Wearables + Things, ModevCon 2014 & More! with Pete Erickson

Pete Erickson, CEO & Founder of Modev and Disrupathon, joins us in studio for the 42nd episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast. Among the topics we cover are the recent wearables event that Modev put on for the first time in October called Wearables + Things, Pete’s own experience with two well-known wearable devices, what he sees for the future of wearables, and what attendees to next month’s ModevCon can expect to hear about.

Modev is the premier provider of technology conferences in the greater DC area. The 4th annual ModevCon, formerly called ModevEast, will take place on December 11th and 12th at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. Skip Potter of Capital One will deliver the opening keynote. The closing keynote will come from Netflix’s Andy Glover and is titled “Why Velocity is the Killer App [at Netflix].” Areas that workshops and talks at the event will cover include iOS, Android, and cross-platform development, as well as UX/Design, Marketing, and Strategy. Tickets and more information are available on the ModevCon website.

Here are some of the highlights of this week’s episode:

  • We kick things off covering the creation story of Modev, from its founding in 2008 as a Meetup for iPhone and Android developers to putting on some of the largest tech conferences in the region
  • We talk about some of the coolest hacks that came out of the recent Wearables + Things conference, from a smartphone-controlled boat to a Metro wearables application that gives users directions based on location
  • Pete talks about why he thinks that the Google Glass-style of wearable that provides a visual overlay of one’s environment isn’t necessarily DOA
  • We talk about the growing importance of product management in shipping successful products, and an upcoming product management conference that Modev will officially be unveiling at ModevCon


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Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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