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Maemo Summit – A retrospective

Written by Jamie Bennett on September 21st, 2008 at 11:33 am in Uncategorized

So as I sit by the river in Berlin, sipping a cappuccino, I can’t help but reflect over the last 5 days.

I arrived in Berlin in time for OSiM where I pretty much manned the Nokia booth constantly for the two days. I got to meet lots of new and old faces alike and the traffic to the booth was constant. People as diverse as students from a UK university to key people in multi-national companies were asking questions and showing a genuine interest in what the Maemo platform has to offer, now, and in the future.

On Thursday a well attended Maemo dev session was held. The new technologies that will be used in Fremantle were discussed (the video will be online soon) and it seemed to generate quite a bit excitement, especially when Nokia committed to opening up former closed sourced components.

Then on Friday it was time for the Summit.

I arrived early to set up the video recording equipment. The venue was great; one large room for the main threads and two smaller break-out rooms for other streams. The day started in the main room with Nokia centred content, much of which has already been covered elsewhere so I won’t go into too much detail needless to say the event raised just as many (if not more) questions as it gave answers.

The days were long but enjoyable and the nights were filled with alcohol fuelled conversation but my hat has to go off to the INdT guys who apparently partied until 6am one night/morning! The community council already have lots of idea’s on how to improve next years event so that will be one to look out for.

All in all a very good event. c-base is a really cool venue and I urge anyone looking to host an event in Berlin to check it out along with their very cool Microsoft Surface like table built entirely using open source software.

See you all next year!

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