So I missed the Future of Mobile Conference due to being on a beach in Goa sipping Kingfisher beer, swimming in the sea, strolling on deserted beaches fringed by palm trees and lying in hammocks. Anyway, a lot of people did go and it seems like it was a great conference - props to Dominic from Carsonified for really sorting it out this year - hope he gets a good bonus from Ryan Carson for this!
Here's a quick round-up of some of the blog posts on the conference:
Rudy from mtrends published his slide presentation on "Threats and opportunities of increasing openness in the mobile ecosystem”
Helen Keegan has blogged her perspective on why "There is no Future of Mobile", generating a lot of high quality debate in the comments.
Tom Hume from the no1 mobile development agency Future Platforms is really on fire at the moment in terms of blogging and he's done a fantastic job writing up the panels including:
- an overview of the overall event here http://www.tomhume.org/2008/11/future-of-mobile-2008.html
- Tomi Ahohen's talk featuring some interesting stats and examples of services from the Asian markets http://www.tomhume.org/2008/11/future-of-mobile-tomi-ahonen.html
- a panel discussion write up featuring Trutap, Truphone, Twenty10, Moblog etc http://www.tomhume.org/2008/11/future-of-mobile-panel-discussion.html
- Rich Miner on Google's plans for the Android platform and mobile in general http://www.tomhume.org/2008/11/future-of-mobile-rich-miner-google.html
- Doug Richard from Trutap on mobile and developing markets (I really wanted to see this talk and gutted to have missed it so greatful for the write up here http://www.tomhume.org/2008/11/future-of-mobile-doug-richard.html
- the opening panel session on mobile platforms http://www.tomhume.org/2008/11/future-of-mobile-what-makes-smartphones-smart.html
Alan Patrick from Broadstuff did a really rather good write up of the event and the key themes despite not being there based on the twitter stream http://broadstuff.com/archives/1378-Future-of-Mobile-FOM-is.....Twitter.html
Andrew Grill provides a nice overall review of the event here http://www.andrewgrill.com/blog/index.php/2008/11/the-future-of-mobile-is/ including some good links to flickr streams and the like
Another quick run down from Traffic Digital is here http://www.trafficdigital.com/blog/2008/11/future-of-mobile/
Similar overview from Geir Freysson http://www.geirfreysson.com/2008/11/notes-from-the-future-of-mobile-conference
Another round-up from Vero one of the blogger speakers including her presentation http://www.thatcanadiangirl.co.uk/blog/2008/11/18/future-of-mobile-2008-round-up/
Holy sh*t Adam Cohen Rose has done an AMAZING job taking notes from all the sessions - a lot of work to do this as I know from writing up events myself so massive props:
- an overview of the key themes from the event, which really pulls together everything nicely here http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-summing-up.html
- Barriers and Gateways for mobile startups session here http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-barriers-gateways.html
- Jonathan McDonald's presentation on mobile advertising http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-advertising.html
- Tomi Ahohen on Mobile as the 7th Mass Media http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-global-data-trends.html
- Rummble/ Andrew Scott on location based stuff http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-signposting-on-new.html
- Rich Miner on Android and Google Gears for mobile http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-android-and-gears.html
- The Six by Six UK bloggers perspective http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-6x6-uk-bloggers.html
- Tom Hume on Mobile Platforms http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-tradeoffs-strengths.html
- Doug Richard on developing markets and mobile http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-08-reaching-whole.html
There are loads more write-ups on there - unbelievable work from Adam - go check them out here http://adamcohenrose.blogspot.com/search/label/futureofmobile
For a slightly different take Funky Karkaoke have posted a rant about why the conference wasn't any good in their opinion. To be honest I never understand why people get so upset about wifi at a conference - if connectivity is that important use a 3G dongle or something. Anyway nice to get a different perspective on the event and it seems like they enjoyed most of the speakers just had a few issues with the venue - a good post to end on! http://www.funkykaraoke.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-2008-london-conference.html
Right if anyone has anymore to add to this give us a shout or comment and we'll add your post.
Update: Some more good stuff from QuintessentiallyStu here http://quintessentiallystu.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-mobile-general-observations.html - he takes a nice evaluative approach to looking at the conference - a great couple of posts to read to get a different slant on the event and the various panels.
Update 2: Andrew Savory has done a nice balanced review of the event with "hits" and "misses"