Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mobile Devices Drive Future of Internet

Jason Diehl, Academic Director for Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire and keynote speaker at the Inland Empire Software Summit on Friday, May 15 in Riverside. Chris Sloan photo

 (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) As an instructor at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, Jason Diehl has a close-up view of how generation wired youngsters who grew up with high-speed Internet and smart phones, are reshaping the future of business, education and entertainment.

Diehl, academic director for Web Design & Interactive Media, speaks about “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How to make your websites ready for Smart Phones, PDAs and iPhones,” at the Inland Empire Software Summit Friday, May 15, at Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor Patio, Riverside. Admission cost is $35 per person, $15 for students.

The IE Software Summit is sponsored by the Inland Empire African Chamber of Commerce, Mixergy, Dameron Communications, The Art Institute of California- Inland Empire, SmartRiverside, Riverside County Auditor Controller Robert Byrd’s Office and Inland Empire Weekly.

The summit is part of IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, which is five days of events bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs and government and business leaders. The goal of IE Tech Week is to promote the Inland Empire as a region for technology companies to relocate and grow.

“The future of the Internet is going to be through mobile devices,” Diehl said. ComScore, a global Internet information provider, said that 63.2 million Americans accessed news and information on mobile devices in January 2009, compared to 36.8 million in January 2008.

 “The always-on aspect of mobile devices spurs Internet usage,” Diehl said. “For many developing nations like Sub-Sahara Africa and remote regions of China and India, the mobile device is the only way to connect to the Internet.”

Diehl’s presentation is on how mobile device applications are shaping the next mainstream digital industry. 

“Mobile devices offer an incredibly freeing way to develop information services.  Mobile applications can be simple, single-function focused or extremely complex, rich Internet tools,” Diehl said. “They can be produced quickly, often with less coding than desktop applications and web browser-based apps.”

Mobile applications can be used for a host of activities such as tracking politicians voting records, ordering airline tickets, finding directions and ordering music.  

Diehl’s background makes him uniquely qualified to speak about the future of mobile Internet. Before he became an instructor at The Art Institute of California, Orange County, Diehl worked as a Web applications developer focusing on e-commerce, distance education technology and game design. His clients included the Lexus Motor Corporation, Warner Bros. Studios and Roadrunner Cable.

Over the last decade, Diehl has witnessed how the Internet has radically reshaped the academic world. “Five years ago, the primary format for class communication was e-mail, phone calls and the traditional face-to-face class. Teachers at all levels must now blend many different avenues of communication.”

“My students can stay connected to me through all of the traditional methods, but now they also find me on Facebook, follow my Twitter tweets, text message me at all hours of the day, and connect to all of it either through a mobile device or on a computer. Switching between a computer or a mobile Internet device for communication is as easy to them as breathing.”

In addition to Diehl’s presentation on mobile e-commerce, the Inland Empire Software Summit also features a presentation on how to secure $20,000 from SmartRiverside.

The Meet the Funders panel, featuring representatives from California Capital Partners, iBank and Tech Coast Angels, introduces software writers to angel investors, lenders and venture capitalists.

For more information about the IE Software Summit call Brenda Erickson at (909) 888-0017 or e-mail her at Brenda@DameronCommunications.com.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.