Last week, we were pleased to host the inaugural launch of FutureTalks SF, featuring the always inspiring Sridhar Solur, director of mobility and cloud services at Hewlett-Packard and mentor at 500 Startups. We spent the evening examining the future of mobile technology, mingling with other data aficionados, and enjoying delicious mini tacos courtesy of Guerilla Catering. For those of you who missed out on the fun, fear not! We’ve put together a quick recap for you below. And there’s always FutureTalks SF next month with Jessica McKellar.
Where is mobile headed?
Throughout his presentation, Sridhar guided attendees through the future of mobile technology, characterized by “an explosion of mobile devices that will bring in trillions of dollars in economic impact.” In fact, Sridhar estimates that there will be around 200 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020. This rise in interconnectivity is creating swift demand for what Sridhar calls “the next defining resource of the era”: data.
Mobile data is already affecting a multitude of industries. The key to making sense of all this data, Sridhar declared, is contextual analytics. A “function of location, calendar, weather, and traffic,” contextual analytics is all about providing intelligent, data-driven answers. It’s the “engine behind the Internet of Things” and what makes technologies like Siri, Google Now, and other geolocation services so useful.
Overall, Sridhar expects contextual analytics will lead to more services done for you as opposed to being done by you, thereby saving you time while also helping you make more informed decisions. The implications of this extend far beyond tech. Recently there has been talk of health insurance companies utilizing data generated by fitness trackers to determine pricing and coverage. Then there are smart devices like Google’s Nest thermostats and smoke alarms, which gather data that can be used for home security.
More to come
This is just the beginning! Next up we have Jessica McKellar of the Python Software Foundation and Dropbox followed by New Relic’s very own Ward Cunningham. Keep an eye on our Meetup page for full details and be sure to RSVP.
Hope to see you next time!