Mobile is hot -- and still growing.
- digital media engagement: last year in the US, "mobile first surpassed desktop" (comScore: The US Mobile App Report; download requires registration)
- "Nearly half of the average US and UK Top 100 digital media property’s audience ONLY visits via mobile platforms." (comScore: p. 25 of The Global Mobile Report)
- data on mobile was up 69% in 2014 (KPCF: slide 13 of the 2015 Internet Trends by Mary Meeker)
- advertising: mobile represented about 29% of digital ad budgets in 2014, projected to surpass 70% by 2019 (eMarketer: Mobile Ad Spend)
- developers: in the Stack Overflow 2015 Survey, mobile rose to 9.1% -- surpassing desktop for the first time.
- education: "70.8 percent of district leaders said that mobile tech has been adopted in at least a quarter of their schools" (article: Mobile Devices)
- messaging: several 'chat' apps have hundreds of millions of users, and chat could even become a distinct platform (source: Andreessen Horowitz blog post by Connie Chan)
DIY (do-it-yourself) and more!
- tech: the 'Maker Movement' is a tech-influenced DIY community / culture, associated in part with MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire
- local hardware and people: Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab?
- 3D creations can be bought and sold at Shapeways.com
- Instructables.com provides an online place to learn from others and share both creations and 'how to' info
- crafts and commerce: Etsy lets you 'shop directly from people around the world' while giving visibility to small-scale producers
- crowdfunding / crowdsourcing: Kickstarter, Indiegogo provide advance funding to creators in exchange for perks and/or the future product
- Quirky combines community input with a full-time staff to bring products to market
- hardware startups: accelerators such as HAX are helping to turn ideas into tangible products that can scale
- Internet of Things (IoT) seems to fit in here somewhere...
What happens when you combine mobile + makers?
From the mobile side, perhaps it's a self-taught coder or Indie iOS Developer or Indie Android Developer.
From the maker side, how about a bit of electronics the size of a quarter to facilitate 'wearable' tech? Or, for fun, powering a little robot with a retired smartphone?
What do you think?
Scott at PreFab Software dot com