Nokia Mobile Workshop
Writing about web page http://events.nokia.com/openlab/workshops.html
A little while ago I got a curious email from the folks at WOM World. They are the people that sent me a Nokia N82 and an N810 to try at the start of the year. The email was an invitation to a workshop being run by Nokia to look at some aspects of the future of mobile devices. The email said:
It aims to involve everyone from creative’s, designers, video producers to open source software bloggers and mobile tech pioneers in a thorough discussion. Including, what the future holds for everything from mobile tech to media creation.
A subsequent email clarified things a little:
... the point of these workshops is to look into the future of the mobile phone, what possibilities lie within it and what people want out of it. Topics will revolve around subjects including; Navigation, people and places, neighbourhood, collaboration, music and games through to working life, email and how to improve upon what we already have.
I was somewhat surprised to be invited to such a thing, not being involved in the mobile industry at all, but WOM World insisted that they wanted me along, and they did originally find me via this blog so they know what my interests are, so I agreed. The fact that the workshop is in Helsinki, and that Nokia are paying for flights, accommodation, food, entertainment, etc. had absolutely nothing to do with my acceptance!
One ironic thing about this is that the email arrived while I was on holiday, and I picked it up on my newly acquired iPhone, which I’d only had a couple of weeks at the time. I hope I’m not banned from the event when they see it:-)
Just to make the event a little more fun, I’ll be getting a Nokia E71 to try out for a bit. It should turn up this week sometime. It’ll be interesting to compare it to the iPhone…
So, I head off next Thursday for three days in Helsinki, talking to Nokia and others about what mobiles should do for us in the future. I’m not sure what to expect, I’m not sure what I’ll be able to contribute, and I’m still a little surprised I’ve been invited. But it is quite exciting to be given the opportunity.