Ted Livingston is the Founder and CEO of Kik, a mobile-first company with over 120 million registered users all over the world. Ted started working in mobile in 2007, while he was still studying mechatronics at the University of Waterloo. Chris Best is the Co-Founder and CTO of Kik. Chris met Ted while he was in his 3rd year of university, and has never looked back! Chris has a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

You can find Chris on GitHub at https://github.com/cjbest.


  • An Insiders View of Messaging – and Why It Matters
  • Time: 11:40am - 12:30pm | Room: Grand B

Mobile messaging is one of the most important applications of the smartphone era. Messaging apps are, by their nature, more intimate than traditional social media channels, and give both developers and brands the chance to be part of the conversation.

Ted Livingston and Chris Best are the co-founders Kik, the biggest cross-app messenger in the US market. Kik has over 120 million users globally, and 275,000 new users join every day. Many people use Kik to connect with their friends and followers on Instagram, Tumblr, Clash of Clans, Soundcloud and many other apps.

Kik believes so much in the mobile web that they’ve spent the last 3 years building a browser right into Kik, and open-sourcing tools and libraries to help developers like you create web experiences that look and feel like native apps.

Join Ted and Chris for an insider’s look at the messaging space and a hands-on demo of the Kik browser APIs. You’ll hear how Kik views the future of messaging and the mobile web, and what this means for developers.