26 Oct 2011

Now we are Six. MoMoLo Celebrates its 6th Anniversary on 7th Nov

Wiping a small tear from my eye as I write this, I'm thinking back to the first event we held at the Vodafone offices in The Strand on the 7th Nov 2005 and the 70-odd (really) events we have held since. The mobile industry has come an awfully long way since then - so it seems appropriate for us to look back over that period, and to look forward to what's coming next.

Helping us do so, and trying not to overdo the A A Milne references, but not really succeeding:

Martyn Warwick (aka Christopher Robin) from TelecomTV (who just celebrated 10 years) will chair the panel, which will consist of long time friends of MoMoLo from Pooh Corner, Mike Short (Telefonica and current IET President), David Wood (Accenture and of Symbian and Psion fame), Russell Buckley (Eagle Eye Solutions, aka the AdMob man) and Mark Curtis (Fjord, themselves 10, the man who made Mobile Social work in the form of Flirtomatic).

Between them they'll have plenty to say about what's been happening in the Hundred Acre Wood over the last six years, and while leaning on the rail of the bridge will offer opinions on which of the upcoming Poohsticks will emerge first. We may have a little competition for who is Tigger and who is Eeyore ... I'm expecting plenty of lively input from you, the audience!

As usual the venue is CBI Conference Centre at Centre Point. Please use the entrance at street level. Nearest tubes are Tottenham Court Road (Central Line only – Northern Line exit is closed at the moment) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines).

The event is free to attend, please RSVP at http://momolo.org/event.jsp?eventid=117– RSVP is required


6.00 pm Doors open
6.30 pm Welcome and introductions
6.35 pm Panel session
8.00 pm Drinks and networking courtesy of our lovely sponsors (see below)
9.30 pm - Doors close



Hailo the Black Cab app, is a London technology startup backed by a founder of Skype (Atomico Ventures) and Wellington Partners. Use Hailo to hail a black cab wherever you are with two taps on your smartphone and pay cash or card with no charges above the meter.

Over the past 9 months, they've raised $3M and built up a fleet of nearly 2,000 registered drivers who are now ready to start picking you up. Hailo is offering exclusive beta invites to Mobile Monday members - sign up now.

The team includes a founder of eCourier, Jay Bregman, and three London licensed taxi drivers. They are launching in London in November and in other major cities around the world in 2012. They work together at an uber-cool office on a boat moored on the Thames - and are hiring aggressively so please check out their job vacancies.

UCL Advances

Many thanks to UCL Advances for their support. Make sure to check out their 10,000 Small Businesses programme, "A New Training and Growth Programme for London’s Most Promising Small Businesses".

There's one more introductory session on the 2nd Nov at The Trampery. Online applications will be open till 12th December.

19 Oct 2011

Forum Oxford, Power of One and MEX - Special Offers for MoMo London Members

There's no shortage of mobile and tech related conferences these days but three of those that are likely to be of special interest to MoMo London people are coming up shortly - and they all have special deals.

Also details to follow on our (as usual) free to attend MoMoLo "Now we are Six" Birthday Party on Monday 7th November . Christopher Robin will be chairing the panel of Poo, Tigger, Eeyore and Kanga on the highlights of the last 6 years and what is to come in the Hundred Acre Wood!

Those events, in calendar order:

Friday 28th October: ForumOxford: Mobile Apps and Technologies Conference, Oxford

This year's conference focuses on Mobile Commerce, NFC payments and the Mobile Web

Details: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/H600-23

Register: Use https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/account/registration/index.php?id=O11C812H6J to attend for £200 instead of the usual £295

Friday 11th November: Power of One, Battersea Power Station

Power of One is a day for developers and entrepreneurs to get together and celebrate how much the individual can achieve in today's tech industry.

Details: http://p0wer0f1.com

Register: http://www.amiando.com/p0wer0f1.html Use code MOMO for a 20% discount on the £99 + VAT fee.

You could get to pitch your company to the assembled crowd http://p0wer0f1.posterous.com/want-to-speak-at-power-of-one

Wednesday 30th Nov - Thursday 1st Dec: MEX, London

The 10th MEX on the future of mobile user experience. 100 creative thinkers will work together over 2 days focused on 7 curated Pathways, ranging from multi-touchpoint design to new forms of mobile interaction.

