“The Michigan mobile technology community has already greatly impacted the transportation and health care industries,”
Daichendt pointed out in her remarks at the conference that it’s just a matter of time before machine-to-machine (M2M) technology catches on. Soon consumers’ coffee pots will start brewing when triggered by a signal from the alarm clock, and refrigerators will send text messages to cell phones or cars when milk is running low, enabling consumers to stop on the way home to take care of it. Speakers and guests provided other examples of mobile technology advances in business, including:
• The City of Detroit’s use of mobile technologies to help inspect city properties and to enable bus riders to monitor the timeliness of public transportation
• RIIS of Southfield’s recent development of a mobile app that alerts people about energy outages.
This rapidly growing industry means more economic vitality for the state. A study by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) indicates that for every job created in Michigan's mobile / wireless technology industry, 3.9 additional jobs are created in the state in other industries. MEDC further indicates that the mobile industry job creation factor of 3.9 is significantly higher than that for most other industries in the state, and is comparable to the job creation factor for the manufacturing industry. At this week’s event, a number of company representatives expressed their desire to fill a variety of currently available mobile / wireless positions.
“This means that the mobile / wireless industry can achieve a similar level of positive impact on Michigan's economy as that of the manufacturing industry,” added Daichendt.
Attendees also discussed ways to ensure that Michigan becomes and remains a leader in the mobile and wireless technology community. Among the critical elements identified as part of the events’ strategic planning discussion were:
• Initiatives to make educational opportunities available at the k-12 and higher education levels for those interested in exploring a variety of careers in the mobile / wireless industry
• Educating businesses on the many ways mobile technologies can be utilized to increase productivity and profitability for their firms
• Creating national awareness of the tremendous amount of mobile / wireless technology work being done in Michigan and the capabilities that are available from Michigan-based businesses that can’t be found elsewhere.
The ‘Mobile Moves Michigan’ conference made one fact evident to all who attended, Michigan has a limited window of opportunity to take advantage of its existing resources to garner a national leadership position in this industry. Some attendees felt that we, as a state, need to take immediate action or the opportunity and the resulting positive economic impact will be lost forever. MTAM is focusing on this challenge on a daily basis, and is working to bring together the individuals and entities in Michigan that can facilitate the actions required to take advantage of this new growth.
Sponsors included Microsoft, Blackberry (RIM), NOOK Developer (Barnes and Noble), Apigee, Digital Globe, Red Hat, Mapquest, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Automation Alley, Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), Application Developers Alliance, Spectrum Health/Priority Health, Mousetrap Mobile, Crain’s Detroit Business, Mobile Groove, SmartGrid Careers, TechSmith, Gravity Works, Strategic Growth Concepts, Mobile Comply, Media Academica, SmartBusiness, The Prewitt Group, Mobile Monday Michigan, Detroit DevDays, MiTechNews.com, Fierce Developer, MEIC, CrowdJuice, and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT).
For more information about Mobile Moves Michigan, MTAM, or Michigan’s mobile / wireless industry, visit http://GoMobileMichigan.org or contact MTAM at 248-470-3257 or email@example.com.