Here are my cliff notes.
The first group of speakers discussed the importance of mobile devices and their importance to forums. One mentioned how his current forum software lacked responsive and how restrictive TapaTalk was. Unfortunately none of the speakers knew about XenForo and how it already provides a responsive mode. I felt like this is off to bad start because of the lack of forum software product knowledge these speakers had.
Also the first group of speakers talked about the need to somehow create advertising on mobile devices but confirmed how difficult that is due to lack of screen space. The only nugget of wisdom was mentioned by one speaker who said that video seams to be the best solution at this time. I think he meant something like how YouTube uses advertising in the beginning of a video before the real content is viewed.
The next speaker mentioned how forum software really needs to advance or it will be left behind. For example he said that users need to be able to take a video on their mobile devices and be able to very easily upload that to a post.
The next speaker discussed the pros and cons of responsive and mobile applications, how each have their strengths and weaknesses, his conclusion is to offer both at this time.
The next speaker went over how forum communities are made. He said that communities already exists, and that anyone wanting to start a new forum should look at these already existing real world communities and then create a forum to serve those needs, I thought this was insightful.
The next group of speakers were from forum software companies like, TapaTalk, vBulletin, Panjo, Vanilla and a few others. They each talked about their product and explained features and there was a Q&A after each presentation.
The next speaker discussed how debates on a forum are very important as it builds bonding between members.
The last speaker I listened to (I left at 3:30pm) was very interesting. He discussed what the most important reason a person joins a community and it turns out it's be be part of a social group.
The last speaker also mentioned the high number of new members that post once and never post again and what can be done about this. He explained that it vital to reply ASAP like within the first 15 minutes and then the new member will very likely become a active member.