The venue – we had a shiny new venue – I liked it. One of the aspects that went down especially well was the central concourse as it brought in the ‘serendipity effect’ of bumping in to people. This was something that some of you may remember when the show was based in Cannes.
On topics – M2M (the internet of things) truly arrived. While M2M is a fairly mature industry the depth and breadth of it at the show was a sight to behold. At the centre of this was the Connected City which showed applications from mobile health to e-learning.
It was also the year of challengers – from Ubuntu to the Firefox (and even Sony and Nokia), there were some interesting announcements which have the potential to change the mobile landscape.
Mobile security, device management and the enterprise were all big topics too – combined with BYOD. This we know but the threat landscape means that enterprise grade services and security are becoming an increasing priority for handset manufacturers, operators, app developers and system integrators. There were a pleasing number of exhibitors really focussing on these crucial areas. We’re looking forward to what next year will bring already!