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Verizon’s Erwin, Movile’s Bloisi and Do Something’s Lublin Join D:Dive Into Mobile

The second edition of our blockbuster D:Dive Into Mobile conference hits on Oct. 29 and 30 in New York City this fall.

It’s shaping up to be a great event thanks to a panel of strong and diverse speakers, each bringing their own perspective to the global phenomenon of “mobile first.”

Today, we’re officially adding to the line-up Verizon Wireless CMO Tami Erwin, Movile CEO Fabricio Bloisi and Do Something CEO Nancy Lublin.

They join Google mobile guru Andy Rubin, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs, Facebook VP Engineering Mike Schroepfer and WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum.

In its latest marketing campaign, Verizon has been encouraging customers to “share everything.” We’ll be asking the same of Tami Erwin, who has recently assumed the top marketing role at Verizon.

Her appearance comes at an interesting time as the battle for 4G customers continues, more rivals get the iPhone and as Verizon and AT&T shift to allowing customers to share a pool of gigabytes across a range of devices.

Fabricio Bloisi is the founder and CEO of Movile, the hotshot Latin American mobile services company that dominates mobile messaging and payments in that region and is now moving into HTML5 content distribution. Movile counts more than 100 million active users and has its sights set on the U.S. market as its next target.

When we asked trusted sources for their recommendations for Latin American mobile speakers, Bloisi was far and away the top guy. “Movile is 100 percent the right choice,” said one effusive recommendation.

Nancy Lublin is CEO of DoSomething.org, and will bring to the conference the perspective of the all-important mobile demographic of young people. Her teen activism organization runs on top of¬†mobile and social media platforms — often, texting.

More than 2.4 million U.S. teens participated in Do Something campaigns in 2011. Current projects include rating schools for how they handle bullying, simulating pregnancy via text alerts and dissuading teens from texting while driving by sending them “thumb socks” and receiving back pictures of them in action.

Lublin is also working on a new subsidiary project called Crisis Text Line to help teens connect to counselors. She joined Do Something in 2003 after founding Dress for Success, which helps low-income women with career development.

We continue to add speakers and product demos, particularly those from regions we don’t have represented in the line-up yet.¬†Some tickets are still available, though likely not for long.


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