MobileMonday Toronto

MobileMonday Toronto



March 17, 2010 09:00 ET

Google Landing @ MobileMonday Toronto Members

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) -

Attention Business and Technology Editors

On April 5, 2010 MobileMonday Toronto, Canada's largest networking group for mobile professionals, will descend into the MaRS facilities to listen to the insights of Alex Nicolaou and Punit Soni of Google who will be discussing the increasing utility and usage of mobile devices.

Across all of these devices and operating systems, the most basic and common element is the desire of all users to search and browse the web, on a reasonable, standard-compliant browser, which are already in the market or being built for every significant device. The browser, coupled with increasingly powerful capabilities with the HTML5 draft specification, has become a great platform for delivering software to non-technical users who want their phones to "just work" with a minimum of difficulty.

"In addition to the powerful hardware, we're seeing an active marketplace of very different, very polished smartphones, including Apple's iPhone, consumer-oriented BlackBerrys, and Google's own Android platform." explains co-founder Jim Brown. With mobile devices handling ever increasing complex applications as well as becoming more commonplace than ever, the event will cover discussions surrounding where the boundaries are for those building mobile web applications along with demonstrations as motivational examples for attendee's. "Today, we carry around in our pockets devices that easily outstrip the capabilities of a desktop computer at the time that Google was first founded" adds co-founder Alex Bosika.

The April meeting, taking place on April 5th at the MaRS facility, located on 101 College Street (Southeast corner of College and University). The event begins at 6:00pm. To attend, please visit and complete the RSVP details. There is no cost to attend this event but please RSVP early as space is limited.

About The Speakers:

Alex Nicolaou

Mr. Nicolaou joined Google in 2006, shortly after they opened an office in Waterloo, Ontario, where he was involved in the development of mobile apps and ChromeOS products as an Engineering Manager. The mobile apps included Gmail, Buzz, and YouTube amongst others, while the ChromeOS effort was focused on building ChromeOS for ARM platforms.

Until 2006, Nicolaou was president and board member of Aruna Inc., a startup developing a unique RDBMS based on text-search algorithms and data structures. Prior to that, Nicolaou was part of LiquiMedia Inc., a startup developing a real time kernel extension and Java Virtual Machine. In 1996, Nicolaou and Jay Steele won the games category of the Java Cup Competition run by Sun Microsystems. In the early 1990's, Nicolaou was principal investigator for six algorithm patents. He holds an Honours BMath in Computer Science and Combinatorics and Optimization and a MMath in Computer Graphics, both from the University of Waterloo.

Punit Soni

Mr. Soni is the lead Product Manager responsible for Google's Mobile Apps effort. He joined Google in 2007 and since then has launched two products in the News/Books domain, and most recently, Google Buzz for mobile. Before Google, he graduated from Wharton with an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial Management. He has had smaller stints at Wharton Ventures and at Intel Capital's wireless group.

Before completing his MBA, Soni was managing and developing products in Cadence Design Systems and has years of experience in Semiconductor space. Soni has also worked in the ground floor of a very early stage startup which used electronic design algorithms in the space of enterprise software. Besides the business degree, he also has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering.

About MobileMonday Toronto

MobileMonday Toronto ( is the premier networking event for mobile professionals and the largest mobile business networking group in Canada. It was co-founded by Alexander S. Bosika and Jim Brown who held their first chapter meeting in June of 2006. MobileMonday Toronto is one of more than 80 chapters worldwide and is supported by the world's largest volunteer network of passionate mobile professionals who are committed to the growth of the industry.

MobileMonday Toronto operates, as a not-for-profit organization who's sole aim is to support the growth of the mobile industry in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada while promoting collaboration and business networking opportunities in a casual, friendly and co-operative environment of like-minded professionals. Events are open to everyone interested in the mobile industry including telecom professionals, application developers, content creators, mobile startups, interactive agencies, industry analysts, venture capitalists and many more. Official sponsors for MobileMonday Toronto include the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and Marketwire.

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