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Mobile Portland — iBeacons: What they are and why you should care

Urban Airship Inc
1417 NW Everett St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)



Come take an in-depth look at the world of iBeacon. Find out what they are, how they work and what other types of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons exist and how they differ from the iBeacon standard.

We'll also talk about security and privacy concerns for businesses and consumers of iBeacon; different use-cases for iBeacon in retail and business; what hardware options are available; and give a high-level overview of iOS and Android facilities for communicating with these devices.

About the Speakers

Steven Osborn

Steven Osborn is a start-up entrepreneur, software hacker, and hardware enthusiast. In 2009 he co-founded a mobile messaging company called Urban Airship (urbanairship.com) that powers thousands of mobile applications on iPhone and Android for companies like Starbucks, Redbox, and ESPN. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in triathlons, baking bread, traveling, and spending time with his family. Steven lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Jenny, and son, Theo. He is also an accomplished Guitar Hero rock star and Army veteran.

David Crow

David Crow is a mobile engineer at Urban Airship involved in early stage ibeacon r&d. He consistently spends time outside of work on quantified self projects, floating in sensory deprivation tanks, and enjoying spicy bloody marys (always gin).