"The Future of Mobile" at eDay

I’m flying to the Netherlands tomorrow for the eDay conference this week. I am giving a keynote on Thursday.

The Future of Mobile: Ubiquitous Computing and Augmented Reality

We are in the midst of a rapid convergence of trends and technologies that will result in a cataclysmic shift in business, industry, education, entertainment, media, and communications. To survive this dramatic change, leaders must be thinking ahead and preparing to leverage new business models, social shifts, emerging markets, and new technologies. Robert will discuss the augmented reality roadmap, describing what the technology is, how it works, and what potential it bears. Further, he will address how the shift from mobile phones to mobile internet devices, the coming “internet of things”, and other trends combined with these new technologies will affect culture, commerce, and communication, as well as how to prepare for it.

It should be fun, I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone there. The conference organizers so far have been awesome, organized, and really on top of things.

See you in Rotterdam!


Inside Mobile

Hey folks! I’ll be speaking at Inside Mobile July 26th and 27th. If you are in the area, you should come check out the conference and say hi.

The topic: Right Idea, Wrong Implementation?

Augmented Reality is quickly becoming the buzzword of 2009 and Ad agencies are quickly jumping on the technology as a shiny new way to do marketing campaigns and engage users. This session discusses several of these campaigns, how they were implemented, the response from consumers, and whether or not they took full advantage of what the technology offers. There is much agreement that Augmented Reality is evolving mobile and will have a dramatic impact on many industries, but what are we doing right or wrong right now in the early stage?

See you there!


The InsideMobile conference is coming to San Jose on July 26 & 27. Here are some highlights from this O’Reilly/360Conferences event:
* Palm Pre SDK training - 2 4-hour sessions, one session gets you up to speed by building your first app and the second one takes you to the next level deep-diving into webOS specifics (Must register by 7/15 to qualify for this)
* Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, talking about how apps have transformed mobile devices into invaluable tools for person and professional productivity, as well as entertainment.
* Keynote featuring VP from Samsung Korea, and eBay Mobile’s VP. * PhoneGap hands-on, learn to build for iPhone, Android and Blackberry all at once * Mobile Design hands-on and talk by Brian Fling, author of “Mobile Design & Development” * Sunday evening reception sponsored by Medialests * Panel: Evolution of Mobile: Beyond the Phone
This 2 days of lunch and a total of roughly 20 sessions for only $250!
Visit or for more information and to register!

Back from Mobile Monday...

Amsterdam. Ahhhh, Amsterdam! After more than 30 years, I returned to the Netherlands. I was a guest speaker at Mobile Monday Amsterdam (#momoams), which was one of the best conferences I have been to in a very long time.

Photo Jöran Maaswinkel (@JeeeM)

Before I start blogging too much about my trip, there are a few things I want to say, clarify, restate, or answer that I didn’t have a good opportunity to do while I was there. Here they are, in no particular order:

1) “The cloud is a lie, the cake is real.” Some people misheard me and thought I said “the cloud is alive”. Well, that may be true after some singularity event (doubtful), but that isn’t what I said or meant to say. I was making a reference to Valve’s Portal game. Blame it on my “Oracle of Delphi” sense of humor.

2) I came down pretty hard on Venture Capitalists during the presentation (for good reason), and I want to make it clear that I was speaking in general terms. There are a number of venture capitalists out there that are really smart, know what they are doing, and aren’t out to screw over entrepreneurs. Of course, the vast majority of VCs ARE like this, but not all of them.

It is up to you to be discerning and figure this out early on in the pitch game. There are some new funds out there trying to rethink the model (I know of one in particular based out of Luxemburg that has an awesome bunch of guys that know what they are talking about). Research and do your homework…you will find the VC diamonds in the rough.

3) I can’t begin to say enough about the organizers and hosts for MoMo. They were wonderful and I felt that they were sincerely dedicated to making sure I had what I needed and I felt welcome. They were amazing. If I had time, I would have stayed a few extra days if only to repeatedly say thank you for the opportunity to speak at a wonderful venue to an interesting crowd of attendees hosted by stellar organizers featuring amazing speakers.

4) If you met me after the presentation and I told you to make sure you added me on linkedin, followed me on twitter, and emailed me, I wasn’t kidding. I’m not good with names and faces after a conference and it is hard for me to remember who is who if I follow up. Better if YOU contact me (soon) and remind me who you are. I am more than happy to chat, give advice, talk about the industry and the tech, or just hang out.

5) Someone asked me why I didn’t talk more about Neogence during my presentation. Usually, when you speak at a conference like this, it is bad form to talk about your own company. It is too easy to go from a presentation that has value to it and change into a slick advertising pitch. Unless I am specifically asked by a conference to talk about the company, I will usually avoid it. If you want to know more about what my startup, Neogence, is doing, feel free to ask (or send vast quantities of money haha).

6) If you had a question that didn’t get asked or answered because of time constraints, EMAIL ME. I’m happy to answer now.

7) I’m very interested in hearing feedback from you about my presentation. What did you like, what did you not like, where did you agree, where did you think I was a nutcase, did anything inspire you or “turn on a light” in a moment of inspiration, or did my dry jokes put you to sleep? Anything you can give me will help me in future presentations and conferences.

I had a lot of time to think on Tuesday morning while driving to Luxembourg (other business), on the train back to Amsterdam that night, and the whole flight back to Raleigh on Wednesday. The other presentations at the conference gave me a lot to think about, and the conversations I had with various people over the duration of the week (I arrived in Amsterdam last Friday) were very mind opening and enlightening. I’m still mulling this over and letting some ideas gestate, but I will be blogging on a number of topics in the near future here. I’m not a very frequent blogger, but expect some new stuff, probably this weekend or early in the week.

All in all, the conference was definitely a highlight of the year for me, and it was an honor meeting the other speakers and meeting everyone that I did. Thank you for a wonderful week and conference. I promise better jokes next time : )

If you want to see my slides and the video of the presentation, you can go here. I highly recommend watching the other presentations as well. Lots of great information, insight, and thinking.

Oh, special thanks to the photographers that made me look good. I don’t have a lot of photos of myself, and the ones that I do have are generally self-portraits. I’m MUCH better taking photos of other people haha.

One last note: Martijin Pannevis rocks for taking the time to find and buy some Kinder Eggs for me. I absolutely loved those things when I was a kid growing up in Germany and I have been craving them for YEARS.

Ahhh, Amsterdam. You guys are all amazing. Thank you for everything.