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title: Mobile Monday Amsterdam
date: 2008-11-04 14:30:15
updated: 2008-11-05 09:24:37
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<p>Bunker was asked to photograph Mobile Mondays in Amsterdam. He was kind enough to put me on the guest list and even offered a taxi to Amsterdam and back. Would be stupid not to go, wouldn't it?</p>
<li><span class="vcard"><span class="fn n"><span class="given-name">Raimo</span> <span class="family-name">van der Klein</span></span>, <span class="title">founder</span> of <span class="org">Mobile Monday Amsterdam</span></span>, opened with a presentation about the &lsquo;smart context&rsquo; or how context could change depending on your state: happy, sad, at the airport, in the office, etc. E.g. the software could learn what is normal for you (commute) and share abnormal (leaving for holidays) events with friends.</li>
<li><span class="vcard"><span class="fn">Johan Koolwaaij</span>, <span class="title">scientific researcher</span> at <span class="org">Telematica Institute</span></span>, showed <a href="">IYOUIT</a>. A mobile app that gathers data around you and about you. Sounded like a huge &lsquo;log everything about your life&rsquo; but not exactly production ready yet.</li>
<li><span class="vcard"><span class="fn">Raymond Perrenet</span>, <span class="title">EVP Strategy &amp; Development</span> at <span class="org">T-Mobile</span></span>, about the raise of data plans on mobile phones with the introduction of the iPhone (and with Android around the corner). Are mobile data plans finally taking off?</li>
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<img src="" alt="Ramino van de Klein presenting" />
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<img src="" alt="Petcha Kucha by Teemu Arina" />
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<h2>Teemu Arina</h2>
<p><span class="vcard"><a class="url fn" href="" title="Tarina: Teemu Ariana's website">Teemu Arina</a></span> took another approach. He went for 3 pecha kucha presentations in a row: &ldquo;Changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose&rdquo;, &ldquo;Undergoing a shift in status&rdquo; and &ldquo;Moving or changing quickly from one state or condition to another&rdquo;. All three visually stunning presentations in his own eccentric style. Loved it! This guy knows how to entertain his public. I'll copy Dorien here and link to Teemu's <a href="">own post</a> about his presentation.</p>
<h2>Bruce Sterling</h2>
<p>Closing speaker was <a href="" title="Bruce Sterling article @ Wikipedia"><span class="vcard"><span class="fn">Bruce Sterling</span></span></a>, an American science fiction author, I had never heard of. His talk sounded very religious <a href="" rel="me" title="Sterling speeching from the pulpit in De Rode Hoed @ Flickr">standing on the pulpit</a> and speaking about the &ldquo;Internet of Things&rdquo;. He explained that people close to the volcano will experience the greatest impact: your grandmother's life probably won't be affected with the introduction of the iPhone when she still uses a landline but yours will. In 10 years time you can still use a hammer but your iPhone will be useless. A nice point - made me think - after seeing the BlackBerry Storm vs. the G1 fight on stage earlier. In Sterling's words:</p>
<blockquote>&ldquo;I want you to think real hard about the values you are going to save and stop worrying about the plastic.&rdquo;</blockquote>
<p>Overall it was an interesting day on a beautiful location, almost feeling surreal driving back to Belgium in the thick fog. The best part, however, were the discussions with <span class="vcard"><a class="url fn n" rel="acquaintance met" href="" title="Mobile Monday Amsterdam: &ldquo;Think about value&rdquo; @ Theicecreamdebate"><span class="given-name">Dorien</span></a>, <span class="vcard"><a class="url fn n" rel="acquaintance met" href=""><span class="given-name">Koen</span></a> and <span class="vcard"><a class="url fn nickname" rel="friend met" href="">Bunker</a></span>! Photos are available on <a href="" rel="me" title="My MoMo Amsterdam Flickr set">my</a>.</p>