26 Mar 2013

Mobile Miscellany, 26 March 2013, Free Trip to France, Next Events and more ...

In this Miscellany: a preview of what we are planning for upcoming events, discounted places for start-ups/students/charities now available for The Mobile Academy, a retro of our last event, an invitation from our lovely friends at Cambridge Wireless to a Blackberry event they are holding in London and win a Business Trip to Normandy!

Last Event - Finance, Incubators and Accelerators

I'm going to ignore, for a moment, that it's something of a British cliche to discuss the weather, but I don't know anyone who hasn't been grumbling about the unseasonable coldness and who isn't hoping that the weather people are wrong about what's in store for the upcoming Easter break.

Last Monday many hardy MoMo Londoners braved the torrential rain to fill the house for our event on Finance, Incubators and Accelerators. Returning to chair this event, after a year, our inimitable chair John Spindler gave a presentation on what's hot in finance and acceleration in London today.

The quality of his information and the number of links in it overwhelmed even the most avid note takers in the audience - I don't think we've ever had so many requests for a copy of a slide deck!  John's presentation is now available from our blog, along with a summary of the event, written by MoMoLo volunteer Rob Finean, as well as a link to the The Fonecast's recording of the proceedings.

So even if you didn't manage to swim over to Centre Point that evening, you'll get a sense of what went on and the amazing contributions of our panellists Alistair HillNic BrisbourneSitar TeliMichel Sabatier and Inmaculada MartinezAlso many thanks to the delegation from The Mobile Academy, the programme that we co-host with University College London, who came along and formed "The Knowledge Exchange".

Mobile Academy Discounted Registration Now Open

Talking of The Mobile Academy, we're delighted to announce that we have opened discounted registration for Start-Ups, those in Education & Charities. Whether you were there to hear the stories from our Alumni or not, now's your opportunity to grab a discounted ticket while they are still left.

At a mere £495 + booking fee for 36 hours of industry expert tuition over 10 weeks of evening classes we reckon it's not only the most informative programme on mobile that you'll find - but easily the best value for money (full price is £1,995) - and because it's an evening programme you can continue to work your socks off, as usual, during the day.

But don't take our word for how good it is (actually we'll be offended, but even so) and check out some graduates' testimonials.  The course starts on Tuesday 23rd April, tickets are selling fast, don't say you were not warned!

BlackBerry 10 Event at British Library

Our friends from Cambridge Wireless have decided to pop on the train to London (presumably because they are fed up with the brutal cold out there on the fens) to work with our marvellous annual supporters, BlackBerry, on a BlackBerry 10 event - The Future for Developers – 30th April 2013, British Library, London. Event kicks off at 5pm and you can register here. If you want to know more about BlackBerry's exciting new offering do check out that event.

Free Trip to France

The Enterprise Europe Network at UCL Advances are offering a free trip to Mobile Monday London companies working on mobile technologies!  This includes a private tour of the Orange Research Centre in Caen and a ticket in to the ROOMN Exhibition to see the latest in the mobile technologies. Contact: m.nazare@ucl.ac.uk to apply!

Next Event

Something we're often asked, and are equally often rather shy about revealing, is what the programme of upcoming events is ... well, in a break with tradition, here's a sneak preview of what we are planning. Something that's been on my mind a while is the whole question of Bring Your Own Device. Talking to some people about this - typically someone in an SME or larger - they'll say, "Wow, what an opportunity and what a headache". Equally - if you talk to folks in start-ups they may well say, "What are you talking about?"

So we're planning an event to explore the pros and cons of this, and how many elephants there may be in the room (or dinosaurs if you prefer). Another angle on this is to observe that corporates are potentially a more interesting and reliable source of revenue for innovation than taking pot luck in an app store with your latest killer app. Can't hurt to know what the enterprise sector is thinking and see if you can't come up with an idea to help.

We're still building the panel for this discussion - and if you'd be interested in speaking and taking an angle on it, then please let us know. Equally, if you have a product or service in this area that you'd like to demo then please let us know.

That event looks like it will run on 15th April - we'll confirm after Easter ... till then have a good break and hope the weather improves ...