25 Nov 2014

MoMoLo goes to Apps World, November 2014

Firstly, a massive thanks to Apps World 2014 who gave us twenty-four stands to offer out to startups from the community over the two day conference - 12th and 13th November at ExCeL London. Around half of these were in the current intake or alumni of The Mobile Academy (the course we host with UCL).



Armed with my dictaphone, I interviewed our startups and they all talked about the diverse range of people that they met over the two days including web developers, investors, universities, corporates, press and bloggers. There was also mention of lots of different sectors; such as music and fashion.

Douglas Robb of Scramboo, talked about two of his favourite conversations: "I met a major English football club that are very interested in the product and someone yesterday refused to tell me their identity but this morning I received a LinkedIn invite from them - turns out they were very senior in a large corporate...it was very worthwhile"



Of course, it was also a great opportunity for some of the startups to engage with end customers too: 5 Tiles (Jose and Michal pictured here), were testing out the usability of their new keyboard for small devices on a Samsung smartwatch. They were delighted how quickly people were able to grasp their new interface. They also found a whole new target group where their product was providing a great solution for those with reduced dexterity.

Frederick of Adsy (love their branding!) also said that he had met quite a few of their 23,000 users and it was great to get feedback, confirmation of customer need and find out about ways they were using the product.

Albert at Quiztix added how useful it was to meet other startups and celebrate how far the word of Apps have come along. His team members enjoyed the opportunity to meet customers face to face.

From our side, we had many of our friends from international Mobile Monday chapters pop along to see us - here we have (left to right) London, London, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Singapore!


We also had a great opportunity to take a ride on the new cable car over from ExCeL to the after party at the 02. For me, the whole experience reinforced how lucky we are to live in such a diverse and vibrant city - a hot bed of innovation that pulls people from all over the world. 

Well done to the startups and thanks to those of you that came down over the two days to support them. 


Julia Shalet, Co-Organiser, Mobile Monday London

5 Nov 2014

Next Event: 12th November 5pm - 8pm at Apps World, Free Developer Plus Pass!

Time is running out to register for our next event - a drinks reception at Apps World, ExCeL on 12th November from 5pm.

Registration for our reception also gives you:
* a free Developer Plus Pass (worth £59) which includes access to the keynote from Brian Cox
* an exhibition pass for both 12th and 13th November
* access to the after-party at the O2 on the 12th (a short hop across the river on the Emirates Air Line cable car)

Come and see us at the MoMoLo StartUp Zone during the day on Wednesday or Thursday - in our village we'll be in great company with around thirty of the most diverse StartUps from our community. From double dating to parking and app testing to gaming, they'd love your support and will also be there for the drinks on Wednesday 12th from 5-8pm.

In the Zone will be: Ripple. Inc, Dna Dezign, Steer73, Smashed Crab Studio, Intoware, Mobikats Enterprise, Equaleyes Solutions, UCL Advances, Readly, ETAOI Systems, Techsis, eeGeo, AppyParking, Rounded Squarish, Triggertrap, Muzache, Playir, Mobileize, RefMe. co, Kites, QuizTix, Develapps, adsy. me, Swytch, Scramboo and Double.

If you also want to attend the various conference tracks you can enter MOMO15 and get a 15% discount on the ticket price. Check out the programme and book your tickets here.

Once more, do remember to register by 5pm Friday.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/momolo-goes-to-apps-world-registration-13270702027


Contribute to the Developer Economics Research Series on The App Economy and Developer Trends

While we’re here, and talking about Apps, we’re great supporters of the Developer Economics survey, which provides really important insights into what is happening and needs your support!

Now in its eighth iteration, the survey tracks responses from thousands of contributors across the globe. What do you think about the latest trends? Do you see more opportunity in Wearables, Smart Homes or Connected Cars? Who's making money from apps - and how? Are iOS developers adopting Swift? Is the web vs. native debate still relevant? It only takes ten minutes and you could win some great prizes.

We will send out a link to the free results of the survey in February. So do get involved here.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week.

15 Oct 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 15th October, Free Stands at Apps World, Next Event 12th November ...

In this Miscellany we have opportunities for free stands at Apps World, free places to GLAZEDCon, find out more about Community Based Learning opportunities for your company and a bumper crop of events over at CDEC.

Last Chance: Free stands in the MoMoLo Startup Zone at Apps World, 12th and 13th November

We have a fantastic offer for start-ups at Apps World which is at ExCeL, 12th and 13th November. If you are a company or have a demo-able App that is less than 1 year old, you might like to apply for a free stand in the MoMoLo Startup Zone. (It's worth £1k). A great opportunity to show the industry what you have. Please do that here by this Friday 17th October.

MoMoLo Drinks Reception at Apps World, 12th November

In addition, we are hosting a drinks reception at our MoMoLo Startup Zone on the the first night - 12th November - you can register here plus we get an invite to ride on the Emirates Air Line and carry on at the after party, so you might look to book the next morning off work!

By registering with us, you will also get access to the exhibition, which is free to attend. If you also want to attend the various conference tracks you can enter MOMO15 and get a 15% discount on the ticket price. So, for the reduced price conference tickets, register here and for the drinks reception and exhibition pass only, register here .

Free Places to GLAZEDcon UK 22nd October, London, N1

GLAZEDcon UK is a 1 day conference and evening showcase focused on the latest innovations and opportunities in Wearable Technology and IoT. We have free tickets for the first two to get to the registration page and enter the code MoMoFREE. If you don't make it in time, you can also get 25% of the ticket price with the code MoMo25 (making it £135).

Community Based Learning in Action

Is your business looking to participate in the booming London innovation scene? Perhaps you are interested in a specific aspect of that scene? Or maybe you are looking for an all round good product innovation course for your employees?

We are currently running our fifth season of The Mobile Academy - the 10 week evening course we co-host with UCL where we invite experts from the community to share their broad knowledge with those that are working on new product ideas. We are opening the doors for you to take a look and see what it is all about. So if you want to find out more, feel free to pop by on a Tuesday or Thursday evening before 2nd December - please get in touch with julia@mobilemonday.org.uk.

Connected Digital Economy Catapult Centre announces its Launch Season

The Connected Digital Economy Catapult is promoting over 40 events to launch its new Centre at King’s Cross. The events cover the latest innovations in technology and the creative sector and are free to attend. Find out more here.

That’s all for now - remember to get your application for a free stand at Apps World in by Friday!

