DLD Munich: New Media Meets the Winter of Love - Page 2
Throughout the afternoon it becomes clear that a human focus is more prevalent than a technological one for many of the presenters. "What is the sense of me?" explains Mitchell Baker in relation to Mozilla's product development ethos.
Peter Hirshberg (Technorati, The Conversation Group) and Tim Kring (creator of the NBC series "Heroes") discuss "transmedia": the idea that a story and characters can traverse media and jump platforms, much as humans do in real life, but from an entertainment and marketing standpoint that lets entertainment vehicles and brands reach people as they live their lives.
Marko Ahtisaari (VP of Design, Nokia) and his father, Martti Ahtisaari (President of Finland from 1994 - 2000 and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2008) discuss peace, and Jonathan Harris, a computer scientist, artist and writer presents on "feelings," both through complex computer modeling of feelings documented through blog posts and translated into simple elegant graphics, as well as simple photographs and stories.
The day starts to wrap up with Helen Fischer (Ph.D. Rutgers University) who gives the room more data on romantic love, marriage, adultery, divorce, personality, temperament, and mate choice than they may have wanted - but all in the name of love and helping people to see other people better.
The day finishes with Mitchell Baker of Mozilla being given the Aenne Burda Prize, in honor of the conference chairman's mother's contribution to communications on behalf of women.
By Wednesday, many of the conferences speakers would be in Davos continuing on to the World Economic Forum. While it was clear that no one had come to discuss solving all the problems of the world, there was an underlying theme that humanity and communications needed to work hand in hand in this winter of love that began in Munich and carried on to Switzerland.