LeWeb08, sponsored in part by Nokia, was a total success. The greatest thing about the event was that you could walk up to anyone, see their namecard, and feel free to talk with them about who they are and what they do. The party afterwards was really fun, cuz who ever goes to a nightclub and can talk and smile to everyone in the entire place. Where else is there so much transparancy, that even Michael Arrington can discuss openly on stage his discomfort and have Loic be able to respond to the crowd directly about any problems. There was a real togetherness feeling, and many of the people you have heard about one could just approach and start talking to. I walked in at the same time and saw Hugh and Doc Searls. His wife was in fashion so he and I could really talk deeply on the intricasies of the industry.
I got to sit with him and talk together during the whole first day! It was really enlightening to hear his perspective whispered in my ear. One got to catch up with the original crowd, and meet totally new entreprenures with unique business models. Marc Canter launched a new book! I cant wait to buy it. It had a lot of digital archetecture. I wonder how his platform, people aggregator, ranks against ovi. There are some extra features such as the blog rss import that are really cool. I would have chosen this platform for the forum.nokia.com blogs. There was a lot of talk about mobile, mobile love, mobile only social networks, mobile applications, mobile web. I thought that leweb08 too could have benefitted from the mobile calendar software and leiki solution.
I got to demo my Anina Dress Up application at LeWeb08 to everyone and found many collaboration partners!
There was a different feeling at LeWeb08 than at the Nokia World. I found it quite hard to interact with the green badge people at the event. First they separated the press from the rest, where as last year's amsterdam venue allowed reporters to move easily back and forth between the press interview areas and the presentations. It was a different vibe too becase without the calendar and leiki solutions, you didnt know who anyone was, you could not match make with the matchmaker. i was looking for people interested in partnering on games, and i didnt meet anyone who was there. i didnt either know about any nokia champion event, or nokia pro members have the chance to meet. would have been grate to have a meet and greet the nokia pro members area. The party too in amsterdam in 07 was so great--beach volly ball! Another great thing about the Nokia World was the food was excellent, and the exhibition area well laid out and easy to get friendly demos, support, contacts.
LeWeb08 too is more interactive--many people can ask many questions and even talk with the speakers one on one afterwards in the press room. I got a great interview with marissa mayer from google about fashion which was very exciting! Stay tuned on 360fashion to hear how important fashion is in search technology!
Many of the press that had been present at Nokia World were at LeWeb08! It was cool to get their perspectives between the two conferences and discuss about technologies we had seen at both.
I missed Chris Andersen from WIRED MAGAZINE, he was awesome at Nokia World! I wish they would have brought him back to speak again. The gilmore gang on stage at LeWeb08 was really fantastic, but no women I have to report made it into the group. I wonder why Nokia World doesnt have pannels where the press can interview and hear the reactions together from the different departments. I think definitly David Weingerger should speak at Nokia World! He would really be enlightening to the green badge people.The super guest at LeWeb08 was Paolo Cohelo. He talked about how plagerizing his work into digital copies has not hert his business, but rather increased his sales of hard copy books in the country where the copy was made. He said he even dedicated a whole page on his site to link to the copies. His publisher called him up and didnt know what to do about it. You can watch the web stream here: Paolo Cohelo. Marissa Mayer was present and talked about Google Chrome and how they worked with big fashion designers to choose skins for iGoogle.
I stood in line to ask my Marissa Mayer questions typing them out on my 810 tablet in line but in the end I had to ask her backstage.
The venue of LeWeb was really impressive. I liked the open space, the levels, and the cheese platter and deserts were pleanty! I would have loved more salad in a bigger cup :D same at Nokia World. The salad at LeWeb08 was great dressing.
The Nokia Speech at on Love, was really entertaining, but too big to upload to ovi.com. I asked if there were any plans for OVI to white label their software, now that Nokia is a software company and not a handset manufacturer. He answered that first they were working on the platform.
Le Web also had problems with the wifi, as the same in the big hall at Nokia. Many bloggers and people were very upset about this at LeWeb08--but if Nokia can't do it, what makes anyone think that that Swisscom can do it? My friend at Nokia World told me that it's always like that at events, everyone gets on the web, then it slows down and doesn't work, then some people drop off, and the die hards get on. I was with Robert Scoble at Nokia World, and he and I could not really get on the web there either until later in the day or in the press lounge. If Swisscom in leweb08, France Telecom in leweb07, and at Nokia World too can't figure out the best solution, then I say, it's up to the bloggers and web users to be descrete and not hog up the lines with uploading huge videos, or checking email, or just hanging out on the line. Get up, do what you have to do, and then close down and let someone else online. Maybe we need some time slot software like when you go to the genious bar at apple, you can register for your timeslots when you want to blog :D. that would never work we know because human beings are selfish by nature. They love to be connected.
Mostly, it was the atmosphere at LeWeb08, that really won out for me--one could really walk up to ANYONE at the venue and start talking. This was the most profound feeling and best part of the event. Nokia really did a great job in connecting people by sponsoring this event.
I asked the question at LeWeb08 to Google CEO, about Google TO DO list request was considered "off topic" until my psycic manifestation powers moved in and Google announced to do lists on Google Labs 5 minutes after I asked the CEO who thought the question was trivial. I was thinking of that in the OVI services, there's a task list manager, so it is strange that there's no task list manager in the suite of google collaboration sofware. I map my domain over gmail for professional reasons in business, and a to do list would be very welcome. Ovi's advantage is that it is integrated in their product offering, and synches with the phone, however, i cannot use ovi for business purposes as it would not come with my domain as in the gmail masking.