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October 7, 2014

We all know it: thanks to the explosive growth of camera-equipped mobile devices, people are taking and sharing more photos than ever before. Consumers are already overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos they and their families and friends capture and share; now, significant changes in usage models are adding complexity for customers and vendors alike. In particular:

  • A majority of consumers store photos on multiple devices or web services, thereby making it more difficult for them to keep track of their visual assets. A Suite 48 Analytics research study on The Dispersed Photo Challenge found that 76% of North American respondents use at least two different types of devices to store a significant number of photos.
  • Photo consumption and visual communication are increasingly becoming “capture and flow” rather than “capture and store” processes. More and more photos are instantly shared through services like Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Instagram Direct. Finding these images after the fact is an insurmountable challenge for many.

Most traditional photo management and photo sharing programs have not kept up with the rapidly changing needs of today’s “any device + any sharing method” photo users. However, a number of innovative startups are tackling this problem by bringing to bear leading edge photo categorization, image recognition and deep learning technologies.


The Mobile Photo Connect conference on October 15 in San Francisco will provide a unique opportunity to see many of these game-changing applications demonstrated in the course of the 33 show-and-tell presentations scheduled. In addition, the conference will feature two in-depth panel discussions dedicated to this key topic, with some of the industry’s most innovative thought leaders:


The future of photo organizing: from manual to deep learning

Finding photos that really matter in a sea of visual content has become an overwhelming challenge for many. Innovative entrepreneurs are tackling this problem through a variety of technologies, including image recognition and deep learning. Hear their perspectives on this fast evolving field.

  • Chris Lee, Product Manager, Photos at Dropbox



The future of storytelling: from sharing photos to sharing experiences

Consumers have come to realize that sharing photos in a meaningful way involves more than clicking through an endless collection of images. Four innovative entrepreneurs will share their perspectives on how the visual sharing of experiences will need to evolve in the coming years, and how their companies have taken leadership positions in making this happen.

  • Loren Appin, Director of Growth at Pixable
  • Mok Oh, Co-founder & CEO of Moju Labs, former Chief Scientist at PayPal



Both sessions will be moderated by Hans Hartman, author of the GigaOm Pro Image recognition: Consumer products will drive enterprise breakthroughs report, and Alexis Gerard, co-author of Going Visual – Using Images to Enhance Productivity, Decision Making and Profits


About Mobile Photo Connect

Mobile Photo Connect is an executive conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the mobile photography ecosystem. The event will be held October 15, 2014, at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco.

The conference is co-hosted by Hans Hartman, president of Suite 48 Analytics and GigaOm Pro Analyst, and Alexis Gerard, founder of Future Image Inc. and the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conferences, and co-author of the seminal 2005 book “Going Visual.”

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