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TECH Talks Live What's After the Smartphone [RECAP]

TECH Talks was created out of the need for deep conversations that spotlight the voices of today’s technology leaders and experts. Our mission is to bring skilled people together. By sharing these exclusive interviews with business owners, technology experts and executive leaders, we hope to help you navigate the fast-paced challenges happening in the market. The world is changing quickly and that's especially true of the mobile development job market where the demand for goods and services through our mobile apps is increasing significantly. This leads us to ask, 'but what's next?'

Sales of smartphones tablets are plateauing and we're seeing the beginning of the next evolution of mobile development. Watch the full discussion about the business opportunities in the mobile development space as well as the consumer products we'll all get benefits and experience with!

This exclusive TECH Talks is a little different than the other TECH Talks we’ve filmed as this was filmed Live! And at the roundtable, we discuss ‘what's next, after the smartphone?’

The talented panelists are leaders in the mobile space and we brought them all together to discuss the trends in the market and share some of the cool projects they’re working on that are advancing the mobile development field. They include:

Sierra OBryan, Senior Android Developer – Sierra has a Bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics, a Master’s degrees in Physics and is going back for her second Master’s degree in Computer Science, which means she has an infinity more than I do. She is a leader in the Women Who Code and the Cincinnati Women in Tech communities with previous work experience in fintech and other software development and mobile roles. Her current role as Senior Android Developer consultant has her working on a number of proprietary mobile projects with business clients that are using technology to reshape their customer journey.

Jordan Higgins,  Head of Immersive Experience at U.Group – Jordan began his career as an information architect and quickly grew into creative director and web designer roles, making his way into design and technology roles for the US Senate and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In recent history, Jordan has grown his career into the emerging technologies of VR/AR and XR with his current role as Head of Immersive Experience at U.Group where he leads projects to explore real-world applications for augmented, virtual and mixed realities that are changing the way we learn, collaborate and visualize data about the world around us.

Chris McKinney, Senior Director of CF West Coast Division at Computer Futures – After earning a degree in Biology with a specialization in genetics and neuroscience, Chris began his career using his science acumen at our sister staffing company, Real, to find innovative companies and connect them with top life science talent. He’s been a leader within our organization for over 9 years and currently, Chris is the Director of our Mobile division in San Francisco, which recruits Mobile Engineers for companies across the West Coast. He’s also an Advisory Board Member of Breaking The Glass, an initiative founded by Computer Futures to help support female leadership and equal pay within the tech community. In addition, he’s also part of our Urban Ed program which is providing mentors from the tech industry to help under served communities get on to the job ladder.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come and how far we can still go in the world of mobile development. The world has had to go remote and come up with mobile solutions faster and more efficiently than we’ve seen before. Where we were in March of 2020, was a completely different world than the current world we’re in now.

As you watch the replay and learn about the various discussion points, please keep in mind that we can’t predict the future, but we can look at the patterns and trends that have been accelerated today and have a better idea of the skills we need to learn, the hardware we need to look out for and the other variables to start tracking now in preparation for this exciting and emerging future in mobile development.

Watch the full discussion here.


Whether you’re a professional looking for a job or a business seeking highly skilled talent, the team at Computer Futures are here for you. By combining our local expertise and specialist market knowledge, we can provide expert recruitment and employment solutions across a range of IT markets.