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Mobile Music: The Future is Personalization!

October 17, 2012

The Mobile Entertainment SIG Presents…

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Music discovery and consumption is changing. From vinyl to CDs to digital tracks online and in the cloud, mobile is playing a huge part in this shift. San Diego companies are shaping this change with innovative start ups, Slacker Radio, Bands in town & established companies like Cricket and their Muve Music service and Qualcomm. Come join us to discuss issues facing the mobile and music industries and opportunities for new products and services.

Chuck Maloof
Global Business Development,
DTS Mobile Solutions
Chuck Maloof has spent over 15 years of his career in wireless, mostly helping bring data applications to market. After spending 10 years at Qualcomm, he currently is working at one of the premier audio enhancement companies known for bringing great audio to the home, now being optimized for smart devices. Chuck will talk about the ecosystem and where the technology is heading on both the technical side as well as what the consumer can expect to hear.

Patrick Merel PhD
Portable Genomics

Patrick is a molecular biologist PhD with over 20 years of experience in molecular diagnostics. He is director at the molecular biology core facility at Plateforme d’Innovation Biomedicale, University Hospital of Bordeaux, France, and he has worked with the major IVD  companies in the US, including Beckman Coulter Inc., being based here in San Diego back in 2004 and 2005. He recently moved his family from France to San Diego, his second home, to start Portable Genomics, a startup company developing mobile software for the visualization and use of genome information in personalized and preventive medicine. Patrick’s work is now at the convergence of genomics, healthcare and telecom. Portable Genomics uses a digital music metaphor to organize and visualize genomic information. Because of this disruptive approach, ie genome visualization into iTunes, Patrick could not resist to setup a team of molecular biologists, DJ’s and iPhone programmers to provide earlier this year the first iApp ever to create unique music melodies based on genomic markers analysis, GeneGroove. GeneGroove takes the process of music creation to a new level of personalization, as music is created from your own personal and unique genomic information. While it started as a fun project, Portable Genomics team has put into GeneGroove hard science to avoid privacy issues while sharing the uniqueness of your genome through music creation and later on, graphics and videos.Scott Riggs
Senior Director of Radio,
Slacker Radio
Sr. Director of Radio at Slacker, Scott Riggs, has strived to push the creative limits of the American radio industry for almost two decades. Since 1992, he has worked to create innovative and ground-breaking radio while energizing an audience hungry for new, original and compelling content. Riggs joined Slacker in June 2006 to design and develop the next incarnation of the radio medium: personalized radio. Having developed the original 100 genre stations for Slacker as well as building the framework for over 10,000 custom radio stations, Riggs is excited at the prospect of creating content that represents the logical progression of radio—from broadcast and static to ubiquitous, digital and dynamic. Riggs has also led the charge for securing popular talk content that can be uniquely personalized into the Slacker Network including ABC News, ESPN, APM and many others. His passion for music drives Riggs to add programming duties to his Sr. Director role including Slacker formats that are close to his heart, Alternative and Indie Hits. Prior to joining Slacker, Riggs had a successful career in broadcast radio as well as music-tech companies. Riggs has worked many facets of radio including on-air as a DJ, writer, talk show host, award-winning specialty show host, producer of a top-rated morning show and involved in programming at Alternative, Indie and Rock radio stations. Having worked for independent owners (XHRM-FM and KFSD-FM) and large radio corporations including Clear Channel Radio (KIOZ-FM) and Gannett (KKBH-FM), Riggs has seen both sides of the radio struggle and has a unique perspective on the challenges that plague broadcast radio today. Adding to that experience, Riggs has also been able to bridge his passion for technology with his love of  music and radio with successful stints at the pioneering music web site, the revolutionary music software company MusicMatch and finally landing at a company that promotes the perfect intersection of all three passions, Slacker Radio. Riggs resides in San Diego, CA where he works to pursue projects that he has a passion for including music, technology, writing, environmental causes, social justice, travel and photography.


Roland Ligtenberg
Product & Business Development, Gimbal,
Qualcomm Labs

Roland Ligtenberg does product & business development for Gimbal, a context aware SDK for iOS & Android by Qualcomm Labs. His passions are helping startups build next generation mobile applications by using his unique product vision and insights.  Previous to joining Qualcomm, he co-founded several startups across various industries including music, tech, and adventure outfits. He is a co-founder of First Bank of Rock, an intelligence network for artists which uses mobile technology to connect bands to fans. Additionally he founded the San Diego Music & Technology Conference in 2010 which brought together 350 attendees with 60 panelists and 30 DJs.

Sid Dixit, Product Program Manager, Nokia
Laurent Delon, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
Steve Caliguri, VP Business Development, Acorn Technologies
Malachi Bierstein, Sr. Director of Sales, Rovi Corporation

October 17th 2012

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends


12790 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 10/16/12)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

Students, Military & Press: FREE

 **DTS earbud GIVEAWAY at this event!**

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