At the turn of a decade it’s always worthwhile looking back to ones initial dreams.
In my case it was all about being at the forefront of innovation in the mobile space. From viewing my first mobile video in Helsinki to the first mobile augmented reality demo in Amsterdam. I had the chance to participate in and witness many interesting projects in mobile from the 1st row: as an entrepreneur, a strategist, a conference organizer, a blogger, a speaker and a networker with a mission to inspire others, to help them in the process of building new great things.
To this end I have been writing down my predictions in mobile & wireless for a couple of years now. This year I thought it was the time to move on and do something different, so I asked some of my personal heroes in mobile to write down their five most significant trends for the coming decade.
All of them have been of great inspiration to me during this decade: for their ideas, visions, talent, the capabilities to adapt and the perseverance to succeed whatever the situation. While I didn’t know any one of these great people 10 years ago, I’m glad to have met most of them and proud that some I can call them real friends.
I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this document including Douglas Rushkoff, Katrin Verclas, Willem Boijens, Timo Arnall, Gerd Leonhard, Fabien Girardin, Alan Moore, Martin Duval, Tony Fish, Ilja Laurs, Yuri van Geest, Nicolas Nova, Raimo van der Klein, Russell Buckley, Tomi Ahonen, Stefan Constantinescu, Rich Wong, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Andy Abramson, Marek Pawlowski, Russ McGuire, Carlo Longino, Howard Rheingold, Steve O’Hear, Ted Morgan, Kevin C. Tofel, Jonathan MacDonald, David Wood, Michael Breidenbruecker, Henri Moissinac, Andreas Constantinou, C. Enrique Ortiz, Raj Singh, Marc Davis, David Harper, Loic Le Meur, Ajit Jaokar, Inma Martinez, Carlos Domingo, Kelly Goto, Felix Petersen, Matthaus Krzykowski, Tom Hume, Atau Tanaka and Robert Rice. Special thanks to Steffen Becker for the visualisation.
I am in awe and grateful when I look at the wisdom and insight that these busy people were so happy to share with the world.
It is exactly in this spirit that I myself want to move on into the next decade. Convinced that more openness, knowledge sharing and collaboration is key to facing our global challenges, in 2009, I co-founded dotopen.com. A space at the fuzzy edges of innovation, dotopen.com will hopefully help many entrepreneurs and organizations across all industries to open up, exchange, collaborate, create and inspire.
I hope to meet you all there!
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Rudy De Waele is CEO & co-founder of Nyota Media - the world's first growth agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.
He is a Mobile Strategist, Business Angel and Appreneur with over 18 years of experience in Internet technology, specialising in mobile innovation and start ups since 1999.
Rudy has curated ground-breaking presentations in Mobile Trends 2020 (2010), Mobile Trends 2020 Africa (2011), and most recently Mobile Opportunities in Africa - Engaging the next Billion (2012).
He has consulted for Telefonica, Vodafone, MTN, Orange, Telcel, Millicom, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Admob (acquired by Google), Louis Vuitton, Philippe Starck, Young & Rubicam, Cheil Worldwide.
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