I was in Seattle
just last month for the annual
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
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