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Last Friday, my colleague Koen and I gave a presentation about the future of mobile and the choices City Live makes. We called it ‘the magic of mobile’. Our public? Students communication and multimedia design or the web decision makers of tomorrow. Take a look:

The presentation was part of a set of experimental media classes, in which the students are challenged to do an assignment with the tools they are introduced to. That’s why our R&D director Davy ended the presentation with a GLOWE workshop. He showed amongst others how you can make a mobile application with the GLOWE specification and put it on iGoogle or your blog as well.

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The free Belgian newspaper Metro has introduced its own mobile product: ME by Metro.

For 10 euro per month, subscribers can monthly

  • call for 60 minutes to Belgian numbers or
  • send 120 text messages to all Belgian networks or
  • send 120 MMS messages to all ME and Base numbers and
  • use a 10mb data package that allows users to go on mobile internet

Customers can combine those options the way they want. Metro has chosen the Belgian BASE network for its mobile product. It’s the most modern network and it has an excellent coverage, says the free newspaper.

At City Live, we are especially thrilled with the 10mb internet offer. It introduces subscribers to mobile internet and therefore helps to bring it into the mainstream market.

Metro has introduced the ‘Are You Me’ action to put its newest product in the picture. People visiting the website are challenged to find their lookalike. They are asked to upload a picture, find someone they are really similiar to, and then others can vote for the best lookalikes. The winners get a ME package.


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  • In order to know what the rest of the world is doing when it comes to creativity and innovation, I went to the PicNic event in Amsterdam. Especially inspiring was the presentation of Adam Greenfield. He talked about ‘The Long Here, The Big Now, and other tales of the networked city’. He said among others that it’s nice to have a city filled with technology (referring to the u-cities being built). But that it’s much more important that governments and organisations know what citizens want to do with those technologies. What they long for. What they feel. He mentioned the need for information about a certain location when you are at that location. And that’s exactly what mobile services should do as well: give people the information they need at a specific time at a specific location. Quite a challenge.
  • In order to know what the Belgian mobile world is doing, City Live takes part in the Belgian Mobile Mondays. At the 22nd of September, twenty professionals gathered to discuss mobile topics. The event is still very small but wants to grow organically. We feel priviliged to be part of those first steps.

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