There were many sponsor speakers at Leweb. Although they seemed to be everywhere in the agenda, there were hopefully more non-sponsor speakers!
Twitter was a preeminent company at Leweb since it was not only a sponsor but it had its CEO and founder
There was also a talk from Ryan Sarver, Director of Platform at Twitter, who made a couple announcements. The most important is the release in Q1 2010 of its
Google also had a strong presence at Leweb. No booth this time, but a set of workshops dedicated to Chrome OS, YouTube, Android, Wave and the likes. Wise choice even if the workshops were organized in a remote location, behind the main stage.
Google was represented by
Facebook was also there through a talk from
Mobile Roadie is a tools partner from Leweb. Michael Schneider did show the iPhone nice application he developed for Leweb. His company sells an iPhone development platform.
British Telecom was the most useful partner at Leweb this year. They’ve build the network for the event and it rocked! We can now forget the Swiss Telecom snafu from 2008. They provided interesting data on the infrastructure of Leweb : 2/3 of the connected devices were from Apple, including half of it being iPhones. BT served a 1 Gb/s connection, utilized at a maximum 26%, probably because most users were connected to email and Twitter. The top user sucked 10% of the bandwidth!
At last, there was one institutional sponsorship with the City of Paris represented at Leweb by Jean-Louis Missika, its Deputy Mayor responsible for Innovation, Research and Universities. He did present some digital innovations deployed in Paris and the link between the past and the future such as sewers built in the late 19th century and now used for optical fibers. He explained why the City candidacy to a “.paris” DNS domain at ICAHN. He plans to redistribute domains and subsidize it depending on the size of businesses. It will cost Paris $75K to acquire this domain name. The candidacy process is quite complex and takes a while.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning two talks from long time close friends of Loic Lemeur:
- Ouriel Ohayon, Co- founder of Appsfire.com who presented the results of an iPhone applications contest he organized. His AppsFire solution is about sharing your favorite iPhone applications listings. The data collected can then be sold by AppsFire to companies interesting in the iPhone applications market. Real time? A bit stretch.
- Tariq Krim presented JoliCloud, his operating system for netbooks. With a vision of a world of free computers, HTML5 used against everything other middleware and API for developing applications, and “always on”. He also explained how JoliCloud can also be installed on recycled netbooks given away to others.
So, how to summarize this? Well, most of these vendors indeed invest in the real time web and publish more APIs for developers to create new breeds of applications. Search is going to become real time as well, using content from real time social networks like Twitter and Facebook, creating new implementation challenges. Growing mobile usages will accelerate the trend towards the real time web. It’s also a world of platforms. Each and every major social network exposes its set of APIs and attract its sheer number of developers (50K apps for Twitter, 350K for Facebook, etc). All social networks now intertwin their ecosystems in a tough competition for developer bandwidth.
With so much data and exchanges in the wild, identity management and trust could become issues for any user. Young users “live” in Facebook and it nearly replaced their base operating system as the main user interface layer. Most of them share their life real-time without caring much about its impact. It’s indeed a new world of openness.
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