nationally known, state-focused, non-profit trade association for connected technologies, MTAM is focused on increasing demand for Michigan-based connected tech products and services within the state, nationally and globally, while also ensuring Michigan-based firms have the resources and skilled staff they need to enable their growth.

“We’re very proud that this list by Crain’s is reflecting the diversity of Michigan’s IT talent in a wide range of disciplines. Among the MTAM representatives, 6 out of 11 are women, with several ethnicities represented as well. Given the challenges by firms in all areas of technology in meeting diversity goals, I believe this speaks quite well of the progress we’re making here in Michigan, and MTAM is glad to be on the forefront of that work”, notes MTAM’s Daichendt.

“The ‘Internet of Things’ is considered by many to be ‘the new frontier’ in technology so our leading talent needs to reflect not only the diversity befitting such a frontier, but also the wide array of industries being impacted by these connected technologies. It’s extremely important in order to keep Michigan in the national and international spotlight for the work happening here, says Daichendt.

The entire list from Crain’s can be accessed HERE.


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Mobile Monday Detroit to Live-stream it’s 11/14 Exploration of CyberSecurity Careers Via Facebook Live

Statewide High Demand Causes MTAM’s Mobile Monday Michigan Detroit Chapter to Take Advantage of Facebook LIVE-Streaming Technology to Make It’s Event Available Throughout Michigan

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – Due to a high volume of requests from throughout the State of Michigan, the Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan will be making its November 14th CyberSecurity Careers event available on Facebook Live starting at 6:00 p.m. Monday evening.

Those interested in viewing the event via Facebook LIVE should “Like” the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan page on Facebook, and then look for streaming to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. The tech team at RIIS will be facilitating the streaming for the Mobile Monday Detroit event.

According to Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Executive Director, Linda Daichendt,  “Once word starting getting out about the event, my email started to blow up with interest from around the state. I was contacted by students, educators and even business owners who were extremely interested in hearing what these highly qualified speakers and panel members had to say, but were unable to make it to Southeast Michigan to attend. We had inquiries from the UP, Traverse City, Kalamazoo and many other areas of the state. Therefore we started looking at what options we might have with a quick turn-around, and decided that Facebook LIVE could meet our needs.” says Daichendt, “Right now it’s an experiment for us, we’ll see how it goes before determining if it’s something we’ll continue in future.”

CyberSecurity is one of the most high profile issues in today’s increasingly connected world. With major companies around the world being hacked on an almost weekly basis, and the Internet of Things offering us the opportunity to bring convenience into our homes thru connected devices, CyberSecurity expertise is becoming one of the most sought-after skills for today’s companies in every industry – and the demand is only expected to climb for many years to come!

Monday’s event will feature a variety of experts to educate us about the diverse career opportunities available in the CyberSecurity field, the qualifications required, and what life is like on-the-job.

Our featured speakers who will focus on the level of demand for CyberSecurity expertise and the types of jobs being staffed will be:

  • Colleen Riccinto, Founder, Cyber Talent Search
  • Hector Acosta, Research & Policy Analyst, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)

Panelists who will talk about their experience working in the field include:

  • Jane Harper, Director – Privacy & Security Risk Management Services, Henry Ford Health Systems
  • Godfrey Nolan, Founder/CEO, RIIS
  • Barbara Ciaramitaro, Director for CyberSecurity Leadership, Walsh College
  • Natalie Blackbourne, President, Blackbourne Worldwide
  • Lou LeBrecque, Executive Vice-president, Authen2cate

The event is free to attend in-person but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED; make your reservation for in-person attendance at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.


About Mobile Monday Michigan:

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile/wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000 members state-wide.

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