Category: Conference


Hans Vestberg about the future of connected devices

Hans Vestberg Ericsson At the inaugural Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2010 I met Hans Vestberg, President and CEO or Ericsson. He gave a speech about the future of mobile media and communication and gave an outlook of key trends.

The biggest opportunity field for Ericsson is the business of “connected devices” or how we would call it “the internet of things”. “We think that the networks are now developing. Our vision for 2020 is that there will be over 50 billion networked devices”, says Hans Vestberg during my interview with him.

The Healthcare, Energy, Logistics and Media Industry will be using connected devices soon. Chipsets are getting more and more affordable to be implemented in any device. Mobile phones won’t be the only devices with a sim card anymore.

Vestberg says that we are moving from “People to People” communication to a new era of “machine to people” and “machine to machine” communication.

See the full interview here:

About Hans Vestberg:
Hans Vestberg has been President and CEO since January 1, 2010.

Mr. Vestberg had been Chief Financial Officer from October 25, 2007, until the end of 2009. He was named Executive Vice President in 2005 while serving as head of Business Unit Global Services, an office he held since 2003.

From 2002 to 2003 he served as President of Ericsson in Mexico. Between 2000 and 2002, Mr. Vestberg was CFO for Ericsson in North America and Ericsson’s controller for the Americas. Between 1998 and 2000, he was CFO of Ericsson in Brazil. Since joining Ericsson in 1991, Mr. Vestberg has also held various managerial positions in China, Sweden, Chile and Brazil.

Hans Vestberg was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1991.


Abu Dhabi Media Summit

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2010 H.E. Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Media Company and Mr. Edward Borgerding, CEO of Abu Dhabi Media Company, together with Co-Chairs invite media executives to take part in the inaugural ABU DHABI MEDIA SUMMIT March 9-11, 2010 at Yas Hotel, Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
The summit for March 9-11 is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Media Company and is by invitation only.

The Summit is being held under the Patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The Summit will provide an unprecedented gathering of the people and companies driving the transition to a networked new world, with special emphasis on fast-growing markets in the Middle East, South East Asia, China and Africa. With a focus on opportunities and investment, the Summit is structured to encourage both private discourse and public conversation at the highest levels.

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Publicis boss Maurice Levy, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are some of the luminaries who will be heading off to Abu Dhabi next month for a three-day international media summit.

Other notable speakers are Dirk Meyer, president and CEO of AMD; Jon Miller, CEO Digital Media, News Corporation; Nicholas Negroponte; James Murdoch, Chairman & CEO, Europe & Asia, News Corporation; Hartmut Ostrowksi, Chair & CEO, Bertelsmann; Skye CEO Josh Silverman; Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg; and Samir Arora, Chair & CEO, Glam Media.

I am proud delegate and attendee of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2010 and will report @montymetzger and on my blog about the exclusive event.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit Co-Chairs

  • H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, twofour54
  • Tim Armstrong, President & CEO, AOL
  • Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman & CEO, Innovation Works
  • Dr. Suk-Chae Lee, CEO, KT Corporation
  • Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe
  • Didier Lombard, Chairman & CEO, France Télécom-Orange
  • Kishore Lulla, Chairman & CEO, Eros International
  • H.E. Mohammed Omran, Chairman, Etisalat
  • Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.
  • Dirk Meyer, President & CEO, AMD
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & CEO, Bharti Enterprises
  • Rupert Murdoch, Chairman & CEO, News Corporation
  • Hartmut Ostrowski, Chairman & CEO, Bertelsmann AG
  • Dr. Prannoy Roy, Executive Chairperson, NDTV
  • Hans Vestberg, President & CEO, Ericsson
  • Mehmet Ali Yalçindag, Vice Chairman & President, Dogan Media Group

Review Mobile World Congress 2010

The GSMA today reported that more than 49,000 visitors (I was one of them :-)) from 200 countries attended the 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congresss, the premier event for the mobile communications industry. The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and media and entertainment organisations, as well as government delegations. 54 per cent of Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 2,800 CEOs.

