I just made the wiki for the Mobile Communities Unconference live.
Some folks are still in the process of uploading their session notes.
In particular, I thought the session about Mobile Social UX Design was particularly good:
Also, you can see a photostream from the event here:
I’ve had a couple of questions about why we (Forum One) are putting on the Mobile Communities Unconference.
In a word? Growth. Analysts are predicting revenue from mobile social networks to climb from US $1.5 billion in 2006 to as much as $52billion dollars a year by 2012. The following graphic is a chart from Christine Perey’s report on Mobile Social Networking.
Another? Scale. The number of mobile handsets in use just dwarfs the number of PCs.
Another? Experience. You can take it (your network) with you. With the user experience that advanced handheld devices like the iphone bring, you no longer signifignanty compromise your online experience when using a handset.
And last but not least: Location. Locative experiences and media are going to explode soon. I got a taste of this when I worked at Autodesk, but just the simple fact of knowing where you are geographically, and where friends, family and potential contacts are relative to your position adds a whole new layer of meaning and experience to social networking.
Want to join the conversation? We have an AWESOME group of folks lined up to discuss this next Thursday, March 20th in Palo Alto.
Groups coming include:
Active Path Solutions
Omega Mobile, Inc.
Want to join the conversation? Register here:
Lot’s of good online community events coming up, including:
Online Community Roundtable: Seattle
We will be on campus at Microsoft the evening of 3/12. Want to attend? Send me an email.
Mobile Communities Unconference: 3/20 in Palo Alto
Forum One Network’s next Unconference focuses on the possibilities (and challenges) of online community and social media experienced via wireless handsets.
What’s Next: Boomer Summit: 3/26 in DC
Our good friend Mary Furlong is hosting the Boomer Summit. I’m leading panels on “What’s Next in Technology” and Social Networking.
Online Community Business Summit: 4/14-15 in Santa Fe
Forum One Network’s gathering of industry leaders to discuss the business of online community. Who’s coming? Linden Lab, Apple, Cisco, VMWare, Sony and Microsoft to name a few. Want an inviation? Send me an email.
May and June? Even busier 🙂 More good stuff to highlight and announce soon.
Hot on the heels of the Unconference East, we have the Mobile Communities Unconference coming up March 20th in Palo Alto.
The intention of the Mobile Communities Unconference is to explore the opportunities with building community via mobile devices. If you are developing social networking applications for mobile, or creating a strategy for extending your communities presence on to mobile devices you will likely find this event valuable.
Several factors are driving the importance and relevance of this topic, most notably the fact that the number of mobile handsets in use globally dwarfs the number of personal computers.
The shear number of mobile devices, combined with the increasing sophistication of mobile devices, increasing speed of data flowing on mobile networks, the increasingly robust web experiences available via mobiles, and the explosion in interest around social networking begs the questions:
– what impact will mobile have on pc-bound online community experiences?
– what are the unique opportunities for mobile-only experiences that transcend voice and leverage text and mobile internet access?
– when will the US catch up to the technology leaders in the mobile space, like Korea?
Mobile is such a juicy topic right now. Combine that with an Unconference format, and you have a very interesting day of discussion.
We have a great group of folks coming already. A sample of the partcipating organizations include:
– VMWARE, INC.
– Gatheringpoint Digital LLC
– Omega Mobile, Inc.
– Yahoo! Inc
– Digital Chocolate
– itsmylife Labs
– Alta Partners
– MobileLife Inc.
Again, we just extended early bird pricing of $145 until the end of day on Friday, 2/29.
To register, go here: http://mcu2008.eventbrite.com/