This week was one of WCIT – the World Congress of Information Technology, held in Amsterdam, in its RAI Exhibition center, May 25-27. I wrote that I will be there, but clearly underestimated the scale of the event. It *was* huge, populous, rich, experiential, multi-layered, and simply overwhelming. I took 1,000+ pictures, spoke with dozens of people, listened to very interesting speakers, and gathered a box of papers (h-ha, how many scenarios told us that paper docs will disappear as we all become ‘digital’?)
The opening was quite impressive too, and appropriately hi-tech-ish: On the picture Charles Groenhuijsen, chairman of the event, opens the congress with the help of an interactive mascot, an Orange Tulip, and then the kinds who danced on the scene also used some sort of augmented reality. When they’re showing the boards with the QRCodes…
… their TV image was actually enhanced with some sort of digital creations.
Not hugely impressive, but interesting enough to make the opening ceremony attractive and playful.
More stories will follow, based both on the speeches and presentations, but also about the things presented in more than ten large pavilions. Stay tuned!