Category: Conference


Visible Banking Interview with Matthias Kroener, Fidor AG

Christophe Langlois of Visible Banking interviewed Matthias Kroener during a conference in Paris. The event was focusing on Social Media and its impact on the financial industry.

Matthias Kroener, CEO of Fidor AG, talked about their Social Media Marketing Strategy realized in teamwork with Ahead of Time.


Pictures from the Mobile World Congress (MWC09)

Here are some of my pictures from the Mobile World Congress (MWC09).


NTT Docomo: Near Field Communication (NFC) Mobile Phone

Video Interview filmed at the NTT Docomo booth at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2009 in Barcelona. In Japan there are already over 53 Million mobile phones with NFC functionality in the market. NFC enables mobile payment, local promotions (coupons) or easy mobile to mobile money transactions.

Near Field Communication or NFC, is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices over about a 10 centimetre distance. The technology is a simple extension of the ISO 14443 proximity-card standard (contactless card, RFID) that combines the interface of a smartcard and a reader into a single device. An NFC device can communicate with both existing ISO 14443 smartcards and readers, as well as with other NFC devices, and is thereby compatible with existing contactless infrastructure already in use for public transportation and payment. NFC is primarily aimed at usage in mobile phones. (Via Wikipedia)


Overview of Events at the Mobile World Congress 2009

Mobile World Congress 2009 Barcelona

Overview of Events at the Mobile World Congress 2009
List via: MobileSlate.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

EVENT: Mobile Sunday Barcelona RSVP
TIME: 19:00 –
LOCATION: Club Mix, Comerç 21

Monday, February 16, 2009

EVENT: LiMo Information Briefing and Reception RSVP
TIME: 15:30 – 19:00
LOCATION: Salon Saria, Hotel Barcelo Sants, Plaza Del Paisos Catalans

EVENT: Mobile Monday Peer Awards RSVP
TIME: 16:00 – 20:00
LOCATION: Petit Palau, Palau de la Música Catalana, calle Palau de la Música, 4-6

EVENT: MACH Networking Event
TIME: 17:00 – Close
LOCATION: Hall 1, Stand 1D67

EVENT: Symbian Foundation Party Invite Only
TIME: 20:00 – Late
LOCATION: For tickets please contact your Symbian Foundation representative at Hall 8, Stand 8A77

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

EVENT: Mobile Media TweetUP by MOCOM 2020, SIMYO and SmaatoInvite Only
TIME: 19:00 –
LOCATION: Broadbar Club Barcelona, Carrer d’Aribau 191

EVENT: Mobile Distillery – Worldwide Preview Event RSVP
TIME: 11:30 –
LOCATION: Hall 2, Stand 2F49

TIME: 16:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: Courtyard (CY10) at FIRA

EVENT: Sandisk Cocktail Party RSVP
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: Hall 8, Booth 8C 129

TIME: 17:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: Hall 7, Booth #7B26

EVENT: MACH Networking Event
TIME: 17:00 – Close
LOCATION: Hall 1, Stand 1D67

EVENT: University of Oxford Forum for Next Generation Content Networking
Session No RSVP
TIME: 17:00 – Close
LOCATION: Hall 7 Stand D46

EVENT: Scottish Development International (Whisky Reception) No RSVP Required
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: Hall 1, Stand E66

EVENT: Jefferies Cocktail Party Invite Only
TIME: 17:30 – 20:30
LOCATION: Plaza Dante s/n, Montjuic

EVENT: Telefónica/O2 Cocktail Party Invite Only
TIME: 18:00 – 21:00
LOCATION: AYRE HOTEL, Gran Via de Les Corts, Catalanes, 322 – 324

EVENT: Netsize Guide Launch Party 2009 RSVP
TIME: 19:00 – Late
LOCATION: Shôko Lounge Club, Passeig Marítim (La Barceloneta) 36

EVENT: Accel Partners Invite Only
TIME: 19:30 – 22:30
LOCATION: Casa Batllò, The Julol Rooms, 2nd floor, 43 Passeig de Gracia

EVENT: Enterprise Ireland No RSVP
TIME: 19:30 – 23:55
LOCATION: George Payne Irish Bar, Plaza Urquinona, 5

EVENT: The Ink Studio – Go Rouge Party RSVP
TIME: 20:00 – 23:00
LOCATION: Dostrece, calle carme 40

EVENT: Vantrix Invite Only
TIME: 21:00 – 02:00
LOCATION: Bel Luna Jazz Club, Rambla Catalunya 5

EVENT: Lechill Mobile and Private’s annual WMC Party Invite Only
TIME: 22:00 – 04:00
LOCATION: Lotus C/Bailen 22

