This sure was a busy week for the movie and mobile conferences industries! It started with handing out the infamous Razzie awards then the good old Oscars, and now the time has come to officially introduce the new additions to the Mobile Mobile Conference roster. A busy week indeed. So, without further ado…
It’s a great pleasure for the speakers committee of Mobile Mobile Conference to officially welcome Steven Hoober, Brian Suda, Patrick Leddy and Pratik Patel!
You can read their bios on our speakers page, but here, we’d like you to get to know them from a completely different angle. Since it’s definitely a cinema-mobile week, we’ve prepared a bonus question to stay in the theme!
1. When did you get your first phone / mobile device and what was it?
Steven: The launch phone from Sprint PCS (I had to go to my collection and get the model number: Sony CM-D600S). I had plenty of experience with AMPS devices (the old static-prone cellphones) and was waiting for the digital phones to come out before I got one myself. So, one day in I think December of 1996 I am walking by their store on the Plaza, near my apartment, and it’s open. I go in, they say “well, we’re not really open till next week, but we can sell you a phone.” So I got maybe the first non-test digital phone in the area.
For everyone bored with that, I can’t tell what the first smartphone was because I cycled through a lot of test phones issued by work, but the first one I deliberately chose was an AT&T-crippled Nokia N75, shortly replaced with a N95 that my wife won at a hackathon; she is not a developer at all, so that’s another story entirely. That old scroll-and-select S60e3 device is still one of my favorite things ever.
Patrick: I was 10 when I got my first mobile phone, and it was the Nokia 3110.
Brian: Probably back in 2002 or early 2003. It was an old Sony Ericsson
Pratik: The first smartphone I got was the Sony Ericsson P800 in 2003. I was amazed that I could surf the web and install apps onto it. It came with a whopping 16MB memory stick! It ran Symbian OS and could run JavaME, but as with phones of this time the data connection was GPRS, the standard before EDGE, which was before today’s ubiquitous 3G. I loved the phone and built a few basic apps that I installed on it.
2. If you could live in a movie, which one would it be?
Steven: As much as I like the excitement, and adventure, and really wild things of film, I am not sure there’s a world I want to live in more than this one. I do watch a lot of movies, but all my favorites are either the real world with some action (so would get boring again if I survived) or are dystopian so not places you’d really want to live. Boy, that’ makes me sound boring.
Patrick: The Matrix, I’ve always wanted to be able to fly.
Brian: Probably Goonies, I loved that movie as a kid.
Pratik: As a movie buff, this is hard to answer. The easy answer would be Star Wars, but only after the defeat of the Imperial army!
3. What’s your favourite means of transport and why?
Steven: As much as I like certain transit systems, and my series of euro sports wagons, I have to say walking or running. When time allows, I often walk places, and I try to take a break every day to run. Ostensibly for exercise, but I also come up with great ideas while out running, especially on trails.
This is also one way that makes me dissatisfied with every device that exists. I want something indestructible I can carry with me which allows typing, dictating or drawing those ideas. I get by, but haven’t found the ideal yet.
Patrick: I love flying, it gives me a great buzz and can get some work done as well. Other than that it would have to be my lovely car, I don’t do buses or trains very well!
Brian: Walking. I enjoy the pace as well as the ability to take in the
scenery and enjoy the surroundings.
Pratik: I’ve always been fond of travel by train. Once you hop on, you can stretch out, take a walk up to the galley, read a book, and generally relax. As the old TV advert slogan says: “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride“.
4. What’s the best place you’ve ever travelled to?
Steven: I’d think still Wyoming. Especially some smaller towns I get along with pretty well, but largely because of the proximity to nothing, and the mountain-climbing. See “walking or running” above.
Patrick: Cape Town, South Africa.
Brian: So far, Edinburgh, Scotland. It is an amazing city full of history.
Pratik: Near where I grew up in the US state of North Carolina, there are amazing mountains. Hiking & mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest and seeing the waterfalls and vistas is awesome.
5. If you could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what invention would you take with you?
Steven: Setting aside boring, lifesaving stuff like antibiotics, water treatment or weapons, probably some sort of quality writing utensil. I’d have to experiment to find out what will write well on the paper and vellum they have, but I am not putting up with raw graphite or dipping a pen in an inkwell. I’ve done both, and a really good pen is key to being able to keep track of stuff, and to come up with and work out ideas. I couldn’t be really happy for more than a few days if I couldn’t draw and write stuff.
Patrick: The Internet.
Brian: Calculus. That’s a pretty solid building block for everything that followed.
Pratik: A time machine to bring me back to modern day!