March will be Mobile's Portland's Final Meeting

March marks the eighth anniversary of Mobile Portland. It will also be the last meeting for our organization.

Mobile Portland has had a remarkable run. We've had fascinating topics, compelling speakers, and created a wonderful community. Our decision to create a community device lab spurred a global open device lab movement. And I would like to think that we helped position Portland as a hub of mobile ingenuity.

Magical UX and the Internet of Things


Coming all the way from New York City to help us celebrate 8 years of Mobile Portland is designer and author Josh Clark!

What if this thing was magic?

The web is touching everyday objects now, and designing for the internet of things means blessing everyday objects, places, even people with extraordinary abilities—requiring designers, too, to break with the ordinary. Designing for this new medium is less a challenge of technology than imagination.

Sharing a rich trove of examples, designer and author Josh Clark explores the new experiences that are possible when ANYTHING can be an interface.

The digital manipulation of physical objects (and vice versa) effectively turns all of us into wizards. Sling content between devices, bring objects to life from a distance, weave "spells" by combining speech and gesture.

But magic doesn't have to be otherworldly; the UX of connected devices should build on the natural physical interactions we have everyday with the world around us.

This new UX must bend technology to the way we live our lives, not the reverse. Explore the values and design principles that amplify our humanity, not just our superpowers.

Josh ClarkAbout Josh

Josh Clark is a designer specializing in multi-device design, strategy, and user experience. He's author of four books, including "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps" (O'Reilly, 2010) and the forthcoming "Designing for Touch" (A Book Apart, 2015). Josh's agency Global Moxie offers design services, strategic consulting, and training to help creative organizations build exceptional interfaces for apps, websites and connected devices. His clients include AOL, Time Inc, eBay, O'Reilly Media, and many others.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

Accelerating the integration of mobile and auto. The roadmap to the Auto-mobile.

Two important announcements: (1) February's meeting has been moved to February 30th—better known as Monday, March 2nd to accommodate travel schedules. (2) March's meeting will be Mobile Portland's last meeting. More details.

Our vehicles are no longer simply used to get from point A to point B. They are sophisticated computers that are increasingly connected to our devices and the greater Internet.

Jaguar Land Rover's In Control app

Now technology industry leaders are attempting to move into the automobile. Both Apple with CarPlay and Google with Android Auto have made attempts to convince automakers to integrate more closely with their mobile ecosystems.

What should an automaker do? Build an Apple-only or Android-only vehicle? Find a third way to support both?

We're honored to have Matt Jones, the Head of Future Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover, at Mobile Portland this month to help us understand how Jaguar Land Rover is tackling this.

Matt will be looking at the state of the current automotive platforms, the next steps with open platforms for development, and planning for the inevitable disruption of customer demands based on the mobile ecosystem.

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Apple Watch, Android Wear and Wearables

With Android Wear watches already in the market and Apple Watch on the horizon, businesses and developers are scrambling to try to figure out how watches and other wearables fit into their plans.

Apple Watch

And beyond the opportunities for businesses, there remain fundamental questions about consumer interest in these products. Who will buy them? What will they use them for? Will concepts like quantified self reach a larger audience?

Join our esteemed panel in discussing Apple Watch, Android Wear and wearables at this month's Mobile Portland meeting.

Visit for more details and to RSVP.

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

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