Hi all! Happy summer!
Looking back to last week let’s reflect on The Next Web
. It was the first good old edition since pre-covid. Last October was an in-between edition I understood, and I missed that one. The location has changed to Taets in Zaandam; when living on the west side of Amsterdam well reachable by bike; for all others, it was kind of a hassle I heard from different visitors. I need to say that the talks I saw were not too inspiring and sometimes felt like ‘back to the future
’. The atmosphere was nevertheless as always and met many familiar faces. So it was a good time to catch up.
Was there anything to conclude about the next web? Not really I think, the usual topics from metaverse to blockchain and some web3. There was less focus on startups, and the stages there were smaller than ever. There was more attention to spirituality and personal growth. Contemplating with someone trying to catch the current and next state I draw the conclusion we are still looking for what is a new state of reality after everything has pivoted into digital default. We are not back again, we maybe are living a hybrid life that feels like the in-between world of Being John Malkovich. Is this also linked to the shift to fluidity in identities? Or am I going too far now?
Despite the lack of direct inspiration was it valuable to be triggered into this kind of thinking. It proves that not always the content is defining the quality, it is in the end what it triggers.
It was nice to see colleague Anandita present on the Digital Twin together with Ard of Growy
. It is a nice example of how making sense of connected things is in the digital twinning on multiple levels. Analyzing the twin is a great way of understanding. On the website of INFO
you can find more.
Speaking on digital twinning; Monday morning I attended the first part of a conference on eHubs, aka metropolitan mobility conference
, the final event of an Interreg research program. I could only see the first session with some politicians from different cities and researchers from different universities addressing some main topics. The connection of data for nudging people into a certain mobility behavior, from monomodal to multimodal, would benefit from a digital twin lens; what if the data and the service layer are the core place for the design of behavior? How will that relate to the physical touchpoints, and the orchestration of different mobility modes? This is something that deserves more elaboration but this newsletter is not the place for that.
Events for the coming week
I realize that with the end of covid (for how long it will last), all events are primarily in person. For people not living in the Netherlands, that might be a hassle for these events. I will however also signal international events of course. Like the Internet of Things meetups in London (next week
). The Hmm
is going to Maastricht this Thursday.
That is it for now.
News captures of the week
It seems an intensive week for autonomous cars and other vehicles.