Friday, July 31, 2015

Well, that was fun!

In case you missed it on social media, our photos from last month's Swedish Beers bash are up on flickr and also Facebook. Feel free to share, tag yourself and tag your friends if you haven't done so already.

I'd like to thank our fabulous sponsors, BuzzCity, US Tax & Financial Services, Inspiring Interns and Fantastic Services once again for providing us with a goodly amount of beer, wine, soft drinks and chats.

Trevor from Bango (left) receives his prize
from Matt at BuzzCity (right)
An extra-special thank you to the team at Inspiring Interns for providing us with the Ping Pong Robot and setting up the robot challenge. Trevor Goldberg from Bango (see pic) (who, I think, has been coming to Swedish Beers since the very early days nearly 15 years ago) was a worthy winner of the gift token, Martin Harris from Bango (another long-time Swedish Beers fan) won the remote-control helicopter and Asif Mirza won the bluetooth speakers. We managed to raise £210 for the Nepal appeal so well done to all of you for contributing to that.

You may remember that Toby from Somo won a £100 cleaning voucher from Fantastic Services. Well, luckily for you, we have a special offer from them that all of you in the London area can use. They're offering you £10 off any of the services they offer on the GoFantastic iOS app or on their website http://www.FantasticServices.com . They offer a wide range of services from house cleaning to gardening and rubbish removals to DIY. The offer is valid for one per customer until the end of 2015 so you have 6 months to take advantage of it. Minimum charges apply and you need to be in the London area.

The promo code to use on the website or in the app is 'SwedishBeers' so they know who sent you.

If you're wondering when the next Swedish Beers is, it will be on 4th November up in Leeds with our friends at AQL. I can be persuaded to do another London one if there's a sponsor or two interested in supporting. Get in touch if you'd like to support either a Leeds or a London bash.

image of cows and farm at Hacklands

But if you fancy a shindig before then, the Swedish Beers team is producing Hacklands Technology Festival in Kent on 14 to 16 August. Why not mashup a bit of geekery, chat, music, comedy, food, camping and a campfire and join us at our 48 hour hackathon and festival on a farm in West Kent?

Until the next time,
Skål! 
Helen

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Swedish Beers, London - Midsummer Edition - Wednesday 17 June 2015


Yes, it’s just a few days to go until our next party in London. It's coming up for midsummer so it's about time we had another Swedish Beers party. For those of you who were in Barcelona, it's time to relive some of the memories and for those of you who weren't, then it's time to create some memories of your own in London town.

Drinks are courtesy of Buzzcity (mobile advertising specialists and our lead sponsor for the evening), Inspiring Interns (recruitment agency focussed on graduate roles), Fantastic Services (London’s largest cleaning company who are about to launch their cleaning app) and US Tax and Financial Services (there’s nothing these guys don’t know about tax issues for US citizens in the UK or for UK citizens and businesses headed Stateside).

There'll be plenty drinks to go around of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. There is food available to buy on the night if you haven't had time to grab a bite to eat before you come.

We're back at our favourite London joint, The Nordic Bar, where Swedish Beers began back in 2001 in the mists of mobile time. Doors will be open from 6.15pm and the bar has a late licence until midnight for those of you who want to stay up late on a school night.

If you haven't been before, expect a friendly crowd, lots of chat about mobile, life, the universe and why Swedish Beers is called Swedish Beers. There will also be beer pong (yes, there's a ping pong table) and, of course, refreshments (soft drinks are available and in plentiful supply) courtesy of our lovely sponsors. There will be people from all walks of mobile life there on the night - be that app developers, advertising, media, mobile marketing, handset manufacturers, payment providers, big data, brands, agencies, analysts, journalists, start-ups, veterans, noobs and much more. There have already been a lot of RSVPs on eventbrite already. Why not join them? Come alone or come with a friend but do come.

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2015

Time: 6.15pm until closing

Place: The Nordic Bar, Newman Street, London W1 (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus or Goodge Street)

You can RSVP below or over on Facebook. Either way, it’s free to attend.

Spread the word and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Skål!

Helen

http://swedishbeers.org
@swedishbeers
http://facebook.com/swedishbeers
This is a Heroes of Mobile event.












Swedish Beers - The Barcelona 2015 Photos

In case you missed them on Facebook, here are the photos from the party in Barcelona in March over on Flickr. They’re better quality on Flickr if you prefer the full screen HD performance!

