Swedish Beers is off to Barcelona for the 11th time!

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.

I’ll have some sponsor and venue announcements soon, but in the meantime, if you’re at all interested in joining the fun and buying some fellow mobilists a beer or two, please get in touch with me. I have sponsorship options for all budgets so don’t be shy! Check out previous Swedish Beers events in London, Leeds, Barcelona, New York, Berlin and San Francisco over on the blog. You can find last year’s party pictures here or on these two albums on Facebook – album 1 and album 2

In the meantime, please RSVP below and spread the word to your colleagues and clients.

See you in Barcelona!

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Future of Work: Virtual & Augmented Realities–Event Round-Up

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?
  • Getting Lost
  • 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?

Future of Work: Drones, Robots & Internet of Things–Event Round-Up

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.

Future of Work: Blockchain–Event Round-Up

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-part interview 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?
  • Autonomy embedded
  • Money creation on the blockchain
  • Beacon Music App
  • Mobile Blockchain
  • Does Technology democratize or amplify differences in Human Power Relationships?
  • Crowdsourced Artistic Market?
  • What is the Finance Industry?
  • Scaling and Sequestration
  • Distributed Identity
  • 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.

David Terrar also wrote a fantastic blog post about the session on Agile Elephant.

And if you want to know more about Blockchain, there’s a very useful primer on Business Insider and First Partner has prepared a new market map looking specifically at Blockchain and it’s free to download.

Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence–Event Round-Up

I recently ran a series of five events in London with Lloyd Davis of Tuttle Club fame and all hosted at Truphone’s 21st floor offices in Canary Wharf.

The second event was the first of four looking at The future of work in the context of four currently maturing technologies. We started off with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and were given a great overview by Benjamin Ellis of Redcatco. You can see his talk below and it’s well worth a look whether or not you work in the technology sector.

Discussions that followed included:

  • What happens when the AI is wrong?
    Social Machines (where/how/what)
  • The social acceptability of AI decisions, even if they are better than human ones
  • I want IRON MAN’s suit!
  • AI & Regulation Self/Gov
  • Are we driving AI… or does it drive us?
  • Why AI? Are we creating stuff because we can or because it adds to the human condition or…?
  • UIs How do we talk to them and them to us? How do they sell their ideas? Spectrum from Sound Hound to C3PO to HAL
  • If a machine/AI does something bad (kills someone) who is responsible? The owner, the manufacturer, the programmer or the victim?
  • What will we be using AI for in the next few years? What can I use it for now?
  • Is AI artificial ie not human?

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.

David Terrar also did a write up for the Agile Elephant Blog.

Future of Mobile Artificial Intelligence–Event Round-Up

I recently ran a series of five events in London with Lloyd Davis of Tuttle Club fame and all hosted at Truphone’s 21st floor offices in Canary Wharf.

The first session had author and founder of Truphone’s, James Tagg, leading a romp through the current thinking about the future of artificial intelligence in the context of mobile, ie “When will your smartphone be smarter than you?”

 

We then went into a (relatively) short open space session with people suggesting conversations about “How & when the laws of robotics will apply to smartphone AIs”, “How can AI be used for creating world peace?” and “What does the AI world really look like in 2025?”

Lloyd managed to catch a few snippets of the conversations:

 

The format worked very well, here’s audio of the final circle (a sentence or two from everyone who wants to) many people said it was very refreshing and stimulating to have a chance to talk about what they wanted to talk about while also having plenty of time to quiz James.

For more reading about Artificial Intelligence, you might like a copy of James Tagg’s book – Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?: Amazing Brain. Human Communication, Creativity & Free Will. You can download a free chapter from his website or order a digital or paper version on Amazon (affiliate link).

More reasons to hang out with us in Leeds!

In case you’ve missed it, we have a whole bunch of events now listed for 3 and 4 November in Leeds. They’re all free to attend and you don’t need to be a mobile expert to enjoy them. You can see in the previous listings for the Innovation on the Fringe Goes to Leeds event, Swedish Beers Goes North! and the Ladies Lunch. Listed below are the recent additions to the line-up. We do hope you can join us. It’s going to be great.

Newly listed:

TuesdayFuture of Work: Open Space Session with Lloyd Davis and Nothing Great is Easy

WednesdayFuture of Mobile: Talk + Open Space Session with James Tagg and Lloyd Davis and also Future of Mobile Advertising: Open Space Session with Helen Keegan and Lloyd Davis

Fancy doing a session yourself? Get in touch with Helen to discuss.

Quick links to all listings on Tuesday 3 November and Wednesday 4 November 2015.

A big thank you to aql and Inspiring Interns for supporting all of these events.

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Ladies Lunch on 4 November 2015 in Leeds

Leeds ladies lunch 2015Having run an annual ladies lunch in Barcelona for female mobilists for the last ten years, I’m delighted to be organising one in the UK for the first time. And for this very special occasion, our friends in Leeds at aql will host us. We are going to a lovely restaurant which is located near to aql’s offices and once we have an idea on numbers, we’ll confirm that with you all. 

Lesley Cowley OBE will join us for this lunch and share some of her fantastic story with us and the event is sponsored and hosted by aql.

About Lesley

As well as being a Non-Executive Director of aql, Lesley is the first ever Chair of DVLA and a non-executive Director of CERT-UK, a Member of the British Computer Society Policy & Public Affairs Board and a Council Member of ICANN’s Country Code Names Supporting Organisation. 

