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.

Meet the Team

  • Caroline LewkoFounder & CEO

    What do you do at WIP? Try to envision where mobile and emerging technologies are going and how to meet the needs of developers on their journey.

    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 Slack channel; emails by the thousands to keep on top of

    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.): Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Gear S Watch (loved it since I first put it on May 2014), Gear 360 Camera (very cool);  went from Toshiba Portege that bit it – to MacBook (I’m so not cool I hated it) and onto Lennova Yoga 900 in Clementine Orange; and Hush Earplugs

    What is your favourite app? Facebook has ruined me… find it so valuable now to keep in touch with friends, family and business associates and get much of my news feed too

    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 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; and earplugs.

    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 BlakewayDirector & 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!ays makes you late sitting on the runway in or out!

  • Carlo LonginoVP, 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: 16+ 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.): Galaxy Note 4 (retro!), MacBook Pro, Siemens SL55

    What is your favorite app? TuneIn Radio

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

    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 favorite sports team? Liverpool FC

     

  • Alfonso PardoDeveloper 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.

  • StuartChief Napping Officer

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