28 Jan 2014

What happened on 23rd Jan 2014 - CeBIT Competition

Here is what happened at our high energy 23rd Jan event where we partnered with ICT KTN and UKTI to run the competition for a stand at CeBIT. Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers and to Stefan Stefansson for taking the photos you can see below.

All 11 companies spent 3 minutes pitching followed by 4 minutes of questions from judges and audience. The audience then piled out for a lovely buffet and a few drinks while the judges returned their verdict - which they took all of their allotted 45 minutes to reach - must have been some tough choices to make. Many thanks to the audience for helping with the decision making through completion of the questionnaire - we can reveal that the judges found this very useful.

The most frequently asked judges' questions were "Who do you want to meet there?" and "What are you going to show?" - top tip for future competition entrants.

All in all a very strong field indeed. Many congratulations to the winners.

What follows is a short summary of each of the contenders ... there were some highly entertaining performances from the presenters. Among other things, we're thinking "cool" and "awesome" here, and if you were there you'll know specifically what we mean!

James & Joe of 51 Degrees accept their prize from Philip Hargrave,  ICT KTN

51degrees - WINNER
These guys are all about optimising every aspect of the mobile web experience, providing fast, reliable and easy-to-use web pages, increasing conversation rates, online revenue and engagement.

Alpha Fox Systems
Crystal Key is a non-clonable, unique physical optical ‘personal identification tag’ for mobile commerce personal authentication. The mobile phone application asks the consumer to hold the Crystal Key up to the phone camera which authenticates through image verification.

DigitalMR is a market research company that helps organisations make informed marketing decisions using its social media listening and private online communities proprietary tools. They also help organisations effectively drive customer advocacy through online brand ambassador programmes.

Matt Dobson of EI Technologies shows his wares pre-pitch
eitechnologies - WINNER
It's all about voice analysis technologies that recognise and respond to the emotions of customers. Optimised for mobile applications, their tools provide realtime analysis and feedback allowing dynamic tailoring of the customer's interaction to improve the satisfaction with their experience.

Infinite Precision - WINNER
Precision Genie offers enterprise resilience to the changing landscape of the cybercloud. It automatically derives a capability overview of the business from the enterprise operational data and with a predictive threat capability, it can provide early threat warning not just to cyber infrastructure but to the business allowing time for reconfiguration to protect the enterprise.

Ash Hegab, Playir, entertains the audience
An Online Game Editor that allows for the creation of 3D multiplayer games on mobile devices of all Operating Systems. Any games made using their system are cross-platform play, meaning, users of different operating systems can play the same game (with or against each other) http://youtu.be/mxu8tfavU4A

SharpCloud is visual BI and communication for enterprise business. They claim that "...you'll spend less time on email, PowerPoint and spreadsheets and more team-collaboration on decisions relating to: Strategy Road mapping Workshops, Project Portfolios, Communication and Executive Stakeholder Dashboards.."

A technology-enabler and data analytics company using mobile proximity technologies to make physical marketing interactive. Their cloud-based analytics platform provides insightful data on consumer interest and behaviour in the physical world.

It's all hands with 5 Tiles as they also accept their prize
The 5-TILES keyboard has been designed specifically for touchscreen devices, smart watches, wearable computers, and the Internet of Things. Taking up 70% less of the screen than QWERTY keyboards, 5-TILES is super compact, comfortably sized for all fingers, and extremely fast.

Skin Analytics - WINNER
Melanoma incidence has doubled in last decade around the world and while 95% of cases are survivable if caught early, this drops to 10% as the cancer spreads. Skin Analytics offer an online subscription service that enables people to regularly photograph their moles with their smartphone making it easy to determine if a change has occurred.

Uci2i Ltd
A Global Cloud Video Conferencing Managed Services Provider, enabling face to face conversation, with anyone in the world on any device and network.

