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THOUGHT: Another month, another trip to Seattle - attending Möbius Conference 2008
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 12.05.08 - 11:23:41 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11942x
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While I was in Seattle just last month for the annual Microsoft MVP Global Summit, I'm already packing my bags to fly to Seattle again, this time for this year's Möbius conference which I'm happy to be invited again. I will leave tomorrow morning but these kind of events need some advanced preparation anyway because I have to think about which equipment I will carry. Should I travel light with just my HTC Shift and my Sanyo Xacti or should I travel full featured with my Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC and my Nikon D80? In any case, I will carry some Windows Mobile smartphones while I will leave my Apple AirPort Express at home because the hotel, downtown Seattle has its own WiFi anyway.

Nevertheless, these kind of thoughts always makes me thinking that traveling in the past - without all the gadgets which should helps us to make life simpler - was easier. All you need was your Passport, your Credit Card and your toothbrush. Now we are travelling with a whole bag of gadgets plus hundreds of cables and chargers.

Anyway, if you haven't heard about Möbius before, it's an invitation-only community (with roughly 100+ members now) of the world's most influential technology pundits and online writers/bloggers, initiated some years ago by Microsoft. The yearly Möbius conference brings together around 25 Möbians which normally interact behind the scenes with companies, big and small, to shape the direction of devices, services, pricing, design and the culture of consumer technology.
As with every Möbius event, Microsoft will host a variety of speakers, from across the industry, who will talk about general mobility issues, industrial design, new applications and of course provide sneak peeks into future products and this time the attendance of some ODMs seems to be confirmed already as well as Microsoft will provide some further product and service updates.
However the best part of Möbius is having a very open and honest dialogue and even healthy debate about the industry, technologies and initiatives that are shaping the future of mobility especially because Möbius isn't about Windows Mobile only but Microsoft always invites a good mix of tech bloggers and journalists from different areas including Windows Mobile and Symbian as well as bloggers which covers a broader range of devices.

Initially initiated by Microsoft, Möbius became a self-runner over the years and it's not about the annual conference only but there is a strong interaction and friendship between Möbians during the rest of the year (for instance we meet once a year at the Mobile World Congress), including discussions and opinion-sharing.

While Möbius is - in general - not an NDA event, some sessions are under NDA. It's always hard to say which sessions will happen because the schedule is given on the event, not in advance and therefore I don't know yet what we will see, hear and learn (except that I know that at least 2 mobile device manufactures will attend as well). But I will try to keep you updated as good as possible so keep an eye on the::unwired (or simply subscribe to our RSS feed).

Cheers ~ Arne

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