What’s the Future of Mobile Computing? Find Out at the Netbook Summit

With their low cost, light weight, and long battery life, it’s easy to see why netbooks have become the hottest consumer electronics product in years. In fact, nearly 40 million of them will be sold in 2010. But how can netbooks improve? What are the killer apps? And what impact will tablets and smartbooks have on this category? These are just some of the questions the Netbook Summit (www.netbooksumit.com) will answer, taking place May 24-25 in San Francisco.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Keynote addresses from ASUS, AMD, Dell, and Nvidia.
  • A featured address by Larry Roberts on the future of the Web. As one of the founders of the Internet, Roberts led the team that designed and developed ARPANET.
  • A session dedicated to New Netbook Paradigms (including tablets and smartbooks). Other sessions dedicated to applications, processors, K-12 education, and security.
  • A Netbook Report Card session led by PC World’s Melissa Perenson and featuring Sascha Pallenberg (Netbook News), Joanna Stern (Engadget), Michael Gartenberg (Altimeter Group), Kevin Tofel (jkOnTheRun), and Don Ryan (CMB)
  • An exhibition area showcasing the latest netbooks, software, and accessories.
  • The Future of Netbooks session hosted by myself and featuring speakers from ARM, Dell, AT&T, Samsung, and Toshiba

Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to attend:

Members of the media can get a complimentary Netbook Summit pass by going here. Or just go to netbooksummit.com and click on the registration button. Continuing on to the registration page, there is a selection for press/analysts to register at no charge.

For others who want to check out the Netbook Summit there is no charge to attend the exhibits and events and some of the sessions, as long as registration is prior to May 19th when online registration closes.  The charge for on site registration is $50 at the door.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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