Here is a round up of the announcements:

The Mobile Academy Spring 2014 – 25th March to 27th May

API Architecture Summit (Free!) – Feb 6th
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

16 Jan 2014

Mobile Miscellany, 16 Jan 2014, CeBIT Stand Competition Final, The Mobile Academy 4, TSB BYOD Scoping Workshop

Happy New Year from MoMoLo Towers! In this Miscellany: On 23 Jan come and support your choice of finalist for the UKTI stand at CeBIT 2014, The Mobile Academy starts again on 25th March and have a say as to the TSB’s intended BYOD funding.

Next Event: CeBIT Stand Competition Final Thursday 23 Jan

Similar in intention and in format to the MWC Stand Competition final back in November we are working with UKTI and ICT KTN to bring you the finals of the stand competition for CeBIT in Hannover in March. More details here and registration is open here - and yes, to confirm, it's on an off-brand Thursday.

The Mobile Academy Spring 2014 – 25th March to 27th May

The Mobile Academy, which we co-host with UCL, will start again on 25th March. Developing on the success of the previous three programmes this is a 10 week evening class on the theme of “Need to Know Mobile”. 

The course features talks, workshops & surgeries with industry experts in business, design & how to work with technology on Tues & Thurs evenings The course will be based at Idea London - a short walk from Silicon Roundabout, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch. 

More details at themobileacademy.org.uk. We have 20% early bird discounts until 1st Feb, book here.

BYOD R&D Funding Scoping Workshop Tuesday 21 Jan

We held an event last April (BYOD - A Faustian Pact) on the pros and cons of the growing trend of “Bring Your Own Device” - The Technology Strategy Board is considering funding some R&D in this area and is inviting participation in a scoping exercise. 

Interesting to think that the TSB intends to fund R&D around Mephistopheles, however, more to the point, here’s what they say: "The Technology Strategy Board intends to issue a call for R&D funding in the Spring of 2014 to support safe, secure and resilient remote working, mobile connectivity and BYOD ... The workshop will identify key themes in the morning, then break these down further for inclusion in the scope in the afternoon. Refreshments and lunch will be provided." 

Note that this is a scoping exercise and if you feel you’d like to contribute to what shape such funding might take then why not pop along. There’s limited space, register here.


That’s all for now … in answer to the question: “Will you have any MWC tickets to give away this year?”, the answer is sadly: “No, not yet, but if anyone has some that they’d like us to help to distribute in return for massive brand exposure and significant community love …”


10 Jan 2014

23rd January 2014 - Finals for SMEs to win a place on the UK Pavilion at CeBIT 2014

Along with the ICT KTN & UK Trade & Investment, we are delighted to be hosting the CeBIT 2014 stand competition finals on Thursday 23rd Jan.

Come and participate in the selection of the SMEs that will be representing the UK at CeBit in Hannover in March this year. The themes of this year’s CeBIT programme are Mobile, Big Data, Social, Cloud and Smart Cities.

Doors will open at 6pm, so you can check out each finalist’s stand. Then each of the finalists will give their 3 minute pitch, followed by audience questions, an opportunity to influence the results and then, while we wait for the judges’ results, there will be "light refreshments" alongside the usual networking drinks.

The winners will get stand space on the UK pavilion with branding, listing in the UK event directory and complimentary exhibition passes. Winners will also receive assistance with press and media activities to maximise coverage and the impact of company propositions and pre-arranged meetings with potential international partners and customers.

The finalists are:
ETAOI Systems - Michal Kubacki  
eitechnologies - Matt Dobson
51degrees - Joe Davine
Infinite Precision - John Openshaw  
DigitalMR - Sophia Papregoriou  
Alpha Fox Systems - Dr Keith Barfoot  
Skin Analytics - Neil Daly  
Tamo - Max Birner
PLAYIR - Ash Hegab  
Formisimo - Al Mackin  
Sharpcloud - Sarim Khan
Uci2i Ltd - Alex Warren  

6.00 Arrival
6.30 Live Final
8.00 Net­work­ing (with light buffet)
9.30 Close

As usual attendance is free, but registration is required and is now open on Eventbrite: https://momolo-20140123.eventbrite.co.uk

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.

We will share your registration details with our event partner ICT KTN.