23 Sep 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 23 Sept 2014. Free Stand at Apps World, Bursaries for The Mobile Academy, Round up from Demo Night

In this miscellany: we had a great demo night last week, we have free stand opportunities, discounted tickets and a party at Apps World and we have some free places at The Mobile Academy, starting next week …

WHAT HAPPENED AT DEMO NIGHT?
Did you miss Demo Night last week? If so, shame, but catch up on what you missed on the blog. Well done to all the demoers, thanks to Informa for hosting us at the Service Delivery Innovation Summit, to volunteers and a very engaged audience.

WIN A FREE STAND IN THE MOMOLO STARTUP ZONE AT APPS WORLD
We had a lot of fun at Apps World last year, so we're really happy to be returning this year, 12th and 13th November at ExCeL with a fantastic offer for startups. If you are a company or have a demo-able App that is less than 1 year old, you might like to apply for a free stand in the MoMoLo Startup Zone. (It's worth £1k!). Please do that here by 17th October.

ATTEND APPS WORLD
Entry to the Apps World exhibition is free but if you want to attend the various conference tracks you can enter MOMO15 and get a 15% discount on the ticket price. Check out the programme and book your tickets here.

BOOK THE DATE, APPS WORLD DRINKS RECEPTION, WEDNESDAY 12th NOV
We are also hosting a drinks reception at our MoMoLo Startup Zone on the 12th - you can register here - plus we get an invite to ride on the Emirates Air Line and carry on at the after party, so you might look to book the next morning off work! By registering with us, you will also get access to the exhibition.

LAST MINUTE BURSARIES FOR THE MOBILE ACADEMY STARTING TUESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
We have some last minute bursaries (free places!) from UCL Advances for "noble causes". Time is short so please spread the word - and get any potential candidates to email julia@mobilemonday.org.uk  asap with a few sentences about themselves.

The Mobile Academy runs for 10 weeks, 2 nights a week and is for people that want to deepen their knowledge in all aspects of taking a new product to success with a mobile audience. Along with getting the real need to know from industry experts, past participants have also told us about the invaluable networking. It's for a diverse crowd that want to know more about new product development, with a mobile twist.

Book here with code MoMoLo for a 10% discount or email Julia to ask for one of the 'good causes' bursaries.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone at Apps World - this is going to be a lot of fun!

Jo

21 Sep 2014

What happened at Demo Night, 16th September 2014

First off, thanks to our event partner Informa for hosting us, all our volunteers, to Miamii Mansour of Hai Media Group for the below post, to our demoers and of course to our audience for their encouragement and feedback.

We also want to thank Michał Kubacki, inventor of 5-TILES keyboard for touch screens and wearable devices. He returned as a former demoer to give us an update.

Michał Kubacki, pictured here with James Rosewell, another former demoer who is doing great things with 51Degrees
“…the Mobile Monday audience has incredible amount of knowledge and expertise in the mobile industry. We received feedback about the product as well as our business model. Shortly after our demo we managed to find our first investor, a mobile industry legend - Christian Lindholm. We will be presenting the new version of our product at the end of this week – based on the feedback that we received here after our demo. Mobile Monday London, its organisers as well as the audience, have played an important part in our journey …” Michał Kubacki



10 Startups Demo Innovative Approaches to Mobile Life: Mobile Monday London Demo Night, September 2014

Ten hot ticket startups took to the stage to show us what they are made of at Mobile Monday London’s Demo Night (16 September) during Informa’s 10th Annual Service Delivery Innovation Summit at Thistle Hotel, Marble Arch. Greeted by an enthusiastic audience, they showed clever innovations for our mobile lives.

There were some great case studies on service innovations, operators and carriers.” Richard Behrendt

Karel Bourgois said: “I’ve come all the way from Paris, I go to Mobile Monday in France, and have also attended San Francisco. I like the structure of this London Mobile Monday event – it's very well organised and I have discovered lots of innovative startups. I enjoyed the audience participation.” 

Daniel Balfour of Mobivate (previously worked for Virgin Mobile) said: “This is my first time in London - I have been to Mobile Monday in Sydney and really liked how there was a good amount of time for networking tonight”

Dippen Lad of Sky said: “I used to work for a WiFi start-up called The Cloud, and I’m a regular at Mobile Monday – I attend these events so that I can get ideas and understand what’s happening in the startup world. My favourite tonight has to be Pronto, I can see it taking off.”

A shout out to the demoers:

Good Food Talks
Matt gets feedback over a nice glass of red! 
Matt Wadsworth represented Good Food Talks - this startup prides itself on the fact that it has developed a Web app that’s “the smart way to read a menu”. Designed for blind or visually impaired people, Good Food Talks allows restaurants to use the service so their menus can be accessed using the device's assistive technology. The app is available for download for all iOS & Android devices.

Swytch
Once you realise what Swytch does, you’ll know why the audience loved this startup, represented by CEO Chris Michael. Swytch addresses a big pain point for consumers by enabling you to manage multiple numbers from one device. Step in Swytch to change your life, as you won’t need to stuff your pockets with mobile phones anymore!

QuizTix
Ian Masters & Albert Marshall showed us their app for quiz lovers. QuizTix is a group of original, fun and accessible quiz games that offer a familiar and friendly entertainment experience.

Mylo
Martin Sandstrom & Mark Lee showed us how the App helps you to manage all your bills and expenses in your houseshare, splitting everything and showing what you owe each other.

Grabyo
Benjamin Bourdin of Grabyo demonstrated their real time video platform that offers broadcasters the opportunity to share video clips from live broadcast TV and video feeds across Twitter, Facebook, the web and mobile. They already have some very large clients under their belt.

Viewmaker
Douglas Robb showed us his cloud based augmented reality platform where, with no programming skills, you can publish your own custom apps, converting your location-based data into AR-ready content, adding your own styling and extra widgets as you go.

Pronto
James Roy Poulter whet our appetite with his foodie App. Pronto allows users to order & track their meals 24/7. All it takes is 3 little taps from a smart device, and BOOM, your food is ordered!

Adsy
Frederick Tubiermont demoed how easy Adsy (a mobile web app that lets you create mobile web apps) was to create a mobile web app using tonight’s Mobile Monday event as the subject matter. He showed how to add maps, links, visuals and more using his simple user interface.

IFS
Matthew Bridge demonstrated how wearable technology, such as the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch - can improve workforce efficiencies through the delivery of business critical information.  Using Samsung’s API’s for notification alerts, they had connected components of their Enterprise System – allowing alerts to be sent out when events changed or statuses updated.