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

EVENT: Handmark Cocktail Party INVITE ONLY
TIME: 16:00 – 20:00
LOCATION: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel

EVENT: Tweet Up at Mobile World Congress No RSVP
TIME: 17:00 –
LOCATION: 7 Sins, Muntaner 7

EVENT: Rapid Mobile Whisky Tasting No RSVP
TIME: 17:30 – 19:00
LOCATION: Hall 7, Stand D84

EVENT: Gomonews Blender RSVP
TIME: 18:00 – 22:00
LOCATION: Bel Chica, Carrer de Villarroel, 60

EVENT: Swedish Beers, with Admob, Palringo, Silverstreet and dotMob No RSVP
TIME: 18:30 –
LOCATION: Dostrece, La Rambla at C/ Carme 40

EVENT: PocketGamer / Mpowerplayer Party RSVP
TIME: 19:00 –
LOCATION: El Lliure, Pg. Santa Madrona, 40-46 Placa Margardia Xirgu

EVENT: WIP Mobile Jameoke No RSVP
TIME: 21:30 – Late
LOCATION: Bel Chica, Carrer de Villarroel, 60

Thursday, February 19, 2009

TIME: 10:30 – 17:00

EVENT: TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 RSVP
TIME: 15:00 – 21:00


“Rock star physicist” Brian Cox about achievements & problems at CERN

Interview with the creative physicist Brian Cox the latest achievements and problems at the Altas Project at CERN. He also talks about the famous “hover board” (from the movie back to the future).

Watch his speech at the TED Conference.


Mobile Media TweetUp at MWC’09 in Barcelona

Mobile Media Tweetup

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2009 is gathering interesting people and active Twitter-Users from around the world. We want to invite twitter-fans, executives, experts, bloggers and journalists to the first

The event is realized by MOCOM 2020 – in teamwork of SIMYO and SMAATO.

The Mobile Media Tweetup is a place for fresh ideas, new inspiration and interesting people. But it is also an experimental gathering which idea was created just three weeks before the MWC’09 starts. Participants will enjoy short dinner speeches and networking in an international atmosphere. Ready for a sincere warm up for a long party night or as a cool down from MWC day’s hectic.

Chill with drinks and food and join us on Tuesday, March 17th, in Barcelona.
The event starts at 7 PM local time.

For the MOCOM 2020 Community we have reserved 20 tickets.
(First come, first serve.)
To find out more visit:


Lukasz Gadowski: “Mobile will take off this year”

Interview with Lukasz Gadowski, Partner of Team Europe Ventures, Founder of Spreadshirt and creator of Gruenderszene at LeWeb’08.
I asked him about this key-predictions for 2009 and he said:
– there will be a lot of great new startups during this economic down-turn
– a lot of cool startups will need to find ways to exists
– and existing trends will keep growing: Software as a Service, Cloud Computing, Mobile will take of this year.

Lukasz said “Germany is a great place to start a company”… so let’s get going.


The WEF Technology Pioneers 2009

The World Economic Forum selects a few companies to become Technology Pioneers.
I met Rodolfo Lara Torres, Head of Technology and Knowledge Integration at the World Economic Forum, at Le Web 2008 in Paris and talked with him about the latest developments at WEF.

Tech Pioneer are those companies who are working on technologies and innovation that have the potential to change the world. The WEF screens the market worldwide to find the most innovative companies and selects around 30 companies every year to become Tech Pioneer. The WEF started in 1999, so this year it is the 10th edition of the Award.

The main criteria for the Tech Pioneers are
1. Innovation: Is the technology new?
2. Impact: Which impact will this technology have on business and society?
3. Sustainability: Will the company exist in the long-term, too?
4. Not a Member of the WEF already.

The award winners will be integrated in the activities of the World Economic Forum and will be invited to events, such as the Annual Meeting in Davos.

Rodolfo explains a lot of very innovative companies come from emerging markets like India, Africa or China.
He also sees a major Trend of the combination of Health and Technology, like chips inserted into your body.
And by the way, Google won the award in 2001.

The World Economic Forum has announced 34 visionary companies selected as Technology Pioneers 2009 for their accomplishments as innovators of the highest calibre, and whose technologies will have a deep impact on business and society.

Company Profiles

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Kaiser Kuo’s outlook of digital media in China

Kaiser Kuo is Group Director, Digital Strategy at Ogilvy China, writer of the Blog
“Digital Watch China” and Co-founder of one of China’s most successful rock bands: Tang Dynasty.

