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Nokia Open Lab 2008 - Video Wrapup

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2008-09-30 23:18

My video reflections on Nokia Open Lab 2008 (wiki)

Show Notes (selected)

It's been 3 weeks since Nokia Open Lab 2008 (wiki) in Helsinki and my mind is still reeling! If you don't want to watch my video (apologies for the audio quality) above, check out the show notes (which summarize maybe half of the video!):

  1. Fantastic people, fantastic event, in particular the women I had a chance to really speak with were great: Micki, Jen and Anne - glad I had a chance to have in-depth conversations with you all. I suggest that the event needs  to be longer next time and include more non native English speakers in a more inclusive manner
  2. The environment is everything. We need to get beyond an economy based on "gadget obsolescence". It's the end of  business as usual as Umair says. Thanks for leading me to further insight about the environment, Micki!
  3. Nokia gratuitous advice time :-) Team 1 milks the cash cow of S60 by refining it. Team 2 starts with a clean sheet and comes up with a mobile to make the early adopters once again fall in love with Nokia (hint: it's got to be open, it's got to be an holistic experience, perhaps it's green, perhaps it's a lifetime hardware subscription, a lifetime phone!)
  4. How about a"DeviceCamp" where people like the Nokia Open Lab Participants come together with Nokia Software and  Hardware people (under NDA if need be!) to produce a real device over a long weekend? It could be designed in a Wiki or in a visual riffing service like ConceptShare beforehand! Let's do it in Vancouver!
  5. Nokia you know where to find me if you need further input and feedback! Love to help!
  6. To everybody at Nokia Open Lab 2008: Come to Vancouver and I'll help you get a rental bicycle and I'll show you my city!


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Hey Roland... It was great meeting with you and sharing ideas, not to mention wandering around Helsinki jet-lagged!

Great summary... I am finally posting my own, and will probably reflect more later as I put out there my initial thoughts and noodle on it further.

I also look forward to taking you up on your offer to tour your home city... and keep me in the loop on any events up your way!


Hi Roland,

It was a true treat to meet you, I really enjoyed listening to your input during the brainstorming sessions, as well as talking to you outside of the sessions.

I think it would be great if Nokia expanded this to include not just ideation but also creation.  A mobile create/hack/make event that would run with the ideation brainstorming - and not separate out the two crowds but have them work together in the teams.

As for virtual vs. real space, I think what made this event such a true treat is that we all gathered together in the meat space and not just on our computers.  I am on my computer all day every day - communicating with folks online has become the mundane, so going to Helsinki  for the event was truly a break through the mundane and into the extraordinary.

I think if each of us and our societies' make an effort to create a whole lifestyle of envirnomental awareness/action, then a trip a year half way around the globe may be of less impact than the normal North American consumer lifestyle.

I do wish the Danah Boyd and/or Anne Galloway and/or Molly Steenson Wright had also been in attendance or speaking or facilitating.


especially about changing our way of life, ideation, annie galloway, molley steenson wright et al (e.g. mobile jones)

Well, then, maybe he should have just found a friend to talk
to, or even a stranger on the street; one who would, no doubt,
have sarcastically called him crazy, regardless of how
calmly and sensibly he'd tried to share his feelings. Armstrong, and the "anomaly" of his at least publicly-portrayed contrastability
with the spirit of what I had personally encountered at
Ambassador College, on several different occasions, and as described above.

You will be introduced to new blockers as you progress in the game.

Querétaro, Qro.- Tras una carta enviada en enero al gobernador de Querétaro, el
coordinador de comunicación social, Abel Ernesto Magaña Álvarez, rectificó su
postura de cancelar a Libertad de Palabra la propuesta publicitaria que
nuestro medio le hizo para este 2011.
Abel Ernesto Magaña Álvarez

Al parecer, en Gobierno Estatal aplican la frase "no pago para que me peguen".
Foto: Agencia SieteFoto.

El anuncio de la cancelación de la propuesta publicitaria –que incluye otros servicios adicionales a los ofrecidos en 2010–, ocurrió
unas horas después de publicar la nota titulada: “Los errores de Jorge
García Quiroz”, quien era el secretario de gobierno.

En la llamada se nos dijo que por órdenes de Abel Magaña Álvarez se nos informaba que nuestra propuesta publicitaria finalmente no sería aceptada al 80%,
como ya nos lo había informado el propio Abel, sino sólo al
20%, y que el trámite podría llevarse “varias semanas”.

Así se le informó en carta al gobernador, José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, lo que al
parecer derivó en que Magaña Álvarez rectificara, aunque
nos aclaró que se tendría que hacer un convenio con el monto menor, similar a lo contratado en el 2010 (convenio 1), y otro adicional hasta alcanzar el monto acordado
(convenio 2).

Sin embargo, para no retrasar los pagos, Magaña Álvarez nos solicitó la factura de enero,
misma que se entregó en su oficina el pasado 16 de enero, bajo el concepto:
Según convenio publicitario 2011 (enero).

Acto seguido, solicitó que pasáramos con Rocío, a la secretaría
particular del gobernador (justo a un lado del despacho del mandatario), para
recibir el pago, con la aclaración de que en breve
firmaríamos el convenio al que hace referencia la factura.

De manera “anormal” el pago se hizo en efectivo.
En copia de la factura, mostrada por Rocío, se firmó que el monto fue recibido.

Después de ocurrido lo anterior, Magaña Álvarez se comprometió, al menos en 5 ocasiones, a
firmar el convenio 2, acordándolo así en distintas fechas, sin que éste se
hubiera concretado.

Por ello, en Libertad de Palabra decidimos suspender la entrega de facturas en la oficina de Magaña Álvarez, en tanto no se firmara
el convenio que daba sentido al pago de dichas facturas.

Lejos de cumplir con la firma del convenio 1, se nos informó que el convenio
2 tampoco se concretaría, porque se trabajaría igual que en el 2010,
por medio de inserciones, y que el costo de la plana se vería levemente reducido.

Sin embargo, tras la edición de la nota “Degrada a mujeres; Enaltece al gobernador”, la
publicidad correspondiente a la edición Núm. 185, de
plano nos fue suspendida sin ningún aviso.

Con Magaña Álvarez se pretendía aclarar la reducción en el pago del monto de las inserciones, así como concretar ambos convenios, sin que
haya sido posible verle para exponerle nuestras dudas.

Lo anterior porque al enviar carta al gobernador, en el que se narran estos hechos, Magaña Álvarez ahora
ya no nos contesta el teléfono.

Finally scouring the web for all the openlab content as I've FINALLY got round to writing up my stuff...

Glad to see I'm not the only one that chose the video route! Much easier that way huh?

Watching this video back - I kinda feel bad I didn't get more time to talk to you dude... But hey, that's what we all wanted wasn't it?
More. Time.


Hopefully we'll meet again at a similar event (if that's even possible?!) in the future... 

Was it a success for Nokia? Putting my branding head on.. 

"Nokia, connecting people"


I'd say that was a resounding YES. 



PS - Hoping to get over to CA next year. Will shout when I know. :)

PPS - Dude, touched by your compliments. Thank you. :)

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