Matthew told us that the feedback he received was very positive reinforcing their belief that in today’s environment emails are no longer really used for their intended purpose, such as important information delivery – and an alternative approach is required. He also told us that the audience Q&A provided an excellent forum for discussion and constructive critiquing.

OpenTRV
Mark Hill and Damon Hart-Davis represented OpenTRV – a smart radiator device that takes full control of the household boiler and its sensors. They even brought along bits of radiator to help tell the story!



Look out for some pretty exciting news about our next event at Apps World, 12 Nov... and remember that The Mobile Academy starts Tuesday 30th Sept - we have just secured some last minute bursaries for noble causes, so if you are interested email julia@mobilemonday.org.uk. 

10 Sep 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 10th September. A bumper crop of offers and discounts ...

The season of mellow fruitfulness is on us, the fruit falling from the trees in this case is Demo Night on Tuesday 16th Sept, free passes to the Service Innovation Delivery Summit, discounts on Apps World, The Mobile Academy, IPM’s Digital Disruption event and free help for start-ups from Google  …


Demo Night 16th September (Tuesday, yes, really)

Demo Night will take place at Informa's 10th Annual Service Delivery Innovation Summit at the Thistle Hotel, Marble Arch. As usual we feature a number of companies from the community representing some of the sheer range of ideas, innovation and creativity … wearables, IoT, AR, food (yes) and more will all feature! We expect that as usual it will be a lot of fun … have you booked your ticket yet? Register here (and see below if you’d like a free ticket to the whole Summit).

We’re looking forward to hearing from:
  • Good Food Talks - A web app which enables blind and visually impaired diners to read restaurant menus, quickly and easily using their smart phones
  • Swytch - Multiple UK mobile phone numbers on your existing phone
  • QuizTix - A family of original, fun and accessible quiz games offering a familiar and friendly entertainment experience
  • Mylo - A household management service, looking after all your household bills and expenses
  • Grabyo - A real time video platform that offers broadcasters the opportunity to share video clips from live broadcast TV and video feeds across Twitter, Facebook, the web and mobile.
  • Viewmaker - A cloud based augmented reality platform
  • Pronto - Order & track meals on demand, 24/7, in just 3 taps from your mobile device
  • Adsy - A mobile web app that lets you create mobile web apps
  • IFS - Using wearable technology to improve workforce efficiencies in a business environment
  • OpenTRV - An Intelligent radiator controller to save money on your energy bill, reduce carbon & control heating in each room

If you are interested in volunteering at the event and are free from 5.30pm, please do get in touch. Contact: julia@mobilemonday.org.uk

Free passes to the whole Service Delivery Innovation Summit - 16th & 17th September

Our friends at Informa have made available a number of free tickets to attend this event at which you will see a range of case studies from operators & third party developers showing examples of successful service innovation including Deutsche Telecom, Amazon and TomTom. Innovative service delivery from within the cloud will feature heavily, with a wide variety of panel discussions & opportunities for audience debate.

Get your free pass here with this priority code: I859D/MM.
Back to School with The Mobile Academy starting 30th September

The Mobile Academy, no-nonsense, practical learning from industry experts, run by MoMoLo and UCL. From developers to marketers, corporates to start-ups, The Academy brings together people with different backgrounds and levels of experience who learn from each other as well as from the experts. Read about what happened on our first four courses here.

We are running a special discount with the code MoMoLo which takes the start-up price down to £450, SMEs at £675 & Large companies at £1,350 all + VAT and booking fees. Benchmarked at over £3,000, there is nowhere else you can get this breadth of topics and quality of delivery. Perfect for those that just want to know more about mobile and/or are working on new products. Register here and get gist from our blog: http://themobileacademy.org.uk/blog/

“...The combination of excellent mobile design and technical teaching overlaid with business knowledge means that the take out from this programme is far beyond just being about mobile - it's about starting new businesses and business lines. This, along with the exposure to industry experts and other participants is invaluable for us at IBM as it broadens our outlook and introduces new ways of working. With this well rounded approach, we have found that our participants return thinking more “outside of the IBM box” and that their client interactions are deeper and broader…” Steve Devo, IBM

Startup help from Google

Startup Launch is a new programme from Google which will help you get the best out of the Google Developers platform, including:

- Mentorship from Google Developer Experts and Developer Relations
- Exclusive invitations to networking events
- Access to free training, start-up boot camps and other resources

Find out more and apply here.

Digital Disruption: The Union of Marketing and Technology, 24th September

With speakers from Samsung, Google, Westfield, Media Futures and many more, the Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM) invites you to talk digital disruption and improve your game. This conference will explore how the latest advances will allow marketers to push the boundaries and create even better, more effective and ‘always on’ promotional campaigns which can break down barriers and influence target audiences at all the touchpoints.

We have a 15% discount with code: MoMoLo (tickets are £212.50 instead of £250). Register here.

Something special at Apps World, 12th – 13th November at ExCel, London

Apps World is back and once again, offering you 15% off passes with the code MOMO15. Register here in the next few days and you will also get the earlybird discount. You can visit the exhibition area free of charge, but you still need to register using the link above.
Following our fab night at Apps World last year, we are doing something quite special this year which we will announce in the next week. In the meantime, save the date: 12th November from 5.30pm to late!

And finally ...
Long time friend of Mobile Monday London and one of the true godfathers of Mobile, David Wood, has spent the last two years putting together his history of Symbian. Check it out here http://smartphonesandbeyond.com/

Very much looking forward to next Tuesday and seeing everyone there.

Jo

20 Aug 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 20 August 2014. Demo Night mid Sept, free passes to SDP Global Summit & discounts to our Autumn Academy..

DEMO NIGHT IS BACK 16th SEPT - APPLY TO DEMO...

Demo Night returns on Tuesday (yes, TUESDAY) 16th September and here is your opportunity to apply for a chance to do a 3 minute demo (no slideware) followed by audience questions.

As well as being a lot of fun, our Demo Nights (e.g. last September) have been an important step for many past presenters: a place to meet funders, find collaborators, get feedback, get some fame and of course, it's a chance to showcase the creativity and diversity of the community! There are no winners and losers - just a great chance to be part of one of the most entertaining events of the year!

Demo Night will take place at Informa's 10th Annual Service Delivery Innovation Summit (see below) at Thistle Hotel in Marble Arch, London. If you want to demo, you need to be quick! Apply here by 2nd September and good luck.

