The past few weeks have been very spotty in terms of blogging, with so much of my time being focused on getting stuck in to new projects and flirting with a few more potential ones. Yesterday, however, was an insightful (and social) day for me, spent at Future of Mobile in London. Future of Mobile is in its second year, organised by the great team at Carsonified. I did a dreadful job of tweeting or blogging the event, being far too busy buzzing around chatting to new people, but many others did a stellar job of documenting what turned out to be a very interesting day.
During my presentation at FOM, photo by Rudy de Waele
The very lovely Tom Hume (who's excellent presentation teased us all with colourful macaroons right before lunch) posted his review of the event earlier today. Helen Keegan, fellow blogger and geek gal, shocked the crowd with her "There is no future to mobile" (your faces were all priceless when she stated that), James Whatley was (as usual) the most energetic body in the room and - at the risk of potentially getting an ass-kicking for saying this - the younger share of the speakers did a rather stellar job at keeping the audience awake and interested.
I was asked for the slides to my 6 minutes presentation on Why Community Matters throughout the day, so as promised, here they are. (And thanks to Carsonified for being mad enough to let me loose on stage)
In summary, I think we all agreed that we're looking at a fragmented, young and constantly evolving industry and there's a whole lot of work to do in order to get to a stage where normobs can really make the most of the technology that's racing ahead, in terms of accessibility, simplicity, pricing and education. But without a challenge, what fun would it be!?
Some more coverage of the event:
- Andrew Grill's "The Future of Mobile is..."
- Jonathan MacDonald's "Every Single One of Us" was an excellent thought-provoking presentation
- Dale Zak's coverage of the event on Ideas 2.0
- I hear official footage of the event will be released soon, but in the meantime, you can catch Tom's presentation thanks to the Vimeo video Ribot captured from his front row seat.