I talked with him about the future of digital media in China. Kaiser explains the big growth in Social Networking and Internet Video in China. Over 77% of chinese Internet Users watch Internet Video which is more than in any other country. Tudou is the second biggest Video Website in China, besides Youtube. He mentions that it is the first time that Internet Video is taking away big budgets from traditional TV or print media.

See the full Video Interview here:


Davos Debates: The Power of My Generation

The World Economic Forum started “Davos Conversation” a few years ago and now expanded the basic idea to integrate the online community within the dicussion to “Davos Debates”.

“Davos Debates” gives everybody the opportunity to take part in key-discussions and reach out to the leaders at the WEF. At Davos Debates 2009 there are four major topics: Economy, Ethics, Politics and Environment. The best answers will be shown at the WEF Sessions.

I recorded a Video as an answer to the question: “Will the environment lose out to the economy in 2009?”.
I believe that the “Power of My Generation” is essential to answer the question. The Environment will not lose out to the economy in 2009 and ongoing, if we use this “power”.

“The Power of My Generation” is attention. Due to the new wave of the web, with Social Networking like facebook, Online Video like Youtube or Micro-Blogging like Twitter, we have the opportunity to change the world to the better. We can turn Social Media into Social Activism, we can bring “green” products from niche to mass market and we can convince the leaders of today to be pro-active aswell.


Colleen DeCourcy: How to win at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival?

Interview with Colleen DeCourcy, Chief Digital Officer TBWA Worldwide and President of the Cyber-Lions-Jury in Cannes 2008. I met Colleen at the Art Directors Club Conference in Berlin.

Colleen DeCourcy Job is to create and execute smart digital strategies for TBWA and their clients. To win a Lion at Cannes, Colleen said, that you need to integrate technology in smart and intelligent way to create an engaging advertising campaign. Consumers should be integrated within the activities to create loyalty about the products and brand. Furthermore the main idea should change the perception and view of the brand’s role in the world. This could be realized through added value, fun or education.


Gary Vaynerchuk about his secret of success

I met Gary Vaynerchuk at Le Web in Paris last week and he gave a “little bit of thunder to the crowd”.
Gary is founder and host of Winelibrary TV. He reaches over 80.000 Viewers daily, has over 25.000 Twitter Followers and his keynotes are watched on Youtube hundreds of thousand times.

Gary talked about Authenticity, Community and Branding. He believes that 2008 and 2009 is so different than 2006/07, the world is changing and there a lot of opportunities out there if you know how to leverage the tools and the community. And Gary really cares about his community, which is one of his key-success factors.

This year he got over 50 offers of television deals in the United States, published his first book and did a lot of speaking engagements. He love building brands or repositioning brands like the brand of his dad’s liquor store or his personal brand. From his point of view it is more challenging and fun to work with the followers like MySpace or Yahoo, rather then to work with the leaders like facebook or Google.

His recommendation for you is simple
“Do it. Have business model. And care for your audience and clients.”

Here you can watch the Video Interview:


Two exciting days at Le Web Paris

Today the web conference “Le Web” has started. I am looking forward to interesting talks and new inspiration.

This morning there had already been some intersting speeches, e.g. David Weinberger or the conversation between Loic and Nikesh Aurora, Head of Google Europe.
Furthermore the first feedback from the MOCOM2020 project was very positive.

Le Web 2008: Nikesh and Loic


Re-Imagine Online Advertising with Calvin Lui

Calvin Lui, CEO of Tumri, is talking about new opportunities for Online Advertising. Tumri is already serving over one billion impressions per month. They are currently only active in USA, but will expand to Europe and Asia this year.

One key advantage of Tumri is that “the platform delivers highly relevant advertising messages to consumers while lowering creative production costs and timelines.”

Here is the Video, filmed a the MMF 2008.


Bill Bryant about his latest Ventures

I met Bill Bryant at the Monaco Media Forum, here is a short Video about his past and current projects.
He is also an investor of Minfo.


Alvin Wang Graylin about Mobile Search in China

Minfo is the leading mobile / wireless search platform in China. Alvin Wang Graylin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Minfo. They started four years ago and have already reached over 13 million users. They have just signed a cooperation with China Telecom to be the exclusive mobile search and mobile advertising provider. This will give Minfo access to over 350 million China Telecom subscribers, over 100 million with mobile internet access.

Alvin told me about the differences to Internet-based search and how the satisfy the mobile users. Mobile Search is not entering one keyword and get a list of links back, it is more about answering one question. Minfo is offering SMS-based and Mobile Internet based services. Searches via mobile web are taking around 50% of all searches (and 50% via SMS), but is increasing rapidly. They developed a semantic search method and support several languages.

Here is the Video Interview filmed at the Monaco Media Forum 2008: