Thursday was really great, as I have spent the day on Innovation Playground, en event dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship, organized by Jake Blok. I met again with David Michel Davies of the Webby Awards fame, and we were working with students who had the whole day to work on an assignment, which was "If you were the organization with the number two browser on the market, what would you do to become #1?".
Innovation Playground students working on Firefox Marketing
I had also the opportunity to chat informally with high-ranking officials of the Dutch innovation agency and Ministry of Economic Affairs about the relationship between Open-Source and innovation, and software patents. I also had an interview with a Dutch magazine about on-line business, E-Merce, now published: Mozilla Firefox: Nederland doet het slecht. It was then time for me to go back to Paris and spend the evening with my family before heading to London.
I met with Pascal at the Gare du Nord station to catch the Eurostar in order to attend the London Firefox Party. Pascal and I had went for a late lunch after arriving and dropping our stuff at the hotel, and then headed to the party venue, The Lane Bar, around 6PM. Ian Hayward, long time contributor to SpreadFirefox, has organized a hell of a party there, with Firefox users, Web entrepreneurs, bloggers and many other people. As a side note, I (not so) seriously suspect that Ian has managed to send invitations to a couple of model agencies, considering the impressive amount of good-looking young girls at the party
Pascal and I have attended (and organized) a couple of Firefox parties, and let me assure my dear readers that this Firefox London party was outstanding. It looked that people were dancing, drinking and having fun like there was no tomorrow!
Firefox 2 party in London
I had the pleasure to meet with Robert Scoble, Sam Sethi (TechCrunch UK publisher and former Netscape colleague), Lu Gang (with the TechCrunch team), and Hugh Macleod of Gapingvoid.com fame (I'm a huge fan of his drawings, and meeting him in person, by surprise, was really nice), among many others.
Here are a few pictures taken at the event:
- Ian Hayward, SpreadFirefox and Glaxstar, with his lovely wife;
- Self-portrait of Pascal Chevrel (left), with Lu Gang, from TechCrunch (right);
- Robert Scoble, long time Firefox user (while he was at Microsoft) brought his video camera;
- Real-time counter of Firefox downloads since the party started
- All the pictures taken by Pascal and myself, now posted on Flickr.com;
- All the pictures of the London party (got pictures from the party? Please upload them to Flickr.com and make sure you tag them with
firefoxparty13, in order to see them featured with all the others.