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Nokia shopping social media companies – Fact & Rumor

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 30, 2008

According to numerous official and unofficial rumors, lot of activity has been going on around Nokia HQ in Espoo lately.

Many people working with great ideas have been seen to visit the Nokia House, but very few knew why. Thanks to the great social media bulletins, there are some facts and rumors to be shared.

A pure fact is that Nokia announced that they are buying OZ Communications, a Montreal based IM company. Read the press release here.

On the rumor side, Jaiku and Twitter are proposing that Nokia would also buy Zipipop, the Finnish creator of Zipiko mobile service. Zipicom people are denying the rumor, but there must be something to it.

Apparently the rumor started  from this Canadian tweet combined with this and this Jaiku stream. Zipicom CEO Helene Auramo is denying this rumour on both Twitter and Jaiku.

It will be also interesting to see what ArcticStartup, the leading startup resource in Northern Europe, will say about this rumor.

A lot seems to be happening in Helsinki start up scene. Let’s keep the channels open.

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CarrotMob Finland’s first strike a huge success!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 29, 2008

CarrotMob Finland, a.ka. Porkkanamafia, proceeded with it’s first ever Finnish strike last Saturday. The target was a restaurant and bar called Juttutupa, situated close to central Helsinki.

Restaurant Juttutupa had promised to invest 51% of the additional revenues from a normal saturday evening in improving it’s energy efficiency. This will be done together with energy consumption specialists provided by CarrotMob Finland.

As a result of the event, hundreds of people were lining to get in Juttutupa on Saturday. Everyone were in a good mood and enjoyed the positive way of supporting anti-climate change movement. It’s not quite common to listen to a group of people seriously thinking about how they could spend more of their own money in this restaurant!

Total of €3362,94 (around US$5000) from the revenue will be used for the improvements. Preliminary talks indivacate that the money should be used for replacing the several dozen light pulbs with energy saving ones and replacing the kitchen equipment with more environmental ones. Also, some kitchen process improvements will be made in order to be more efficient.

The event gathered a major coverage from most of national and local media, including Helsingin Sanomat (#1 newspaper in Finland), all major TV news channels and numerous other publications.

To gather the feelings from this extraordinary event, please see the pics and videos.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/porkkanamafia/

http://jaiku.com/channel/CarrotmobFinland

http://www.vimeo.com/1831507

http://www.nelonen.fi/videot/uutisvideot/default.asp?video=5554&newpage=1&c=1

http://www.nelonen.fi/videot/default.asp?video=5555&c=1

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My new network of mobility

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 24, 2008

DHL called in earlier today. They had an envelope from Abingdon in UK. W00t? Are they starting to anthrax us again? ;-)

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I was surprised to see that inside there was a nice goody bag from WOM World. The funniest thing in it for me was the key chain from Helsinki. ;-) Also, the “luggage tags” with real bar codes was cool as well. And the memory stick had some interesting videos inside… Maybe someone’s gonna share them for the rest of the world? Thanks, guys! (And no, the E71 was NOT in the envelope)

Well, my intention for this blog was to talk about the great network of people around things mobile. I know quite a few people from my long history, but last couple of weeks has still been some of the most interesting with regards to knowing new, interesting people and networking with them. Because of the Nokia Open Lab 08 I’ve started being more active in Twitter, getting some more international (non-nordic) friends on Jaiku, and most of all learned so many new interesting web resources.

The best place to find them at the moment is to go womhelsinki08 wiki, which is adding links to the online content of the participants.

Happy surfing – become more aware!

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Nokia Open Lab 08 and some great people

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 18, 2008

So, I did attend Nokia Open Lab event. And it was great! I had great expectations about this event, and the event fullfilled all of those and beyond. Amazing.

The event itself had some 40 participants all around the world, or should I say all around the Internet…Great personalities with strong views about everything and anything. I could have spent a whole full day just talking with every single attendee. Can you imagine how this type of people can contribute and yes, co-create?

One whole day was spent on four workshops:

  • Join the share (by James Whatley)
  • Join the journey (by Glenn Letham)
  • Join the fun (by Anne Toole)
  • Join and collaborate (by CT Moore)

Everyone attended the lively discussions with lot of enthusiasm. The results are available all over the web, good place to start looking is the event homepage. You may also try tag nokiaopenlab08

The second day we had an honor of listening to Adam Greenfield and Udo Szabo. They made some very interesting points. I’m really looking forward to read Adam’s next book, The City is here for you to use.

The best moments of the event were though the discussions, where so many different opinions, ideas, viewpoints and pieces of information were exchanged.

A big hand for Nokia for arranging such a great event. I’m really looking forward to next one, and I hope I will be able to attend.

I will later share some information about the people I met and a bunch of links to some very interesting blogs.

Thanks Nokia and all the attendees! Thanks JP and the team!

And as we say here in Finland “Thank you very many!” ;-)

(A quick peak into cam-filled workshop sessions)
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Nokia E71 Rules

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 11, 2008

Ok. I have to admit that I’ve been using Nokia phones most of my life. Started with some Motorolas and Ericssons, but then got stuck with Nokia. Still, I’ve never felt like I have a phone that fullfills my needs and wants.

Nokia was kind enough to let me play with Nokia E71 for a few days. I’ve always thought that it’s qwerty-keyboard is not good enough after trying out the E61.

But it’s different. The E71 keys are kind of sharp and pointy, which makes it easier to punch them more accurately. That’s something I really like.

It of course has all the communication gadgets in it, but what is amazing and surprising that the device is really connected. After recording a piece of video, it will be uploading to Ovi within seconds. And ready to be viewed by the world (ie. your network) within minutes.

I really gotta explore this more, so see you later.

(Heading to the Nokia OpenLab 08 pre-event party).

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Nokia Open Lab 08

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 10, 2008

I have a great priviledge to attend a global Nokia workshop on mobile future. The event is called Nokia Open Lab 08 and it will be focusing on mobile future and co-creation of media.

There are several ways to follow the event online. I personally will be posting on Jaiku channel http://jaiku.com/channel/Nokia and so will many others, I believe.

More info from Nokia site http://events.nokia.com/openlab/

There’s pretty much fuzz going on about this, so let’s hope this will be a good one!

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