Mobile Monday Brussels

Review of yesterday’s Mobile Monday presentations in Brussels.

Yesterday we went to Mobile Monday Brussels. Mobile Mondays are community events for:

[...] mobile industry visionaries, developers and influential individuals. The Mobile Monday spirit is one of open innovation and is seen as a catalyst for mobile innovations.

All around a central theme: ‘When marketing meets mobile’. The organizers in Belgium would like to keep it small and informal for now to let it grow organically. In September this year around 20 participants showed up, this time 46 people subscribed. It’s growing already.

Tanguy De Lestré presenting
Tanguy De Lestré
Piet Ballon presenting
Pieter Ballon



After the presentations everyone introduced himself briefly. This wouldn’t have been possible at a larger event but here it worked out perfectly. In my opinion it lowered the barrier for networking later and showed what companies are interested in mobile platforms today. It seems most participants have a media/advertisement background, but it was nice to see De Lijn (public bus and tram service in Flanders) was there as well as I like to complain about the lack of mobile support on their site.

The NMBS (Belgian national railway operator) and De Lijn are important companies to promote mobile internet in Belgium. If they could provide their mobile platform (with an API if possible) with the bus and train schedules it could be a huge boost for mobile internet if you ask me. I’m pretty sure the developer community could take over from then on and create mobile widgets or mashups that find the next bus home (delays included) when your train arrives.

I had a great discussion with the guys from Microsoft as well, about the need for a company to embrace mobile platforms or not. Even though our views differ I liked to exchange thoughts.

Still interested? Have a look at the Mobile Monday Amsterdam post I wrote earlier this month.