Most predictions being nothing more than relatively conservative assumptions on the future based on future trends... They are simple to generate, just take 2 trends put them together and tada!
Trite example 1
Trend A: Gangnam Style is taking over the world
Trend B: Geeks love to play with Robots
Prediction: The number of robots dancing gangnam style will increase in the coming months
Trite example 2
Trend A: The economic recession means traditional investments have poor returns, and increasingly clever investors look at tech for investment opportunities
Trend B: The deal flow of mobile companies is still too limited for VC's liking
Prediction: The number of accelerator programs and incubators will continue to grow!
So go grab from a list of trends and build your own predictions. So let's play the game... the more uncorrelated the trends, the more fun!
Trend A: M2M and Internet Of Things are increasingly popular among developers
Trend B: ASO (Application Store Optimization) is shaping up as a tech / marketing discipline in its own right
Prediction: Objects will be used to discover applications... A newspaper will recommend apps based on newspaper content but also AR apps to get a new magazine experience...
Trend A: Mobile payment is becoming increasingly prevalent
Trend B: Connected fridge start to be a reality
Prediction: Your bulimic fridge goes on an ice cream rampage and leaves your bank account deep in the red
Trend A: The first commercial Connected glasses become available
Trend B: Mobile advertising looks for new frontiers
Prediction: The average speed of pedestrians on New York Street decreases by 1 km/h
Trend A: Cloud Cloud Cloud!!
Trend B: mBaaS mBaaS mBaaS
Prediction: You can't avoid to shake to the rhythm of the LOUD BASS!!
Trend A: Maps are becoming a red hot commodity!
Trend B: Users becoming aware of the value of their user generated content
Prediction: Google & Nokia start paying users to use their maps
Trend A: Android is now present in all sorts of embedded devices including cars
Trend B: M-commerce booms
Prediction: Google, Amazon and BMW fight to launch the first "self ordered car piece" store for cars
Evern more fun you can combine 3 trends!!
Trend A: BYOD is taking enerprise by storm
Trend B: Crowd funding is the de facto standard to fund new hardware projects
Trend C: Custom order mobile phones are increasingly affordable in increasingly small series
Prediction: Infosys, Accenture, Cisco and IBM employees fight it off on kickstarter to create their employee owned enterprise mobile phone
I'm exhausted!! Your turn... use the comments to show your creativity... and we'll throw in a MWC ticket for the best one!
Added 11 January 2013:
And the winner is... by popular vote with 22 likes in total Wiebe Elsinga!!!! Congrats Wiebe!!! and see you in Barcelona!!