30 Nov 2009

Need accommodation in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress? Then Justin’s your man

Contact Justin Email: justin@reventz.com Phone:   +44(0)2071937952   Mobile:  44(0)7507861533 

rEventz is the premiere events agency throughout Europe, specialising in Spain and are Mobile Monday London’s latest partner during the run up to Mobile World Congress. rEventz expertise lies in making attending Mobile World Congress easy for you by finding you the right accommodation, the right meeting places, and making sure your stay in Barcelona is fuss-free.

Justin and his team have been working closely with the Mobile World Congress for over 5 years with some of the biggest (and smallest) companies in the industry and with a large stock of hotel rooms and other services; we can tailor every package perfectly to the individual needs of each individual client. And Justin knows Barcelona backwards which is a great help, especially if you’re new to Congress.

Every client has their own dedicated project manager working on their booking and only their booking so you so there are no distractions and all of your requests are handled immediately. If 100% perfection is the minimum that you ask for – trust rEventz with your next Event and see what 110% satisfaction feels like. Previous satisfied clients include O2/Telefonica, Tele Atlas, Cisco Systems, Verisign, Seven, Opera, Aliph, NXP and more.

All of rEventz’s hotels are located in the heart of Barcelona with easy access to the Fira Exhibition Centre and the Placa Cataluña (the very centre of the city) where most of the restaurants are and where most of the evening networking happens.  So rest assured with rEventz we will keep you central and where you need to be avoiding unnecessary travel. All hotels are located within 5 mins of the nearest Metro station and all have taxis readily available. 

Listed below are the most up to date list of available hotels with rEventz; with pricing on average less than the official organiser is offering.  For further information about any of these hotels including pictures don’t hesitate to contact Justin. Yes, we know hotel prices are expensive during Mobile World Congress, but these are below the usual rate for the week of Congress when all prices seem to go up – sometimes double or even treble the usual room rates. Yes, it sucks, but Justin’s negotiated some good rates for Mobile Monday London members.

  • Hotel Paral.lel 2* - This hotel is an excellent budget hotel and although a 2* offers superb service and rooms for its rating, the hotel also has the added bonus of being just a 10 min walk to the Fira Exhibition Centre and just 10 mins to the centre of town – Placa Cataluña .  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    20 rooms available: €250/night inc tax and breakfast
  • The Hotel Aston 3* - This first-class business is well priced and is just 10 mins by taxi or metro to the Fira Exhibition Centre and Placa Cataluña.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    17 rooms available: €240/night inc tax and breakfast
  • Hotel Junior 3* - Another first class, budget business hotel and the sister hotel to the Hotel Aston (located 30 seconds from it) and is located 10 mins to both The Fira Exhibition Centre and Placa Cataluña via metro or taxi.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    15 rooms available: €235/night inc tax and breakfast
  • The Hotel Ramblas 3* - Excellent budget hotel offering all of the services that you could need during the event, located in the heart of Barcelona on Las Ramblas; a 5 min walk to Placa Cataluña and under 10 mins via taxi or metro to The Fira Exhibition Centre.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    10 rooms available:  €240/night inc tax breakfast
  • Hotel H10 Cataluña Plaza 3* Superior - This hotel is located right in heart of the city in Placa Cataluña so you couldn’t be more central and has recently been refurbished to the highest standard.  5 mins to the Fira Exhibition Centre via metro/taxi.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    10 rooms available €315/night inc tax and breakfast
  • Hotel Reding 3* - This very comfortable business hotel is centrally located at just a 2 min walk to Placa Cataluña and 5 mins to the Fira Exhibition Centre via metro or taxi.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    14 rooms available: €325/night inc tax and breakfast
  • The Sunotel Central 4* - This great business hotel offers everything that you would expect from a 4* hotel and is ideally located at just a 10 min walk to the Fira Exhibition Centre and under 10 mins to Placa Cataluña via metro or taxi.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    14 rooms available: €345/night inc tax and breakfast
  • The Hesperia Del Mar 4* - This new 4* hotel is another good excellent hotel.  Although located by the port of Barcelona its still just 10 mins in a taxi or metro to the Fira Exhibition Centre and Placa Cataluña (you don’t have to go through the centre of town – thus avoiding traffic).  Due to the fact that it is slightly further away though it offers 4* hotel rooms at 3* prices!  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    20 rooms available: €275/night inc tax and breakfast
  • The Grand Hotel Central 4* Superior - Saving the best for last: this gorgeous boutique hotel offers unparalleled comfort and style.  The hotel is also ideally located right in the heart of Barcelona offering perfect quality at unbeatable prices.  The hotel is just 5 mins on foot to Placa Cataluña and under 10 mins to the Fira Exhibition Centre via metro or taxi.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms of the hotel.
    20 rooms available:  €320/night inc tax and breakfast

