30 May 2012

Mobile Miscellany - Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 EUR 200k prize pool, Next Event 11 June and more ...

Today's Mobile Miscellany is short but very sweet ...

We're kicking off the summer season here in London with some hot stuff to match the weather!

Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 Now Open for Entries

We're delighted once again to be helping out with spreading the word and holding supporting events for Vodafone Smart Accessibility 2012. In short there is a prize pool of EUR 200,000 across the four categories of Social Participation, Independent Living, Mobility and Wellbeing, These are prizes that are truly worth winning, folks!

In support of this initiative we're running our next event on 11th June (below) and will be organising some workshops for people to gain a more in-depth appreciation of the issues. We'll be announcing those dates shortly.

Entry is open from today and closes 15th October, full details: http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2012/home/

Monday 11 June - Inclusive and Accessible Design

Supported by the Vodafone Foundation in support of the Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 which [reminder] open today! (See above) our next event discusses improving the use of mobile for people with disabilities and indeed everyone else. Good design is inclusive design. Registration is open - register and event details: http://momolondon-2012-06-11-y.eventbrite.co.uk/

Other MoMoLo Sumer Programme Events

We've got a lot to pack in before the Olympics and I know that I have said it before, but we really are working madly at getting the dates out for those events, so hold on to your hats, everyone!


Open Cities App Challenge

Build your Smart City yourself: Open Data is in your hands. 

The Open Cities App Challenge is a free entry competiton, and your chance to create and make your mark within the city you live. Your app can be seen and used by millions of European citizens and the best bit is - it remains all yours! 

Details http://opencities.appcircus.com/ closing date 30th June

Operators and OTT 

Part of the Mobile Breakfast Series run by the renowned Chetan Sharma  MoMoLo members have a 25% discount code MML  on the already very reasonable price of GBP 30 (before tomorrow eve) or GBP 45 thereafter. http://www.mobilebreakfastseries.com/ - it will take place at WAYRA's lovely new Academy which I happen to know is holding the finals for their first round of entries today and tomorrow. Once again, good luck to MoMoLo entrants at that.

Alan Turing's Life and Legacy

The Science Museum has an exhibition opening on the 21st which could easily be of interest to the community http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us/press_and_media/press_releases/2012/02/Codebreaker_Turing.aspx.

And while we're on that Turing theme - looking forward to seeing lots of people Friday at Bletchley Park for Over the Air.

Till then or the 11 June

28 May 2012

11 June - Inclusive and Accessible Design plus Announcing Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards 2012

We've been meaning to hold an event on this important topic for absolutely ages, and it's an enormous pleasure to announce that we are now doing so to coincide with the launch of Vodafone Smart Accessibility 2012.

It's not just that inclusive design is virtuous, it seems clear to me that inclusive design is "good design" for everyone and is also commercially sensible design. Yet for some reason this is not widely discussed in the context of mobile, but should be. 

To help us understand this area more clearly Henny Swan (Senior Accessibility Specialist at the BBC) will make some introductory remarks to set the scene for us. 

Following that we have a panel discussion chaired by Robin Spinks of the RNIB (Principal Manager, Digital Accessibility) and he'll be joined by Damon Rose (Ouch! Podcast producer & BBC News journalist),  Suzette Keith (Usability and Accessibility Researcher & Visiting academic at Middlesex University), Samantha Fletcher (Trustee of the Dyslexia Association of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham) and Paul Carter (Co-Director of markthreemedia).

This year's Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards will follow the same format as last year's extremely successful awards. With four prizes each of EUR 50k this is something you should be paying attention to and wonder why you are not entering if you are eligible! 

We'll be hearing more about the awards at the event, so come and find out.

As usual free to attend and registration is now open at http://momolondon-2012-06-11-w.eventbrite.co.uk


6.00 Doors Open
6.30 Introduction
- to Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 
- to Inclusive and Accessible Design by Henny Swan, BBC
6.50 Panel Session
8.00 Networking
9.30 Close


University College London, Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Christoper Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ

(Please note change of location + please not it's NOT our usual Centre Point location). 

Nearest tube stations are: Euston Square, Warren Street, Goodge St and Euston

Our Sponsors

Vodafone Foundation 
Mobilising the community, mobilising social change:
At the heart of our foundation is the belief that our mobile communications technologies can address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and our responsibility is to utilise our innovative mobile technology in mobilising social change and improving people’s lives.
To achieve this objective the Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of Vodafone's global and local social investment programmes.
Globally, our Foundation makes social investments by funding projects which support disaster relief and preparedness including our Red Alert Programme, through projects which use mobile technology for the benefit of all, and via our unique World of Difference programme.
In countries in which Vodafone operates, our social investment is delivered by a unique footprint of 26 Vodafone Foundations and social investment programmes. These programmes are directed and chosen by the Foundation Trustees and receive funding from the Vodafone Foundation in the UK as well as their local Vodafone company.
UCL Advances

Many thanks to UCL Advances for their support.

16 May 2012

Announcing ... The Mobile Academy! Please join us for launch night 23 May 2012.

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of The Mobile Academy.

Are you are a company that needs to get deeper into mobile? A developer or designer who wants to learn new skills?  An entrepreneur wanting to launch into mobile?  Maybe you are on the business side and want to learn more about mobile technology and design?

UCL Advances and Mobile Monday London bring you a unique and practical programme centred around the business, design and technological aspects of successful mobile innovation.

The next programme runs from June to October (with a break in August) on most Tuesday to Thursday evenings and costs only £300.

Hear more about the innovative format, syllabus, success stories from the pilot courses; and get the opportunity to talk to organisers, our industry tutors and mentors.

Wednesday 23rd May 2012 6.30 pm for a 7.00pm start, close at 9.00pm.

Free to attend, registration required.

Room 110, UCL Roberts Engineering Building, WC1E 7JE

Finding us: The Roberts Engineering is opposite Waterstones on Torrington Place.  Entrance to building on Malet Place.

Nearest stations: Euston Square, Euston, Goodge Street and Warren Street.

15 May 2012

Please tell us what you think about Mobile Monday London

Thanks very much, everyone, we've had loads of responses and the survey is now closed. Very gratifying to receive so much feedback, thanks again.

Hello everybody

We're six and a half years and 72 events in to the Mobile Monday London journey. 

Over that time things have changed a lot - reflecting both the enormous growth of the community and the developing maturity of our industry. Over that time people have been - on the whole - very kind about what we do and how we do it. Over that time we've changed the formula of what we do and how we do things, and we want to continue to change things but only in the right way. So we would like to find out more about what you think and for you to help us plan what we do going forward. 

Please will you help us by completing our survey which has been prepared by our one and only Product Doctor, Julia Shalet.  It's completely anonymous and it will help us enormously if we get lots of responses. 

Thanks very much