You can also register for the event here.

FREE DEVELOPER PASSES TO INFORMA SUMMIT, 16th & 17th SEPT

See a range of case studies from operators & third party developers showing examples of successful service innovation including Deutsche Telecom, Amazon and TomTom. Innovative service delivery from within the cloud will feature heavily, with a wide variety of panel discussions & opportunities for audience debate. Get your free pass here with this priority code: I859D/MM.

NEED TO KNOW MOBILE? THE MOBILE ACADEMY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH UCL, RETURNS SEPT 30th - DEC 2nd

Extremely well rated by our alumni, the fifth season of The Mobile Academy will start on 30th Sept and runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 2nd December. With sessions designed to give a grounding across business, design and technology, you will get need-to-know practical advice, tool-kits and one on one advice from industry experts who will share tips that you just cannot get from the text books. Develop new ideas in the heart of the tech scene with a diverse group of participants who will ready to share their skills and experience.

Discounts for Mobile Monday London-ers of course, whether you are from a large organisation, SME or are applying as an individual, enter "MoMoLo" at registration.

That's all for now - we'll be back in touch to let you know when registration is open to attend Demo Night. In the meantime, do get your applications in for Demo Night, nab your free summit pass & feel free to get in touch with contact@themobileacademy.org.uk if you have any questions about the autumn course.

28 May 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 28 May 2014.

A true miscellany today, including last event, next event, surveys, partner events and, well, what not?


Last event: Cloud Computing & Mobile

Many thanks again to Google Cloud platform for hosting this packed out event and to our wonderful speakers - Camille Mendler @cmendler, Rob Easton @Cloud_Easton, Caroline Van Den Bergh @GoldenGekko, Jonathan Raper @MadProf and Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel - for being so interesting! Blog coverage from Adam Cohen Rose and the Podcast from Mark Bridge at The Fonecast.


Next Event: A Demo Night in June?

We think it's time for a Demo Night towards the end of the month before the big Summer Escape. As well as being a lot of fun, our Demo Nights (e.g. last September ) have been an important step for many past presenters: a place to meet funders, find collaborators, get feedback, get some fame and of course, it's a chance to showcase the creativity and diversity of the community!

Simply put, in order to put on a Demo Night, we need financial contribution, so please get in touch with us at contact@mobilemonday.org.uk if you would be interested in co-sponsoring the event.


Help Vision Mobile get us more info on the UK developer economy

Vision Mobile has launched the first-ever UK App Developer Census, charting the mobile app developer economy in the UK and sketching the profile of the British App Developer (or B.A.D for short, I suppose). It's a 3 minute survey commissioned by Google UK and will be closing within the next few days. You will get free access to the report when it is produced over the summer. Get involved here.


The Games Quarter, a CPD programme for Games with UCL and TIGA, starting June 10th

Following on from the success of The Mobile Academy (see below), announcing The Games Quarter! Following the same principles and format as The Mobile Academy, the Games Quarter will run for 8 weeks at Idea London from 10th June to 29th July, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Bursaries are available for 10 SMEs - apply here by 2nd June. Otherwise, start-ups, indies (with 1-5 people) and individuals pay £200 + VAT, companies with 6+ people use this code MMLTGQ15 for a 15% discount. Register here, for more information thegamesquarter.org.uk, tweet them at @thegamesquarter or email info@thegamesquarter.org.uk.


The Native Summit, 30th June, a half day conference for native iOS, Android & Windows App Builders 

A new half-day conference, to bring together app developers from all the major platforms. Speakers from the iOS, Android and Windows communities, supported by Microsoft / Nokia and others, they'll be showcasing devices and running porting workshops for app developers.

The Native Summit takes place on 30th June 2014 from 12pm-6pm at the Genesis Cinema, Shoreditch. Tickets are on sale now for £15.


Blackberry 10 - The Future for Developers, from 5pm on 10th June in London

Our friends at Cambridge Wireless are staging this event in London (Cambridge being a farther out suburb, after all) which is free to attend and is update on the latest release of BlackBerry 10 and how to deploy within the Enterprise. Register here.


And finally ... The Mobile Academy Season 4 is over - Season 5 starts 30th September

Last night saw the closing party of the latest Mobile Academy. We were touched to hear from participants that they did not want it to end. Big thanks to all those involved - our wonderful expert practitioner tutors from the Mobile Monday London community, ICT KTN for bursaries and UCL & Idea London for co-hosting and of course the wonderful talented and creative participants.

Get a flavour of what went on here, early bird registration for September is open, and feel free to contact Julia Shalet, Course Director, for more information: julia@themobileacademy.org.uk.

7 May 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 7 May 2014, Next Event is Monday! £2.75M available for "feasibility studies" and more ...

Hi everyone, a short Miscellany today - but height doesn’t matter.

Next Event on Monday

First, a reminder that Google Cloud Platform are hosting us for our Cloud and Mobile Event on Monday 12th. We have some seats left but register soon if you want to come to the Google offices at Central St Giles, just around the corner from our old haunt at Centre Point - panel followed by drinks and buffet ...

Vision Mobile 7th Developer Economics Survey

Can I please urge you to spend a small amount of time filling in the Developer Economics survey - deadline is Friday (9th) - this is an incredibly useful resource and the MoMoLo community is currently under-represented in the respondents (tut-tut!)- use this link, go on!

DevLab Live at Level 39

1 day conference and 2 day hackathon at Level 39 - Learn how to connect with top brands and find out what the hottest opportunities are right now in wearable technology, IoT, Music and Virtual Currencies. 50% off here.

Join Friday's open Q&A with Tech City UK's CEO Gerard Grech who'll be interviewed by John Spindler from Capital Enterprise. Get your free ticket here.

92% of UK adults use a mobile ...

... 62% use a smartphone, 59% go online with it. Both figures the same for male/female. A veritable treasure trove of stats from Ofcom - many thanks to Mike Short for the heads up.

TSB Offers £2.75M for Collaborative Feasibility Studies

This opened yesterday with a deadline of 18th June - there's a briefing event on Monday morning. Find out more here.

Hope to see you on Monday
Jo

30 Apr 2014

Next Event: 12th May 2014 - Cloud Computing & Mobile

In case you didn't spot the news, our wonderful annual sponsors Google Cloud Platform have been shaking up the cloud industry with numerous announcements - including a promise to "re-introduce Moore's Law" to cloud computing. So this seems like a very good time for us to review what's going on in the land of cloud and take a broad look at the whole topic, from the perspective "So you have the cloud - now what are to going to do with it?".

I expect us to cover a lot of ground. We'll think about the symbiotic relationship between Internet of Things and cloud services, we'll marvel at the ever increasing quantities of data that need storage and processing, we will be concerned at the somewhat topical discussions about centralisation of data making it easier for certain organisations to gain access to that data. In addition I think there's scope for a wide ranging discussion of how readily available and cost effective cloud solutions broaden the scope of what cloud means to mobile - beyond persistence of data and offloading processing ... including asking whether cloud services are sufficiently advanced today simply to buy back-end services "by the API" allowing you just to develop the font-end.

The exact topics for discussion will of course, as usual, be driven by you, the lively and highly participatory community.

I can think of no better person to lead this discussion (that's why I asked her to do so) than Camille Mendler, @cmendler, who is Principal Analyst at Informa and whose speciality is, well, exactly this area. Camille has kindly chaired MoMoLo events in the past and I have no doubt will keep the discussion lively and fast paced!

Camille will be joined by our expert panel each of whom speaks from a different perspective on this broad subject:

Rob Easton, @Cloud_Easton, Head of Google Cloud Platform, UK&I, our host, speaks from the Cloud Service Provider Perspective

Caroline Van Den Bergh, @GoldenGekko, Head of Business Development Golden Gekko UK, speaks from the experience of implementing and delivering cloud platform services for her clients

Jonathan Raper, @MadProf, CEO at Placr, and Visiting Professor at City University speaks from a Big Data Perspective

Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO at Private Planet, who speaks from the experience of offering cloud services

Doors will open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm sharp start. Please arrive in good time to collect your badge and make your way to the 9th floor.

Agenda

6.00pm Registration Opens
6.30pm Panel Session
8.00pm Networking, Drinks and Buffet
9.30pm Close

Registration

As usual attendance is free, but registration is required at Eventbrite. Capacity is limited so make sure to register soon!

Location

The event will take place at Google's Central St Giles office, 9th Floor, 1-13 St Giles High St London WC2H 8AG. Map https://goo.gl/maps/KNeFf

Note that this is not our traditional Centre Point venue, but is right around the corner.

16 Apr 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 16th April 2014, Contribute to Developer Economics report, get down to a new type of hackathon, final chance to win a Nokia Lumia

In this miscellany: contribute to the Developer Economics report, get down to a new type of hackathon, final chance to win a Nokia Lumia.

Contribute to the 7th edition of the Developer Economics report 

We're always very keen to support this initiative, because it's a major contribution to understanding the ever-developing state of the mobile marketplace. Have a look, for example, at the 6th edition from earlier this year.

Gathering the information for this requires our input ... so, follow the link and tell our friends over at Vision Mobile stuff like ...
  • What's your take on the latest trends in app development
  • Which platform(s) should you choose to make money in today's competitive market
  • Which is the right revenue model for your apps 
  • What tools you are using
Have your say, make your contribution! That link again: http://bit.ly/1kq8WvF

Win a free place to DevLab LIVE, 9-11th May

A 3-day event bringing innovators from the startup, digital and developer communities together with big brands to build amazing solutions to real business challenges.

At Level 39 down at Canary Wharf - the event will kick off with a day of inspiring talks and workshops, followed by a two day hackathon and a big party on Friday night!

First two to get in touch with us at contact@mobilemonday.org.uk get the free places! More here.

Blackberry 10 - The Future for Developers, from 5pm on 10th June in London 

FREE to attend, you will hear all about BlackBerry 10 - update on the latest release of the OS, focus on some of the compelling features that developers can leverage when creating their apps, tools and SDKs, open and cross-platform mobile development & how to deploy within the Enterprise. Register here.

And it's last chance saloon to win a Nokia Lumia c/o Microsoft

The Microsoft UK Developer team are looking to get closer to you, so if you fill out their survey, you will have the chance to win the Nokia phone and all entrants get a free eBook sharing what Microsoft Research knows about human communications. It’s all here.

We will be in touch soon with details on our next event ... have a great bank holiday weekend.

19 Mar 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 19th March 2014, Win a Nokia Lumia 1020, Google Cloud Platform Roadshow and more ...

In this Miscellany: Win a Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone from Microsoft, go behind the scenes with Google’s Cloud Platform Roadshow, The Mobile Academy Programme starts on Tuesday, IBM wants to power your new app with Watson … and more …

Google’s Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow will be in London on April 10th

Our wonderful annual supporters Google Cloud Platform are running a Roadshow which will be in London on April 10th – and there’s a good chance it will be followed by a MoMoLo event, so definitely a day to mark in your diary!

The Roadshow will kick off immediately following some major product announcements slated for March 25, and will visit 27 cities around the world. If you’d like to attend, register here.

In the Roadshow, Google will be talking about new approaches to computing that enable you to move beyond traditional divisions of PaaS and IaaS. They will also show their new developer experience that enables you to work more efficiently as you build, test, and deploy your code. This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of the world's biggest cloud and engage with the international Google Cloud Platform team. The Roadshow will also be in Manchester on April 9th.

Win a Nokia Lumia 1020

The Microsoft UK Developer team are looking to get closer to you, so if you fill out their survey, you will have the chance to win the Nokia phone and all entrants get a free eBook sharing what Microsoft Research knows about human communications. It’s all here.

Get to use IBM’s Watson Cognitive Engine 

IBM are inviting you to pitch your idea for the next ground-breaking Watson-powered mobile app. Watson is their cognitive engine. Three lucky winners be granted access to Watson and the resources to build their app. Apply here.

The Mobile Academy starts on Tuesday & runs for 10 weeks, 2 evenings a week

Here is your last chance to grab a place for our 4th Academy and learn what is means to create great mobile experiences from industry experts across business, design and technology. Get to the heart of the mobile scene, meet collaborators from a range of different backgrounds and give yourself a real chance for success. See what alumni say about it here.

We co-host this CPD accredited Programme with UCL at their Shoreditch venue – IDEA London. More info: themobileacademy.org.uk. Don’t forget your 20% off: code: Momolo. Registration is here.

Free and Discounted Places for API Strategy & Practice, March 26-28, Amsterdam

Bringing together the Who’s Who from the API economy, this conference is focused around the value of (Web) APIs, covering technological aspects as well as strategy, business models and successful case studies. Read more here.

