There's A Meeting for That

A Conference Dedicated to the Business of Tablets

Reading e-books, watching Netflix, playing games — there are countless ways that we use tablet devices for leisure. But what about in our professional lives?

Enter TabTimes — a media outlet dedicated to helping professionals learn about how to utilize tablets for business. Its “no-nonsense” TabletBiz Conference & Expo, — held Nov. 13, 2013 at the Digital Sandbox Network Event Center in New York City — according to its website, aims a spotlight on the intersection of “the business of tablets and apps, and tablets and apps for business.”

The majority of TabletBiz attendees work in IT, or are business managers, marketers, and salespeople involved in mobile and tablet projects for metro New York-area companies, said TabTimes founder and CEO Patrick Pierra. “With the mobile environment, and because there is a factor called BYOD — bring your own device,” Pierra said, “it means that more and more consumers, meaning employees, have a say in what tools they want to use for their work.”


In line with its “no-non-sense” theme, TabletBiz offers a mix of 20- to 30-minute panels and solo presentations by representatives from companies like Wells Fargo, Samsung, and MasterCard. “We’ve managed to put a lot of content [into] a full day,” Pierra said. “And people appreciate that if there is nothing else interesting to say about a particular topic, we move on.”


Closing out the conference is the Tabby Awards trophy presentation. With winners chosen in both business and consumer categories by a panel of judges appointed by TabTimes and the Application Developers Alliance, it’s the only competition in the world for the best iPad, Android, and Windows 8 tablet apps. “Being able to tie a ceremony with a physical conference in New York, which is easily accessible,” Pierra said, “we had people who flew in from as far as Canada and Japan. It really worked nicely for us.”

Katie Kervin

Katie Kervin was formerly assistant editor of Convene.