Mobile World Congress 2018: What did we discover? RSVP now!

Our next Heroes of Mobile event is a panel discussion in London on Wednesday 21 March 2018 where we’re discussing what we discovered at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Panellists include Paul Stringer who heads up the mobile team at Equal Experts and Priya Prakash who is the founder of D4SC and is also one of the UK Government’s DIT Technology Specialists. The session will be chaired by Helen Keegan.

Tickets are free and tapas and drinks are courtesy of Equal Experts. RSVP required. You can do that by registering for a ticket below or by clicking here to reach the Eventbrite page.

The session will be held at Equal Experts offices. Nearest tube stations are Warren Street or Euston Square.

Swedish Beers Barcelona 2018 Wrap Up: The thank yous, the photos and next events

What a fab time we had at Swedish Beers a couple of weeks back in Barcelona. Admittedly, the weather wasn’t up to much, but Muy Buenas gave us a very warm welcome despite us drinking the bar dry and having to have an emergency beer and wine delivery at midnight!

First up some thank yous:

To Carolina and her team at Muy Buenas for looking after us so well.

To Rosa, Patrick, Irene, Ida and Angel for being the welcoming committee with me at the door.

To Erika Arias for her fabulous photographs once again. Check out more of her fabulous photos here.

To all our sponsors for providing the cash for the beer tokens and being such good co-hosts on the night. They are – Equal Experts, x-Mobility, Headforwards, 51 Degrees, Evernym, 1NCE ably supported in cash and in kind by NOBA, Kairos Future, ZZZ Accommodation, Idka, White Bull Summits, Trustonic, Joshua PR, When in Barcelona and Claire Coombes.

And to all of you who came and who keep the Swedish Beers spirit alive and kicking.

Next events:

The next Swedish Beers event will be in London but I haven’t yet fixed a date as I need to co-ordinate sponsors. If you’d like to sponsor, get in touch by email here.

In the meantime, you may want to pop along to the panel session I’m chairing in London on Wednesday 21 March 2018 where we’re discussing what we discovered at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Panellists include Paul Stringer who heads up the mobile team at Equal Experts and Priya Prakash who is the founder of D4SC and is also one of the UK Government’s DIT Technology Specialists.

Tickets are free and tapas and drinks are courtesy of Equal Experts. RSVP required. You can do that by registering for a ticket below or by clicking here to reach the Eventbrite page.

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The photos

I’ve uploaded all the ones I’ve received and all the professional ones by the fabulous Erika Arias. But if you have any to add these, please let me have them and I’ll include them in the Swedish Beers party albums on Facebook and Flickr with appropriate credits. Feel free to tag yourselves in the photos and share away!

Swedish Beers Edition #13 Barcelona - 28 Feb 2018

Thanks again and hope to see you at another event soon.
Skal
Helen

Win an exhibition pass to MWC with Trustonic!

The lovely people at Trustonic have come up trumps again with a lovely Mobile World Congress pass giveaway. They have five passes to give away. Closing date is Wednesday 21 February. All you have to do is answer one question and provide us with your contact details. The form is below. Good luck and hope to see you in Barcelona!

Bookings now open for the annual Ladies Lunch!

This is my 13th visit to Mobile World Congress and the 13th ladies meet-up that I have organised there. And this lunch is a chance for us ladies to get together for a couple of hours or so over a relaxed lunch and chew the fat with our peers. 40 Euro in advance / 45 Euro on the door if space is still available.

 

If you’d like to sponsor this event, please get in touch with me, Helen Keegan. If a sponsor is found, this will subsidise the meal and I’ll either reduce the price (partial refunds will be given) or I’ll offer free tickets to those otherwise unable to afford to join us. I’ll keep you posted!

This event is open to women working in and around the mobile industry. Men are welcome too if accompanied by a female colleague. ID may be required. I reserve the right to refuse entry.

This is a Heroes of the Mobile Fringe / Swedish Beers Event.