We have five free tickets to give away (value EUR 499) to the first people that email apiconference@3scale.net. If you don’t get one of those there is 30% off here.

FinTech Week, Starting March 24th

A 10 day celebration of innovation in financial services. Mobile payments, Mobile banking, Bitcoin, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, forex, insurance innovation and regulation are just some of the topics that will be covered in mini-conferences, meetups and events.

Mobile Monday Members can benefit from a 30% by using the discount code: MOMO1. Don’t miss out on the biggest line-up of Start-ups and large financial enterprises London has ever seen. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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That’s more than enough for one Miscellany! More on the 10th April event soon …

Jo

27 Feb 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 27th Feb 2014, MWC Cinderella Special


Whether you're a stay-at-home this week, eschewing the tapas scene in Barcelona or you're making like Cinderella while your ugly sisters enjoy that tapas scene - or even if you've been there, done that, and are now returning home replete with all that MWC has to offer ... we have a short Mobile Miscellany for you with the usual mix of news and offers ...

Last Event, 17th Feb Acceleration and Finance

A packed house last week to hear our super star line up of Simon Cook of DFJ Esprit, Jon Bradford of Techstars, Simon Devonshire of Wayra, Jessica Stacey of NESTA, Brian Taylor of PixelPin and Diane Perlman of Microsoft Ventures superbly chaired by John Spindler of Capital Enterprise. You can read all about it thanks to Simon Andrews of Addictive with video interviews by Tim Green and a full podcast thanks to Mark Bridge of The Fonecast ... all that plus the much asked about presentations by John and Jessica can be found here.

Google Cloud Platform Briefing, this Friday 28th Feb

Google Cloud Platform is holding an event that will be interesting for technical leaders in the mobile community.  It includes the opportunity for 1:1 consultation on building a backend for your mobile app. At 123 Buckingham Palace Road, it's free. Register here.

Starting Soon...The Mobile Academy Spring 2014, 25th March to 27th May

“Need to Know Mobile” Talks, Workshops and Surgeries with Industry Experts in Business, Design and How to work with Technology on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Based in Shoreditch, co-hosted by Mobile Monday London and UCL, it is also CPD Certified and the only course of its nature in London.

More information and testimonials: themobileacademy.org.uk, 20% off with this link

London Fintech Week, From March 24th

London FinTech Week is just around the corner. It’s a 10 day celebration of innovation in financial services. Don’t miss out on the biggest line-up of start-ups and large financial enterprises London has ever seen. Mobile Monday Members can benefit from a 30% by using the discount code: MOMO1. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

DCMS Solicits Our Views

The Department for Culture Media and Sport is looking for feedback on the terms of reference for the communications infrastructure strategy that it plans to create. Find out more here and make your views known.

TSB offers 75% funding towards £33k Feasibility Studies

The Technology Strategy Board has £2M to award to feasibility studies from small and micro companies. You can get up to 75% public funding for projects up to £33k. If that's interesting, read more, deadline is 5th March.

DevLab LIVE - win £2,500 or even £10,000

Check out DevLab LIVE which is a 3 day event 28th - 30th March. Talks on the Friday then a weekend hackathon in which you will work some of the UK's leading brands to tackle their challenges. More info and sign up at Eventbrite - 50% off before 7th March.

That's it for now, we'll be back with more - especially on our next events - shortly.

Jo

19 Feb 2014

What happened at Acceleration & Finance, 17th Feb 2014

Everyone is still talking about this event! Thanks so much to event partners ICT KTN, all the lovely volunteers, our brilliant chair and the wonderful panelists.

As promised, you'll find below the presentations from both John Spindler and Jessica Stacey PLUS a write up by our champion guest blogger Simon Andrews @addictivemobile - if you don't subscribe to his weekly Mobile Fix, well, you are missing out!

Also we are lucky to have some supersonic interviews from Tim Green @timgreen64 ahead of his new video-based website The Mobile View (watch this space!) and finally, if you want to hear the whole thing: The Fonecast podcast.

Here's Simon's take on the evening.



Accelerators, Finance and Good advice

Mobile Monday London held a fascinating event on Monday February 17. Titled Acceleration and Finance, the team put together a great panel representing accelerators, VCs, entrepreneurs and Nesta (see below for the full list)

Now when you mention money to the mobile community, you get their attention and the event at Centre Point was packed.

The chair John Spindler kicked off with a whirlwind look at the overall VC and accelerator space, and a blizzard of stats and links to resources and more information. Even with 40 slides in 10 minutes, he got a lot about the shape of the market over, making the point there is no shortage of people / organisations that want to help. His full deck is here and deserves some close reading.


John Spindler's Presentation

The key point we took away was that across the US there are around 69,000 seed fundings on $100k each year. In the UK last year there was probably only around 1,500. So there is a way to go yet.

Next up Jessica Stacey from Nesta took us on a little less frenetic tour of the ecology, summarising the accelerator space and drawing upon some of the research Nesta has done in the space. Again a clear message that there is no shortage of resources.

She had a neat summary that we liked, suggesting there are essentially three types of accelerator  - ecosystem, matchmaker and investor. Again Jessica has shared her slides and they are well worth a read.


Jessica Stacey's Presentation

We then moved to the panel and this session opened with each of the panellists introducing themselves and their organisation.

Jon Bradford of Techstars went first and whilst the Techstars model is pretty well understood he also talked about their partnerships with corporates and how important he thought that was. They are currently doing programmes with Barclays and Disney, whilst there is no investment a clear focus on the appropriate vertical is ideal for some start ups.


Building on the corporate venturing theme Simon Devonshire of Telefonica's Wayra went next. With bases in numerous cities the Wayra initiative is proving a success in terms of number of applicants and the progress of the teams accepted.

Rather newer is the Microsoft accelerator and Diane Perlman spoke about their experience in other markets and their ambitions for the new programmes across Europe. Jon Bradford suggested – tongue in cheek - that they had stolen the idea after Techstars ran a programme for Microsoft.

Both Simon and Diane were at pains to point out that teams were not locked into the sponsoring corporate; Simon said they would and had facilitated deals with Vodafone etc. and Diane stressed that the teams on the Microsoft programme could build on any tech platform they liked – although clearly links with xBox were a huge advantage for gaming start ups.


But what is it like for an entrepreneur? The next panelist was Brian Taylor who has a start up called PixelPin and is currently navigating the world of accelerators and funding. He talked about the benefits of grants and match funding but emphasised the need for persistence – a point that kept coming up. His view on the key advantage of accelerator programmes? The connections that they open up – he mentioned that he has met 10 banks in then last few weeks – something that would have taken years without the contacts of his accelerator.

