This weekend "Amazee science" feat. Ana is in Berlin at the PolitCamp10. A two-day conference where politics meets the internet community. The schedule looked very promising including sessions around the topics of data security, politics and Web 2.0, e-participation, campaigning on the internet and more.
The event is taking place in a nice old industrial building right next to the Spree. Unfortunately the weather is quite awful… so no enjoying the sun outside. But I'm here for the sessions anyway!
Looking back at the sessions held on Saturday "Myth e-Participation?" attracted me the most. Matthias Trénel and Klas Roggenkamp approached the question whether e-participation is in fact happening already or not. A lot of interesting questions aroused during the session like: Who are the people participating on the existing e-participation platforms? Does e-participation really have an impact on politics? Should there be more direct democracy and can e-participation platforms encourage and inspire also citizens who normally would be abstinent from politics?
Of course the 45-minute session was much too short to answer all the questions in depth, but it has been a great inspiration and I think it’s absolutely worth investigating time to look at these kind of questions. We will do so, since with the Zurich based Politforelle there is the perfect event for this!
So long, Grüsse aus Berlin!
The Web Mondays in Zurich are really becoming a capacity test for startup offices: Last night about seventy Web worker, Upstarts and young entrepreneurs attended the 13th installment of Zurich's most important meetup for small Internet-related business. However, the masses were well accomodated by the still fairly new Wuala offices (thanks again for hosting!)
The presenters, Hyperweek of Geneva as well as iMusicianDigital and Oskope from Zurich, who also provided snacks and drinks, used their moment in the spotlight well to introduce their products. Raphaël Briner presented the Community solutions provider Hyperweek with a shot of extravaganza, while Shigs Amemiya of iMusicianDigital gave a brief, but enlightening overview over the history of digital music. Their service provides distribution of digital music files to many online stores for musicians. The presentations part was rounded of by a short introduction of the image search engine Oskope by Alain Leclerc.
Before and afterwards the really nice Wuala office was bustling with chitchat of the startuppers. It's been a good night once more to exchange and catch up with everybody. And with the attendee numbers being high as they are, it seems like the Web Monday is definitely here to stay. The next event will soon be set up, of course you will hear of it on Amazee.
Last Friday Amazee launched its second customized platform, Intergeneration.ch. The President of the Swiss National Council Pascale Bruderer Wyss is the patron of the new platform that aims to connect generations. Or in her own words:
"Wherever young and old meet, the enormous potential within our society is especially evident. It is wonderful that so many towns, organisations and even individual people have recognised this fact, and devote their time – mostly in a voluntary capacity – to this issue. As a result, there are many fascinating projects going on in Switzerland that encourage communication between the generations and provide all sorts of opportunities for exchanging ideas.
On this site you will be able to discover the inter-generation projects that are on offer in your area, and how you can get actively involved. But that’s not all; you will also be able to learn about projects all around the country, assess their value, exchange ideas about them with other people, make new acquaintances and launch new ideas together."
If you're interested, found out more on Intergeneration.ch!
On Friday we announced the platform at a press conference in the Bundeshaus in Berne. It was an interesting and a nice experience to sit on the podium with some great women! :)
Above you see Pascale Bruderer Wyss, President of the Swiss National Council and Annemarie Huber-Hotz, President of Schweizerische Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft, who is the owner of the new platform.
Here the entire podium...
... and here is Monika Blau, Project Responsible at Schweizerische Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft next to me.
Thanks a lot to everybody involved! We are very happy and proud that Amazee is part of this positive project platform for Switzerland. Thanks also to Sandro Huber for the pics!
As most of our blog readers will know, Amazee is working on a major redesign (startpage, dashboard, project setup). Yesterday night we presented the first prototype to our UX Chuchi colleagues. And if you've been at an UX Chuchi before, you'll know: the feedback round was toughly instructive and after three hours of sweatshop style scrutinization we had a bag full of condensed change requests. A big thank you to all collaborators - again I'm amazed how much value the UX Chuchi has brought to our product development - bit of a UX Gucci indeed (quotation Rupert). Find some pics over here
It's only lunchtime and we're already a bit excited! Tonight we're going to see another installment of the UX Chuchi and it's Amazee who's going to get grilled. We'll be presenting the draft of our new startpage, dashboard and a rough version of our new project setup process. Join us if you're in or round Zurich! More infos over here.
