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).

Who will you meet on Monday night?

It’s just a few days until the next London edition of Swedish Beers and I expect you be wondering who is paying for all the beer. I’m pleased to announce our sponsor line-up. They are ready and waiting for you to join the merry throng, have a chat about all things mobile, or the weather, whatever suits and to enjoy a beverage or two. We’ll have wine, beer and soft drinks available.

open mobile media logoOur lead sponsor, once again, is Open Mobile Media. They’re hosting us at this year’s Open Mobile Summit London. You’ll meet Precksha, Manni, Ruthana, Ina and the team. They’re all lovely and they’ve all been working incredibly hard to put the conference together. I’m pleased to be chairing one of the sessions too. They’ll have the biggest batch of beer tokens and I know they’ll want to meet as many of you as possible to find out your thoughts on all things mobile and where it’s heading.

If you haven’t got your ticket already, I have an *exclusive* discount code for Swedish Beers and Heroes of Mobile readers and attendees. You’ll get £500 discount on a gold or silver pass. Use code 2515Swedish on the registration form.

futurice_logo_basicNext up, we have Futurice. They kindly supported Swedish Beers in Berlin this time last year. Futurice is a software design and development consultancy based in Finland, Germany and the UK. They believe in an open culture that fosters happy, motivated people. And they’re a very friendly bunch. They even have their own Futurice beer!

Sampo and his team will be on hand to talk mobile with you. They have tons of experience and some very cool projects they’ve worked on so I know you’ll enjoy chatting to them.

Basic CMYKJoining the sponsorship roster are newcomers to Swedish Beers, US Tax & Financial Services. Join Nora, Sitara, and Fran from US Tax & Financial Services. They provide advice, guidance, planning and compliance services for individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts and estates for anyone subjected to the US tax system, wherever they may be in the world. If you’re already doing business in the US or are planning to set up an office there, these guys can help you navigate the complexities of the tax system there and also the complexities of additional compliance and regulations. Avoid those penalties and talk to these guys. You’ll also find they have more than a passing interest in mobile and technology and are very pleased to be supporting this edition of Swedish Beers.

inspiring logosAnd last but by no means least, we have inspiringinterns (internships and graduate recruitment) and inspiringsearch (digital recruitment and headhunting). If you’re a regular at Swedish Beers, you’re bound to have met one or more of the team already. Charlie and Benedict were on the door for our Barcelona party, CEO, Ben, has been attending Swedish Beers since they started back in 2001 and they’ve sponsored many times over the years. The team have been recruiting for the mobile industry for many years and are very knowledgeable and approachable.

If you haven’t signed up already, you can still do that over on Eventbrite or add yourself on Facebook. Doors will open at 6.30pm and we’ll be there for as long as people want to hang out.

Skål

Helen

Registration now open for Swedish Beers London!

swedish beers london may14Hurrah! Your favourite mobile networking party is back in London to bring you more beer and more chat! You’ll find the party at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel from 6.30pm onwards on Monday 19th May.

The first sponsor is confirmed – that’s our friends at Open Mobile Summit. You may have met them at the Barcelona party in February as they had a lot of beer tokens! They enjoyed meeting you so much that they’re sponsoring the party again and that means we have a new, bigger location. We’re going to be at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel and the delegates at the Open Mobile Summit will be joining us too so there’ll be a good mix of familiar faces and new friends. Don’t worry, the party is still free to attend, it just means we have more room, and with a bit of luck, more beer too.

You can sponsor too!

I’m looking for more sponsors so talk to your FD, your CEO or whoever holds the budget and see if you can’t join in the fun too on 19th May. Just like Barcelona, I’m offering some Start-Up specials as well and if you really fancy splashing the cash, there are combined Open Mobile Summit & Swedish Beers sponsorship packages. Get in touch with me to find out more.

Like our previous events, this is a relaxed evening, no formalities, no presentations, no business cards thrust in your face as soon as you arrive. Just come with an open mind, be prepared to see friends old and new, talk nonsense, enjoy a drink or five 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 and the lovely people at Open Mobile Summit and the Victoria Park Plaza have promised to look after us well.
No need to RSVP unless you want to. There’s no guest list, no tickets and there’s no guaranteed entry. Just come and go as you please.

I’ve checked the Wi-Fi and it works and even though we’re one floor down, the mobile signal seems to be good too so you’ll be able to demo your latest mobile thing whilst enjoying your beer and a chat. We’ll have the usual beer tokens and if they run out, we’ll revert to a pay bar. There is a smoking area to the left of the main entrance of the hotel and is well signposted.

So let me introduce our first sponsors….

Open Mobile Media

I’m  delighted to welcome Open Mobile Media again to sponsor the London edition of Swedish Beers. As part of their sponsorship, they’re giving away 10 Gold Passes to their upcoming Open Mobile Summit. It’s free to enter the competition and the closing date is 23:59 on Thursday 1 May 2014. More information over on the Swedish Beers blog and click here to fill in the entry form.

