Celebrating mobile technology advancements on Geek Pride Day

By Karin Kelley

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Geek Pride Day, a celebration first started in Spain by blogger German Martinez. At the first celebration, about 300 geeks gathered in Madrid to form a human Pac-Man and demonstrate their nerdy pride on May 25, which happens to be the anniversary of the day the first “Star Wars” movie hit theaters in 1977, according to Wired.

Today, geeks all over the world celebrate the holiday to honor the technology advancements they and their peers have contributed to and are currently working on — particularly in the mobile space.

Geek adoption of mobile technology over time

While many factors contribute to the adoption of the geek moniker, technological savviness has always played a key role among this particular group. As early as 2013, 46 percent of self-proclaimed geeks said they would struggle if they had to live without their smartphone, according to a Geek Pride Day survey from Modis.

However, not many people — even among the geek population — had mobile devices 20 years ago, even though commercial mobile telecommunication actually dates back to 1946, when a driver made the first mobile telephone call from his car, according to AT&T. The source notes that wireless phone service was available in more than 100 cities by 1948, albeit at a steep price to users. Since then, mobile phones have evolved over five major generations, starting with the pre-standardized 0G network.

The first analog cellular network was the foundation for the modern cellular networks that are heavily relied on today. By the 1990s, mobile devices were created to work on digital 2G networks. Fast-forward to today, and a large majority of users have powerful smartphones — enabled with equally powerful mobile apps — that work on much faster 4G LTE or WiMAX networks.

As more people on the forefront of technology have eagerly adopted its new-and-improved releases, what’s next for mobile? A significant amount of research and development is currently going into a new 5G network standard, which promises faster data speeds, low-latency and high-broadband networks and the enablement of the IoT. According to TechRepublic, this will become the industry standard by 2020. The geeks who are both creating these mobile advancements and taking advantage of them commercially have good reason to celebrate on Geek Pride Day.

Mobile trends to look for in 2016

Geeks aren’t alone in being reliant on their mobile devices. Most people today would be lost without their phones, tablets, text messaging apps, Internet access and digital media — and there are many more technology advancements geeky developers have in the works that will make the mobile experience even more personalized, secure and intuitive. These include the following:

  • Smart, wearable and IoT-enabled devices
  • Virtual reality technologies
  • 3-D touch-enabled devices
  • Biometric security technologies
  • New flexible design and form factors
  • Improvements in power, CPU and memory capacities
  • Faster, more powerful wireless networks

Many users take their smart devices for granted, not realizing how staggeringly impressive the technology advancements in mobile have been over the past 70 years. It’s hard to imagine that the pace of mobile development and innovation is only getting faster, and we have the geeks to thanks for this.

To boost appreciation for the world’s many mobile accomplishments, developers can organize or attend global events or online meetups on Geek Pride Day. Get out there, and get your geek on!

Written By

Karin Kelley

Independent Analyst & Writer

Karin is an independent industry analyst and writer, with over 10 years experience in information technology. She focuses on cloud infrastructure, hosted applications and services, end user computing and related systems management software and services. She spent nearly eight years…

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