Ah, I love [NEXT](http://nextberlin.eu/). Unlike many tech-based conferences, which are very rooted in the now, they have a remarkable knack of looking about two years into the future, and giving you a sense of what the world might look like then. I’ve been working with them since January, and it’s one of the pieces of work I enjoy the most. Here’s all the liveblogging I did for them earlier in the month:
- [The Future of the Network and the History of the Computer ](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/the-future-of-the-network-and-the-history-of-the-computer/)– two keynotes that kicked off the conference, with [René Obermann](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/ren-obermann "René Obermann") of Deutsche Telecom talking about a more open future for mobile networks, and George Dyson showing how the past of computing might point its way to the future. - [Towards the internet of things](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/towards-the-internet-of-things/) – four talks about the emerging world of networked smart objects - [Designing Digital Services by Putting People First](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/designing-digital-services-by-putting-people-first/) – a great talk for agencies and product managers by Lousia Heinrich of Fjord, about human-centric success - [Making Books into a shareable experience](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/making-books-into-a-shareable-experience/) – [Henrik Berggren](http://www.hinkeb.com/ "Henrik Berggren") of Readmill has ideas of how to make eBooks more networked. - [Hacker kids, Maker culture and Wired clothing](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/hacker-kids-maker-culture-and-wired-clothing/) – my personal favourite session of the first day. It felt like a glimpse into the culture of five years hence – or what talking to the [Homebrew Computer Club](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homebrew_Computer_Club "Homebrew Computer Club") must have been like. - [TV to come , TV to go](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/tv-to-come-tv-to-go/) – a panel looking at visions of Future TV. - [The startup pitch winners](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/startup-pitch-winners-squadmail/)
- [The velocity of digital business](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/the-velocity-of-digital-business/) – Ajaz Ahmed and James Hilton of [AKQA](http://akqa.com "AKQA") with a vision of doing great work in a digital age - [Give the teddy bears WiFi](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/give-the-teddy-bears-wifi/) – Russell Davies’ grab-bag talk of ideas from the future - [Selling fashion online and printed clothes](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/selling-fashion-online-and-printing-clothes/) – a weird mix of pragmatic advice about selling clothes online – and whole new ways of creating clothes, including 3D printed bikinis! - [Three views of the future of media](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/three-views-of-the-future-of-media/) – always connected consumers, updating eBooks and the psychology of publishing - [Dave Weinberger & the future of everything](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/david-weinberger-the-network-of-everything/) – not a children’s adventure novel, whatever the title makes it sound like. 😉 Mr Weinberger takes us on a gallop through the likely consequences of the networked world. - [James Bridle: Moving beyond the fanfics of technology and place](http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/james-bridle-moving-beyond-the-fanfics-of-technology-and-place/) – a brain-stretching journey through the cultural consequences for places and ideas of mash-up culture
[Videos of all the sessions](http://nextberlin.eu/video/) are flowing onto the site now. Loads of juicy brain food for you there!
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