First Impressions from NEXT Conference 2010

It’s the first year that next conference is taking place in Berlin at Station Berlin. The people of Hamburg, were the conference was taking place the years before, weren’t happy about that, because SinnerSchrader has it’s headquarters in Hamburg and the city is also famous for it’s strong media and publishing businesses. Hamburg is the media capital of Germany.

Of all the talks I listened to Ola Ahlvarsson’s Inside the Head of an Entrepreneur was the best by far. His main point:

Entrepreneurs want to do, not to be! Ola Ahlvarsson #next10

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Ahlvarsson described thinking and working habits of serial entrepreneurs:

Dennis Crowley, co-founder of location service FourSquare is speaking tomorrow (he has pneumonia and won’t come), and media strategist Brian Solis will give a talk to which I’m looking forward to.

A very unconventional but highly recommended talk is Itay Talgam, an israelian conductor, who is very successful using his maestro program to foster team building in enterprise companies. He talked about Culture Changers: Great Conductors’ Art of Rehearsing:

A video of his next09 talks Sharing Creativity – Great Conductors of the Age of the Net is also available online:

Here are some photos of the next10 event:


Waiting in line for lunch

Chill-out zone

Dumbed-down presentations

Peter Sunde presents Flattr

A notebook space

Interested attendees listening to Lego’s Peter Espersen’s “Working with your community, not against it”

The WePad was presented by the boss himself. Nobody was allowed to touch the WeTab, even his employees.