30 Jul 2012

Mobile Miscellany - Monday 30 July 2012

Happy Olympic Monday Everyone

It's been a little while since our last update so quite a lot to cover today.

Mobile Marketing Live - 25% off and opportunity to win a free stand

As mentioned before, the lovely people at Mobile Marketing Magazine are holding Mobile Marketing Live on 1st and 2nd October at the Business Design Centre - check out the details at http://www.mobilemarketingmagazine.co.uk/live/ and use code MOMO25 for a 25% discount.

Not only that, but there's a competition for one lucky Mobile Monday London start-up a chance to exhibit free, which would normally cost £2,000. Find out moreand get entry details on the blog: http://www.mobilemonday.org.uk/2012/07/win-stand-at-mobile-marketing-live.html - but hurry! Closing date is tomorrow!

Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards

We've held a couple of events in support of this. The first was a Monday Evening session on 11th June, on Inclusive and Accessible Design which yielded fascinating insights from people with different types of accessibility impairments - read about the event here: http://www.mobilemonday.org.uk/2012/06/event-round-up-11th-june-inclusive-and.html.

We also ran a workshop on 19th July (a Thursday) which dived into more detail on some of the accessibility issues raised on 11th June. If you missed it and happen to be in Dublin on 21 and 22 August (or make a special trip!) then there will be a much extended version of that workshop there. Read all about it at http://www.inventorium.org/events/vodafone-smart-accessibility-awards-2012-e200k-prize-fund/.

All this is useful of course in raising awareness of inclusive design issues. However, there's a specific purpose in mind too, and that is to promote the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2012. Make sure to check out the 4 awards which share a prize pot of EUR 200,000. Entry is now open and closes on the 15th October. Information about the categories and entry criteria can be found at http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2012/home/

Samsung Smart App Challenge

Also as previously mentioned, our lovely annual sponsors Samsung are currently running their Smart App Challenge 2012 which has 80 prizes in a prize pot of over $4M ... yes, you read that right, to be exact USD 4,080,000. It's already started, and closes on 30th Sept - so check it out at http://www.smartappchallenge.com/eng/main.do 

The Mobile Academy

As you may be aware, we are working with our friends over at UCL and putting together a new programme for "people who want to build successful mobile channels and products". The first of our 12 week programmes will now start on 18th September 2012 and will run to mid December.  Also, so that you can make as many sessions as possible, the programme will run onTuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 to 9pm, with two consecutive sessions on each night. 

I'm delighted to tell you that friends ICT KTN are offering 12 fully funded places to The Mobile Academy worth over £300 each. Applying for an ICT KTN funded place is simple:  Make your case in 100 words, email it to info@ictktn.or.uk by 8th August and the winners will be announced by 14th August.  This offer is open to all ICT KTN members.  Membership is free, and if you are not already a member, you can join by visiting http://www.ictktn.org.uk.

More details about The Mobile Academy at http://themobileacademy.org.uk.

Campus Party Berlin

If you're looking for a major tech event to attend (10,000 attendees from across Europe) at the end of August then you should check out Campus Party in Berlin. It will take place at Tempelhof Airport from 21 to 26 August. According the the Campus Party people: "Campus Party is the biggest electronic entertainment event in the world. It's a weeklong, 24-hours-a-day technology festival for thousands of “campuseros” - hackers, developers, gamers and geeks. Equipped with computers and other toys, they camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment."

Our friends over in MoMo Berlin are putting together a Europe wide MoMo extravaganza - they're still working on the details, but when ready they'll announce them here: http://www.mobile-monday.de/. More details about Campus Party at http://www.campus-party.eu/2012/index.html

Next Events

We're working on an event schedule which will resume in September. September 3 to be exact, when we will be kicking off the season with an Mobile Apps Marketing related event, supported by our generous annual sponsors, Samsung.

Looks like there may be as many as three events in September - a record for us! We'll keep you posted as things develop.

Enjoy the Olympics, have a great summer!