Heroes of Mobile London Podcasts & Round-Up

Didn’t we have a lovely time, the day we went to Mozilla’s HQ last month to talk about mobile. We did three lovely sessions and they were all recorded so even if you weren’t there, you can have a listen. I’ve also included links to some articles about the sessions and the day as well in case podcasts aren’t your thing.

State of the Mobile Nation was chaired by Russell Buckley who is now running Ballpark Ventures and the session was sponsored by Hotwire PR. On the panel we had Eamonn Carey of Kiip, Benedict Evans from Enders Analysis, Azeem Azhar from PeerIndex and Roberta Lucca from BAFTA award-winning Bossa Studios. The group talked about the future of computing, additive printing, mobile innovation, consumer trends and a whole lot more.

 

Hotwire’s Andy West did a comprehensive write-up of the session here.

Next up was Mobile Advertising will Eat Itself. Again chaired by Russell Buckley, he was joined by Chris Bourke from Qriously, Stephen Upstone from LoopMeMedia, Greg Isbister from Blis Mobile, Denise Breslin from Mobsta and Nicky Spooner from O2 Media (now Weve). They talked innovation (or not), explained a bunch of acronyms, covered location based services and talked about how the landscape has changed over the years and what’s coming up and uncovering some of the opportunities in the sector.

 

And last but not least, we had (Mobile) Money Makes the World Go Around. Tim Green of Mobile Money Revolution chaired the session and he was joined by industry veterans Roy Vella (who will always be remembered by me for sharing the real meaning of the acronym NFC. For those of you not in the know, it’s ‘not for commerce’!), Martin Harris from Bango, Matt Dicks from BlueVia and John Maynard from mPesa. I’m not sure we drew that many conclusions but a lot of ground was covered and many issues raised. Well worth a listen.

BlueVia covered the mobile money session here.

We got covered on an interesting email discussion thread here. Thanks Bernard Tyers!

Guy Southam from The Lab at O2 covered the whole day here.

Many thanks to Hotwire PR for sponsoring and to Mozilla for hosting us. A big thank you to Russell Buckley and Tim Green for chairing and to all our panellists. Also, many thanks to Kirsty Styles and Mobile Marketing Magazine, Harold Verhagen, Emma Brincat and Inspiring Interns, Sofiana Dewi and James Norris for their support for the event.

Videos coming soon…

Heroes of Mobile Day: London Edition

Following on from the great success that was Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival in Barcelona earlier this year, we’ve decided to do some smaller scale events starting in London to keep the buzz going and help build up to the main event in Barcelona next February.

With that in mind, we have three discussion panel sessions happening at Mozilla HQ on St Martin’s Lane on Wednesday 17th October. All being well, these will be live webcast, but if you’re in London, you can join the audience as well and participate in a bit of networking at the same time. Each session will run for about 45 minutes with some time for refreshments before and after. You’re welcome to come to one, two or all three sessions, as you wish. They’re free to attend but we are limited in space as we want to keep the atmosphere intimate and to encourage discussion and questions from the audience.

State of the Mobile Nation

This session is sponsored by our friends at Hotwire PR and chaired by Russell Buckley. The discussion will be a review of where we are and where we’re going in the mobile industry and what that might mean for your business. More details and RSVP here. Doors open at 09.30 for a 10.00 start.

Mobile Advertising Will Eat Itself

This session will also be chaired by Russell Buckley and look at the latest innovations (or not) in the world of mobile advertising. More details and RSVP here. Doors open at 11.00 for a prompt 11.15 start.

(Mobile) Money Makes the World Go Around

This session will be chaired by Tim Green and will take a look at the world of mobile money, from payments to mobile wallets to the future (if any) for NFC and more. Details and RSVP here. Doors open at 12.30 for a prompt 13:15 start.

We will be finished by around 14:00 but you’re welcome to stay for further networking and refreshments. There is free Wi-Fi at Mozilla Space London and you’re welcome to stay to do some work if you wish.

About our sponsors

Hotwire is an integrated PR and communications agency. Founded in 2000, the agency spans a number of industries including telecoms, media, marketing, consumer, technology, financial services and cleantech. Quickly becoming a global offering, Hotwire has offices in the UK, across Europe, Australia and the US. Suffice to say, the team are passionate about all things mobile and will be on hand to chew the fat with you.

firefox logoMozilla Spaces are open working environments where Mozillians can hack,code, design, research, create, engage and contribute to building a brighter future for the web and they are hosting this session. You may be familiar with Mozilla’s brilliant Firefox browser for desktop and mobile and more recently, they announced their Firefox OS for mobile. 

