12th Annual Ladies Lunch – bookings now open

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.

The lunch will be held on Monday 27 February – the first day of MWC. There will be a charge to attend and it’s 32 Euro in advance to include service, food, water at the table and PayPal/Eventbrite fees. 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 40 Euro in cash.

The restaurant is in the Arenas centre which is in the old Bullring next to Placa Espanya. This means that it’s a relatively quick journey by train or taxi to get to and from the restaurant from the main exhibition and even easier if you’re at 4YFN as it’s right by Fira Montjuic. The menu will be buffet style.

Please tell me of any specific dietary requirements when you register your place.

Payment will be by paypal, TransferWise or invoice/bank transfer. Please get in touch if you’d prefer to do a bank transfer or use TransferWise and I will provide you with the details.

If you’d like to sponsor this event, please get in touch with me, Helen Keegan. If a sponsor is able to support us, I will be able to reduce the price of the event (partial refunds will be offered to those who have paid already if this happens) and/or offer wine, soft drinks and coffee included in the meal price.

I look forward to see you there!

This is a Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Event.

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

Truphone Tour: @jamestagg speaks in NYC

Download Part 1 mp3 (27MB)

Download Part 2 mp3 (34MB)

Last Thursday, James spoke to a large, friendly and enthusiastic audience at the Lower Manhattan HQ event and meeting space (overlooking Zuccotti Park) about his work, the limits of AI and the future of mobile technology.

The first audio is just James’s speech and the second is an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A.

We’re really grateful to Jonathan Allen, Adrienne Todd and Demmi Choo of Longneck & Thunderfoot who helped enormously on the ground spreading the word ahead of the event and contributing on the day. You can read Demmi’s round-up here. They also arranged for video to be shot, which is coming soon.

A big shout out too to Truphone’s Randi Cohen who has been quietly and efficiently smoothing everything along for our trip back and forth across the States.

Heroes of Mobile is heading to the USA!

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.

hi_res_logoThe 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.

Helen

It’s time for the ladies of mobile to get together again!

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.

BJP_Mobile_Fringe_0070Yes, 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.

This is a Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Event.

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

Upcoming Open Space sessions in London on 9 & 16 February 2016

BJP_Mobile_Fringe_0167I 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:

Tuesday 9 Feb 6.30pm to 8.30pm – What are we going to do about Artificial Intelligence?

Tuesday 16 Feb 6.30pm to 8.30pm – What are we going to do about the Internet of Things?

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.