It has been a while since i started a series of trips around the world visiting our local Poken teams. I started in Tokyo in Japan, a very inspiring trip. It was very visible that poken as a device goes beyond and stimulates a lot of creativity. The poken above (One of Love) is an example, a charity poken initiated in Japan and spreading around the world now.
The smalles news stand was also born in Japan. A great invention of a highly creative talent using poken and Twitter. High four with your favourite news celeb or channel (like Obama, CNN etc.). Through the poken-card you will easily follow your newsfeed on Twitter.
On Thursday 9th July, the inaugural TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009 for the best European and EMEA tech companies were held in London, UK.
I gave a talk at Rotterdam University last Thursday entitled “Opening up the Poken Platform” (twitter hash tag #pm010
After a great introduction from Jilles, our dutch affiliate, I talked for half an hour about:
* for 2008 poken was an R&D business, the first half of 2009 it was a bit crazy as we suddenly sold hundreds of thousands of pokens and started to put a proper business in place ready for the second half of 2009
* We are about to launch:
1) a hardware range including the conference poken and business poken
2) a new web site and web infrastructure based on APIs
3) a real-time product called the poken hub
The talk also included a long section about how when we open up the site via APIs we need to protect our users data with the right privacy and security (I’ll expand on this in a separate post)
A page specifically for this meetup
A video interview done with marketing news straight after the presentation
(Note – Patrick Petersen asked me to keep my answers short so I felt really stressed! )