Details: http://pmn.co.uk/mex/

Continuing a long tradition of MEX and MoMoLo, individuals and early stage start-ups who wouldn't otherwise have the budget to attend MEX can apply for one of the fully supported MEX Scholarship places. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 25th October

Scholarship: http://pmn.co.uk/mex/scholarships09m.shtml

If you don't qualify for a scholarship place there's also a limited number of two-for-one places available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Register: http://pmn.co.uk/mex/register.shtml

12 Oct 2011

31st October - Final of competition for places on UK Stand at Mobile World Congress 2012

For the fourth year we're really happy to be hosting the final of this competition on behalf of ICT KTN (http://www.ictktn.org.uk). It will take place on Monday the 31st October at our usual venue - the CBI Conference Centre at Centre Point.

The prizes: Spaces on the UKTI stand at Mobile World Congress 2012. Winners at the London event last year were Masabi, Deltenna and Private Planet.

Twelve companies have been chosen from the initial entries. Each company will have 3 minutes in which to present their ideas (without using PowerPoint) and the judges then have the opportunity to ask questions. The finalists are listed below - some familiar MoMoLo faces among them, good luck to them all!

Timings: Doors open at 6.00 for a 6.30 start, and the competition will consist of lightning pitches by the 12 short listed contestants, followed by a buffet supper and networking.

Registration is free but is required at http://ictktn.co/tinc?key=d95cAHGK&formname=mwc_31_Oct (note this is not the MoMoLo registration Web site!)


6.00 Doors Open

6.30 Competition Starts - Lightning pitches and judges' questions.

8.00 Break for supper, networking and announcement of winners

9.30 Close

Oh, and "Save the Date" - we'll be celebrating being 6 years old on 7th November! Details later ...


Geonovo (Telecare) http://www.geonovo.com

Sub10 Systems (Point to Point Microwave) http://www.sub10systems.com

The Geography Collective's Mission: Explore (Exploration) http://www.thegoegraphycollective.com

TheAppside.com (Business Intelligence) http://www.theappside.com

Teez.me (Physical/Virtual World) http://www.teez.me

Lumi Mobile (Audience interaction) http://www.lumimobile.com

Mobilize (Mobile loyalty card) http://mobilize-systems.com

Carbon Hero's Carbon Diem (Carbon footprint) http://www.carbondiem.com

Apsmart's MPme (App Music) http://apsmart.mobi

Overlay Media’s Context Engine (Context based personalisation) http://www.overlaymedia.com

Mailsuite (Mobile Mail and Data Compression) http://mailsuite.com

Ribot's Threedomphone (Accessibility) http://www.ribot.co.uk

10 Oct 2011

UCL Course: Making Money from Mobile Apps

Taking your first App from Idea to App store

We're delighted to be supporting UCL with the second "Making Money from Mobile Apps" course - to be held on Monday and Wednesday Evenings 19th Oct - 14th Dec over at the UCL Campus.

The couse is targetted at entrepreneurs who are not necessarily developers to find out what's involved with conceiving, creating and launching an app.

The course starts on Wednesday week 19th Oct, and there is a seriously discounted price of GBP 320 which covers the entire 9 sessions.

Find out more over at the course Web site.

3 Oct 2011

Mobile Monday is supporting Movember… will you?


I just spotted this on the global Mobile Monday website and thought I should share with you. The annual Movember campaign is gearing up and Mobile Monday is thrilled to support this fantastically Fun – and – Worthy cause. Check details below and get your training pants on to Grow a Mo in Movember! You can see the full article here http://www.mobilemonday.net/09/2011/mobile-monday-movember-mobro-smiles.html

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The guys behind it joked about 80’s fashion and decided it was time to bring the moustache back. In order to justify their Mos (Australian slang for moustache), they used their new looks to raise money for prostate cancer research… never dreaming that facial hair would ultimately lead to a global movement that would get men talking about a taboo subject – their health.

A Mo Bro starts Movember – the month formerly known as November – clean shaven, and grows a moustache all month long, garnering support from friends and family in the form of donations. What’s more, a Mo Bro is a walking billboard for the cause as his new look opens the door for him to talk about cancers affecting men – making the moustache a symbol, much like the pink ribbon is for breast cancer. Each Movember culminates in a Gala Partè in major cities around the globe where Mo Bros dress up to match their Mo, channelling the likes of Tom Selleck, Gandhi and Ron Burgandy, vying for the ultimate accolade: Man of Movember.

While growing a Mo is left to the guys, Mo Sistas (women who support their guys) form an important part of Movember by recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds and attending Movember events. In the UK, this is Movember United Kingdom – The Prostate Cancer Charity. This is happening all over the world, so check the MoMo Global website for details of your local Movember initiative http://www.mobilemonday.net/09/2011/mobile-monday-movember-mobro-smiles.html.

As a Mo Sista I look forward to supporting the Mo Bros next month - although I’m not so sure I’m looking forward to the accompanying fashions… Winking smile