Tips, Glass and Reed is Awesome – bloggers on NEXT 13

By Adam Tinworth

29/04/2013 | It's been five days since NEXT Berlin 2013 drew to an end - and the web is buzzing with people's reactions to what was said. Here's a few choice links I've culled in the last few days:

Neil Perkin of Only Dead Fish was converted by his NEXT Berlin experience:

I've been known to be something of a cynic about tech conferences but yesterday at NEXT Berlin was rich in thought provoking ideas and different points of view about the stuff that's challenging norms and is likely to make a difference in the future.

He, like many, was taken with Harper Reed's talk, as well as some of the possibilities in 3D printing

Twago magazine brings us its seven best things about NEXT 2013. What was at number one?

Outstanding speech. That’s all we have to say. Have you ever seen a person with the audience in the palm of their hands within the first 10 seconds of a presentation? That’s Harper Reed – former CTO of Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Venture Village focused on Mr Scoble and his Google Glass:

On stage at NEXT, he compared it to other technology revolutions: “If we were 100 years ago, and we were talking about this new thing called the automobile, would we have a session about the deaths that would happen because of this thing? Thirty thousand people a year die in cars yet we all do it, because there’s a lot of benefit to it…”

There's one bane of any tech-savvy conference, though - and that's spammers hijacking the Twitter hashtag feed. The spamming only lasted a couple of hours, and we switched from #next13 to #nextconf for that period, but Linksmith has done some analysis and  taken some lessons from it

So, what’s the learning? I doubt that the change of hashtag works for a big event while it is savely on its way. People won’t follow. However, it really seems to be necessary to have a team of spam reporters standing by if necessary. In this case, it seemed to work.

Meanwhile, in Dutch, Frankwatching pulls together 10 tips from the pros for a successful startup. These include:

  • Improve the world with a meaningful business
  • Solve unarticulated needs
  • Create experience not screens
  • Ship fast - but not too soon…

Finally, Nero has a simple message: Harper Reed is awesome.

Who can argue with that?

Written something good about NEXT 2013? Let me know…

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