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2nd of June

My first Mobile Monday Amsterdam. I carpooled with my colleague Koen and with Stef, Tijs and Filip from Belgium to the Netherlands to join the sixth edition of this mobile event. Raimo van der Klein, who gave a presentation on ‘mobile wands and wizards’ at the Mobile Webcamp Hasselt I organised earlier, is one of the hosts.

What I recall:
Doc Searls himself! Waw. Great to see and hear the writer of the Cluetrain Manifesto in real life. And despite what everyone (like Tijs 😉 ) says, I loved his shirt ;-). Searls also made thé quote of the evening: A free consumer is more valuable than a captive one.
-The presentations on mobile were quite ok (for a great review, look at this blog post from Koen), yet there is a lot of work to catch up. Companies on the one hand are not entirely ready for mobile internet, but consumers aren’t either. I guess it’s not only because mobile internet is too expensive or because not everybody has a mobile internet connection yet,…What I realised listening to all those presentations is that we aren’t using the mobile internet the way we should/could. At the moment we are ‘cloning’ the possibilities of the ‘normal’ internet, yet mobile consumers and companies will find their own killer apps and added value. Like location based services. We’re thus still finding out where mobile internet will take us.
Dinner at club 11. Quite an experience, and that’s all I say. You just have to find out yourself!

Pictures by Filip Bunkens

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Yes, high time for a mobile webcamp in Belgium, since 2008 simply breathes ‘mobile’.

All the information you need to know can be found on the wiki of the mobile webcamp. With the login ‘mobiel’ and the password ‘devcamp’ you can add your name, a presentation you want to give,…

And yes, I’m very proud to announce that I’m co-organizing the event. That’s why I’m now visiting the three high schools and the university in Hasselt, to make sure students join us there. Because, yes, they are the future ànd they have the opportunity of a lifetime to exchange ideas and plans with professionals (and vice versa) 🙂

And I never dared to hope that right now, after opening the site like two days ago, already 46 attendees have subscribed on the wiki. And quite some waw attendees, like Tom De Bruyne, Tijs Vrolix, Pascal Van Hecke and Bart Vanmaele. I’m a happy girl 🙂

By the way: also our location is waw, check it out!

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