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MoMo Global and Back

Last week I was in Helsinki and St.Petersburg attending the Mobile Monday global summit. Thanks to the invitation from the folks of Mobile Monday Global/Helsinki I had a great week meeting some cool companies and making many amazing friends across the globe in the late night sun of Finland and chilly winds of Russia.

Though as in Jari’s word’s the CEO of Mobile Monday Global the Mobile Monday Global community can be best described as a body of professional amateurs but the conference was so very well organized that it could put many so called professional conference to shame. It had a stupendous master of cermony in the main hall who choreographed the entire days event beautifully, sessions were precisely timed in every hall, great substance to absorb and a very engaging discussions in each of the hall discussing Mobile Entertainment, Social Media, Asian Mobile market etc. Though the initial part of the day had started with what I would call a boring note with a Gartner presentation on Mobile trends.

The next two days of the meet was scheduled to be held in St.Petersburg and it was a great tour meeting many Russian mobile companies and understanding the Russian Mobile Market in Mobile Monday St.Petersburg

 

Main agenda of the overall meet was to integrate the MoMo global chapter community with chapter founders/organizers getting to know each other well to build a cohesive globaly community and also to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


share the local mobile stories with each other and a wider audience of CxO’s and other general audience in Helsinki/Europe.

Trying to take a count of the number of Mobile Monday Chapters across the globe at any given point of time would be only be inaccurate as it keeps changing very rapidly with almost 3 new chapters are getting added every month, the total count

is more than 55 now. In the Global Summit MoMo organizers from about 20 different chapters were present. It was really great to be able to map names to faces of many with whom I had been only corresponding through emails/IM groups and blogs.

Another cool thing was the chance to meet the founders of some really cool companies in the mobile space such as Fring ( one of my favourite of mobile startups ūüôā ) ,SoonR, Sulake (Mini Friday) , QiRo, MyStrands, Blyk, Fanplugged, Movial. Another interesting startup that launched at Mobile Monday Global is Floobs.It was doubly cool when some of whom I met thought that we were doing interesting stuff at Motvik ūüôā

Here are many more flickrs and picassa to browse through.

Lawrence from MoMo Japan snaps here. Bruno- from MoMo Shanghai clicked many pics here. Rudy De Waele of MoMo Barcelone did his photo tricks with his N95 here.

credit: All photos credit goes Rimma Lillemägi, official photographer of the event.

Mobile Media MoMo India

I was’nt super excited in feb MoMo but was very happy about MoMo in¬† Marchespecially the demo part ( from Mango Technologies) it went great. I am sure Sunil and his team from Mango had a lot to take back from MoMo.

I am very excited about this MoMo, both the topic and demo.  The speaker this time is Aditya Dev Sood, CEO of CKS  who is also a PhD in Anthropology from University of Chicago and has written recently a very fascinating report called Mobile Development report on how mobiles are used in India (esp Rural India)

This time demo in MoMo is going to be given by Sujai CEO of Sloka Telecom, an earlier speaker at MoMo and regular MoMo’er. Sloka Telecom¬† is working on building WiMax related equipments and base stations.¬† I quite admire those who have the courage to create harware based startup from India as hardware IMO is much more risky proposition.

Time permits I will blog my thoughts from MoMo.

MoMo Demo Experience

Experience with doing¬†the MoMo Demo on monday¬†could described best as a little¬†lack luster. It is little¬†hard to say that for an event that you try to coordinate but that is how¬†I would best describe it.¬†But I think the best part of doing an open/informal conference is that you have room to experiment new things and make it better every time ūüôā and this was the first time we were introducing demos with regular talks.

The little bit of my disappointment stems from the lack of response from the audience during my demo after all that was my take away from doing a demo. The tough time that I had with the audience was that I was not able to engage most of them in the discussion as they had already moved out for snack time.

Any consumer technology product  can have  possibly two response only-  either users love it  or they hate it.  Any other intermediate response means that you are dead meat already.  Kathy sierra has very articulately this very clearly in her post long ago.

Now having obtained rave reviews¬†from those who¬†are alpha testing¬†‘wwigo’¬†an indifference from the audience came as a serious bummer to me.¬†¬†What was a little comforting though¬†was when I¬†chatting with someone¬†after the demo and he told me that I should not worry about it too much it because I was competing for attention with food ( most of the group had already¬†proceeded to munching their snacks at the snack table¬† at the back of the room) which even the best of the speakers in the world ¬†can’t compete well ūüôā
It was little trying and hard for me to wear both the hat of  a presenter and as well a s a coordinator of the event. Couple of things that I wanted to articulate to the audience as a coordinator of the event would have been mistaken as an answer from the presenter.

For example¬† the demo was not meant for analyzing whether the product demo’ed is worthy of any investment. It was more for sharing a cool idea/concept, what it could be used for etc and feedback on what could be done to make it better. Rather than dicussing the coolness or usefulness of¬† the Inactiv service or how it could be made better the audience went in tirade against on how much money Inactiv is bleeding ūüė¶
Lessons that I learned as presenter

  • Never announce what the demo is about even if people¬†pester you to do so, the surprise/intrigue element goes away. I had at the request from a member mentioned what the demo was going to be about.
  • Never schedule your demo just before/after lunch or snacks time.

Lessons as an organizer

  • Repeat this to yourself – unstructuredness is good but unorganized may not be.
  • ALWAYS Check beforehand the presentation room for accoustics and lighting.

After recieving good and improvement feedback from the members to have a little bit of more direction & focus we will be trying to make the next time’s MoMo a little bit more structured¬†during the¬†discussion.

