BlackBerry and Microsoft will be partnering as co-sponsors for ‘The Future of Mobile’ event held by Tech in Motion.

Their mobile summer series have invited a panel of mobile developers to discuss what the future holds for all things mobile. Panelists include:

Ryan Johnson, VP of Mobile Engineering at Buzzfeed

Ryan Johnson is the Vice President of Mobile Engineering at BuzzFeed, where he is in charge of the iOS, Android, and Mobile Web teams. Prior to BuzzFeed, Ryan was the Director of Technology at Hyper IQ and the VP of Engineering at Red Stamp. After being featured by Starbucks and Apple, Red Stamp was acquired by Taylor Corp in 2013. Passionate about mobile development, Ryan has been developing for the iPhone for the last five years

Manny Elawar, Blackberry Developer Evangelist at BlackBerry

Manny travels the globe in the hopes of finding talented developers eager to pursue new opportunities on the new and exciting BlackBerry 10 Platform. Manny’s technical background primarily includes C/C++ development for simulation tools, specifically in the areas of Mobile Device Management, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and VoIP. He has an educational background in Software Engineering and Business Administration. Manny loves to travel, play music, organize social events, and spend time with friends and family. Fun Facts: Manny has been skydiving multiple times, traveled throughout Europe, and can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute…track him down and get him to show you!

Charles Schulze, Principal Engineer at Yahoo!

Charlie Schulze is a principal engineer currently working with Yahoo in NY on their new mobile products. Previously Charlie was with HBO working on the team that originally created and built HBO GO in NYC. Whenever there is an opportunity, nights and weekends are spent prototyping, tinkering, and developing mobile games. Over the past 14 years, he has had the opportunity to develop mobile and desktop applications for many of the worlds top brands including EA Games, Bloomberg, Puma, Harvard, AOL, HBO, ESPN, Adobe, and more.

Henry Kirk, Senior iOS Developer at Audible, an Amazon Company

Henry has been working on the iOS platform since Apple released the first SDK in 2008. Henry joined Audible’s iOS team in 2013, contributing to the company’s flagship iOS apps, as well as the new Audible integration within the Kindle iOS app. Prior to joining Audible, Henry had built nearly 50 apps, most notably SpeechBox for iPad, an app designed for children with speech and language disabilities. In 2013, SpeechBox was recognized by 148Apps as the “Best App Ever” in the Special Needs category. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 SDK.


Lee Edwards, Engineering Manager at Groupon

Lee is an engineering manager at Groupon in New York, responsible for GrouponLive, the ticketed event part of the business that includes concerts, theatre, sports, and family activities. Previously, he was the lead engineer at SideTour, which was acquired by Groupon last September. Groupon’s mobile business accounts for more than half of its transactions globally. Its native app has over 80 million downloads and is one of the top 25 all-time apps in the App Store. Groupon has also recently launched Gnome, a tablet-based platform that helps merchants run their businesses more effectively and understand their customers better.

The panelists will be moderated by Kaja Whitehouse, Technology Editor at The New York Post. Sponsors include BlackBerry, Microsoft, Syncano, and Applico.

The New York City portion of the summer series is being held tonight at 6:30pm. You can find out more details here.