The MLOVE ConFestival cemented its reputation as ‘a TED for mobile’ by spoiling attendees with three days of inspirational talks and workshops!
- Contagious Magazine

Though the backdrop is mobile, the goal is to stimulate new ideas and thinking which you can apply to your life, your business and to inspire others.

The MLOVE ConFestival brings together CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of scientists, artists and other thought leaders. The event exposes the mobile industry to the best minds outside of mobile to maximize the opportunity of creating life-changing services and applications that can impact us all for the better.


MLOVE ConFestival


2013 Harald Neidhardt - Founder of MLOVE

Harald Neidhardt

Editor & Curator of MLOVE.com
Founder of MLOVE

Harald is the Editor in Chief and Curator of mlove.com. He is passionate about the Future of Mobile and its opportunities for society, brands and entrepreneurs.

He created the MLOVE ConFestival as an inspiring global event series that brings together thought leaders and startups in a interactive format. Harald is a Co-Founder of Smaato – a pioneering mobile advertising company headquartered in San Francisco where he was CMO for 7 years. Prior, he was leading award-winning digital agencies in Europe and the USA.

Harald is a frequent speaker on mobile innovation and was named a “Top 50 CMO on Twitter” by Social Media Marketing Magazine, a “Marketing Maven” by NBC and a “NEXT 100 Top Influencer of the Digital Industry” by German magazine Wirtschaftswoche.

Follow Harald on Twitter: @hneidhardt

MLOVE Team Ewa Okolski

Ewa Okolski


Ewa supports MLOVE as editor and trend spotter for a creative festival program.

For her MLOVE is a great opportunity to establish an event with unique format, dedication and creative management – which still offers best networking and business opportunities for all participants.

Madelynn MartiniereMadelynn Martiniere

Editor, Silicon Valley

Madelynn Martiniere is a storyteller, community engineer, and technologist with expertise in developing engaging experiences both online and off. She is a frequent writer and presenter on the future of technology, and teaches classes on crowdfunding and design thinking.

In her career she has helped innovative companies raise over $1M in crowdfunding campaigns, and facilitated partnerships, sponsorships and press with leading technology giants. Currently she runs a technology consulting and services company, Spark Plug Labs. She is passionate about collaborative consumption, open source technology, and social entrepreneurship.

Follow Madelynn on Twitter: @creativetaboo


Sandra Miegl

Sandra Miegl

Speaker coordinator MLOVE ConFestival

Sandra supports MLOVE as speaker coordinator and in bizdev. She
is a tech entrepreneur and strategy advisor for entrepreneurs and corporates. Most recently she founded a Mobile Networking & Bizdev house to enhance impact, long-term relations and deal-making after conferences and meetups. She is a speaker, connector and sparring partner for business innovation and business development. Natural born enthusiast. Inspiration lover.

Prior to the startup and tech world she was a Strategy Advisor to the Board and personal assistant to the CEO of an international corporate spread over 14 countries in Eastern Europe. She co-founded StartEurope, initiated an initiative for more entrepreneurship in Europe in Brussels, and advises founders and startups to shape strategy and impact.

Follow Sandra on twitter: @sandramaryam


BarbaraHallama aka BarbNerdy

Barbara Hallama

Organization + Event Manager  MLOVE ConFestival

Our latest addition to the MLOVE Team is Barbara Hallama aka BarbNerdy. Besides a great passion for music (she is a DJ! check out her fantastic mixes on Soundcloud) she is supporting MLOVE with her exceptional organization- and social media skills. Her motto: Sharing Means Caring.

Previously she was involved in organizing conferences like StartupCamp, CampusParty, re:publica, A2N and many more. But she did also also things like LoveParade’99 where she was the press-coordinator alongside the spokes person or booker of DJ Hell. (More on LinkedIn)

Other things than working for MLOVE she is musical editor at google play, does her own blog(s) has a fable for all things digital, wearables, IoT but you can also find her moderating panels and talking about future music strategies (Speakerinnen.org). And she loves biking.



2013_Benjamin John Bickford

Ben J. Bickford

MLOVE APAC Ambassador in the Asia Pacific region

Since 2008, Ben has been hosting digital industry networking events for the peak Mobile Industry association known as Mobile Monday in Australia. Ben is a Director and Co-Founder of Mobile Monday Australia, which runs events across five cities in Australia including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and is part of Mobile Monday Chapters globally which run events in over 150 major cities around the world.

Ben founded bionic corporation to provide strategic advisory and solution-based consulting services to a discerning selection of global clients. For over thirteen years, bionic corporation has helped clients innovate their businesses leveraging strategies and expertise including innovative Web, Mobile, Social Media and IP Media solutions for measurable business results.



MLOVE Editor Jan Rode

Jan C. Rode


Jan C. Rode is a digital native by heart and helps companies and individuals to use new media technologies for their goals.