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29 Nov 2009

Last Chance to win a place at a MWC 2010 Pre-Show Press Event with UKTI

UK Trade & Investment has created a unique opportunity for 20 UK companies to engage with the media in the run up to Mobile World Congress 2010.

On 20th January 2010, UKTI will be hosting a media speed networking event in London for the successful companies, these companies will be selected from a panel board and notified of their involvement by 10th December 2009.

The event will enable UK companies to meet with relevant journalists with an interest in Mobile World Congress in advance of the show to share news and generate interest in their company's products and services.

It can be notoriously difficult to gain the attention of journalists at Mobile World Congress, particularly for smaller companies. This event aims to provide an opportunity for companies to do so before the Congress takes place.

There is a strict limit to the number of companies that can benefit from this event and for this reason companies that wish to be considered will need to complete a simple form and also be able to fulfil some strict criteria.

The criteria are:
» Submission must be made by 30 November 2009
» You will need to have someone available to be present in London on 20th January
» You will need to have a newsworthy story: product, innovation, or development that you are able to speak with the media about
» Whilst we will ask journalists not to use the information that they receive until Mobile World Congress, companies attending will need to be certain that the news they have will be ready for public release on 15th February 2010. It will not be possible to include innovations or agreements that are not certain to take place
» You will need to be available on the telephone during November or December 2009 to discuss the news that you will be announcing at Mobile World Congress

What kind of journalists will be attending this event?
We will invite journalists from national, trade, technical and consumer technology publications that have an interest in Mobile World Congress 2010. We will also invite the Mobile World Congress show newspaper and television station.

Will I be certain that my news will be published?
No. This will depend on the news agenda for journalists and the newsworthiness of your stories.

What is in it for me?
You will get the chance to tell the story of your company to up to 20 journalists with an interest in mobile communications before they arrive at Mobile World Congress.


Name of Company:
Year founded:
Number of employees:
Primary spokesperson for the media:
Company description:
Company primary market:
Company primary customers (eg manufacturers, mobile operators):
Company's target media publications:
Briefly describe the news you will be announcing at Mobile World Congress 2010:

Submit you application to Jessica Eddens on mobileworldcongress[at]tradefair[dot]co[dot]uk

STOP PRESS: Please note that we will have tickets to give away for Mobile World Congress in a draw for delegates of Heroes of the Mobile Screen on 7 December. You can buy tickets now for £99 (ex VAT/bkg fee) at http://mobileheroes.net/register

24 Nov 2009

You can still get involved…

Hello everyone

Helen here from the Mobile Heroes and Mobile Monday London team…

In case you hadn’t noticed, it's less than two weeks to go until Heroes of the Mobile Screen http://mobileheroes.net ... and there's still new stuff to announce...

So, first up - lovely sponsors who are helping to make all this happen for us. We can now confirm that Blackberry is a gold sponsor and Windows Live and Windows Phone are silver sponsors. WINplc is event sponsor. Smaato is sponsoring the lanyards, Kemp Little LLP is supporting the event and we'll have a few more to announce this week. And not only that, Blackberry has given us a bunch of Mobile World Congress passes to give away to delegates coming to the conference. Keep an eye on the Heroes twitter feed http://twitter.com/hotms and blog http://mobileheroes.net/blog to find out how to get your mitts on those lovely free passes.

