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Finnish game industry celebration

Posted by Janne Saarikko on July 28, 2009

It’s been a bit slow on the communications front lately. Not to worry, we’ve just been out enjoying the summer and starting new things.

June 12th was the day when the Finnish game industry companies located in K30 (Kalevankatu 30) complex had their summer party. K30 summer party had Mahtava Development, Mr. Goodliving, Recoil Games, Housemarque and Sauma as organizers.

It was a great party with all the hot names in gaming present. A big thanks to the organizers!

I used the opportunity to talk to some interesting people. Here are the three videos:

Teppo Kotirinta of NordKapp. Teppo talks about the company, co-op with IDEO and his views on the future.

 

Petri Talala of Lapland Studios. He talks about Nightwish music video, Nintendo Wii game and game development for unannounced Samsung device!

 

Introducing the traditional Finngaming drink, GC. This was consumed in large volumes during the party.

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Following Ekana videos through this blog

Posted by Janne Saarikko on May 27, 2009

I just added a possibility to follow the latest qik.com videos from the sidebar of this site. It’s located on the right hand sidebar.

I quite ofter take my Nokia E71 from my pocket and start broadcasting. It may be something I see, a new idea or meeting someone interesting.  If you happen to visit the site while I’m doing live streaming, it will be available live. Otherwise, the latest broadcast is viewable.

Any comments on those videos are welcome, since I’m testing how ad hoc reporting really works.

Enjoy!

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Nokia Piloting Shopping Mall Mobile Applications

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 21, 2009

I was walking back from a customer meeting through Kamppi mall in Helsinki, when I noticed a stand with Nokia Research Center logo.

I started streaming with my E71 and walked in for this interview

The interview is in Finnish only, and here’s a short description of key points.

Nokia Research Center is piloting mobile shopping catalogue with WLAN-based location services. The application gives you details onshops and special promotions. Eventually you will be able to login with your Facebook credentials and share your location with your friends within the mall.

Since GPS are not functional inside, the mall is using a network of WLAN access points to figure out where you and your people are.

Very interesting indeed.

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First impressions of Bobba.com – Habbo for adults?

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 9, 2009

Sulake, the creator of Habbo and ruler of IRC-Galleria,  has come up with a new service (in public beta), Bobba.

Screenshot of www.bobba.com on Nokia E71

Screenshot of http://www.bobba.com on Nokia E71

According to their website, Bobba is “a pocketsize virtual world for Nokia phones, iPhone and iPod Touch.”  At this point there is only Nokia version of the software available.

Bobba is an application that works only on your mobile phone. You need to download and install it, and then you connect to the service using your existing data plan.

What is it really?

I’ve been using Bobba now for a while (was registered user #120 or something) and also having discussions in Qaiku with other users.

In Bobba you have your own room that you can decorate and construct with some given elements. You also have your own avatar that can move from one room to another.

With your avatar, you can talk to other people in the room, walk around and sit.

That’s pretty much how I’ve understood Bobba.

So what do I think about Bobba?

I think a lot.

First of all, I fully understand how Habbo works. It’s a great concept for “the young” to communicate and hang around. Actually, it works propably for lot of the older people as well.

With http://www.bobba.com, I don’t get the point. Before you get mad at me let me explain.

Bobba is mobile, which means you can participate when you are away from your desk. Fine. But you can’t participate from your computer. I was bobbaing from the office, and I had to use my tiny cell instead of the big screen with full keyboard and mouse. Why?

If making your own room look nice is a key feature, why there is no easier way to do it?

Besides of playing Fab5, all you can do is to chat with the people in same room. When you chat, you need to meet with the other people in the same place (room), at the same time. The messages you write will disappear when new ones appear on the screen. What did we talk about 10 minutes ago? Can’t return to that discussion.

Now how 1990s is that? Can you expect a group of adults get online just for a chat, and agree the time beforehand through some other media? I think there are many other more effective ways to practice social interaction, online and offline. It’s hard to see any good community building features in Bobba.

And don’t get me wrong. I’d like to think myself as an early adapter. One part of my job is to try to find new exciting business models and market them effectively. I’m not being jealous, and I always try to find the potential in any service.

This time it’s too hard. With the current offering, I can’t see the hook.

Then again, the hook may not be visible to us yet. Maybe it has something to do with adult entertainment? Maybe they start offering commercial “items” and give them out for free for the community leaders. Just need the community first.

Ok, peeps. That’s my first thoughts and experiences. Please prove me wrong. I’m more than happy to tell the world about great things coming out.

In these times we need positive news. Please.

EDIT: I have to mention that Arctic Startup wrote about this earlier. I didn’t read the article before I wrote mine, but now I have to say that I’m not alona with my opinion.

EDIT2: More interesting stuff, an article and Sulake interview by Virtual Worlds News.

EDIT3: Bobba in Twitter

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Following the news from Mobile World Congress

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 16, 2009

It officially started today. The most important mobile expo in the world.

If you are not present (I’m not), you still want to be one of the first to hear what’s going on. I’ve listed some online channels that are busy during this week. If you know any other good ones, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

Twitter channels

#mwc

#mwc09

#nokia

Jaiku channels

#MWC09

Flickr (pictures)

MWC09

MWC

Websites

Official Mobile World Congress 2009 website

Nokia event page

Mobile Monday Peer Awards

Peer Awards Page

Fring wins Mobile Monday Community Peer Award

Nokia N86 8MP videos

Greeen mobile announcements

HTC Magic (with hands-on video)

Nokia N97 (hands-on video included!) (via Intomobile)

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World’s first MOBILE Ignite

Posted by Janne Saarikko on October 9, 2008

Things happen in Finland again.

The eager activists of Helsinki startup scene arranged the world’s first mobile version of Ignite event. Ignite concept, something similar to Pecha Kucha, is a series of presentations where the presenter has exactly 5 minutes to go through exactly 20 slides, each showing exactly 15 seconds.

This first mobile ignite took place in a bus heading from Helsinki to Tampere for Mindtrek 2008 event.

This presentation was videoed by Floobs, so you can check the 5 minutes through if you so wish.

Persons in the video in order of appearance are: Kai Lemmetty (Floobs, cam+first comment), Ville Vesterinen (Nordkapp/Arctic Startup), Antti Akonniemi (Kisko Labs) and Jussi Laakkonen (Everyplay).

There’s more of these mobile Ignite’s coming up, go check their website.

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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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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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