Mobile Monday Amsterdam

Impressions from Mobile Monday 8 at Amsterdam.

Bunker, a friend of mine, was asked to photograph Mobile Mondays in Amsterdam. He was kind enough to put me on the guest list and even offered a taxi to Amsterdam and back. Why wouldn’t I go?!

A man, Ramino van de Klein, standing on stage
Ramino van de Klein presenting

Teemu Arina

A man, Teemu Arina, apreas to be dancing on stage
PechaKucha by Teemu Arina

Teemu Arina took another approach. He went for 3 PechaKucha presentations in a row: ‘Changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose’, ‘Undergoing a shift in status’ and ‘Moving or changing quickly from one state or condition to another’. All three visually stunning presentations in their own eccentric style. Loved it! This guy knows how to entertain his public. I’ll copy Dorien here and link to Teemu’s own post about his presentation.

Bruce Sterling

Closing speaker was Bruce Sterling, an American science fiction author, I had never heard of. His talk sounded deeply religious standing on the pulpit and speaking about the ‘Internet of Things’. He explained that people close to the volcano will experience the greatest impact: your grandmother’s life probably won’t be affected with the introduction of the iPhone when she still uses a landline but yours will. In 10 years, you can still use a hammer, but your iPhone will be useless. A nice point—made me think—after seeing the BlackBerry Storm vs. the G1 fight on stage earlier. In Sterling’s words:

“I want you to think really hard about the values you are going to save and stop worrying about the plastic.”


Overall, it was an interesting day on a beautiful location, almost feeling surreal driving back to Belgium in the thick fog. The best part, however, were the discussions with Dorien, Koen and Bunker! My photos are available on Flickr.