Here are my highlights in pictures:

“It’s a hugely exciting time to be in the mobile communications industry and the extremely strong attendance at the 2010 Mobile World Congress underscores that,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Limited. “The innovation that is the hallmark of our industry was on display front and centre this week, from the insightful presentations in our conference programme to the demonstrations of new devices, technologies and services in the exhibition halls. Once again, Mobile World Congress stands out as the must-attend event for the global communications industry.”

During the event, leaders from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, BBC, Bharti Airtel, China Unicom, Ericsson, Huawei, KDDI, RIM, Samsung, Spotify, Telstra and Vodafone, among others, discussed and debated the trends and issues which are shaping the mobile industry today and into the future. In a Mobile World Congress first, Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt delivered a Mobile World Live keynote to a standing-room only crowd in Barcelona; the session has also been viewed by more than 35,000 people to date via the Mobile World Live portal. To access the replay of the Mobile World Live keynote, as well as interviews with the industry’s leading executives, please visit

More than 20,000 people visited the inaugural App Planet, a focused event designed to bring together the many critical elements of the broad mobile application ecosystem together in one location. Google, Motorola, RIM, Sony Ericsson, Vodafone and WIPJam each held application developer conferences (ADC) within App Planet. Overall, more than 6,000 developers attended Mobile World Congress this year.


My Message to Davos

I have created the Global Cocreation Model as a basic of Rethinking and Rebuilding our economy. This is my video for the Davos YouTube Debates for the World Economic Forum 2010. If this is selected as a finalist, I will need your help by voting to make this the winning entry.

Global Cocreation Model – Davos 2010

My name is Monty Metzger. I run a social media agency in germany and have started a collaborative global think-tank about the future of mobile media and communication, called Mocom 2020.

We have talked about the unthinkable challenges our world is facing in the next century and even in the next decade. The financial system has collapsed, the media industry is under massive pressure and the healthcare-system has become non-efficient. In 2020 we will reach the peak of the oil-production globally, climate change is one of the results of our exploitation of the planet. In 2050 we will have 200 million climate refugees due to a lack of resources of food or water.
Will we or our children be involved in a war for food, clear water or energy?

The world economy is based on many outdated structures and is not capable of solving the new challenges with old solutions. We are in a unique position, because we know some of the problems our planet and society is facing. Rather than dumping millions of dollars in old structure, we need to invest in new innovative solutions. We can solve these issues while integrating all stakeholders in a transparent, open and ethical economic structure.

Charles Schwab said that “we are living in a multi-stakeholder society and we need to rethink our values”. But how can we turn these ideas into action?

Today we have two unique factors which come together.
1) Half of the people on earth are under 25 years old.
2) We have the most powerful global communication tool ever – The Internet.

The technology and demographics combined can empower the Digital Natives to Cocreate solutions faster, more efficient and from the bottom up rather than from the top down.

I call this the Global Cocreation Model.
The Net Generation or Digital Natives have strong sense of values, they have Integrity, a Motivation or many Reasons to change the world. They are natural teamplayers and know how to self organize themselves. The Technology empowers and enables them to do things differently. And finally the openness, new culture of sharing and innovation gives them a very profound way of control.

This basic structure is framed by three key elements:
Collaboration – A powerful tool of self organization for all stakeholders enabled by the global platform of communication – the web.
Transparency – A new way of turning insights into common knowledge give us control and power to regulate what has been done.
a Vision – A powerful Vision or a Dream that is simple enough to spread it fast, but detailled enough to motivate and truely turn social media into social activism.

I would like to challenge my model of Global Cocreation with the members of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Like Al Gore once said:
If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together. But we need to go far … quickly.


