Founded by mobile media industry veteran, Helen Keegan, Heroes of Mobile is about knowledge and networking events and other initiatives to help people get their heads round what to do when it comes to mobile. Whether it’s the whole of your job, part of your job or you just have an interest in the sector, there’ll be something for you here.
The next Heroes of Mobile events are in the USA in San Francisco, Mountain View, New York City and Los Angeles with more events in London, Leeds and other cities later in the year. We’ll be back in Barcelona in March 2017.
I’m very excited to be going back to the USA for a trip next month. It’s been a few years since I was last there and I’m looking forward to seeing friends old and new. As part of the trip, I’m organising and hosting several events with Lloyd Davis from The Tuttle Club and James Tagg from Truphone. They’re all free to attend and I hope you’ll be able to join us. Please follow the links and RSVP for the events you’d like to come to. RSVP is required for each event.
The first event is on Monday 2 May 2016 and is a Swedish Beers Party in San Francisco. We’ll be at Keeper’s Share which is the private bar at Rickhouse Bar at 246 Kearny. The first few drinks are on Truphone and FTI Consulting!
Next there are three talks and discussions going to three different cities. The topic is ‘When Will Our Smartphones be Smarter than Us? AI and the Future of Mobile.’ James Tagg is our keynote speaker with further guests and speakers at each event. Our dates and locations are:
Tuesday 3 May 2016 – Mountain View – we’re having brunch at Xanh which is near the Caltrain station. We’ll be there between 11.30 and 13.30. James will be joined by speakers from FTI Consulting, who is our co-sponsor for this event.
Thursday 5 May 2016 – New York City – we’re at LMHQ with breakfast at 09.30 to 11.30
Monday 9 May 2016 – Los Angeles – we’re downtown with our friends at IndieDesk from 18.30 to 21.30. James will be joined by Sam Liang from AI Sense.
I’m on the lookout for additional speakers and sponsors, so if you’re up for either of those, please get in touch.
This was a thought-provoking conversation to have on a Tuesday morning during Mobile World Congress. Artificial Intelligence is a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about in the last year or so and I’ve been holding events in London on the topic too and have plans for more in 2016.
For this podcast in Barcelona, Prof. Kevin Curran, IEEE senior member & lecturer at Ulster University, Carl Uminski, Co-founder & COO at Somo Global, James Tagg, CIO at Truphone and myself, Helen Keegan, mobile marketing consultant & Swedish Beers organiser gathered at a VIP meeting room at La Fira, home of Mobile World Congress.
We talked about Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact our lives, health and growth through our wearable devices, smartphones and cars. We talked about the need for education of users; how education will change itself; mobile addiction and how decisions will be our own (or not), due to being influenced by technology.
With great thanks to Vicki Kolovou and her team for Tech Talks Central.
For the second year, on the Sunday morning before Mobile World Congress starts, a few of us got together to chew the mobile fat about the world of mobile and Tech Talks Central recorded it for us for podcast posterity. This year, there was myself, Helen Keegan, Ilicco Elia and Rafe Blandford from DigitasLBi and Troy Norcross as well as Vicki Kolovou and her TechTalks Central Team.
We cover a lot of ground including thoughts on mobile advertising and adblocking, mobile marketing, video on mobile, security and privacy and more besides. It was a lot of fun to do and I hope you enjoy listening to it too. It’s available on Soundcloud to stream or download. And apologies for it being just shy of an hour long. We like to chat!
Apologies for only just posting about this. I honestly thought I’d already written about but obviously not on here! So here’s the information you’ve been looking for.
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we all descend on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. And this lunch, which forms part of the Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival, is a chance for us ladies to get together for an hour or so over a relaxed lunch and chew the fat with our peers.Men are welcome if accompanied by a female colleague or friend.
There will be a charge to attend and it’s 25 Euro (UKP 20 / USD 28) in advance to include service, food, water at the table and a glass of wine, glass of beer or soft drink. Additional drinks and coffee or food can be purchased. There will be plenty to go round. If there is enough space, there will be a few tickets available on the door at 30 Euro in cash.
The venue is the new and rather fantastic Surya Muntaner and the time of our session is 3.30pm to 6.30pm. I’ve made it a little later this year based on feedback from the questionnaires I sent out and also on the availability of the restaurant. At that time, we can have the place to ourselves. Any earlier and it would have added significant cost to the price and I wanted to keep the price down for everyone.
Please RSVP and follow the instructions to pay when you register on Eventbrite.
If you’d like to sponsor this event, please get in touch with me, Helen Keegan.
