Vodafone to launch open source community portal called Betavine

26th of January 2007 by admin

“Update 29/1/07

The title of my post shouldn’t say ‘open source’. ‘The Betavine Portal’ is not an open source portal. All application owners will continue to own the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for their applications. The Portal however, will have a section dedicated to open source. Nothing has changed since I wrote my original post and its entire contents remain true.

I would like to apologise if I’ve caused some confusion.
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Vodafone is looking to stimulate the development of new applications in the mobile and internet industry through a new community portal. And I’m lucky enough to be the first to tell people :)

The Portal called Betavine, has been scheduled for a *soft* launch on January 31st 2006 and I’ve agreed to help seed interest within the community.

I’ve just posted this on my blog but thought it was worth posting here in case we have some new mobile applications amongst us.

I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop alongside Andy Tiller from Shozu, Hakon Martinsen of m-spatial and Tom Hume, from Future Platforms to help Vodafone put together their requirements. It was interesting to see how they had put most of it together already, demonstrating their understanding of the open source community.

If you want to take a sneak preview and take part in a field trial between now and the 31st (possibly longer), then get in touch and I’ll give you login details.

If you own a mobile application this is a great way to get free feedback and exposure.

About the Betavine portal

It’s a research and development space run by Vodafone Group R&D. It aims to encourage collaboration in the area of mobile and internet communications.

As a user you can:
• Download and test applications
• Comment and contribute on the forums and blogs

As a developer you can
• Create your own projects and host applications
• Blog about your projects
• Interact with your users and the Betavine community

On the Betavine Portal, interaction between developers and testers provides a testing ground for the latest concepts and technologies. New technologies are tested in real-world conditions, key technologies are identified and winning concepts come to the fore.

It’s an open community that self-regulates. You are free to register and contribute to discussion threads and create or comment on blog entries. As a developer you can create a project space to upload your application, showcase your work and engage the Betavine testing community.

For students it’s a chance to be involved in developing mobile applications through internships, ‘externships’ and competitions. Winning projects will be featured on the student page, and taken further through collaboration with the Betavine community.

Like featured projects and applications, the Betavine Web site itself is in continual beta testing by its users. Suggest new Web site features and discuss in the forum thread. Betavine’s developers take their lead from the Web site community.

To participate in a beta trial before it’s made public on January 31st 2007, get in touch with me.

This is a great opportunity to be one of the first to have an application on the portal.

5 Responses to “Vodafone to launch open source community portal called Betavine”

It’s amazing what you can achieve when you hit the plublish key! I’ve published the post on my own blog in case you noticed it wasn’t up there.

I’ve linked to this on doingtherightthing.com: http://dotherightthing.com/entries/130

Interesting idea and I hope it works.

Great Paul, thanks.

Why don’t you include a link to the contact form on my blog so people can sign up now to help with some testing and to get their own apps up before anyone else.

[...] My recent post about the imminent soft launch of Vodafone’s new community Portal has attracted a lot of attention across the blogshere and traditional news sites, demonstrating the power of the blog to anyone who might be a little sceptical. Although, truth be told, if it wasn’t for people like Richard at ReadWrite/Web and Sam/Mike at Vecosys I doubt I would have seen a fraction of the traffic and Vodafone wouldn’t be as concerned about the latest speculation to grab the grape vine. I suppose my post on Web2Ireland would have stimulated some interest also. [...]

[...] My recent post about the imminent soft launch of Vodafone’s new community Portal has attracted a lot of attention across the blogshere and traditional news sites, demonstrating the power of the blog to anyone who might be a little sceptical. Although, truth be told, if it wasn’t for people like Richard at ReadWrite/Web and Sam/Mike at Vecosys I doubt I would have seen a fraction of the traffic and Vodafone wouldn’t be as concerned about the latest speculation to grab the grape vine. I suppose my post on Web2Ireland would have stimulated some interest also. [...]