23 Sept 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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


21 Sept 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 Sept 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.