Last up was Simon Cook of DFJ Esprirt – the European arm of legendary valley VC Draper Fisher. The track record of both the US and Europe is amazing and he talked from the viewpoint of later stage investing.  He thinks the key role of accelerators is to teach entrepreneurship – giving people the skills to build a business.

His general view probably resonated most with us – he believes there is too much focus in fundraising as a measure of success; there are 10 million SMEs across Europe that people have started and made a success of – compelling evidence of entrepreneurship.

All the panellists spoke of the intense competition to get into their programmes and when asked what were the factors that differentiated the chosen few there was some consensus; it’s all about the team. Jon put it best when he shared his 5 criteria for selecting someone into Techstars:

Team, Team, Team, Opportunity & Team

The questions dug a little deeper into these issues and Simon Cook made an interesting point – despite the rapid expansion of accelerators and the buzz around start ups the actual number of a Series A funding has stayed really constant at around 1,000.

The best advice from the panel? Probably Jon's advice to find the 3 smartest people you know and go buy them a coffee and ask them to tear your idea apart. Then ask them to suggest another 3 people to do the same with. This way you quickly start to find the issues you need to address.

And Simon Cook ended by pointing out that even the biggest successes gave been through tough times. He talked of board meetings where it was feared the next salaries could not be paid – yet these companies had gone on to huge success.

Our take is that too many people focus on the quick win of an accelerator place and funding. The reality is that these are lottery wins – great when they happen, but not something to rely on.

Smart entrepreneurs get their team right and build a business around solving a problem. Getting people to pay for your solution validates your idea and demonstrates you have the grit and persistence to make a success of your business. And that story could well open the doors to the accelerators and the funding.

Good luck.

Chair - John Spindler, CEO of Capital Enterprise (@CapEnterprise),

Jessica Stacey - @JessStacey - Programme and Research Manager, Accelerators and Early Stage Businesses, NESTA
Jessica has been working on an update to NESTA's report on start-up acceleration and will be sharing some of their conclusions.

Simon Cook - @venturejedi, CEO and Co-founder DFJ Esprit
DFJ Esprit are leading VC investors on the London scene. Simon, who has been described by Esquire as "A rock 'n' roll figure with a blonde faux-hawk and some billion-dollar swagger" will hopefully share with us what they look for and how they view acceleration.

Brian Taylor - @Brian_PixelPin, CEO & Inventor PixelPin
PixelPin goes from strength to strength - a graduate from the Wayra London Academy, PixelPin has now gone on the the Fintech Innovation Lab and has interesting stories to tell about raising finance on the way. Not to mention that we're proud that Brian is a graduate of The Mobile Academy.

Diane Perlman - @Diane_Perlman, Microsoft Ventures, Start-ups Lead
Microsoft's own London acceleration programme has just started at Central Working. Diane will undoubtedly have lots of say about selection of candidates and differentiation of programmes.

Simon Devonshire - @simondevonshire, Director, Wayra Europe (Telefonica)
Simon has been responsible for setting up Wayra Academies across Europe, you might call him a serial accelerator creator. He's certainly in a good position to comment on the value created.

Jon Bradford - @jd, MD, Techstars London
To say that Jon has been on the inside track of the start-up, acceleration and investment scene here in the UK and else where would be to miss the point. Jon has promised that his contribution will be "fun and lively" ...

11 Feb 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 12 Feb 2014, Next Event 17 Feb, MWC, Free stuff, Grants, Prizes and much more ...

In this bumper Miscellany - a few spaces left for our super star line up on Acceleration and Finance on Monday, a £10,000 prize, some free tickets to WIPJam at MWC, discounts, info about funding and well, read on ...

Next Event: Monday 17th Feb, Acceleration and Finance

We couldn't really have a more impressive line up for Monday's event to discuss Acceleration and Finance, representing Techstars London, DFJ Esprit, NESTA, PixelPin, Microsoft Ventures and Wayra Europe. We have a couple of spaces left, more details and registration at Eventbrite.

Google Cloud Platform - Up Close and Personal

Our wonderful annual sponsors Google Cloud Platform are holding a morning event on 28th Feb at their offices in Victoria to help technical leaders understand more about their impressive offering. As well as in-depth sessions there will be 1:1 architectural guidance and networking.

Find out more and register here. Limited places, hurry!

Developer Economics - State of the Developer Nation

The team over at Vision Mobile has once again done a fabulous job of preparing Developer Economics Q1 2014 report. I do find this "essential" reading to track what people are thinking about the platforms for their product developments. If you're into Apps or Mobile Web products this is an absolute Must Read, and it's free!

GSMA MWC WIPJam Ticket Giveaway

Our friends over at GSMA have a number of free passes that they'd like to provide to Mobile Monday London members and The Mobile Academy alumni.

This is what you get:

  • 3 days of WIPJam Devcon & Hackathon from Monday to Wednesday in Fira Montjuic (Hall M5)
  • 1 day of  WIPJam Awards, Wrap-up and Swagathon on Thursday at Fira Gran Via 
  • 1 day EVP pass to MWC on Thursday

Note: If you already have an MWC pass, you will have free access to WIPJam so don't apply! Find out more about WIPJam and more importantly enter here for a chance of winning one of the free passes! First come, first served.

TSB offers 75% funding towards £33k Feasibility Studies

The Technology Strategy Board has £2M to award to feasibility studies from small and micro companies. You can get up to 75% public funding for projects up to £33k. If that's interesting, read more.

EU €79bn Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 launched 31 Jan - promising less red tape, more attractiveness to small businesses, so what's holding you back from seeing what might be in it for you?

DevLab LIVE - win £2,500 or even £10,000

In case you're not showed, jammed and hacked out following MWC, or alternatively if you're not going to MWC, check out DevLab LIVE which is a 3 day event 28th - 30th March. Talks on the Friday then a weekend hackathon in which you will work some of the UK's leading brands to tackle their challenges. More info and sign up at Eventbrite - 50% off before 28th Feb.

NaturalMotion and DeepMind: UK tech start-up exits

Since our last Miscellany it's been announced that NaturalMotion (who appeared at Demo Night April 2011 and spoke at our Jan 2012 event on Mobile Games) sold to Zynga for $527M. They join DeepMind who sold to Google for $400M earlier. Heady news and much to celebrate - hearty congrats to both and especially to NaturalMotion (can we call you alumni please!) - read more about this over at Monday's FT.

