Just arrived at London yesterday’s morning for the Nokia World 2010, it’s nice to meet with fellow journalists and bloggers again. Staying at the same hotel at London Mariott Hotel, West India Quay, looks like it’s a kind of a reunion meeting among tech journalists and bloggers –at least, that’s what I feel. I have became a tech journalist (then blogger) since the beginning of 2000, I recognize almost of all writers and bloggers, especially who are coming from Asia and Europe.
The best conversations happen when the right people get together.
That’s why it’s my pleasure to invite you to join us at Nokia World in London on September 14 and 15, 2010.
Nokia World plays host to some of the most interesting people in the business, from every corner of the globe, talking about the most important aspects of this rapidly evolving industry. We would like you to be part of the conversation.
To create an even richer experience, Nokia World will be held in conjunction with the Nokia Developer Summit, showing how developers and partners are building some great applications for mobile, and taking advantage of the unparalleled opportunity that Nokia and Ovi provides.
And this –the Nokia World London– is just another Nokia World for me. [Disclosure: I was invited and funded by Nokia to this event] Yeah, it’s my fourth Nokia World after Amsterdam 2007, Barcelona 2008 and Stuttgart 2009. That’s why I’ve met with almost all Nokia execs in person — following their speeches and presentations, greeting them in the sidelines of the event or coffe-breaks; even talking with them in one-on-one interviews.
Too bad, I can’t listen Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo’s keynote speech today, since he was already leaving (while the new CEO, Stephen Elop, the Microsoft guy, will be just starting to lead Nokia later this month).
This is another shocking news: Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and a member of Nokia Group Executive Board, has announced his departure one day before Nokia World. That news shocked me, since he is the key people behind Nokia’s smartphone’s innovations: the legend N95 and N97, to name a few, are among his babies (his role in Nokia is just like Jonathan Ive in Apple, TechCrunch says. Ive is the designer of the Mac and the iPhone). Good thing is he will keep delivering his speech this morning in ICC London, since he has six months notice period and will continue in his current tasks for the time being.
Nokia already introduced Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Jane McGonigal, two of the leading keynote speakers for the event. TBL is the primary inventor of the World Wide Web, making his first proposal on it in March 1989. He wrote the original Web software in 1990 and made it available on the Internet in 1991. Jane is a video games expert. ‘Reality is broken. Game designers can fix it’, she said (Here’s the video of her TED talk).
Many said that this year’s Nokia World is a good moment (or ‘last chance‘) for Nokia to convince the world about their strategy to reclaim smartphones market winner. Nokia is now struggling to catch up with HTC, Motorola, Samsung and, of course, RIM/Blackberry and Apple.
I will keep you updated. Stay tuned.