Secondly, we have lots of lovely new speakers announced including Hugo Barra from Google, Oded Ran from Microsoft, George Nimeh from Iris, Phil Cox from Silicon Valley Bank, Giles Rhys Jones from Ogilvy, Mark Watts Jones from Orange and still more to be confirmed. Read all about them over at http://mobileheroes.net/speakers

Thirdly. You can still get involved. Well, of course you can buy a ticket (everyone who buys a ticket really makes our day and lots of lovely people have already bought tickets!). But there's also a way you can score a free one... We're still looking for companies who are targeting teens (age 17/18) with their mobile product, service, game, application or device and who want to get some constructive feedback from their teenage audience. Don't worry, it's not scary. julia shalet bw lgeJulia Shalet (pictured) is running this session and she knows what she's doing and has briefed the teenagers thoroughly. And she'll also brief the companies we choose thoroughly too so it becomes a useful experience for everyone involved. Anyway, we've had some people apply already, but we want to remind you that there's still time to apply and we really do want to see what you're made of. If you're interested, please email me ( helen [at] mobileheroes [dot] net ) or Dominic ( dominic [at] mobileheroes [dot] net ) to express your interest or to find out more about what's involved.

And finally, there are still some sponsorship opportunities to support the networking party afterwards. If you want to get involved in that, then please talk to me - ( helen [at] mobileheroes [dot] net ).

*Also a big thanks to our media and association partners for their support. Mobile Marketing Association, AIME, Mobile Data Association, IPC Media, Mobile Entertainment Magazine, Mobile Europe, Mobhappy, Mobile Zeitgeist, GoMoNews, Mobile Industry Review, The Really Mobile Project and many many more*

Don't forget to spread the word as well to your clients and colleagues. This isn't just for mobile industry insiders.

See you all on the 7th!

8 Nov 2009

Heroes of the Mobile Screen – 7 Dec 09 at the BFI Southbank, London

logo_building copy lge jpg Some of you may be wondering what I’ve been up to of late. Well, if you have, then I can reveal to you that I’ve been working on a new conference, Heroes of the Mobile Screen, which is on next month on 7 December at the rather wonderful BFI on London’s Southbank. And I’d love for you to spread the word (like our wonderful media partners), buy tickets and join the conversation. And I’m afraid this has taken our attention for the last few weeks which means we’ve had to cancel November’s Mobile Monday London event. Hopefully, this will all make up for it.

The team behind the conference, Isabel Fox, Neil Robertson, Carlo Longino, Dominic Travers and yours truly are also involved in running Mobile Monday London, Swedish Beers Mobile Networking, Future of Mobile, Over The Air, Mobile 2.0 and Tech Media Invest events amongst other things.

The day-long event at BFI Southbank will differ from anything else around (at least that’s what we’re aiming for) and get the stakeholders of mobile involved in discussing the issues affecting them and their customers. Uniquely the event also has teenagers on stage to tell the industry what they want from their mobile, what they expect from their network operators and what’s most important to them in terms of their mobile life.

20051204                                  onEdition Copyright image 2005©<br /><br />Doug Richard, David Whitewood of Hotxt.<br />For further info please contact:<br />Isabel Fox<br />020 7062 1192<br />isabel@ballard-associates.co.uk<br />This image is copyright the photographer 2005©.<br />This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEdition on +44(0)20 7978 1459 or email: <info@onEdition.com> InmaMartinezPic1 - Copy jp keishimada jpg belinda parmar Heroes of the Mobile Screen is already attracting a number of high calibre ‘heroes’ with speakers and panellists answering the call from around the world, including Kei Shimada, JP Rangaswami and Kevin Marks, Belinda Parmar, Julia Shalet, Doug Richard and Harald Neidhardt are all confirmed. The speakers are listed here and the agenda can be found here.

Heroes of the Mobile Screen opens with a keynote from Kei Shimada sharing his experience of what’s happening in Japan and what we can learn from that here in the West. And continues with four core pillars supporting discussion throughout the day.

The money
What's making money, who's making money and what's being invested in and where the money's going to be in the future? The answers to all the questions we want to ask of successful mobile service providers and VCs.

The impact of social/location
What is the impact of social media and location technology? What do customers want, what are the business models, what are the solutions to privacy issues. Carriers are placing their bets in this area, but will they pay off?

julia shalet bw lge Teenage heroes
Led by digital youth marketing expert Julia Shalet (pictured left), this is a new format where we invite four companies to pitch their product, service or device live on stage to six teenagers and they tell us what they really think.