So what better news could there be to return to the topic of Acceleration and Finance? Hope you're feeling suitably challenged and emboldened, register now for Monday. Also check out The Mobile Academy the course we co-host with UCL for people developing new products & services - next course starts 25th March - speak to julia@mobilemonday.org.uk for more info.

Look forward to seeing you Monday and I do hope that like NaturalMotion your name will appear in a future Miscellany!

Jo

5 Feb 2014

Next Event: 17th Feb 2014 - Acceleration and Finance

A super star line up for our next event which is the latest chapter in our long running series on Finance for Start-Ups and once again we are working with our event partner ICT KTN.

The focus of this event is accelerators. There are lots of them, there will soon be more. The questions: "What does it take to get on an Acceleration programme?" and "How much do investors value them?" will undoubtedly be among the topics of discussion.

Once again the inimitable John Spindler, CEO of Capital Enterprise (@CapEnt), will be in the chair. Before we get into the discussion, John will be giving us an updated lightning tour of funding options and Jessica Stacey from NESTA will be giving us some insights into NESTA's research into acceleration. For a flavour of the event, check out last year's event roundup.

Joining John on the panel:

Jessica Stacey - @JessStacey - Programme and Research Manager, Accelerators and Early Stage Businesses, NESTA

Jessica has been working on an update to NESTA's report on start-up acceleration and will be sharing some of their conclusions.

Simon Cook - @venturejedi, CEO and Co-founder DFJ Esprit

DFJ Esprit are leading VC investors on the London scene. Simon, who has been described by Esquire as "A rock 'n' roll figure with a blonde faux-hawk and some billion-dollar swagger" will hopefully share with us what they look for and how they view acceleration.

Brian Taylor - @Brian_PixelPin, CEO & Inventor PixelPin

PixelPin goes from strength to strength - a graduate from the Wayra London Academy, PixelPin has now gone on the the Fintech Innovation Lab and has interesting stories to tell about raising finance on the way. Not to mention that we're proud that Brian is a graduate of The Mobile Academy.

Diane Perlman - @Diane_Perlman, Microsoft Ventures, Start-ups Lead

Microsoft's own London acceleration programme has just started at Central Working. Diane will undoubtedly have lots of say about selection of candidates and differentiation of programmes.

Simon Devonshire - @simondevonshire, Director, Wayra Europe (Telefonica)

Simon has been responsible for setting up Wayra Academies across Europe, you might call him a serial accelerator creator. He's certainly in a good position to comment on the value created.

Jon Bradford - @jd, MD, Techstars London

To say that Jon has been on the inside track of the start-up, acceleration and investment scene here in the UK and else where would be to miss the point. Jon has promised that his contribution will be "fun and lively" ...


All in all a fabulous line-up!

Agenda

6.00pm Arrival
6.30pm Opening talks from John Spindler and Jessica Stacey
6.50pm Panel Discussion
8.00pm Networking
9.30pm Close

Registration

Registration is now open. As usual attendance is free, but registration is required at Eventbrite.

Location

The CBI Conference Centre at Centre Point, the very tall building immediately above Tottenham Court Road tube station, on the Central and Northern Lines. Please use the entrance at street level under the bridge formed by the building itself.

2 Feb 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 3 Feb 2014, Next Event, 17th Feb, Finance and Acceleration, Google to sponsor MoMoLo ...

January really was the wettest on record, well done weather, how about celebrating that success by taking a break for February? While we cross our fingers on the weather, we have some things to look forward to in the coming month.

Google Cloud Platform are Annual Supporters
To say that we're delighted to welcome the Google Cloud Platform team as annual supporters of Mobile Monday London would be to understate our emotion! Please join us in welcoming them on board, we're really looking forward to working with them.

Last Event: CeBIT Stand Competition Finals
Next, let's congratulate the worthy winners of the competition for free stand space courtesy of UKTI at CeBIT Hannover. Read about what happened at the competition in the event round up, here.

Next Event: Acceleration and Finance, 17th Feb
Our next event is the latest chapter in our long running series on Finance for Start-Ups. Once again the inimitable John Spindler will be in the chair, but before he sits down he'll be explaining what the options for funding are in his updated 15 minute whistle stop tour. John's presentation is a national treasure, or should be, it contains an amazing amount of information in a very short space.

The focus of this event will be Accelerators. There are lots of them, there will soon be more. The questions: "What does it take to get on an Acceleration programme?" and "How much do investors value them?" will undoubtedly be among the topics of discussion. 


We'll be announcing who will be joining John shortly, and we'll open registration in something over a week.

The Mobile Academy Spring 2014 – 25th March to 27th May
“Need to Know Mobile” Talks, Workshops and Surgeries with Industry Experts in Business, Design and How to work with technology on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 
  • 20% off with this link
  • More information and testimonials: themobileacademy.org.uk 
  • Co-hosted with UCL with many expert tutors from our the MoMoLo community, it is also CPD Certified

API Architecture Summit (Free Event) – Feb 6th
The Mobile Academy Tutor Ronnie Mitra, Layer7, is organising this event, register here

Start-ups with something to show off at Mobile World Congress…
20 developers per day to show off their apps, services or tools at the WIPJam Developer Showcase - apply by midday 7th Feb - wip.org

UKTI ICT KTN Talks at MWC
And if you are going to MWC, check out the talks being staged by our friends over at UKTI and ICT KTN - an interesting and mixed agenda - check it out and register here.

Discounts to SES London, 10-13 Feb 2014, Europe’s leading digital marketing conference
"Built for digital marketers by digital marketers", we’ve managed to secure a discounted rate of £400 ticket prices - quote SESL14016 at registration. Visit seslondon.com to find out more and stop by to see our academy tutors, Alex Meisl and Meaghan Fitzgerald at the Meet the Experts "Mobile Marketing" session on the Tuesday

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Aimed specifically at growth businesses - around £1M turn over (not start ups or corporates), this programme is fully funded, there is a selection process (you cannot pay to attend). Find out more, including briefings in February and March, here.

Smartphone Sales Topped 1 billion in 2013
Personally, I'm still sad that the UK billion is now the same as a US billion (geeky link), but that's because I'm a linguistic irredentist and that isn't relevant to this factoid. If you missed the news you can read about it here. Samsung in with 31% market share ... that's an awful lot of phones.

Keep dry
Jo