She was previously CEO of Nominet, a role that she held from 2002-2014, after joining the organisation in 1999 as Operations Director. Under her leadership, Nominet became the trusted guardian of a vital part of the UK internet, providing services relied upon by millions of businesses and consumers. This success enabled £25m to be donated to its charitable foundation, the Nominet Trust, of which Lesley was a founding Trustee. 

She has an MBA (with distinction) and an Honorary Doctorate in Technology. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Credit Management and the British Computer Society. Lesley was made OBE for services to the internet and e-commerce in 2011. In 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural ICANN Leadership award and in 2014, she was named by the Sunday Times & Debretts as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK. Find out more about her at her website.

I for one am very much looking forward to meeting her and with the other women working in mobile and technology in the North.

The lunch is informal and we can cater for most dietary requirements if you tell us about them in advance. There may be a small charge for the lunch (tbc) but it is being subsidised and sponsored by aql. Numbers are limited.

Men are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a female colleague.

We’ll be open from 12.30 and will start lunch at 13:00 promptly. There will be plenty of time for networking. Spread the word!

What innovations will we see in the North?

Innovation photo by Thomas Hawk.

Photo by Thomas Hawk. Some Rights Reserved.

Join us on Tuesday afternoon on 3rd November as we take a look at mobile innovation from all aspects of mobile. Short talks, demos and plenty opportunities to mingle with your fellow mobilists, this relaxed session should give you an insight into what’s hot and what’s not in mobile innovation.

This session is hosted by our friends at aql and supported by Inspiring Interns. And we’d love to see the best of what the North of England can bring us in terms of innovation. Do you have a mobile app, website, service or device to share with the audience? This could be at concept, prototype or fully-fledged stage – we don’t mind. We just want to see some interesting things.

To apply for one of the demo spots, please fill in the form here. Each demo will be 2 minutes with 2 minutes for questions. The format is show and tell style rather than a formal investment pitch although investors may well be in the room. There is no charge to participate. You do not have to be from the North of England to demo, but we would especially like to see some examples from the North.

We’re still finalising the agenda, which demos you’ll see and exact timings and it is subject to change. It’ll be along these lines…

Tuesday 3rd November

3.30pm – Doors open. Networking and light refreshements

4.00pm – Welcome from your hosts and sponsors

4.10pm – Demos – we have space for about 5 demos in this session

4.40pm – Networking break

5.00pm – Demos. We have space for about 5 demos in this session

5.30pm – Networking

6.00pm – Event finishes

The location is aql, 11 to 15 Hunstlet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. For out of towners, it’s about a 10 minute walk from Leeds station. There’s a pay and display car park nearby for those of you driving.

The event is free to attend although registration is required. All registration details will be shared with our event sponsors and partners.

This is a Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Event. Photo by Thomas Hawk. Used under Creative Commons Licence.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Helen

http://mobileheroes.net/

@heroesofmobile

http://facebook.com/heroesofmobile

This is a Heroes of Mobile event.

Swedish Beers Goes North! Leeds First Edition

Leeds 2015 swedish beersAs a Northerner by birth, and with lots of Northern friends, it’s about time we had a Swedish Beers bash up North and finally, it’s happening! with thanks to our friends at aql and Inspiring Interns.

We’re back with our favourite and long-standing Barcelona sponsors, aql and will enjoy the delights of their very own bar. If you haven’t visited before, you’re in for a treat. Doors will be open from 6.30pm and we’ll close when we’re done. It’s a school night, so I’m guessing that will be about 10.30pm ish.

If you haven’t been before, Swedish Beers is a business networking event for executives interested in mobile technology. Expect a friendly crowd, lots of chat about mobile, life, the universe and why Swedish Beers is called Swedish Beers and much more. There will be refreshments (soft drinks are available and in plentiful supply) courtesy of our lovely friends at aql. There will be people from all walks of mobile life there on the night – be that app developers, advertising, media, mobile marketing, handset manufacturers, payment providers, big data, brands, agencies, analysts, journalists, start-ups, veterans, noobs and much more. Come alone or come with a friend but do come.

Date: Tuesday 3 November 2015

Time: 6.30pm until closing

Place: aql Salem Bar, 11 to 15 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. For out of towners, it’s about a 10 minute walk from Leeds station. There’s a pay and display car park nearby for those of you driving.

The events is free to attend. Registration is required and all registration details will be shared with our event sponsors and partners.

Spread the word and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Skål!

Helen

http://swedishbeers.org

@swedishbeers

http://facebook.com/swedishbeers

This is a Heroes of Mobile event.

About our sponsors

Lead sponsor and host: aql

If you’ve been to Swedish Beers in Barcelona before, you may well remember aql’s founder, Adam, and his crew from as they’ve supported us for several years now and are well known in Leeds and the surrounding area. They really know their onions when it comes to voice, SMS and hosting – feel free to test them on their knowledge on the night! They’ve been in the mobile business for a very long time, have the most amazing data centre in a converted church in Leeds and are great fun to boot. Meet the gang to chew the mobile fat, enjoy a few beers and have a good time. Find out more about aql on the night or from their website.

 

Supporting sponsor: Inspiring Interns

If you’ve been to any of the London Swedish Beers parties, it’s more than likely you’ve met onre or more of the Inspiring Interns team. They now have a new office in Manchester so they’re also supporting Swedish Beers Goes North. Inspiring Interns is a graduate recruitment agency connecting talented graduates with top companies and start-up businesses across the UK with offices in London and Manchester. Come and hang out with Martin and his friendly team.