Tom Hume, Director of mobile design and technology specialists Future Platforms, examined and discussed trends in internet usage from mobile and handset devices. How come everyone in the UK is constantly online today? What’s different about the mobile Internet? And where does this leave Bill Gates’ vision of a PC in every home?
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User experience designer and upcoming author, Andy Budd, discussed how the web is moving from a document delivery system to an application platform. Andy attempted to define what Web 2.0 really means and looked at some of the technologies and applications making this transition possible.
Ben Metcalfe, Project Lead for the BBC’s developer network backstage.bbc.co.uk, talked about how the corporation is encouraging and supporting grassroots developers who want to remix its content into their projects.
Simon Willison from Yahoo!’s Flickr development team discussed the XML web services API that has lead to Flickr acting as a platform for other developers, and showed how the site itself makes use of the API with Ajax.