Speech at M-Days 2010

M-Days is the biggest Mobile Media Conference in germany and one of the most relevant in Europe. I will be hold a keynote and present a few insights from the open think tank focusing on the future of Mobile Media as well as from my book “Mobile Future @mocom2020“.

The topic of my session at M-Days is called: “Mobile Trends 2020, Mobile Commerce and App-Video-TV. What comes next in Europe?”

M-Days Munich, 2010

From the M-Day programme:
Mobile Trends 2020, Mobile Commerce and App-Video-TV. What comes next in Europe?

The Google/Admob acquisition sends out a clear signal to the market: mobile is different and mobile is hot. The advance of touchscreen devices, app stores and new advertising approaches/formats are all coming together in a new kind of interactive mobile internet, a brave new place where new content, new experiences and even new mobile search services will set the bar. Mobile Trends 2020, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Video and TV.

  • Overview of the mobile trends 2020 and key-apps
  • Overview of mobile commerce of today – applications and options that drive ARPU, customer acquisition and retention
  • Paying for content – why now and why not?
  • Implementation and integration – an overview on the implementation of a full service mobile commerce solution – the lessons learnt and shared
  • Overview of the mobile TV and video landscape of today
  • Content: Why is Disney channel the most popular channel on mobile TV in Europe? And why are CNN so small compared to BBC? Viewing behaviour on mobile TV differs from normal TV.
  • The power of the iPhone in driving creation and consumption of video and mobile TV services via mobile

Speakers include:

Mocom 2020 – The next ten years! Key trends for Mobile Media and Communication
Ahead of Time, Monty C. M. Metzger, Managing Director/Trendscout

Service2Media- mobile innovation company Netherland, Peter Broekroelofs, CTO

M-App: iPhone Puts Mobile TV In The Picture
Rubberduck Media Lab AS, Ola Svartberg, CEO
Karin Du Rietz, pertains top 50 Women in mobile content

Heroes of the mobile screen and mobile search analytic
Moderation: MSearchGroove, Peggy Anne Salz, Founder and Chief Anaylst


Esther’s engagement & vision of eHealth

I talked with Esther Dyson on the way to the Monaco Media Forum about her vision of healthcare for the upcoming years.

View on YouTube.


Netbooks, Mobile-phones and Social Media – Mythbusting with Duncan Stewart, Deloitte

Interview with Duncan Stewart Director, Deloitte Canada Research: Technology, Media & Telecommunications at the Mobile Media World 2009 in Toronto Canada. He talks about the growth of Netbooks, Mobile Phones and Social Media.


Details about Paypal’s Developer Conference Innovate 2009

Interview with Darrell MacMullin Country Manager, PayPal Canada at the Mobile Media World 2009 in Toronto Canada.

He talks about the upcoming developer event Innovate 2009 in November 2009. More infos about the event at


Lauri Hirvonen talks about history & future of dotMobi

Interview with Lauri Hirvonen, Senior Business Development Manager at NOKIA and founding member of dotMobi. He talks about the history, present and future of dotMobi at the in Toronto.


Dom Sagolla to publish a book about Twitter

Dom Sagolla was one of the first emloyees at Twitter and is now publishing a book about the micro-blogging service, called 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form

Dom writes about the definitive history of Twitter, from an insider’s point of view, about the new grammar rules for short-form writing, and a catalog of writing styles and includes inspiring quotations from comedy to poetry from some of the best writers.

Here is a Video Interview I recorded at the Mobile Innovation Week in Toronto.


Motoblur, a Social Media Mobile Phone

Christy Wyatt, Vice President, Software Experiences and Ecosystem Motorola, Inc., presented Motoblur at the Mobile Innovation Week in Toronto.
Motoblur: Everything you’re into is at your fingertips on a customizable home screen as unique as you are. Your friends and Facebook, MySpace and Twitter updates, along with your latest emails, news and favorite apps and widgets. All just the way you like them.


