NEXT Berlin opens – morning sessions

This morning Ole Tillman (@oletillmann) opened Next 2012 at the main stage.

Ole talked about how technology is dissapearing into the background. It is everywhere that we do not even notice it anymore and feel it is normal. But what is beyond digital?

A location based Micro blogging service Echofy – with this app only people that are in your area can answer your message and you can only send messages to the people in your area. Blogging with ‘close’ friends or Micro microblogging.

Then Ole went on to introduce Matthias Schrader (@mattesmattes) of Sinnerschrader the company behind NEXT and Martin Enderle of Deutsche Telekom the new partner of Next Berlin.

This is the third NEXT in Berlin.

Digital is no longer Sexy René Overmann

Now really starting with the first presentation of René Overmann – CEO Deutsch Telekom

This presentation was kind of weird as he talked about low pricing with many people from abroad that are not using the internet connection on their phone at Next due to the high coast of roaming.  See also Henriette’s post A thin red line from analogue to digital to connectness

As Overmann was really talking from a telco point of view and not the consumers view here “Bad news Prices go down, traffic goes up. Good news: connectivity matters.”

Telcos will change and open up. These are 4 steps that Deutsche Telekom is doing today:

  • incubation (BT’s incubator located in Berlin – launched now)
  • Venturing
  • Enabling
  • Partnering

The origins of the digital univers by George Dyson

George Dyson is a science historian (Wikipedia)

Dyson’s presentation went so fast and was so interesting for a techie like me I could not blog during his presentation. So I am borrowing something here:

“The world has flipped from reliable code on unreliable machines, to reliable hardware but bugs in code…
Where will this go?
Four ideas:
  1. Three-dimensional computing. Turing gave us 1D, von Neumann gave us two. The ability to add multiple machine sat the same times has barely been explored yet.
  2. Template-based addressing. von Neumann’s system is still based on fixed numerical address in sequence. We need to move to template-based addressing. Google is starting on this.
  3. Pulse-frequency coding – how the brain works. It’s not what the code is – it’s how frequently the links connect.
  4. Analog computing – all this brings us back to that.”

The last point is interesting, we are going back to analog computing instead of more digital. Not sure but it is an interesting vision.

See Adam Tinworth’s post on the Next blog The Future of the Network – and the History of the Computer for more about these two talks.

You can watch a talk of Dyson at TED in 2003 here

High Performance Mobile – Steve Souders

Steve Souders (@souders) of Google talked about the importance of fast loading sites on mobile devices. You can download the slides (29 Mb) from his site or watch it at Slideboom now

The most interesting points I got from this presentation:

  • Today fast internet access is the third most important thing on a mobile phone.
  • If you want you see what your website experience is on mobile devices do the test at Blaze Mobile.
  • For the images on your website, resize them based on the screen size of the user. For this you can use another option is
  • With HTML5 you can use app cache (offline apps, longer cache)
  • Local storage 5 Mb allocation per website (instead of cache)

Take aways that Steve gave at the end of the presentation:

  1. mobile WPO – speed matters even more
  2. run Page Speed (Google)
  3. mobile best practices (reducing requests, image size)

More on this topic at the O’Reilly Velocity event in Berlin , London, US


Smartphone and Tablet Development in 2012/2013 – Sundeep Madra

Sundeep Madra (@sundeep) of Xtreme Labs – talked about Smartphone and Tablet Development in 2012/2013: Trends and Best Practices

Best Practices

Embrace design and touch

Create that A-ha moment. The app needs to be fast (must be below 15 seconds)

Rethink the maps application
Rethink behaviors – ordering from scanned pictures in the supermarket.

2012/2013 Trends
Some of the best apps to come will be the ones you don’t need to see or touch

  • Siri is just the beginning

Top experience trends:

  • 3 clicks reward
  • <15x experience (waiting for train/bus)
  • think about a life without a laptop (dropbox, CloudOn, Fuze)
  • Tablets as a second screen (airplay, TV)
  • Retina Display is breaking your designs
  • it looks ugly if you don’t fix it, and your design team will need to spend a lot more extra time to fix this
  • More powerful hardware (Quad Core SGS3) will open up the possibilties for more power clients applications

Top developement trends

  • Hybrid Apps (HTML5 + Native)
  • Very Fast Mobile Web Experience (Twitter recently changed design and now uses one third less bandwidth)
  • Apple UUID change required rewiring your apps and to spend more time managing your user’s indenties across your portfolios
  • WP7/Windows 8 – major tablet player?
There were also various workshops during the day. I did not attend any workshop. Next post about afternoon sessions

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