So many talks, so many great people, so much FOMO in one place – here’s some of my notes that I took during the sessions and I’m pretty sure I missed something but here’s what I have…
Future of print?
There were a few talks dealing with the media / publishing landscape and what I’ve picked up here was that things are starting to get very interesting when it comes to digital integration and implementation in this field.
Stephen Hills from Washington Post shared some great insights from their work on their digital strategy and how they managed to both increase physical and online sales by being dedicated to digital and fully present on all platforms, optimised for all formats!
Here’s an interview from the Web Summit with Stephen Hills :
Not first – but right!
Andrew Morse Head of digital at CNN said: “It’s not about being first, it’s about being right”. When it comes to news I really think this is crucial! Content travels fast and we have seen so many examples of how false information can be really damaging. In order for media outlets to keep their legacy to operate they should not be carried away about the speed of social media but make sure to get it right and distribute news in a timely way.
“We’re not a social network” that was the opening remark from Tim Kendall, General Manager at Pinterest. First of all thank you for correcting me, I admit I’ve got it wrong – sorry about that. Instead, Tim explained that, Pinterest is more a browsing tool, a market place for inspiration and where you plan your next holiday or look for things to buy. Tim shared some great numbers, and the good news is that it’s starting to pick up now in Europe too. After his talk I’ve noted down: “I need to get back to my profile and be more active on Pinterest” therefore I’m working on this little board.
This topic was for sure way out of my comfort zone, however I was very in intrigued by Mary Aiken’s talk about Cyber Security and understanding cyber criminals. She said two things that caught my interest. First she said: “Hacking is an emotion” and to me that way of putting it makes a lot of sense – a more humanistic approach towards such could easily help us understand this better. Secondly she advocated for the need to establish a way of measuring hackers intelligence. She called it: TQ – Technology Quotient, this in order to get a better understanding of hackers and their Intelligence and their needs! Measuring intelligence has helped people out before and therefore this insight into their skills could probably also provide ways to stimulate this intelligence make sure it’s used for innovation rather than something criminal.
Change the ratio…
I’m absolutely in love with this concept of making 10.000 tickets available for female geeks! I was present at this years Web Summit and it’s true, it could be great if the ration could change just slightly… And to be honest I have been nominating geeks as crazy – all I can say is THANKS for supporting more women in tech!