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Dive Into Mobile Gets Even More Global With Xiaomi’s Lin, NQ Mobile’s Khan and Ushahidi’s Rotich

The upcoming D: Dive Into Mobile, on Oct. 29 and 30 in New York City, aims to tell the story of how cellphones are changing lives around the world, and our three latest speakers will be a key part of that effort.

Bin Lin is the co-founder and president of the upstart Xiaomi smartphone maker, which in the last year has become a massive phenomenon in China for selling Android-based phones online — straight to consumers — with top-of-the-line components for a price that’s less than half of an iPhone. Lin will be visiting us right after the launch of his company’s second device, the Xiaomi Phone 2, which has specs to drool at, but a price of only $310.

Lin co-founded Xiaomi in 2010 after leading Android development in China as an engineering director at Google. Before that, he was at Microsoft for 11 years, in Beijing and Redmond.

Omar Khan is the co-CEO of Chinese mobile security company NQ Mobile.

Khan is also a familiar name to many who follow the smartphone scene, having held a top strategy post for several years at Samsung, before leaving that post to head up mobile efforts at Citibank. Prior to joining Samsung in 2008, Khan had served as a vice president at Motorola. So, suffice it to say that he knows the mobile landscape well.

Juliana Rotich co-founded Ushahidi in 2008 as a citizen journalism platform map of reports of post-election violence in Kenya. Since then, the nonprofit has developed open-source information collection, visualization and mapping software that continues to be relevant as new crises, disasters and activism happen all over the world.

Based in Nairobi, Rotich serves as executive director of Ushahidi. She has a degree in information technology from the University of Missouri, and previously worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry.

The best part is that you can still attend the conference in person, if you register soon.


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