I’ve just attended The Future of Web Apps conference in London.
Here is my impressions and thougts. The program was impressive and with the list of speakers this could not be a boring and non-visionary conference.
Thanks to the Carsons Systems for the conference and program work.
Day one summary (skiped some speakers):
Mike Arrington of TechCrunch talked about start-ups and web companies focusing on how to be successful. I think his bubble 2.0 discussion was interesting focusing on the fact that in 2006 more money was used buying start-ups and web companies than invested with venture capital.
Last.fm with Matthew Ogle & Anil Bawa Cavie, gave a brilliant presentation. Interesting topic from the guys was the use of attention data as a foundation for ranking the songs (popularity). They used tag clouds as example and showed us how much more elegant use of attention data is rather than just focusing on traffic etc. It gave me some nice ideas for a project I am working on.
Werner Vogels from Amazon gave a nice presentation focusing on the hosting-service from Amazon. The company has had great success with this service.
Kevin Rose form Digg announced that they intend to support OpenID. Actually this was the most interesting point with the whole presentation, a some what disapointing talk. Maybe I just had too high expectations to this presentation!
Day two summary (skiped some speakers):
Mark Anders from Adobe gave a great presentation, just in my alley :). Use simple tools in an elegant fashion and the geeks are with you. He presented Flex a rich Internet application framwork. I will definitly look more into this interesting technology.
Chris Wilson from Microsoft. I had hopes for a talk around the future of Internet Explorer (MSIE), but Chris’s focus was the past and present and what happend with Microsoft and the web during 2001-2006
Khoi Vinh from New York Times talked about design issues at NY Times. This newspaper is really working hard and develops some pretty nice stuff.
Simon Willison gave an outstanding presentation of OpenID. OpenID may be the solution to web-authentication. It is promising, and several of the big sites out there is now supporting OpenID. Some issues still have to be looked into. Just made a nslookup for larre.myopenid.com and the result was:
This says me that we might see some issues related to performance. Hope performance will be an issue at some openID articles.
Daniel Applequist from Vodafone gave a presentation about the future of mobile. The presentation may have been interesting for people not so into mobile development.