A big thank you to our sponsors on the night – Kochava, AQL, Futurice, Drippler and Joshua PR.

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Photo credits Maria Stawska (– See her website and Facebook page) and Shafiq Mumani - Terra Advisors.

And here are the photos or click on the image above to get to the album. (Flickr no longer allows me to embed a slideshow here so you’ll need to head over to Flickr to see them). Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The photos are up.


Photo credit: Shafiq Mumani - Terra Advisors, http://www.linkedin.com/in/smumani
Posted by Swedish Beers Mobile Networking on Monday, 11 May 2015
This set is from Shafiq Mumani and can also be viewed on Flickr

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Swedish Beers in Barcelona #10 on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Swedish Beers 10th birthday in BarcelonaFrom humble beginnings where about 25 of the London Swedish Beers crowd and their friends got together in a bar in Barcelona  to chew the mobile fat during Mobile World Congress to a big annual event celebrating all things mobile. It’s been quite a ride to get here and we’ve not done too shabbily at all to be on the 10th one in Barcelona! I say ‘we’ because the party would be nothing without the sponsors, helpers, staff and attendees. It’s a collective effort! So let’s make that effort again in March to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

This year’s party will be on Wednesday 4 March at Dostrece. And sponsorship funds permitting, we will also operate a nearby chill-out lounge as well. Want to talk sponsorship? Then please get in touch with Helen to discuss. Packages available for all budgets. If you’re a start-up, I have a special deal for you to buy a batch of beer tokens without having to shell out for a full sponsorship package. You can buy those online or get in touch for more info.

Like our previous events, this is a relaxed evening, no formalities, no presentations, no business cards thrust in your face as soon as you arrive. Just come with an open mind, be prepared to see friends old and new, talk nonsense, enjoy a drink or five and have yourself a good time. Oh, and leave the ties, the corporate personas and the sales spiel at the door please. The Swedish Beers crew will be on hand to welcome you as well as the friendliest bar staff in town.

No need to RSVP unless you want to and want a reminder of when and where the party is and to get any updates by email. There’s no official guest list, no tickets and there’s no guaranteed entry. Just come and go as you please.

Of course, none of this could happen without our sponsors.

Introducing our lead sponsor, Kochava
They're the bees knees when it comes to analytics and mobile attribution. They have some very nifty ways of getting the data you need whilst adhering to all data protection and privacy rules and best practice. They are unbiased and independent and empower advertisers to achieve their mobile media goals. Through mobile device recognition and tracking, the Kochava platform provides precise, real-time analytics that span from initial launch through conversion, optimization and lifetime value (LTV) reporting. They're using a really interesting scientific approach to do all this, so feel free to chat to them about game theory, big data and probability as well as chewing the mobile fat. Oh, and they'll have a big bunch of beer tokens so you know where to go to get your drinks! Find out more on their website http://www.kochava.com/

Sponsors
Welcome back AQL! If you've been to Swedish Beers in Barcelona before, you may well remember Adam and his crew as they've supported us for several years now. They really know their onions when it comes to voice, SMS and hosting. They've been in the mobile business for a very long time, have the most amazing data centre in a converted church in the North of England and are great fun to boot. Meet the gang to chew the mobile fat, enjoy a few beers and have a good time.
You may have met Futurice before at Swedish Beers in Berlin or London. They're a fab creative technology company, with offices in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Finland, have innovation and digital creativity in its DNA. Renowned for building digital services for people to love, they’re equally at home with enterprise software as they are with consumer products. And they’re not just working on websites and online projects; they’re also experienced in electronics and internet of things. Not only that, but they pride themselves on creating a great place for people to work (they were the No 1 company to work for in Europe in 2012 and 2013) which makes for great client services too. These guys are on a mission to work with people who want to build the world’s most awesome digital services. If that sounds like you, then Futurice are the people to meet. Jarkko and his team will be at Swedish Beers and they’re particularly interested in meeting marketing people, retailers, heads of mobile, innovation leads and people interested in designing and building great digital products and services. They’re a friendly bunch and will happily chat to you about all things mobile. I hope you’ll give Futurice a very warm Swedish Beers welcome!

Further sponsor and supporter announcements as they come...



