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

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.

Swedish Beers (Not Tears) in London on Tuesday 21 November 2017

swedish beers logoIt’s been a long time coming in London, but Swedish Beers is back. We’re back at our favourite London Joint, The Nordic Bar, where Swedish Beers began some 16 years ago. Doors will open at 18.30 and we’ll keep going until the bar closes.

If you haven’t been before, expect a friendly crowd, lots of chat about mobile, life, the universe and why Swedish Beers is called Swedish Beers. There will also be a ping pong contest with a robot, no less, and, of course, refreshments (soft drinks, wine and beer) courtesy of our lovely sponsors.

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. 

This edition of Swedish Beers is a little bit special as the mobile industry recently lost one of its original evangelists and a dear friend of mine and many of you, Carlo Longino to lymphoma.

Despite Carlo living in the US, he was a great fan of Swedish Beers and came to the London and Barcelona editions many times over the years. In fact, he was at the very first Swedish Beers in Barcelona – it’s where we met in person for the first time having got to know each other via our blogs (he wrote The Feature for Nokia and Mobhappy with Russell Buckley) and email.

Sadly, Carlo died in October at the age of 39. In his last few weeks, he was kept alive by blood platelets that had been donated. He was passionate about encouraging people to donate blood and especially blood platelets. To that end, we will also be raising money for Bloodwise and more important than the money, encouraging you all to go and give blood and blood platelets

I have set up a JustGiving page in his honour here. Please donate if you can – every little helps. And feel free to share a memory too!

For those of us who knew him, let’s also take the opportunity to remember Carlo, whether that’s the work he did in the mobile industry whilst at WIP to help start-ups globally, or it’s his love of beer, cats, bbq, and British Indie music of the 80s and 90s or its his wry humour and generous spirt and the good times spent with him. And if you didn’t know him, come along anyway to chew the mobile fat and continue the Swedish Beers legacy in his name.

Drinks are courtesy of Inspiring Interns and Kindred Capital. More sponsors tbc. If you’d like to be one of them, please get in touch. There is food available to buy on the night if you haven’t had time to grab a bite to eat before you come. 

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2017
Time: 6.30pm until closing
Place: The Nordic Bar, Newman Street, London W1 (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus or Goodge Street)

Please RSVP below or by going to the eventbrite site here

Please do spread the word among your mobile colleagues and friends. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Skål!

Helen

http://swedishbeers.org / @swedishbeers / http://facebook.com/swedishbeers
This is a Heroes of Mobile event.


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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