Monday, October 8, 2007
Report from The Future of Web Apps 2007
Felix Petersen, Jyri Engstrom and Brian Oberkirch. Photo by Ted Rheingold.
We know a lot of you are attending other exciting events, besides SIME. Here are some ideas and conclusions from FOWA (The Future of Webb Apps 2007) last week in London. The event, which was sold out, focused on successful web 2.0 applications. Thanks to Joachim Jardenberg, for the input! Check out Joachim’s blog for more inspiration or meet him at SIME in November.
What was hot at FOWA?
1. Jaikus backchannel: Seriously, it’s becoming clear that Jyri Engström is a guy to listen carefully to.
2. Heather Champ gave the audience a great behind-the-scenes tour of Flickr. She is always a great presenter with interesting ideas on how to create user experience.
3. The conversation between Om Malik, GigaOM and Michael Arrington, TechCrunch was a great introduction.
4. Kevin Rose, chief architect at digg, is a darling on stage, although he doesn’t have that much to say, that hasn’t already been cited a hundred times. But still. Cosy.
5. Paul Graham from Y Combinator was unexpectdely good.
6. Erika Hall, Mule Design, did a simple but tasteful story of the importance of using words in a proper way. Feel-good, in a Meg Ryan-kind of way.
7. What I liked the most were the participants! There was a great crowd here. Fascinating to see that there were so few Swedes. I think we were only four in total, among which Niklas Derouche was the most prominent. Where is everyone else? And where are the traditional media?