Mobile World Congress 2013 recap
MWC 2013 is over – and after getting a bit of sleep (difficult to do during MWC), it’s time for some reflections.
Last year webinos had a small group of people presenting demos at MWC. This time we had more people and a larger variety of demonstrations involved.
So visitors to MWC could see and meet more webinos partners than last year and also
see more possible uses of the webinos platform. Additionally, the demonstrations were
showing more useable applications (in the sense that they perform a useful function)
than last year, where the demonstrations were primarily showcasing technical features
of the platform. This made the demonstrations more interesting to the average visitor
And most of our demonstrations worked most of the time.
Which, I hasten to add, does not mean the demonstrations were fragile – quite the opposite.
But a general problem at MWC is the sheer number of WiFi hotspots. If you scanned
for hotspots, you usually found about 60-70 active hotspots within range. Which made
WiFi connections generally fairly unreliable. (And I’ve seen big name companies
struggling with their demos because they couldn’t get their devices to connect reliably.)
Having been at MWC before, we made sure that our demonstrations would at least have
the core functionality available without using any WiFi at all. So if we couldn’t
connect, we were at least able to show the basic idea – and if we could connect
our phones and tablets, that would provide added value. (We also produced a video
of all the demonstrations, just to have some backup in case everything else failed.)
Which, incidentally, helped also to test some webinos design features. We have
the proxy concept, local storage of keys and mutual authentication of devices without
contacting the hub. And these were designed to deal with situations were you have
no or limited networking capabilities and still want to run webinos applications.
And even though this wasn’t specifically aimed at the situation at MWC (we don’t
really expect many users to actually live at large conference sites), it gave
the PZPs and PZHs some interesting situations to deal with.
We did show demonstrations at the W3C booth last year and did it again this year,
but this time we were also present at the Mobile Monday stand at the ‘Greek Pavillion’, which
was a good place to talk to smaller companies and individual developers and
promote the second webinos app challenge to more people.
Another big advantage of being at the Greek Pavilion was the good food
an interesting drinks at their social event on Wednesday. And webinos was
not only at their booth, but was also present with a demo at their
Mobile Monday event on Thursday.
So it has been a busy four days (as always) and (as always) it has been
more than worth it!