Speaking at Mobile Media World in Toronto

I will be speaking at Mobile Media World 2009 in Toronto next week. The event is part of the Mobile Innovation Week and features a selection of the leading experts in the mobile and telecommunication industry.

I will be speaking about key trends for the next decade of mobile media and will presented my latest publication
Mobile Future @mocom2020: A collaborative vision of the future of Mobile Media and Communication

MMW 2009


WEF’s Welcom is the most exclusive Online Social Network

The World Economic Forum is developing the most exclusive online Social Network, called WELCOM. The name is an acronym for “The World Economic Leaders COMmunity”. The community will inhabit the top 10.000 world leaders, executives, managers, CEO, politicians, visionaries and movers and shakers. The social network will offer many collaboration and communication tools, such as contacts, groups, chat, mail, video call, file sharing etc. So many conversations will happen behind a big “digital security wall”.

Here are three Screenshots of the WEF WELCOM platform:




Description at the Website of the World Economic Forum (WEF):
WELCOM is a powerful new online communication and collaboration space designed specifically for the world’s top decision-makers. With a range of innovative tools for locating and accessing expertise, sharing knowledge, and meeting and working with peers, WELCOM empowers a multistakeholder approach to addressing the most pressing business and global governance challenges.


Mobile Innovation Week 2009

The Mobile Innovation Week 2009 is a combination of a grassroot developer event as well as an executive management event, called the Mobile Media World. In the following interview with Michael J. O’Farrell, he explains the concept and the basic idea behind this event.

Links: and


If you want to know what Social Media is – be nice or leave!

I’m happy to “steal” this great presentation from Faris. It is a brilliant one about social media, full of interesting stories and examples.


Jim Gilmore about the Experience Economy

I recently met Jim Gilmore during an Executive Management Workshop in Toronto, Canada, and talked with him about the Experience Economy and his fascinating management event “ThinkAbout”.

Experience Economy:
Goods and services are no longer enough. To be successful in today’s increasingly competitive environment companies must learn to stage experiences for each one of their individual customers. We have entered the Experience Economy, a new economic era in which all businesses must orchestrate memorable events for their customers that engage each one of them in an inherently personal way.

The workshop was actually on Jim’s birthday – so we had to celebrate this a bit.
Happy Birthday, Jim!

Birthday Cake for Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore - Strategic Horizon


MOCOM 2020 – Future Vision Video

MOCOM 2020 - The future of mobile media and communication
Today Christian Magel and Monty Metzger have presented the Video of key results of the MOCOM 2020 project at Next’09.


Speaking at Next’09 in Hamburg tomorrow

We are preparing the final materials for my speech about tomorrow. The next conference is one of the leading digital media conferences in germany.

We will do a world premiere of the final Video.

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Hilton Hotel Prague – A total disappointment!

I had been at the Hilton for a big and important Business Conference. The Service at the Hotel was a disaster. I had to wait for 1 hour to get my room due to a mistake at the reception. Then the staff brought by bags to my room and where angry at my because I didn’t have a tip for them.

The Wifi was a total ripp-off or as Rory Cellan-Jones (BBC’s technology correspondent) wrote on his twitter feed:
“Think I’ve found world’s most expensive wifi. £25 for 24 hours at Hilton Prague”
“Not only is this hotel broadband a rip-off – it’s not even broadband. Tested it – it’s 0.2mbps”

I also parked by car in the Hotel garage. You can’t believe it. 56 Euros for two days. That is what I call a “ripp-off”.

Some of the Room of the Business Center where very “smelly” and the whole atmosphere of the conference area was not five star level.

I would not recommend this hotel!

Furthermore I found several negative reviews about the Hilton Hotel in Prague online:
“Totally disappointed and I felt ripped off”
Was this really a hilton?
Prague Hilton – what a letdown (and ripoff!)

I am wondering if the Hilton Hotel Group already does some Social Media Monitoring? We will see….