The Skype delegation is now safely back from its expedition into the Danish scene of “practional visionaries”, know as a conference called reboot.
Reboot is in version 7, where version 6 was the only major upgrade silently skipped, due to the main organizer’s impending family expansion.
Being Danish myself, I’ve been to a couple of reboots in the past, and while nothing can match the dotcom heydays in terms of number of participants (we’re talking thousands back then), the subsequent reboots have only increased in value for the participants.
This year’s couple of hundred participants were subjected to a healthy dose of the big, international names along with similar numbers of homegrown, Danish speakers — one of whom was yours truly.
Some of the speakers
Skype blogbings grand not-so-ol’ man, Stuart Henshall, took the audience through a number of thoughts on some of his pet peeves: Presence and Skype strategy. Stuart knows his stuff, and the audience surely came away with an urge to get their organization up and running on Skype and enjoying the intrinsic values of presence.
A friend of Stuart’s, and now of Skype’s, Dina Mehta, told us about Social Tools for Research and Collaboration. She told us how she used GPRS and Skype while travelling through catastrophe-striken areas in India, sending reports back about where doctors, food and blankets were needed. She also used flickr to create galleries of missing persons. Truly humbling, and truly ingenious.
My talk about Skype’s brand
While I don’t belong in the esteemed company of the people mentioned above, Skype enthusiasts will perhaps like to know that I also gave a talk. Being no superstar, I was given the medium-sized of the three conference halls, but with “Skypewith ” in the title of my presentation ensured a full house.
I’m no seasoned public speaker and started out a bit nervously, but I think it got better further into the talk. If you’re into stuff like that, Stuart Henshall was kind (?) enough to record the talk (you can get a 14 Mb MP3, hosted by Skype), and you can help yourself to a 350 Kb PDF of the presentation, but it’s not terribly informative since I delivered all the content orally, and only had headlines on the slides.
As always, reboot was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and it only made it better that I got to show Copenhagen to two colleagues, Priidu, who does UI design and Kristjan, who’s one of our brilliant interaction designers.
Did you go to reboot yourself, or did something in one of the speeches make you want to scream? Log in below with your Skype Name and password, and let it rip!
Some references to the talk: