Posted by: mobilitycloud | August 29, 2012

SFTA Event September 25th – Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Smartphone, What’s Next for Mobility? – Sponsored by Citrix

South Florida Current and Future Technologists, Get ready for the 1st anniversary from last year’s Star-Studded SFTA Event where we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the PC, which was created and developed right here in South Florida. The SFTA is getting ready to revisit technology innovations, in this case, the 20th Anniversary of the Smartphone, which was also developed in South Florida and will be held September 25th at Citrix HQ in Ft. Lauderdale and our panel will once again include Ex-Apple President CEO John Scully, amongst other high-level technology executives listed below. The link to register for next months event is located at, seating is limited, so please register today!

20 Years Ago The First SmartPhone was Developed in South Florida, What’s Next for Mobility?

Learn from the innovators and industry leaders that enabled today’s Mobile lifestyle.

As a sequel to last year’s landmark SFTA event, this year marks the 20 year anniversary of the first SmartPhone, the Simon. South Florida is rich in mobile tech history as pointed out in the recent BusinessWeek article Before the iPhone came the Simon. We are also driving many of the latest mobility developments at companies like Motorola, RIM, AuthenTec (soon part of Apple), Foxconn, Citrix, 3C Interactive, OpenPeak, Modernizing Medicine and many others.

Join Chris Fleck, VP of Mobility Solutions at Citrix as moderator to this all star panel:

John Sculley – Former CEO of Apple and South Florida Tech Investor

Jamie Borras – Former SVP Research of Motorola and developer of PushToTalk

Scott Moody – Founder of AuthenTec, recently bought by Apple

Jerry Merckel – Led the initial Simon concept and strategy at IBM

In addition the Top South Florida Mobile Startups will be announced and featured during the networking sessions.

The event will be hosted at the recently renovated Citrix Global Headquarters at 851 Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale. Register early, last year was a sell out !

Time: 5:00PM – 8:30PM, Tuesday September 25


Link to Last Years Blog About: Star Studded SFTA Event – 30 Years of South Florida Innovations

*** Video of SFTA Event available at ***

The SFTA would like to thank those who attended Tech Event of the Year in a jam-packed auditorium at the former IBM facility in Boca Raton. The audience was treated to the “Who’s Who” of Technologists who helped craft the vision of where we were 30 years ago and where they believe the future holds for us. In addition to the many people in the audience  who worked with these Tech’s at IBM, Motorola, Sensormatic, Apple, Citrix etc., our Star studded panel dazzled the audience with stories of how they helped start the technology revolution and helped put South Florida on the map with their innovative thinking:

John Scully – Former President and CEO of Apple and mentor of many companies who talked about how they competed at the beginning of the PC world including their revolutionary Super Bowl ad plus how they came up with the concept of Knowledge Navigator, a 1987 video showing an a pre-cursor to an iPad-like device that still holds the test of time in this video:

Ed Iacobucci – Founder of Citrix who took the vision he helped develop with IBM and OS2 and successfully compete against Microsoft

Mark Templeton – Current Citrix CEO who took them from a single-product company into the Virtual Computing world and helped craft this 2001 Virtual Workplace video that still resonates today with the forward thinking needed for the future:

Patty McHugh – Helped develop the PC at IBM and is considered the “Mother of the Motherboard”

Gary Wisgo – Led the engineering for the First Smartphone called Simon with IBM and BellSouth



  1. Glen,

    Great article. I cannot believe it has been 20 years already or that the time span between the PC and the Cell is 10 years with the cell phone pushing aside the use of the PC!


    • Yes, an incredible amount of power has been developed in the course of our lifetimes that shows no signs of winding down!


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