Photo credit Becky Gorman / aql. Taken at the Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Ladies Lunch in Leeds, November 2015

Welcoming our first batch of sponsors for Swedish Beers #13 in Barcelona

I’m delighted to welcome the first batch of Swedish Beers sponsors for the upcoming Swedish Beers Mobile Networking party in Barcelona.

First up, Equal Experts.

Equal Experts is a network of talented, experienced software and hardware consultants, specialising in agile delivery. Their in-depth expertise and an uncompromising approach to quality make all the difference – and that’s what the background of engineering rigour and proven delivery practices brings.

The company has a long-standing relationship with the mobile industry, having worked with O2 Telefónica on its mobile app platforms since 2012. Together, they delivered the Priority and MyO2 native apps along with the platform that powers them – supporting millions of happy O2 customers along the way.

Equal Experts’ efforts in mobile go beyond software to include proprietary hardware. Their BluetoothTap technology unifies the ‘tap & go’ experience across all major smartphones. IBM iX has adopted BluetoothTap in its vision of the future of retail, successfully using it within a prototype for a secure, mobile-first retail shopping experience to dramatically improve checkout times.

Paul Stringer, and some of his senior mobile team, will be joining us at Swedish Beers. It’s their first time as a sponsor so please be sure to give them a very warm welcome.

Welcome back 51 Degrees!

Next up is 51 Degrees. James Rosewell and his team will be in Barcelona and joining us as a sponsor for the second time. So let’s make sure we welcome them back with open arms.

51Degrees provides The Fastest and Most Accurate Device Detection solution. That may sound like a boast, but James tells me it’s true. Who am I to disagree?!Did you know that over 150 device models are launched worldwide every week?? Well 51Degrees does, because they add them into their database every single week.

Trusted by millions of people, they have over 1.5 million active deployments in virtually every country around the world using the 51Degrees device detection software day in and day out.

This software helps companies in Adtech, Publishing, Digital Experience platforms, Ecommerce, Telco, leveraging our huge database of over 880,000 (and growing) device combinations. This means the tech and screen size never gets in the way of the user experience regardless of device type. Using device detection makes you more money through more accurate targeting and optimized content.

So if you think you know everything there is to know about mobile device detection or optimisation, why don’t you challenge James and his team and test their knowledge over a beer in Barcelona?! You can also check them out in the exhibition on stand 7UP.72.

Welcome back x-Mobility!

x-Mobility is the Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), for Hutchison 3G UK, providing a White-labeled MVNO service for brands wishing to enter the mobile space. x-Mobility has a full MVNO license and provides all the services required for a brand to create its own MVNO proposition. By working with x-Mobility, brands can become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) launching their own branded mobile service in as little as 90 days and at a fraction of the cost and time of attempting to do this directly with a mobile operator. Pretty neat, huh?

Shanks and his team will be at Swedish Beers and they’re particularly interested to talk to brands (inc MVNOs & OTTs), media owners and app entrepreneurs who are looking to launch Telco Mobile Services about how to enable you with alternative mobile services which, in turn, helps you acquire, grow and own your own subscriber base. Not only that, they’re a great team to hang out with and talk all things telco.

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, you can do that here. Remember, we’re not in Dostrece this year but I have a brilliant new venue lined up for you in central Barcelona. More on that in the next few days.
If you’d like to sponsor this year’s event in Barcelona, please get in touch with Helen. There’s still time to get involved. The more the merrier!

Skål!
Helen

Swedish Beers (Lucky for Some) Edition #13 in Barcelona

Time flies, right! Here we are again in the midst of Winter planning for our few days of sunshine in between meetings, learning and tramping through one of the largest trade shows in the world (handy for getting your steps in while you work). It’s like Glastonbury Festival but for business and with less mud and no camping and we love it really with all its ups and downs. It’s always a week to remember.

And for our part, Swedish Beers is delighted to contribute to the experience once again – our 13th time in Barcelona. It’s sure to be a lucky one, right?!

I’m on the lookout for more sponsors to help the party go with a swing so get in touch if that sounds like you.

In the meantime, you can RSVP here for Wednesday 28 February 2018 from 7pm onwards. And please do tell your friends.