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After walking past the Moscone Center where the Apple WWDC is being held, I noticed the sign below outside a coffee shop. It is from Symbian – they are having a “hackathon” in San Francisco this afternoon. They are pushing hard to get iPhone developers to switch to Symbian. It appears if you show up you get a free Nokia phone. In addition, they are offering free food and video games — what more could a developer want?
This morning as I left my hotel, I saw a line of people outside — but I thought to myself, “if they are going to the Apple WWDC keynote, they are going the wrong way!” It turns out the line was so long to get in, that the line wrapped completely around the block. Here’s a photo of where I picked up the line and where it wrapped around the block:
From my basic algebra class, it seemed like there were several thousand people on the WWDC keynote line. And this assumes that most people were already inside! Here’s a video to give you home gamers an idea of just how long the line was.
I didn’t see one startup out there handing out stuff to the line – this was a great opportunity with a captive audience!