You don’t have to register, but if you do, you’ll get a handy email reminder of the time, date and location. And it will also give me an idea of how many are coming and keep our sponsors happy.

Looking forward to catching up with you all

Skål

Helen

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Please note, your registration details will be shared with all sponsors.

Google Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow – Europe – 7-11 April 2014

Exciting news! Hot on the heels of the recent announcements about pricing and capability for Google’s Cloud Platform, we are also pleased to announce that the Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow is coming to nine European cities on the week of April 7th with 17 more cities to come. In the UK, the team will visit both Manchester and London. And the other cities on this leg of the tour are Paris, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Milan, Stockholm and Berlin.

This free, half-day event should be of particular interest to mobile developers as one of the sessions will show you how to build a mobile app on Google Cloud Platform end-to-end. Live. In one hour. Pretty impressive, huh?

At the roadshow, Google will also demonstrate new approaches to computing that enable you to move beyond traditional divisions of PaaS and IaaS.  They will also showcase a developer experience that enables you to work more efficiently as you build, test, and deploy your code.

Google Cloud Platform is available to small start-ups through to large enterprises and clients include CostCo, Netflix, AirBnB and Snapchat.

This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of the world’s biggest cloud and chat with the international Google Cloud Platform team who will be on hand to answer your questions. If you’d like to attend one of the sessions in your city, RSVP required so please register here.

Here’s that link again to register.

New partner event in London: Amazon Appstore Developer Meetup

We have a new partner event to announce. Amazon is hosting an exclusive event for mobile app developers, and we’re pleased to invite you to join us.

During the event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the unique set of monetisation and engagement tools available to Kindle Fire developers, hear tips and recommendations for growing your Amazon business from developers like you, and socialize with the Amazon team and members of the developer community. Heroes of Mobile founder, Helen Keegan, will be leading a short panel discussion and you will also have the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9” device.

To request your ticket, please fill in this short questionnaire ASAP. Once you have completed the questionnaire, we will email your invite with your access code and registration URL if we are able to accommodate you.

The event will be held at The Skills Matter eXchange, 116-120 Goswell Rd, London, EC1V 7DP on Wednesday June 5th between 17:00 – 19:30. Doors will close at 17:30, so please be prompt.

New event: Hanging on the Telephone

A new Heroes event in London on 25 April courtesy of our friends at Infobip and Qustodian.

We’re hanging on the telephone or rather, the smartphone, to bring it up to date. It feels like we’re hanging on to mobile advertising as the future of mobile marketing. Everything seems to revolve around the banner ad which isn’t even a new format. This is a format that has been repurposed from a large screen to a small screen. It doesn’t take into account the full capability of the device it appears on nor the context of where the user is when they see the ad or who they are and what mindset they may be in. And why are we focussing just on adverts anyway?

It’s easy to forget that there’s more to mobile marketing than the banner ad alone. There’s still mileage with SMS, emails are routinely opened on a mobile device and we have a multitude of social media to deal with – 80% of UK twitter users tweet from their phone. There’s location based services, NFC (near field communication), mobile apps, web apps on mobile as well as the humble banner ad. There’s an ever increasing number of devices, operating systems and screen sizes to deal with. And this all has to integrate with what’s happening on other channels including full fat websites, TV, print and outdoor media. Where do you begin to knit it all together? And where’s the innovation anyway?

In this session you’ll hear a panel discussing the latest trends in mobile marketing and where they fit in the marketing mix from SMS alerts to full-blown CRM. We’ll discuss the challenges and pitfalls and hear how some have done it well and maybe not so well. We’ll take a peak into what’s coming next and how that will impact (or not) on how marketing is done.

We’ll also have some demos from companies you may not have seen before who are doing something interesting in mobile marketing and advertising.

If you’re doing something new and interesting in mobile marketing advertising and media and would like one of the demo spots, please get in touch with Helen Keegan by email explaining briefly what you do and how to get in touch with you.

This session will be of particular interest to brands, retailers, agencies, media owners and service providers who are running or about to run mobile marketing or mobile advertising initiatives.

More info and registration here: http://mobileheroes.net/events/event/hanging-on-the-telephone/

About our sponsors

Infobip

Infobip logoInfobip is an international provider of mobile messaging and mobile payments in the cloud. They have the biggest non-telco network in the world, covering 190 countries and their global platform is among the most efficient ones in the industry. With solutions for both enterprises, agencies, media owners as well as developers and start-ups, mobile is the inspiration and moving force behind everything they do. Find out more at http://www.infobip.com

Qustodian

qustodian logoQustodian provides a mobile marketing and advertising service that puts the user in control of what they receive, when and how. Qustodian members are offered the opportunity to create and manage a digital profile of their preferences so that they receive the financial and commercial benefits of the use of this data. Find out more at http://www.qustodian.com Order your tickets here. Free to attend. RSVP required.

This is a Heroes of Mobile event and is supported by What’s New in Publishing and Mobile Marketing Magazine.