During his career he worked as a marketeer at Volkswagen, consultant for Deutsche Post DHL and as press officer. Today he runs his own business as “Medienlotse” (media pilot) and offers services as consultant, content strategist, editor and journalist.

Additionally, Jan helps to educate future media, sports and event managers at various private universities throughout Germany. Sport has also a big impact on his daily life: Being a massive sport fan Jan worked for Infront during the FIFA World Cup and hold talks about sports marketing during the worldwide Social Media Week.

Follow Jan on Twitter: @jancrode

MLOVE Team Melinda Green

Melinda Green


Melinda Green is a copywriter, content strategist, editor, blogger, and journalist.

To put it succinctly, she writes. As the curator and editor of MLOVE.com and MLOVE.tv, Melinda brings over a decade of experience in the written world and an intense passion for mobile. Melinda serves as both Director of Business Development and Copy Director for Inphantry, a boutique interactive advertising startup where she works with international clients such as PUMA and Bombay Sapphire, as well as several rising tech startups based in the United States.

She also serves as the online strategist and content lead for Together, an annual electronic music and technology festival in Boston.

Follow Melinda on Twitter: @greenmelinda

Elizabeth Burke


Elizabeth Burke is the Managing Editor of The Levo League, a professional community and recruiting platform for women 1-10 years into their careers.

She has a BA in Economics and Psychology from Columbia University. After two years in Media at McKinsey & Co., Elizabeth did a stint at New York Magazine as a manager in the research department before coming to The Levo League. A transplant from Washington State, Elizabeth lives in the heart of Manhattan.

An avid reader, data-spelunker, and lifelong bluegrass singer.

Alon Alroy


Alon is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & BizDev at Bizzabo, an early stage internet startup developing an award-winning networking app for events, conferences and meetups.

Prior to founding Bizzabo, Alon was a senior analyst and personal assistant to chairman at Plenum, a private investment bank. He also served as the Chief Operations Officer at AYADR Investments, dealing with and managing investments in real estate and high-tech markets.

Graduated with honors from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya , where he studied for a BA and LLB in Law & Business Administration and participated in the prestigious Zell Entrepreneurship program.

Alon is a scuba diver, snowboarder, aspiring poker player and a natural networker, fulfilling his passions for connecting people, technology and adventures.

Gabriella Draney, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Tech Wildcatters

Gabriella Draney


Gabriella Draney is Cofounder and Managing Partner of Tech Wildcatters, a Top 10 seed accelerator for technology startups. Most recently she was with HP Growth Partners, an early stage venture fund in Dallas, where she served on the Board of CelAccess. She co-founded an aircraft scheduling software company in 1998 that ended in a profitable exit, then went on to work for Morgan Stanley in private wealth management.

True to her entrepreneurial roots, she left to follow her passion for nutrition by opening a specialty foods retail store, and simultaneously spent three years consulting with numerous Dallas-based startups on strategic planning, finance and fund raising.

Gabriella received her MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University as a Cox Distinguished Merit Scholar, during which she interned for Silver Creek Ventures. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a BBA in Finance.

Gabriella currently serves on the Board of UNT’s School of Arts and Sciences, the Dallas Regional Chambers’ Innovation Council, and the newly formed Mayor’s Star Council and Digital Strategy team. She lives in Dallas with her son Philip.

René Bellack


René Bellack is Vice President Client Services – Telecom Practice Group Germany – at Nielsen, a global information and measurement company with leading market positions where he is responsible for driving integrated solutions to be delivered in the telecoms vertical as well as positioning and leveraging Nielsen´s thought leadership in mobile – internally and externally.

Prior to joining Nielsen in February 2012 René worked as Vice President Business Development EMEA & General Manager Germany at Out There Media – an international leader in Mobile Advertising – where he has been responsible for expanding the company’s global footprint.

René spent six years at Vodafone, where he looked after marketing for Mobile TV, Gaming and Sports, News & Entertainment services on Vodafone live! before becoming the Head of MediaService & AdManagement for Vodafone MediaSolutions! in 2007.

He holds a degree in Business Economics fromUniversity of Cologne.

An evangelist for all things mobile, René is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences internationally. He has been a passionate and fierce supporter of MLOVE ever since its 2008 inception, and continues to serve as an advisory board member.


MLOVE Team Sebastian Weiss

Sebastian Weiss

Sebastian created the mlove.com site design and has been supporting MLOVE in many creative aspects. He designs digital communication and interaction between brands, media and customer. He has been active in the digital area since the early nineties.

He supported numerous companies from the telecommunication, financial and insurance branch, FMCG, media and publishing during their formation and development of B2C and B2B activities in the form of content and community portals, sales and shopping plattforms and development of further digital operation.

Follow Sebastian on Instagram: @le_blanc