I was at Mobile Barcamp for Social Change today.
Was an interesting day, less tech than I would have liked – lots of dogooders running around saying lets change the world….without any solutions – lol, I say that with love :)
……But seriously techie barcamps are organized way better – At BarcampNYC people who want to talk about similar topics merge into shared groups in 5 mins or less. Some times I was looking at the board with despair when 3 or 4 of the topics in the time slot were pretty much the same concept.
Having said that I did get to learn at least 5 really interesting points and met at least that many interesting people to keep in touch with after the event so was worth the effort.
On another note, one of the most interesting quotes I heard all day was from an Android developer
“My application does 4 things....all of which are not possible on the iphone”
Basically his entire application couldn’t be built for or even run on the iPhone and that’s even assuming that Apple would actually approve and pass his application. I think the winds of change are coming, it might take a while because of distributed application stores and multiple handset manufacturers but all the really cool apps you are going to see will be built on the Android platform and the uncool kids will be left using iPhones.