Thanks to Richard, Marshall, Frederic and the rest of the RWW guys for inviting echoecho and me to the summit
The format wasn’t as unfamiliar to me as before – having been invited to the RWW mobile summit a few weeks prior – however familiarity did not make the process less interesting. (although I have to say the acoustics in the NYC location blew chunks in comparison to what we had in Mountain View).
Anyway – here’s a quick look at the topic board:
Since the theme was Real-time web not surprisingly the topic I hosted (or convened to use an un-conference slightly PC term) was about the Real-time-where…echoecho being about – you know – locations.
As you can see from the overall board it was originally scheduled in room B – but was moved to room D – evidently our discussions were deemed more interesting for the Justin TV audience. Here’s a link to the recorded discussion – only problem is that the microphones were crappy so you can barely hear it.
Needless to say issues with privacy and permissions (by themselves more pronounced with location – above all other things) are multiplied tenfold when you consider the trend to real-time sharing of information.
There was ample ground here for a fertile discussion – particularly around the particular unique aspects of echoecho’s friendly and intrinsically private location sharing.
I enjoyed all the other panels I attended – but particular standout ones were Mike Rose‘s (of TUAW fame ;)) on truth and the realtime web – i.e. what happens when false information can spread as quickly as real information, and Nitya Narasimhan‘s panel on interactivity and the real-time web – on broadcast television… (yes I know…it still exists apparently ;))
Of course – the speedgeeking itself was a whirlwind. A surprisingly dynamic 1 hour (5 minute demos to continuously rotating groups) – in 5 minutes you don’t have as much time as you think but you have more time than you need…this seems like a good summary.
I thought it was quite cool – I had a few demo slides running in the background (there’s only so many heads that can fit around a mobile phone screen) – here’s a sample
I’ll put more of these up shortly – in general people were extremely impressed with the ease of use (many couldn’t believe the app ran on five platforms – windows mobile not shown on the slide – yet was free to download). Lots of interesting initial discussions – (and I didn’t even show anyone the 1.6 and 1.7 stuff that’s coming out… ;))
Other than all that of course – I met a whole bunch of interesting people – seems that my linked in network is getting ever stronger….but then that’s the whole point of these things…network, talk, have ideas, build stuff, change stuff (repeat ad infinitum)
Oh and – if you ever start seeing twitter streams in TV shows – during the commercial breaks…yeah I’m going to claim that idea right here 😉