|the crowd networking before the talk |
The crowd was about evenly divided along male/female lines -- more like the real techie world than the media's image of the techie world. Yes folks, there is a world in which both men and women wear Drupal T-shirts :-) The age breakdown seemed to be mostly Gen X with many Millennials and one or two Boomers. Not that I asked people their ages, I guessed by appearance so it's possible that the few I thought were Booomers were actually Xers who had lived hard. :-)
|techie conversation was buzzing|
It was great to hear what people are working on and share thoughts about the challenges of developing content for mobile.
The turnout was excellent. Who knew that there was so much "web" development going on in Essex and Rockingham (NH)counties?
It was challenging to photograph the event in a crowded and dark room, even with my semi-decent camera. When I mentioned this to one of attendees who was taking photos with her iPhone, she told me that a reporter from the Boston Globe attended the last meetup and had a professional photographer with the right camera gear. Later, I checked out the article online, but there were no pix. I did notice that the Globe article also commented on the gender balance. Guess it must be newsworthy.
|Dan Katcher about to begin his talk|
|Look at that spike in Android handset sales!|
Thing 1: Android share of mobile OS is just shooting up like crazy. Symbian declining, Blackberry peaking. Dan predicted: "Android will pass Symbian in 2014."
This infographic really brought home the dramatic increase in Android sales.
|growth in mobile data consumption|
The purple in the infographic is video.
This dovetails nicely with the statistic that actual phone calls are only about 32% of what people use mobile handsets for. I wish someone would compare mobile use of VoIP with non-mobile VoIP, but that's a whole 'nother discussion.
Digression: I've always wondered why the Pew study of Internet and American Life Generations 2010 apparently didn't even ask about VoIP usage as a thing consumers do with the Internet.
I like it when I am full of questions when a presentation ends. The group moved downstairs to the main bar area for the questions, networking, discussion etc., but alas, I had to leave early and did not get to schmooze as much as I wanted to.