Wifi & Demos in MoMo

  This months MoMo scheduled on coming Monday (26th Feb)  is going to be very exciting.  First of all there is going to be an interesting talk on state/market of Wifi in India which I had been following very closely in the last few months plus we will be demoing WWIGO which is currently in alpha. Hoping to get a lot of feedback on the product from the community.

More details about MoMo here.

Mobile VAS – A telecom operator’s perspective

¬† ¬†¬† A post that I was writing for the bangalore momo blog by mistake got published here as well, sorry if that caused junk in your feed reader.¬†¬† Nonetheless after quite much delay the september momo event has been announced and this time again we have a discussion on VAS but now from an operator’s perspective(Reliance Infocomm). More details here on the bangalore momo blog. I am eagerly looking forward to this one as¬† I heard great reviews from the mumbai momo guys where Krishna Durbha from Reliance had spoke earlier.

Mobile Monday Delhi Intro


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As a first thing with my connection up let me try to post a video. This is video of MoMo Delhi introduction where those present give a quick intro about themselves and also a feature that would like in their mobile ( exteremely useful for developers & de

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by Rajan with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

 

Update: First successful (& painless) video blog ūüôā

 

 

Network Intelligent or Stupid

Rajiv mentions in his recent post about an interesting discussion that surfaced in the mobile monday meet about design of network architecture. Where should the intelligence lie in a network? It is a quite an important discussion and I will add my two bits to the meme here. 

As Rajiv pointed out that those who come from the telco world revere that intelligence should lie in the network. I think that is the case because the people who from that side of the camp have not been exposed to any alternate network design structure so as to evaluate against anything else. Secondly we humans are in general resistant to change of any kind and also why would someone want to jeopardize the huge pot of gold one owns. But then those who come from the PC (software) world would think who would be such a bozo to put intelligence(in other words optimize the core) into the network. 

From technical PoV Is it better to design a network where the core of the network is intelligent and the edge of it very dumb ?

 End to End Principle in system design is a seminal technical paper written way back in the 80’s  by Reed, Schultz & Clark which argues why it is better to design a system in with intelligence kept to a minimum at the core. The argument in the paper is that 

‚Äú that functions placed at low levels of a system may be redundant or of little value when compared with the cost of providing them at that low level‚ÄĚ

To understand this in an intuitive manner reflect on this, today‚Äôs optimization for someone is another person‚Äôs headache tomorrow.(Software engineers can relate to this very well as they face this situation a lot in their daily work). By putting an intelligence (in other words optimizing for something) we reduce our option value for a later application tomorrow. For example the PSTN network that was built was optimized for voice totally and it can‚Äôt be used for any other purpose. To support a different application a new network has to be installed (which involves massive cost).This is also explained in a very clear way in another seminal piece of work by David Isenberg. He wrote about it as an article in 97 titled as ‚ÄúThe rise of stupid network‚ÄĚ.

¬† Thus technically speaking it is better to design a network which is stupid network at the core & the intelligence should be left to the edge. If you look at networks that are gaining prominence & acceptance by users then they are the stupid networks ( internet, Japan‚Äôs i-mode). If it were not for a stupid network then during the recent ban on blogspot sites we would have found ourselves very helpless. Even when ISP‚Äôs blocked blocked the site we could very easily circumvent that. ¬†A stupid network puts maximum power into the hands of a user that is why millions love it are adopting it with great fervor. It makes living on the edge possible & so much fun ūüôā

 The best network thus is a stupid network as far s user is concerned but will this network will help a telco milk money out of users is totally different question.

Momo Bangalore July event update

Mobile Monday Bangalore July event had a great turnout, the Mobile Monday blog has been updated with the presentation from the speakers.

In the meet we decided that going forth the 4th Monday of every month would be marked for holding Momo Bangalore event.  Check out the photos here.  From the next meet onwards we would try to record the proceedings and get mp3s and videos from the event.

  Let me know if you any suggestion on how we can make momo better.

Mobile Monday at Delhi

Prashanth announces the launch of mobile monday in Delhi.
Mobile Monday Delhi : “Mobile 2.0: Future Trends and Technology”

When?

05 August 2006 ( Mark your calender ,it’s on weekend)

Where?

Adobe Systems India Private Limited
Adobe Towers
I-1A, City Centre, Sector : 25A
Noida – 201301
Tel # 91-120-2444711

Want to participate ?? Register yourself at our wiki !!
http://momodelhi.pbwiki.com

To keep you updated on latest developments Pre and Post event  Please join our mailing list .

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/momodelhi/
A lot of folks in & around Delhi had pinged me asking about when is momo happening in Delhi so folks here is the event.

Mobile Monday Bangalore July Meet

This months’ Mobile Monday is going to be held on 24th July. Due to request from many who would be attending MoMo the date has been shifted from 17th to 24th july.  We would be sticking to 4th monday of a month mostly from now on. Thanks to effort from Veer we have launched the Momo bangalore blog at bangalore.mobilemonday.in

Check out the blog for regular updates about mobile monday.
Here are the details.

Date: 24th July, Monday, 2006.
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm.
Venue: AztecSoft, #23, 3rd A Cross, 18th Main, 6th Block, Koramangala. (check below for directions).

Topics:

  • Next gen mobile networks – concepts, trends and utilization. – Sujai Karampuri, CEO, Sloka Telecom.
  • Mobile VAS and Indian markets
  • Is CDMA a dying technology?

RSVP:
Pls. register yourself here.

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