[pic by blyzz]
Alright, back from Basel we are! Saturday saw a great second StartupCamp Switzerland with almost 150 participants and great opportunities to exchange knowledge and network! I don't even know where to start, so I'll keep it short and give my impressions.
First of all I'd like to express my gratitude towards those who organized the event – even though one of them, Dania, usually sits right across from me. All of the organizational committee have done an outstanding job once again. This is a kind of Camp where nothing is missing: There was food, drink, Internet, and even heating!
As far as the conference itself is concerned, I was once more struck by the grand array of different subjects in the 20 sessions. Although five sessions in one day are much to take in, it didn't seem to be too much. The sessions I visited were all very interesting, most presenters seemed to come well prepared. This seems to be a general notion as I have only read one or two Tweets all Saturday that were criticizing the quality of a session – fair enough!
It was good to see people again and catch up and of course to see new hot ideas. This year's stars were undoubtedly My Swiss Chocolate, two very nice Gentlemen who will come out of closed Beta with their homemade chocolate soon! I can tell you, I have done some thorough Beta testing!
So, with Poken being the brow-raiser last year, will this be a recurring theme? Each StartupCamp bears a star company? It'll be exciting to see who it might be next year. Speaking of which: If there will be another StartupCamp Switzerland I can't say, and the organizers probably haven't talked about it yet. But I can hardly imagine there will not be one.
If you'd like to keep discussing, you can do so via Twitter – make sure you use the #scs10 tag! For pictures of the Camp and the Apéro afterwards in a literally obscure wine cellar, check out this flickr pool! If you are on flickr, feel free to drop your pics there. Thumbs up to Michael and Corsin for their great shots! (Oh, and don't miss this arty shot by @knowLED!)
Here's a surely incomplete collection of blog posts about and presentations from the Camp: My Swiss Chocolate (in German), Swiss Startups (also in German) and here's Corsin's entry. He has also compiled the Startups present in a nice list (nice because Amazee is on top, of course!)
Daniel of La Table D'Hôte – being the gourmet he is – has interviewed Sven of My Swiss Chocolate, you can find the little clip here. This one's in Swiss German. Toni, Dorian and Patrice of Memonic have uploaded their presentation "22 random hints for startups" here. And there's even an audiofile of this here.
If you are interested in picking up leads to interesting UX readings, Roland has compiled them in his Posterous niche. If you have anything to add to this list, feel free to drop a link in the comments! And please also tell us about your experiences!
Sorry, Jan, how could I forget your blog entry at Startwerk? This one's in German also!
Tomorrow all of the Amazee team will be at Basel’s StartupCamp Switzerland! After last year's first installment of the unconference-style meetup of Upstart businessmen and -women was such a huge success, the organizers (among them our own Dania) decided to set up for a second time.
And rightfully so, people still seem to be very much interested in sharing their experiences or hearing about those of others. The 160 available seats at the StartupCamp, which is organized via Amazee, are almost all taken. For all the information on the Camp, please refer to the project (where you can also sign up, if you like to attend last minute).
Of course a Camp is all about participation, so if you have would like to present your history, case, or experiences, do not hesitate to step up to the plate and secure your spot on the grid tomorrow morning! Oh, and remember to save some time for the evening get-together in a wine cellar nearby!
We are very much looking forward to a day of exciting exchange and insightful workshops. If you'd like to meet us, just ask for us at the reception desk or page us via Twitter: We are @gregster (Gregory), @DaniaGerhardt, @LucasBally, @Mmmatze (Mathias), @schnitzel86 (Michael), @pastizzi (Daniel) and @marcuniq (Marco).
