Mike Lee, TweetMayor of Appsterdam
Biography: Mike Lee
Known as the “Mayor of Appsterdam” (the worldwide collective of App Makers with their capital in Amsterdam), Mike Lee is also responsible for starting the New Lemurs, an Amsterdam-based startup with the stated goal of making games educational.
Mike describes himself as the world's toughest programmer and has developed apps for Alaska Airlines, Delicious Monster, Tapulous, United Lemur, Apple, and Nextive, producing such hits as Delicious Library, Tap Tap Revenge, Obama '08, and Apple's Mobile Store.
Mike is proud to own the world's largest collection of plush prosimians, and once bought over 100 plush lemurs in a $12,000 fundraiser for the Madagascar Fauna Group. His life's goal is to save Madagascar. When he's not working to change the world, he spends quiet time at home in the 17th century canal house in Amsterdam where he lives with his partner Judy.
Presentation: TweetLearning From Games
The automotive industry has long held that "racing improves the breed" — that the knowledge, technology, and techniques that enhance our boring, everyday lives are best developed under extreme and often adversarial conditions, at the edge of human ability.
Software too has its frontier heroes, pushing themselves and their products so far beyond what came before, we all move forward in their wake. In no sector is their concentration higher than the multi-billion euro electronic games industry.
From the simplest "Game & Watch" to the latest consoles, from the ubiquity of the App Store, to the richness of fully immersive virtual societies, games let us explore the infinite, imagine the impossible, and come one step closer to understanding humans.
Presentation: TweetKEYNOTE: The App Universe After the Big Bang
There was a time when mobile computing and productized apps were magic fairy dust that sprinkled money all over a project. Those were good times. The big bang, the heady expansion, the flash of chaos as the past gave way to the future. But now that the future is the present, and the gold rush is over, where do we go from here?
What kind of ideas are worth pursuing? Are app-based startups a thing anymore? What kind of business plans make sense? Is there room for indie apps? How about indie games? Can we still make a living doing this? Can we still live the dream and be our own boss? Can we still be artists?
Mike Lee has been there along the way, and will share his war stories and market analysis from having witnessed history being made. You won't want to miss it!