The ‘Connector’

We’re about mobile developers!

We started championing mobile developers when orange was just a color and java only meant coffee.  Back in 2006 developers weren’t getting a lot of respect, and most didn’t quite get the vision we saw of how mobile was going to take over the world. So we started hosting WIPJams where everyone could participate and we created resources for developers to get connected to the best information, tools and people.

Building Mobile Developer Communities – for Developers

Today, we still produce the coolest developer events like WIPJam@ MWC and @mHealth, as well as hackathons and conferences for our WIP Factory clients. We host the largest listing of mobile developer events. We produce developer guidebooks like the Parallel Universe (on marketing ) and the 5th Dimension (UX). We are also a platform to support and communicate any activity or resource that is good for developers. Our community spans around the world from the developers we have met at our events, the developer programs we work with, and our partnerships with associations, meetups and other activities who love developers as much as we do.

Building Mobile Developer Communities – for Developer Programs

WIP Factory, our Developer Marketing Agency is where we provide strategic advice, marketing wisdom and tactical support to build adoption and communities around your APIs, tools, devices, networks, and applications. Our experience building mobile developer communities runs deep, from creating WIP’s 20,000+ strong community to our team’s earlier work with national, regional and local associations, work at companies like Sony, Nokia, PayPal, and more.  Check out the WIP Factory site here.

Our Values

Developers

We love developers! Developers are the heart of innovation for technology companies and we want to connect you to information, companies, and communities that are worthy!

Community

Building community is at the core of what we do as we all learn, progress, invent, discover, and expand through meshed interactions and communications; and by connecting with others

Ecosystem

A community is only as strong as the inclusiveness of its ecosystem. We organize our activities and resources so everyone has a chance to participate, contribute and get your voice heard.

Our Team

Caroline Lewko

Caroline Lewko

Founder & CEO

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Caroline Lewko

What do you do at WIPJams? Making sure there are no ppt, no panels, and certainly NO ties!

Day to day activities: One day is never like the next, so never a dull moment! I might be speaking at an event; working on an interesting client project; joking with my fellow WIPsters on our open skype chat; emails by the thousands to keep on top of, and trying to envision where mobile is going and how to meet the needs of developers on their journey.

If I’m not on a plane somewhere, I like to run in the forest by my home, and occasionally rescue lost doggies from roving packs of coyotes.

Education: MBA from Dalhousie and BA in PoliSci/Econonics from University of Manitoba

Former experience in mobile: I fell into mobile in 1995, when Anderson Consulting recruited me into their Communications Group. From spending time coding billing systems, to working on re-engineering projects and convergence strategies, I got where mobile was going and didn’t look back.

What devices are you currently using (mobile, laptop, tablet, etc.): Nokia Lumia 920 (candy apple red!), Sony Xperia Z (mauve), HTC Tablet, Toshiba Portege, Fitbit One

What is your favourite app? I have a love/hate relationship with email, but so necessary to have it on the road. Map my run is also helpful.

What was the first dev con you remember going to and where? Can’t quite remember my first, but remember being really impressed with the first Orange Partner camp I attended in Cadiz, Spain.

What is your current candy crush level? 97

What do you never leave home without when travelling for work? Besides all my devices, probably my running shoes which I should use more often on the road.

What is your favourite / least favourite airport? Love YVR, a beautiful airport and always sooo glad to be home. SFO has the best massage guy, so definitely #2.

Douglas Blakeway

Douglas Blakeway

Director & Investor

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Douglas Blakeway

Douglas Blakeway
Director & Investor

What do you do at WIPJams (/ other wip events): Drink, eat, listen intently, lend support and get the empties returned

Day to day activities: push paper and mentor up and coming movers and shakers

Education: School of hard knocks- graduated with lots of bruises

Former Experience in Mobile: used Glenayre’s first brick in a briefcase portable phone

What Devices are You Currently Using: iPhone, iPad and Sony VAIO laptop

What is your favourite app? “UP” from Jawbone, it keeps me moving

What was the first dev con you remember going to and where? WIP Jam in Vancouver

What is your current candy crush level? Wife fan & supporter

What do you never leave home without when travelling for work? Reading glasses, iPhone, memory stick & American Express Card – it gets you everything you need.

What is your go to meal if you’re in a foreign place? Cold beer

Do you have a favourite sports team? Canucks –love hate relationship

What is your favourite / least favourite airport? Best – Vancouver International, cuz I’m home. Least – Philly International, cuz it’s always makes you late sitting on the runway in or out!

 

Carlo Longino

Carlo Longino

VP, Developer Program Services

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Carlo Longino

Carlo Longino
VP, Developer Program Services

What do you do at WIPJams and Other WIP events (Droidcons etc): I am the ringmaster and hackathonationer

Day to day activities: Making sure our WIP Factory clients are giving developers the resources and tools they need!