You can also search for #scs10 (please use it in your Tweets, also!) which will give you all the interestingness of the twitteriffic Campiverse (if you speak that one out loud it sounds like "can't be worse" but I assure you it is going to be great)!
See you tomorrow!
Today saw the second installment of the Social Media Gipfel (Social Media Summit) in Zurich. Despite the early hour – the event started at 7:30 in the morning, resulting in one of the presenters not showing up because he thought it'd be in the evening – the café at the NZZ headquarters was well filled with people from the Web/Marketing biz.
On today's agenda: A short talk about Amnesty International's campaign of solidarity with two Swissmen incarcerated in Libya, and a battle of the location-based Social Media services: Gowalla vs. Foursquare.
While Daniel Graf of AI Switzerland pointed out much of what we heard on other occasions (like the first Social Media Gipfel or the last Politforelle): Social Media campaigns need a lot of dedication and can't be done in passing-by. And: there is very little power without traditional and/or established mainstream media outlets.
Daniel revealed that most of the traffic directed toward the campaign's Website was generated through a report on 20Minuten.ch, one of the biggest news websites in Switzerland. His further experiences: Taking a campaign to Facebook definitely requires a strategy, and, as always: communication is key. There are no office hours!
During the second half of the morning, two users, Pixelfreund aka Ralph Hutter (find his presentation here) and Peter Hogenkamp introduced two Social Media services which work location-based: Gowalla and Foursquare. Both are still in very early stages of public awareness and experiences are mixed.
Both made it clear in their fresh and funny presentations that both applications are mostly for play at the moment with more serious usage expected in the future. Ralph gave a probably involuntary outlook into this with his utterance that with Gowalla the user collects digital stamps in a digital passport.
The second Social Media Gipfel proved the concept right, an honest hat tip to Peter Hogenkamp and Marcel Bernet for thinking the event up and organizing it. The next dates are April, 7, and June, 2. Stay tuned to their Website for signup announcements or follow @smgzh on Twitter!
(Sorry, we needed to mess with the original Logo once again!)
Monday evening was UX Chuchi time! The UX Chuchi is a regular meetup of Switzerland based Web User experience professionals and web startuppers. At each UX Chuchi we challenge the usability of the "victim's" website, and this time the victim was Supertext.ch! Remy Blättler introduced their website and the criticism actually wasn't even so bad ;)
You can find more pictures here.
The next UX Chuchi will take place on 16 February 2010 at the Amazee Office and the victim is... Amazee! So please join us and check out our new project-set-up-process and startpage. You can easily sign up here.
Looking forward to your feedback!
It was a good night last night, with the 12th Web Monday Zurich going down at the LIIP/Nektoon office. More than 60 Web Monday attendees enjoyed the delicious mybagels and local Amboss (because it hits you like an anvil, if you have too much, I suppose, tongue-in-cheek) beer, white wine and prosecco. Thanks to LIIP/Nektoon and Andreas Hoffmann of UBS for sponsoring the event, with so many people showing up, we couldn't have hosted it in our office!
The presentations showed, once again, the great diversity of the Zurich Web Scence: Dorian Selz of Nektoon presented memonic.com, which allows its users to "keep the essential". Andreas Hoffmann then announced the outcome of the Web 2.0 competition run by UBS among the Web Monday Zurich community, a contest which he had announced at the last Web Monday at Google. Andreas was very pleased that 35 great ideas and concepts had been entered with many ideas for UBS to follow up on. Congrats to the three winners!
Last but not least Maud Châtelet presented her interesting and useful startup Howtopedia.org, a collaborative, wiki-like platform for practical knowledge and simple technologies that are easily explainable and usable by individuals or small communities for a sustainable and ecological future.
Again it was great fun and we are pleased to see the community growing with each event. Please contact me if you are interested in presented your startup and/or hosting one of the next events. Web Monday Zurich lives through your participation, it is much appreciated!
The next big date in the Swiss startup scene will be the 2nd annual StartupCamp Switzerland, which will take place on February, 13, in Basel. If you haven't signed up already, here's your chance to do so!
More pictures are up on our flickr site.