 
It is likely to get a bit busy at times. But don’t worry, people will be coming in and out all evening. That’s kind of the point as we know there’s always a lot going on and you might want to check out more than one party. If it’s very busy, there’s no need to queue to get in. Just check out one of the other bars nearby and come back a little later when it’s a bit less frantic.
There is a small cloakroom area at the bar, but it’s not secure so leave the laptops in your hotel room or apartment where they will be safe and won’t get in anyone’s way.
The venue is our favourite haunt with the friendliest bar staff in town, Dos Trece -http://dostrece.net/ We’ll be open from 7pm through until the early hours.

See you in Barcelona!
This is a Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival Event http://mobileheroes.net/  |  http://swedishbeers.org/
Skål
Helen
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The pictures are out!

I know it’s been a month since we all put the mobile world to rights at the Swedish Beers party in London, but I’ve only just had time to upload the photos for you.

A few thank yous are in order – Firstly to the fabulous sponsors – Open Mobile Media, Inspiring Interns (thank you for bringing the ping pong table and organising Beer Pong. What a hoot!), Futurice and US Tax & Financial Services. Thank you to the venue – The Victoria Park Plaza Hotel – you did a great job for us. And to the volunteers who helped me run the event, especially Shafiq for the photos. Speaking of which…


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

They’re also up on Facebook too if that’s your thing.

I don’t yet have a date for the next Swedish Beers. Get in touch if you’d like to sponsor one.

Meanwhile, you might be interested in one of Cooladata’s upcoming events in London, Amsterdam and New York talking about behavioural analytics. There’s a webinar too for those of you who can’t meet in person. OK, so it’s not a beer and chat type event, but for those of you interested in monetising mobile (that’s most of you, isn’t it?), it may well be of interest. More info here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Who will you meet on Monday night?

It’s just a few days until the next London edition of Swedish Beers and I expect you be wondering who is paying for all the beer. I’m pleased to announce our sponsor line-up. They are ready and waiting for you to join the merry throng, have a chat about all things mobile, or the weather, whatever suits and to enjoy a beverage or two. We’ll have wine, beer and soft drinks available.

open mobile media logoOur lead sponsor, once again, is Open Mobile Media. They’re hosting us at this year’s Open Mobile Summit London. You’ll meet Precksha, Manni, Ruthana, Ina and the team. They’re all lovely and they’ve all been working incredibly hard to put the conference together. I’m pleased to be chairing one of the sessions too. They’ll have the biggest batch of beer tokens and I know they’ll want to meet as many of you as possible to find out your thoughts on all things mobile and where it’s heading.

If you haven’t got your ticket already, I have an *exclusive* discount code for Swedish Beers and Heroes of Mobile readers and attendees. You’ll get £500 discount on a gold or silver pass. Use code 2515Swedish on the registration form.

futurice_logo_basicNext up, we have Futurice. They kindly supported Swedish Beers in Berlin this time last year. Futurice is a software design and development consultancy based in Finland, Germany and the UK. They believe in an open culture that fosters happy, motivated people. And they’re a very friendly bunch. They even have their own Futurice beer!

Sampo and his team will be on hand to talk mobile with you. They have tons of experience and some very cool projects they’ve worked on so I know you’ll enjoy chatting to them.

Basic CMYKJoining the sponsorship roster are newcomers to Swedish Beers, US Tax & Financial Services. Join Nora, Sitara, and Fran from US Tax & Financial Services. They provide advice, guidance, planning and compliance services for individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts and estates for anyone subjected to the US tax system, wherever they may be in the world. If you're already doing business in the US or are planning to set up an office there, these guys can help you navigate the complexities of the tax system there and also the complexities of additional compliance and regulations. Avoid those penalties and talk to these guys. You'll also find they have more than a passing interest in mobile and technology and are very pleased to be supporting this edition of Swedish Beers.

inspiring logosAnd last but by no means least, we have inspiringinterns (internships and graduate recruitment) and inspiringsearch (digital recruitment and headhunting). If you’re a regular at Swedish Beers, you’re bound to have met one or more of the team already. Charlie and Benedict were on the door for our Barcelona party, CEO, Ben, has been attending Swedish Beers since they started back in 2001 and they’ve sponsored many times over the years. The team have been recruiting for the mobile industry for many years and are very knowledgeable and approachable.

If you haven’t signed up already, you can still do that over on Eventbrite or add yourself on Facebook. Doors will open at 6.30pm and we’ll be there for as long as people want to hang out.

Skål

Helen