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Apart from the Belgian TechCrunch meet-up that was sold out in no time, there is a lot going on the next weeks for bloggers and geeks.

-9/11: Blogboat 1.0 in Ghent. With citizen journalism expert Dan Gillmor. Registration via this wiki.

-12/11: BrusselsGirlGeekDinner in Hasselt. Subscriptions via this wiki.
Topic: Music and technology featuring Audiocubes demo by Percussa.com’s Bert Schiettecatte.

-17/11: Mobile Monday in Brussels. Subscriptions via this website.

Program:

18.30 Welcome – Wim De Waele (IBBT) http://www.ibbt.be/team#wim

18.40 Mobile Advertising what can we expect in Belgium- Fabian Tilmant (Cleverwood) http://www.cleverwood.be/blog/

19.00 Start-up case – Jean-Paul de Ville (Pumbby) http://about.pumbby.com/

19.20 Debrief of MobileMonday Stockholm session – Tanguy De Lestré

19.30 Drinks and networking

And the really nice part? The three events are for free! They cost nada, nothing, rien du tout!

3/11: Mobile Monday Amsterdam.
Central theme: How mobile changes society.
Description in one word: surprising. Thanks to Bruce Sterling and Teemu Arina.

  • Bruce Sterling, who writes for Wired (beyond the beyond), Wikipedia, and is the author of various science fiction books, literally climbed the pulpit. Starting his sermon with the words “welcome mobile sinners”. Everybody turned silent, and listened to some wise words of Sterling. Like: “I want you to think real hard about the values you are going to save and stop worrying about the plastic.” With ‘plastic’ he means the fancy phones. So he pleads to think about the social aspects of mobile, not so much about the technology. Great!

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  • The 26-year old Fin Teemu Arina entertained us with some great conjurer tricks, but he also gave a very interesting (and visually stunning) presentation about how mobile is changing our society. Since it was very abstract I refer to the blog entry in which he explains his points. A must-read!

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PS @bunker was asked to take pictures by the organisation. Thanks to him, I could attend the event (it was fully booked after two hours and I was too late). Therefore some link love to an event @bunker will organise in May: Twiist. (PPS Twiist is still looking for sponsors, so go ahead and contact them :-) ) And a PPPS: @Simon was there as well and wrote a great review, mentioning the ‘vulcano-metaphor’ Sterling talked about.

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