Real customers, real applications, real marketing
A double session with the first half covering customers and what they really want on mobile with a focus on women in particular with some new research and insight into what women want from Belinda Parmar of Lady Geek. The second half will cover mobile marketing and advertising, what's working, what's not and what's coming next.

I came up with idea around the event because we realised that most of the events I attend throughout the year all talk around the same subjects, with the same people and bring up the same issues, without resolution. It’s time for us to stop talking to ourselves, look out beyond our industry and make some changes for the better. I believe it’s important to engage our colleagues in marketing, web 2.0 and media as well as more of our mobile colleagues from throughout the value chain. The exciting stuff is going to happen when industries cross over – that’s where the innovation is. In putting the agenda together, we believe we have something that will appeal to a wide audience – whether you’re a director of marketing for an FMCG brand or a web developer toying with the idea of developing apps for android or iphone.  And to do that, we need to share real customer insight that we can use to make ours and others mobile lives better.

Tickets are now available online now for £99 (ex VAT and booking fee) at http://mobileheroes.net . We’ve kept the price deliberately low and it’s subsidised by sponsors who we’ll be able to announce shortly.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the event in some way, please get in touch with me via email.

If you’re interested in pitching your gadget, application or service to our teenagers, please email Dominic Travers to put your name forward.

We are keeping a waiting list for potential speakers and panellists. If you’d like to be considered, please contact me.

So get your tickets now and become a fan on Facebook or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/hotms too.

The Mobile Premier Awards opens – and there’s an award for female entrepreneurs

MPA_Logo You might be familiar with the Global Peer Awards that Rudy de Waele has been running in partnership with Mobile Monday for the last few years in Barcelona. Well, he’s now extended the concept to include more networks, including the Women in Mobile Data Association (see us on Facebook and LinkedIn) and has launched The Mobile Premier Awards 2010 and it is now open for entries.

The Mobile Premier Awards recognize the year’s best in Mobile Start-up Innovation and are the largest open, global start-up competition in the mobile industry. The awards are the point of reference in start-up premiers during the Mobile World Congress on February 15, 2010 in Barcelona (yes, it’s nearly that time of year again) and are organized in collaboration with some of the main networks in the mobile industry.

We’re particularly excited about the award for female entrepreneurship… Anyway, more details about the whole shebang here. It’s free to enter and it seems to me to be exciting to be involved in it with both my Mobile Monday London hat and my Women in Mobile Data Association hat on. (Good job I like wearing hats eh).

The Mobile Premier Awards 2010 will include the following awards:

* MPA in Innovation - The best grassroots start-up innovation chosen by their peers in partnership with Mobile Monday. The Mobile Monday chapters will vote for their local most innovative start-up. An international jury of the most recognized mobile industry experts will select the 20 finalists from all the local chapter nominees to pitch at the event in Barcelona in front of investors, operators, media companies, peer entrepreneurs, and press and influential bloggers.

* MPA in Marketing - The best start-up in Mobile Marketing

* MPA in Entertainment - The best start-up in Mobile Entertainment in partnership with the Mobile Entertainment Forum

* MPA in User Experience - The best start-up in Mobile User Experience in partnership with MEX.

* MPA in Social Change - The best start-up using mobile for social change in partnership with Mobile Active.org

* MPA in Female Entrepreneurship - The best woman-led mobile start-up in partnership with Women2.0 and the Women in Mobile Data Association

Participation to these awards is free and open to any start-up with a mobile angle. Go to www.mobilepremierawards.com and take your chance to walk the red carpet in Barcelona!

3 Nov 2009

Winners of UKTI Competition for MWC Barcelona Places

An interesting evening, on Monday 26th October, of rapid-fire, Powerpoint-free presentations from contestants for places on the UKTI stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year. The distinguished panel of judges had the difficult choice of a wide range of different sorts of companies.

The worthy winners of the London final were:

Movirtu and The Key Revolution

who join winners from the earlier Cambridge final

Steepest Ascent, TouchType and Hypertag.

Congratulations to them all, and good fortune in Barcelona next year.