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I’m speaking at Devnest #7 this evening in London – come along

I was invited to speak at the Twitter Developer Nest event tonight by Angus Fox, one of the organisers. He asked if I’d be willing to do a ‘state of the nation’ mobile applications presentation, but customise it to the audience of (desktopish) developers potentially interested in going mobile.

“Bring it on!” I said.

So I shall be there from 6pm this evening — if you’d like to come along, entry is free, but you do need to register.

There is also free pizza, beer and good networking — supported by new sponsor, PayPalX.

Here’s the agenda:


6:00 pm – Pizza, Beer, Networking

6:30 pm – Developer talk

* Ewan Macleod – @Ew4n – Mobile State of the nation for developers
Ewan is Editor of Mobile Industry Review, He will illuminate the topic of which mobile platforms you should place your social media application development bets on?
* Gary Gale – @vicchi – Twitter’s use of our WOEIDs and associated technology
Gary is Director of Engineering in the UK for the Geo Technologies at Yahoo! which provides the tools and technologies that drive user location, geocoding, location identification and disambiguation within Yahoo!, both internally and via public services
* Paul Kinlan – @paul_kinlan – Introducing Google Buzz
Paul is Developer Programmes Engineer at Google. We are delighted to welcome google to our devnest community and hear and see and ask about what they are doing.

7:45 pm – Break, Network Time, 15mins

8:00 pm – 140 second show and tweet demo/preso

* Andras Serfozo – @SubZtep
* Tim Whitlock – @timwhitlock

Places available for sign up on the night. You have 140 secs to explain something, show something, or argue about something.

8:30 pm – Activities and events

* Chirp, an update on UK plans to attend the official twitter developer conference featuring @devmission
* WarbleCamp. the unofficial free twitter developer unconference @nuxnix

War·ble: n. a sound made by European Twitter devs when they work out the cost of going to @chirp 🙂

9:00 pm – Pub The networking continues…

The event is also kindly supported by: Inuda, Sun Startup Essentials and Multizone Limited

I look forward to seeing you there…


  1. Hi Ewan, good to see you last night. Really enjoyed your presentation & interesting to visualise numerically the influence of mobile phone communication compared to televisions etc with the figures you gave.

  2. Great talk Ewan:) Would be great to work with people you know on ‘do good’ projects using the once in a lifetime opportunity the mobile age creates to address human problems responsibly without red tape!:) @ideasthatgive @ew4n @FrancoSays @mikecam1 @dvelo @mykro @kiva @wokai @saul @Directgov_i lets use @bullyproofsms & @rhomobile to make using


    Can and
    Work with you to create mobile applications? Can we get funding somehow?

    Each project has all the details on its website.

    Here are some points to help (that I guess we all know but I keep forgetting them so thought everyone would like to be kindly reminded:).

    Empowering everyone to help everyone can be more valuable than money and
    can be done cheeply/free by sharing or giving free items (software)
    away. and are examples
    of this.

    B. is one example of how any funds can be spent
    more efficiently by creating institutional innovation. This can be used
    by anyone no matter how much money they have (especially as they use the
    funds to spend them in the most creative way they can come up with so
    they may not actually need any funds to create something good). is one example.

    One great way to solve problems is to ask the person asking the question
    (problem finder) if they know of the answer or if they can look into
    solving it so they become the problem solver too:)

    How can enterprise and innovation be improved and created
    institutionally? is one way to create
    institutional innovation.

    How can anyone set up their own self sustaining innovation space? and both have
    examples of how this can be done.

    How else can everyone be A. Empowered to create innovative solutions so
    social problems and B. Self sustain themselves by earning enough to live
    and learn?

    & FREE happiness in 8 hours?!


  3. Thanks for a really great presentation. You made a very good assessments of the needs of the #devnest audience and hit the target. It gave people exactly the right level of food for thought and actionable information.

  4. Ed, Nokia are making some massive, massive strides in this area, particularly in the developing world where a mobile handset is often the first (and only) 'computer' that people come across. So in the context of delivering banking services, communication services and so on, Nokia is helping change lives across the planet. They've got some really good projects that I think you could well promote and/or work with. Do check out Engadget's coverage of the Nokia CEO's keynote at CES this year for some more info:


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