I’ve been a lazy blogger, so lazy that I have a draft blog post that’s about two months old and still not ready. I guess I hit a dry spell.
So, before I forget, let me share my thoughts on iWeek 2007 (which was last week)
Firstly, I don’t like Joburg, the air is dry, I get dry lips, the traffic sucks, you often see dry grass burning as you drive along the highway, I get grumpy if I don’t get exercise.. sounds like fun? ..so, one of these days, can we please have iWeek in Cape Town.
I enjoyed iWeek. A few good presentations, nice venue, working Internet access this year (I know, it blows your mind to think there would be functional wifi at an event mostly for ISPs), good food.. and really really cool people. As Rudolph mentioned, it’s more about the people attending the conference.
If you were there..
The iBurst guy was clueless. I feel sorry for the Cop. IPv6.. whatever. Rudolph’s broadband survey was interesting (see pic below). The IS VoIP talk was pretty good, I liked the nomadic telephony idea. Neotel was OK, but pie in the sky.
Fryday was legal mumbo jumbo so we did a quick exit and moved on to go see Amobia‘s stand at the Franchise Expo.. which won a bronze award.. about 30 people are serious about starting franchises. Not bad for one trade show.
The ISPA member dinner on the Thursday night was the highlight of the trip. Had a nice chat with Rudolph and Cara from MyBroadband, the MD of Duxbury, Graham Duxbury and Ryan and Nicola from Aerosat.
Graham is a nutter and I mean than in the best possible way. Some people just radiate interesting stories. He is also a big name in motor racing, even raced Nascar in the US. Jonathan wanted to know what car he had.. turns out he has a pretty sweet Aston Martin DB9 with “Dux 007” plate, but drives a Mini most of the time. He asked for a frog pirate tshirt, so I’ll send him one from the next batch.
WAPA had a stand at iWeek and got about 7 enquiries.
Frogfoot also had a stand at the expo. We did a pre-launch of the new Frogfoot Wifi product / billing engine. The balloons were a hit, we definitely had the most colourful stand. I lost count of the number of times somebody would walk up to us and say “frogfoot, cool name, why frogfoot?” ..I guess that’s a good thing, not many people forget it once they see it.
More pics at the usual place.
If you want to be a guinea frog for the wifi product let me know. The real launch is at Futurex, 26 Sept at the CTICC. We’re going big. Custom built 24sqm stand.
Pop in, you can see Frogtropolis (as on the wifi box).. a 4 meter wide print of the wireless frog city at 600dpi.. it took 4 weeks to create, full vector drawing, it makes a G5 Mac with 3GB of memory grind to its knees. Some people don’t get it.. only the enlightened, brave or delusional.
..well, that’s the plan. Lots of work to do. Frogspeed.