Mobile / Wireless Technology Symposium


An invitation-only full-day symposium where state leaders in business, government, education, manufacturing, healthcare and other critical verticals will be exposed to local, national and international experts in various mobile / wireless sectors.
After the presentations, attendees will participate in a strategic planning session designed to achieve a 'to do' list that, once implemented, will enable Michigan to claim a national leadership role in the industry.
This event will be followed up in approximately 6 months by a similar event where we will evaluate our progress and develop the next set of initiatives to keep Michigan on-track to capture and maintain its leadership position in the national / global mobile / wireless eco-system.
Registration in this event includes:
  • free access to Mobile Technology Showcase
  • free access to mobile developer hack-a-thon contest presentations
  • presentations from local, national and international mobile / wireless industry experts


Day 2 - July 31st
  • Registration from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Mobile / Wireless Technology Symposium from 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Due to limited space, attendance for this part of the conference is limited to those receiving an official invitation from MTAM and the event committee. To be considered to receive an invitation, please complete an application at this link.  Those selected will be required to pay a registration fee of $99 (for MTAM members) or $129 (for non-MTAM members).


  • Linda Daichendt, President/CEO, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
  • Elaina Farnsworth, CEO, Mobile Comply
  • Nicole Piggott, Vice-president and Gregory Nasto, CEO, Mousetrap Mobile 
  • Scott Wruble, Vice-president of Information Technology, Palace Sports & Entertainment
  • Caroline Lewko, CEO, Wireless Industry Partnership Connector, Inc.
  • Heather Anusbigian, COO/CMO, SmartGrid Careers
  • Jeffrey Hipchen, Principal, RF Connect
  • Gary LaRoy, Vice-president/CIO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Richard Mislan, Professor, Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, Member, FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and CEO, Battleground Technologies
  • Scott McCormick, President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA)


Linda Daichendt, President/Executive Director
Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
Presentation focus:
As one of Michigan’s leading proponents of the use of mobile technologies for businesses of all sizes – and in all verticals – Linda’s daily focus is on educating Michigan business, government and education stakeholders about the opportunities that mobile / wireless technologies provide to substantially grow Michigan’s economy, as well as insuring the ability for all Michigan residents to benefit from the jobs and businesses created as a result of the use of those technologies. This background will enable her to provide substantial insights into the current state of Michigan’s mobile / wireless industry, the opportunities the technology provides, and the future of the industry – locally, nationally and globally.
Elaina Farnsworth, CEO
Mobile Comply
Presentation focus:
As a transplant to Michigan and the owner of a Michigan-based mobile technology company that is currently deriving most of its income from outside our state, and with a background that includes working with Federal government organizations, government contractors and a variety of technology firms around the U.S., Elaina is in the unique position of being able to provide a national perspective on the mobile / wireless industry and the verticals it impacts as well as Michigan’s role within that environment.
Carolyn Lewko, CEO
Wireless Industry Partnership Connector, Inc. (WIP)
Presentation focus:
Known as ‘the connector’, Caroline has been in the mobile industry since 1995 as a coder, funder, community builder and entrepreneur. She is the founder of DigiBC (The Digital Media and Wireless Association of British Columbia) and Wavefront (a Canadian wireless commercialization center) and WIP. She was also named as one of the Top Ten Women in Wireless for 2009 by Fierce Wireless. Caroline’s extensive mobile / wireless industry experience and previous economic development experience enable her to provide insights to the economic impact the mobile / wireless industry can have on Michigan’s economy.
Scott Wruble, Vice-president of Information Technology
Palace Sports & Entertainment
Presentation focus:
Scott will utilize his experience with Palace Sports & Entertainment, seven previous years as the Director of Information Technology for the Detroit Tigers and additional IT management experience to discuss:
·         Business uses for mobile technologies
·         The need for mobile certifications
·         Mobile technology use in sports arenas and other public venues
Gary LaRoy, Chief Information Officer / Vice-president
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Presentation focus:
After an IT career with 25 years serving commercial clients and 11 years in the public sector, Gary will offer his insights on the importance of the mobile / wireless industry to Michigan’s economic development and job creation efforts.
Nicole Piggott, Vice-president and Greg Nasto, President
Mousetrap Mobile
Presentation focus:
Capitalizing on Greg’s 18 years of experience in the telecom industry, and Nicole’s discipline and leadership gleaned from a professional sports career, Michigan-based Mousetrap Mobile has become a pioneering firm in the use of mobile technologies for effective communication with a specialization in working with municipalities. Nicole and Greg will discuss methods for municipalities to effectively utilize mobile technologies to improve communication with their constituencies in such areas as: emergency alert systems, roadwork / weather notifications, court system public notices, event alerts, internal communications and more.
Richard (Rick) Mislan, Assistant Professor, Cyber Forensics
College of Technology, Purdue University / FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force
Presentation focus:
A former resident of Michigan, a former Communications Electronic Warfare Officer in the U.S. Army, and an assistant professor specializing in Cyber Forensics with research specializations in Small-Scale Digital Device Forensics, Mobile Malware and Spyware, and the Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Improving Efficiency in Cyber Forensics, Rick will utilize his unique background and experience to discuss:
·         Mobile technology use in law enforcement and the military
·         Mobile security
·         Mobile forensics
Jeffrey Hipchen, Vice-President
RF Connect
Presentation focus:
As a principal with RF Connect, a Michigan-based company focused on the design, deployment and support of high performance wireless networks and applications, and as an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience and a history that includes the founding of a company that grew to seven offices in five states before being sold, Jeff will share his personal knowledge of the growth of RFID mobile technology and the wireless infrastructure sector of the mobile / wireless industry, as well as his insights regarding required areas of training and future staffing needs in the industry.
Heather Anusbigian, CMO
Smart Grid Careers
Presentation focus:
A former resident of Michigan and staff member at Livonia-based Valassis, Heather is able to utilize her knowledge of Michigan to add perspective to the insights she has gained as an expert in staffing the Smart Grid sector of the mobile / wireless industry. In addition to sharing that knowledge she will also review the results of a recent study conducted on behalf of Smart Grid Careers regarding future job opportunities with vendors and utilities utilizing smart grid mobile technologies.
Scott McCormick, President
Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA)
Presentation focus:
As a former Advisor to the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Industrial Sector Representative to the U.S. Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium, and the former Strategic Advisor to the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union Advisory Panel on Communication Standards to Vehicles, as well as the President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Scott brings a unique perspective to his work in the wireless industry where his focus is on the automotive industry, transportation infrastructure and the implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems powered by mobile technologies. He will share insights on the current and future state of the connected vehicle sector of the mobile / wireless industry and its impact on Michigan and its communities, as well as the ability for Michigan-based firms in this space to influence the global marketplace.
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