I have two upcoming events for you in London next week and the week after. They’re both Open Space events and follow on from the successful series Lloyd Davis and I ran in Leeds and London in November and December 2015. These next two sessions will both be held at the rather fabulous WeWork Southbank and are free to attend. If you have a vague interest in either or both of the topics, please do join us for a stimulating discussion and food for thought.
RSVP is required due to security regulations in the building. Find out more and register:
Oh, how time flies and it’s the time of year when mobilists around the world turn their thoughts to the annual gathering of the great and the good of the mobile world at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. And this year is no different. As usual, I’m running the Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival for the fifth time and I’m running the annual Swedish Beers party in Barcelona for the 11th time.
Like our previous events, this is a relaxed evening for execs working in and around the mobile industry. You’ll find no formalities, no presentations, no speeches. Just come with an open mind, be prepared to see friends old and new, chat, enjoy a drink or three (courtesy of our sponsors – soft drinks also available) and have yourself a good time. Oh, and leave the ties, the corporate personas and the sales spiel at the door please. The Swedish Beers crew will be on hand to welcome you as will the friendliest bar staff in town.
It is likely to get a bit busy at times. But don’t worry, people will be coming in and out all evening. If it’s very busy, there’s no need to queue to get in, we’ll have a second bar nearby for you to hang out in which will be just as good and where there will be plenty of people for you to network with. This does mean that I can’t guarantee entry except for sponsors and the Swedish Beers Crew.
Digital retail specialist, Eva Pascoe, came and gave us some insights particularly into recent uses of Virtual and Augmented Realities in retail for mine and Lloyd Davis’s fourth and final Future of Work session with Truphone. She also brought some devices with her so the attendees could sample the experiences for themselves.
One of the surprises for me was how much the retail sector was embracing virtual reality. As a sector, they’re not known for being early technology adopters – at least, not from my experience back in ZagMe days. Things seem to have changed, although, many of the projects sounded a bit gimmicky to me and out to gain column inches rather than further the use of technology. You can see her video below which highlights some really interesting examples and use cases.
Discussions afterwards included:
Do we need physical body to commune with others?
AR/VR very different
How immersive does the reality have to be to be virtual?
How will we avoid aggravating the Digital Divide? (ie that those who do not have the technology access to the technology become left behind. VR on NHS?
(Virtually) When tomorrow is as immersive as today, how will we know what is real?
Learning to see our hands in VR. VR adapting to us. Embodiment & VR
How do you know you are not in VR now?!
Will we be able to interact with other real things in the virtual way? If so what does that mean for our future?
The visual/sound bias – not immersion for physical beings until touch, smell, taste?
Priya Prakash from Design for Social Change came along to mine and Lloyd Davis’s third Future of Work event at Truphone to talk about how work might change when some of our colleagues are a network of sensing machines talking to each other. You can see her talk in the video below.
Discussions that followed included:
IoT: Main uses in the next 10 years
Knowledge Management & Human to Human Interaction
What makes us human? What is human?
So what do *you* think will be the impact of IoT on the future of work?
Where are the lines between living & working?
What’s the future of design in this context?
What will work look like in the future?
Were Victorian entrepreneurs asking the same kinds of questions around the future of work?
At all of these sessions, we’ve ended in a circle asking people to record their reflections. Listening to this should give you a better feel of what it was like in the room. You can do that over on Lloyd’s blog.
Although I’ve heard of Bitcoin and roughly understand how it works and I’m aware that its underlying technology is Blockchain, I can’t say I knew a lot more than that about it. That meant I was listening with all ears to the smarter people around me who did know more about the technology.
We (Lloyd Davis, myself and Truphone) started the second Future of Work event with an introduction to Mycelia from Imogen Heap. If you haven’t read it yet, the two-partinterview she did on Forbes is a great starting point. In a nutshell, she calls it “Fairtrade for musicians” it’s intended to be a way of using smart contracts on the blockchain to manage metadata about an artist’s works (including that important metadata about price and how money gets distributed after each sale). You can see her talk in the video below.
The discussions afterwards included:
Blockchain as a method of trust
How do we make Mycelia a foundation & make money for itself?
Money creation on the blockchain
Beacon Music App
Does Technology democratize or amplify differences in Human Power Relationships?
Crowdsourced Artistic Market?
What is the Finance Industry?
Scaling and Sequestration
UI & UX How do we interact with the blockchain. Author User
Devising Gaming Mechanics on the block chain (Educational)
The Musician Development Bank
Fair Trade Music Light!
What is the overhead of running a blockchain system to record all, say FX transactions or all music plays
We finish each evening with a circle where we pass around an audio recorder to capture people’s immediate reactions. Have a listen over on Lloyd’s blog to get more of a feel for what it was like in the room.