And there’s more… Swedish Beers is 11 years young and we’re celebrating!

To round off the day, we’ll be celebrating Swedish Beers’ 11th Birthday Party at The Nordic Bar from 18.30 with our friends from Millennial Media, LoopMe Media, Yuilop and Inspiring Interns. Again, free to attend. No formalities, no presentations, just good company, good chat and some free drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks a-plenty courtesy of our sponsors). More details here.

Swedish Beers celebrates 11 years of parties for mobilists in London!

11-today-mobile-badge-large textureI know, I can’t believe it either. Eleven years ago in October 2001, Swedish Beers started to bring together people who had an interest in mobile technology in an informal, friendly way. Well, we must be doing something right as we’re still here and plan to celebrate our birthday in style with a little help from our friends.

The party is AKA The ‘I’m not at Dublin Web Summit’ Edition or the ‘I’m not in SF for TwilioCon’ or even ‘The 11th Birthday Bash’ Edition as October is a busy month when it comes to mobile events.The nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are falling from the trees. But fear not, Swedish Beers is 11 years young and celebrating its birthday in the usual format in London – no presentations, no formalities, no sales pitches, no ties – just friendly people chatting about mobile over a beer or three. Doors will be open from 6.30pm onwards at our regular haunt, The Nordic Bar.

logo_large millennialOur lead sponsor once again is Millennial Media. And if you haven’t met them already, they’re specialists in premium mobile advertising and have a mobile advertising and data platform. They’ve recently been doing some very successful work in rich media advertising too so can tell you what works and what doesn’t in this burgeoning area of mobile advertising. They’re a super-friendly bunch and are very knowledgeable too. And as lead sponsor (again! We’re very grateful), they’ll have the most beer tokens 😉 Look out for Gavin, Stephen and the rest of the team. http://millennialmedia.com/

They’ll be ably supported by…

LoopMe_site_logo_150x100LoopMe was founded to solve the problem of making advertising less intrusive, more enjoyable, valuable and relevant for mobile consumers. At the right time and place, great advertising and offers can be great content. LoopMe puts consumers first, allowing them to be in control of their own advertising preferences and experiences. Rather than giving the game away here about how it actually works, I’ll leave mobile advertising veteran, Stephen Upstone and his LoopMe partners in crime to give you the low-down whether you’re an advertiser, publisher or developer. I’ve seen the app in action and it definitely has legs and is one of the few innovations I’ve seen in mobile advertising in some time. http://loopmemedia.com

inspiring interns logo[3]Inspiring Interns – they’re a recruitment company specialising in helping companies recruit interns and helping set-up and manage intern programmes. They also have years of experience in the world of mobile and are possibly the loveliest recruitment people out there. Yes, I’m biased, their founder, Ben, is a close friend of the Swedish Beers family. But they really do know their onions. Look out for Ben, Benedict, Sam, Charlie and Andrew for beer tokens. http://inspiringinterns.com/

Yuilop – their mission is simple: to make communication free, easy and for everybody – to – everybody – to any phone, anywhere in the world. Yuilop offers a free-to-all social communication app for all major mobile platforms integrating free calls (yuilip-to-yuilop) and free unlimited SMS text messaging with Facebook-Messenger. This is ad-supported without interfering with your outgoing messages. A free download on iOS and Android, reach any phone via voice, SMS or rich media in 110 countries and counting. Phil Gontier will be on hand to explain the ad-funded bit to you if you’re interested in understanding that better. Or he’ll be there just to chew the mobile fat with you and share the beer token love. http://yuilop.com

If you’re interested in joining these lovely companies as a fellow sponsor, please get in touch with Helen by email.

So to recap:

What – Swedish Beers Mobile Networking
When – Wednesday 17 October 2012 from 6.30pm
Where – Nordic Bar, Newman Street, London. Nearest tubes are Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street.

RSVP – (optional but you might want to connect with people you know) over at Facebook and please bring a business card with you to get your first beer token. Sponsors will have the rest of the tokens so you’ll need to get chatting with them to get your hands on more. There are *plenty* to go around!

So spread the word, and come on down for a fun evening with friends old and new. You don’t have to be a mobile expert to join us. All welcome with a passing interest in mobile technology.

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Helen, Jenny and the Swedish Beers crew

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