TheNextWeb 2010

TheNextWeb 2010 was an amazing experience. Coming from a somewhat more nerdy background and visiting several tech conferences, i found TheNextWeb 2010 to be a nice mixture of elements.
First of all the setting was great.
The conference took place at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam which is an old industrial monument giving it a genuine touch.
There was room for fun, hanging out and each day had an evening program which you could attend and thereby talk to some people that might be interesting to you or interested in you.

Last but not least: the program itself had a nice balance as to the amount of speakers, the amount of presentations etc.etc.

Ahh almost forgot: the food and drinks were well taken care of.

So what where my personal highlights of this event

  • Florie Brizel on Mobilology, the effect of usage of mobile devices on our life’s.
  • Robert Cailliau (co-developer of the World Wide Web) on World (wide web) as sustainable platform
  • Werner Vogels on Amazon cloud solutions


In general I noticed a lot of the startups evolved around integrating multiple communication lines and social platforms into one service. So it looks like a lot of people are having troubles managing these types of media.
Besides the aggregation of social networks and other internet based communication there were a lot of initiatives for sharing and creating new music.

Improvements for next year:

  • more in depth keynotes
  • interactive sessions

Would i go again next year: YES

Battle: html5 vs flash

Cannot help it but I never was much of a Flash fan. For a very long time Flash was the only solution to creating very rich websites.
Now with HTML5 supported on most browsers this is history. Many cases are on the internet showing we don’t need Flash any more.

Even big players are moving away from Flash (Apple, Microsoft)

My bet is on:

The main problem with flash was (yes past tense) its lack of proper support on all platforms and browsers. How do you ever expect to get sympathy vote’s that way.


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andere verslaving te hebben….66.000 internet verslaafden.. ik mag toch hopen
dat ik tot die categorie behoor.. aan de andere kant het is wel weer uitgevoerd door
een instelling met een 3 letterige afkorting.. het doet je denken…denk.. nou check hun site maar even (weer 5 minuten dichter bij de verslaving)…