Mobile World Congress 2013 recap

MWC 2013 is over – and after getting a bit of sleep (difficult to do during MWC), it’s time for some reflections.

Last year webinos had a small group of people presenting demos at MWC. This time we had more people and a larger variety of demonstrations involved.

So visitors to MWC could see and meet more webinos partners than last year and also see more possible uses of the webinos platform. Additionally, the demonstrations were showing more useable applications (in the sense that they perform a useful function) than last year, where the demonstrations were primarily showcasing technical features of the platform. This made the demonstrations more interesting to the average visitor this year.

And most of our demonstrations worked most of the time.

Which, I hasten to add, does not mean the demonstrations were fragile – quite the opposite.

But a general problem at MWC is the sheer number of WiFi hotspots. If you scanned for hotspots, you usually found about 60-70 active hotspots within range. Which made WiFi connections generally fairly unreliable. (And I’ve seen big name companies struggling with their demos because they couldn’t get their devices to connect reliably.)

Having been at MWC before, we made sure that our demonstrations would at least have the core functionality available without using any WiFi at all. So if we couldn’t connect, we were at least able to show the basic idea – and if we could connect our phones and tablets, that would provide added value. (We also produced a video of all the demonstrations, just to have some backup in case everything else failed.)

Which, incidentally, helped also to test some webinos design features. We have the proxy concept, local storage of keys and mutual authentication of devices without contacting the hub. And these were designed to deal with situations were you have no or limited networking capabilities and still want to run webinos applications. And even though this wasn’t specifically aimed at the situation at MWC (we don’t really expect many users to actually live at large conference sites), it gave the PZPs and PZHs some interesting situations to deal with.

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We did show demonstrations at the W3C booth last year and did it again this year, but this time we were also present at the Mobile Monday stand at the ‘Greek Pavillion’, which was a good place to talk to smaller companies and individual developers and promote the second webinos app challenge to more people.

Another big advantage of being at the Greek Pavilion was the good food an interesting drinks at their social event on Wednesday. And webinos was not only at their booth, but was also present with a demo at their Mobile Monday event on Thursday.

So it has been a busy four days (as always) and (as always) it has been more than worth it!

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