Education: Undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em); MBA at UNLV

Former experience in mobile: 13+ years in the industry in marketing, analysis and writing roles, working with companies such as Nokia and Nortel

What events have you spoken at? SXSW, Apps World, China Mobile Developers Conference, Mobile Monday, AppNation, MobileBeat, AnDevCon, Open Mobile Summit

What devices are you currently using (mobile, laptop, tablet, etc.): iPhone 4, iPad 2, MacBook Pro, Nexus 7, Siemens SL55

What is your favourite app? TuneIn Radio

What was the first dev con you remember going to and where? Austin Game Conference in 2005 I think?

What is your current candy crush level? 105, and it’s rough

What do you never leave home without when travelling for work? A bottle opener.

What is your go to meal if you’re in a foreign place? Obviously I would have meticulously planned meals based on local cuisine, so I’m never stuck.

Do you have a favourite sports team? Liverpool FC

What is your favourite / least favourite airport? Favorite: HKG, because of the noodle bar in the Cathay Pacific lounge; Templehof in Berlin was very cool before it closed. Least favorite: It’s hard to narrow it down to one. Hahn “in Frankfurt” is a special treat best avoided; I am certain that if there is a hell, it’s based on the waiting area in Terminal 3 in Heathrow; and my home airport, Austin Bergstrom, gets a special mention for its lack of drinkable coffee and free Wi-Fi.

Teresa Ostman

Teresa Ostman

VP, Marketing and Partnerships

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Teresa Ostman

Teresa Ostman
VP, Marketing and Partnerships

I am an extrovert, a tech groupie and the event partnership contact for WIP. I’ve been a WIPster since 2008.

Day to Day Activities: I make partnerships happen with events/associations all over the world and negotiate free passes/discounts to share with the WIP Developer Community. If you are at a WIP event, there’s a good chance that I am there making sure everything runs smoothly, greeting you and ensuring that you have what you need to get the most out of the experience.

Education: Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Manitoba.

Former Experience: 20+ years of marketing, partnership and project management experience. Was one of the first amongst my friends to have a cell phone back in the early 90s.

Current Devices: Galaxy S4, Fitbit One

First DevCon: WIPJam @ CTIA Wireless 2008

Current Candy Crush Level: 0 – Will work on this in my spare time :)

Extra-Curricular Activities: Curling (ran a league for several years), hiking (lead weekly hikes around Vancouver Island), running and beach scrambling

Never Leave Home Without: Passwords for Google Docs & Dropbox, 2 cork screws! (Ask me why the next time you see me), and my running shoes!  Since June of 2013, I have run in Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, London and Holland-on-Sea, UK, Washington,DC, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Spain and Honolulu. HI.

Sam Chan

Sam Chan

Communication Coordinator

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Sam Chan

Sam is a sports junkie, gadget geek, and writer of words. He is the guy behind the camera during events, the editor of the WIP Blog and occasionally fixes the WIP printers at HQ. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University and worked with the BlackBerry Alliance team at the company formerly known as RIM.

Devices: iPhone 4S, Nexus 4, iPad Mini
Favourite App: Path
First Dev Con: Pacific Northwest Wireless Summit
Current Candy Crush Level: 35
Never Leaves Home Without: External Battery Charger

Alfonso Pardo

Alfonso Pardo

Developer Evangelist

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Alfonso Pardo

Alfonso Pardo
Developer Evangelist

I enjoy experimenting with technology, creative development, live music and talking about very old and very new stuff.

Day to day activities: Wake up in Barcelona on most days, then, web development, mail navigation, hardware investigation and software uninstallation. Ah! also meeting interesting people outside the phone screen!

Education: Illustration at Escola Massana in Barcelona

Former experience in mobile: When I discover I could code Apps with Flash, I started to create little games, music apps all the ideas that passed through my head, then Flex/Flash died and started again with JavaScript and open standards.

What devices are you currently using (mobile, laptop, tablet, etc.): Nexus 5, IPod 5, MacBook Air, Dell PC, Samsung NX300M…

What is your favourite app? Google Voice Search

What was the first dev con you remember going to and where? I’d say Subflash 2009 in Alicante or first Barcelona Music Hack Day.

What is your current candy crush level? 321, I must confess.

What do you never leave home without? Some kind of musical instrument.

Chi-Lan Tran

Chi-Lan Tran

Online Media Correspondent

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Chi-Lan Tran

Chi-Lan Tran
Online Media Correspondent

Chi-Lan is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying to be an intended Business Administration, Economics, and Media Studies major. She updates WIP’s social media and website regarding blog posts and the community calendar.

Devices: iPhone 4S

Favorite App: Venmo

First Dev Con: Tizen Developer Conference SF 2014

Current Candy Crush Level: 98

Never Leaves Home Without: Her watch

Stuart

Stuart

Chief Napping Officer

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Stuart

Stuart
Chief Napping Officer

Stuart is the neighbor’s cat who likes to nap at WIP World Headquarters.