life &Social Nets &the net 16 Mar 2009 04:17 pm

MediaCamp Athens ’09

We vs Me - The defining statement

We vs Me - The defining statement
credit to peter michel heilmann

It’s been 2 months since I lasted blogged and I apologise for that. Tonight has been special in that I have had the privilege of attending MediaCamp Athens ’09.

I took a lot of photo’s, some quite good, others not too good. They’re on Flickr so take a look if you like.

For the most part I have enjoyed the event (and although there have been one or two negative points upon which I’ll expand on below) first: a few notes on what was presented on this second day and what I enjoyed “consuming”

Morning demo sessions I followed were Udrive,,, greekstartups. All good but was exceptional. Better than Google. Real potential here. I loved the bit about placing advertising in a 3D live rotating view. The execution of this will be tough though, someone mentioned that advertising might appear on the Acropolis, imagine that!

The round-table Social Networks “A model for analysts” provided some heated discussion. As far as I understood, we have the potential to become less social by using social networks. (fair point if you consider we might have less physical contact if we’re constantly tweeting.

Joomla dominated today while apparently Drupal dominated yesterday. The uptake of Joomla seems fantastic. Greek company is well placed to provide services.

Vicky Kolovou and I held a discussion on TeachKidsTech – interest was good and we’re going to have a followup meeting in a couple of weeks. Join the Facebook group Teach Kids Technology if you’re interested.

And now for some comment.

The Web Startup/New Media/Social Network community or family in Greece is growing. This is a relatively young family and it is growing fast. Naturally, as families grow, the children develop and mature. They get opinions, they prefer more independence and don’t really like sharing toys. There are growing pains, jealousies and intrigues that develop too. Sometimes there are bullies about.

There is clear evidence of this happening in this family. It’s natural and there is nothing to worry about. Evolution and natural selection will occur.

Evolution is a wonderful thing. In the meantime, let’s spread the love people. Try not to be a blue meanie. The events that provide value will endure. They will survive. We should try not to stand in the wings and criticise, if we see something we don’t like, let’s lend a hand to fix it. I spoke to one person last night who felt it could have been better, but he stayed to the end, and contributed from the beginning. If you’re irked by a naturally obnoxious self promoting person or someone you feel constantly talks total crap (and there are some of those around believe me(perhaps I may be one of them)). Let the system phase them out. It will happen. Don’t worry.

I must say well done to the organisers (all of them) for their hard work in setting all this up. It was very well run. The sponsorships came through, the event was fun. Some opinions were questionable and there are more “experts” than letters in this post but you’ve got to take the good with the bad. I’ll be there next year – for sure.

Did you attend? What did you think?

7 Responses to “MediaCamp Athens ’09”

  1. on 16 Mar 2009 at 5:18 pm 1.Alice Corovessi said …

    You are right .Everything went so good and the organisers did a great job . Many things that i learned and looking forward to the new idea about teaching kids technology . See u all next year @MediaCamp Arhens 2010

  2. on 17 Mar 2009 at 8:15 am 2.ThirdEye said …

    WE can change the world TOGETHER.

  3. on 17 Mar 2009 at 10:15 am 3.Alexandros Georgiadis said …

    You have me covered, Stavros!

  4. on 17 Mar 2009 at 5:50 pm 4.Billy F. said …

    In 1997 Steve Jobs delivered a excellent speech saying that…”We have to let go of a few things, we have to go of this notion that for Apple to Win Microsoft has to loose. We have to embrace a notion that for Apple to Win, Apple has to do a really good job

    and if others are going to help us that’s great, cause we need all the help we can get. If we screw up it’s not anybody’s else’s fault, its our fault.”

    … So in whatever you do, you need to focus on doing a good job : )


  5. on 17 Mar 2009 at 8:12 pm 5.Vicki Kolovou said …

    Exactly my sentiments. I couldn’t have written it better. I totally agree! Bravo Stavro.

  6. on 17 Mar 2009 at 9:56 pm 6.Together creating, sharing, acting @ Media Camp « ???????? ???????? ?????? said …

    […] Stavros’ kindness The Web Startup/New Media/Social Network community or family in Greece is growing. This is […]

  7. on 19 Mar 2009 at 3:56 pm 7.Evangelos said …

    Thanks for the reference.

    More accurately, the main point is that social networks do not cultivate the “social networking logic” to the “expected” degree due to users’ strategy of “construction of biographical features” in the on-line environment. In other words, this reflect some aspects of the well-known gap between the potential possibilities of the medium and the actual users’ practices.

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