Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Well, that was quite the night! Thank you for coming!

It always takes me a little while to get over the intensity and madness of Mobile World Congress. There's so much to see, so many people to meet and so many good conversations to digest and mull over. Throw in some sleep deprivation and being out of my usual routine means I take time out to recover.

I'm still buzzing about the whole show, but in particular, I'm buzzing about Swedish Beers. It was such a fun night. Thank you to everyone who came - Swedish Beers is nothing without all of you, whether you're one of my regulars or discovering the party for the first time.  

A big thank you to my sponsors: Toby at Headforwards, Adam from aql and TrustiUK, Anton & Steph from Imagination, Nick from nquiring Minds,  Eduardo from Monedata, the Combain Team, Ian from DigitelTalk, and Troy from SER Team. Of course, their financial support is needed and pays for all the beers. But to me, the personal support they give me means just as much.

And let's not forget the fab team at Space Cowboy who looked after us so well. They kept the beers and cocktails flowing and joined in the fun too. They tell me we were all lovely too. Praise indeed.

And finally, thank you to my gorgeous photographer Erika Arias who always manages to capture the occasion so well. You can see for yourself here.


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I am planning a London comeback edition of Swedish Beers very soon - watch this space, as they say. If you fancy sponsoring, please get in touch.

Until the next time!

Monday, February 26, 2024

The full complement!

Click on the image to register or go here https://swedishbeersBCN2024.eventbrite.co.uk

There's nothing like a bit of last minute sponsorship...! Welcome back nquiringminds

You may remember Dr Nick Allott from last year's party. Nick's been coming to Swedish Beers forever and he's back as a sponsor for the second time. I'm chuffed to bits about that. Nick is one of the smartest people I know in the industry and he's built a great team around him at nquiringminds. I reckon you will have an interesting conversation when you meet him and the team. 

nquiringMinds: a Trusted AI company, building advanced analytics solutions on top of solid cyber security principles. Their TDXVolt platform helps customers develop and deploy AI Analytics systems on top of a solid zero-trust backbone. Everything is underpinned by fully distributed digital identities. This means the customer has full control of their data and has ultimate flexibility on where and how their systems are hosted. Multi-award-winning, with customers across telecoms, defence and manufacturing sectors, this team knows its stuff.

Wanna know more? Check out the website: http://www.nquiringminds.com and join us on Wednesday night. You can RSVP here https://swedishbeersBCN2024.eventbrite.co.uk 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Let's not forget our Swedish Beers supporters - SER Team, Combain and Digitel Talk

We're very lucky at Swedish Beers to have friends of the family, as it were. I'd like to give a special thank you to a few people who have helped get this year's show on the road. They'll also have a few beer tokens on the night so do search them out for a chat and a token. 

First up, Troy Norcross, is no stranger to Swedish Beers. He's been a few times before over the years and is back this year. Troy heads up SER Team, and he's looking to connect with innovation leaders grappling with turning visionary ideas into reality. He's especially interested in those diving into the complex world of AI strategy. So, if you're navigating the hurdles of resource scarcity, lack of support, or regulatory constraints, join Troy for a drink and share insights on overcoming these barriers and transforming innovative potential into tangible success. 


Next, we have Yllka from Combain. She's been a superstar support behind the scenes. Although she can't be with us on the night, her colleagues from Combain are exhibiting in Hall 7, Stand 7C8. Combain is a leading geolocation service provider for IoT devices, offering AI-based indoor positioning, 5G LMF for private networks, and global cell ID positioning. They have one of the world's largest positioning databases and have clients across the globe including mobile network operators, security agencies and IOT manufacturers. Bjorn and his Swedish team will be at Swedish Beers, so make sure to find them.


And last but not least, meet Ian Ginn. I only met Ian fairly recently, and this will be his first Swedish Beers party so go gently on him! Ian is a highly successful, internationally-orientated executive with decades of enterprise software sales experience. He heads up IFG, which specialises in unlocking opportunities for software providers and enabling growth in Europe's Telecom, Enterprise and Mobile markets. He's also great company so I know you're all going to warm to him.

Not only that but Ian has just launched a new podcast, Digitel Talk, with the inimitable and long-time friend of Swedish Beers, Frankie Spagnolo. Digitel Talk is a podcast with a mission to promote doing good in the mobile, telecoms and related technology industries. You'll hear from real people, find out what they have done, how it has affected them, others and the planet, and what great things we can expect. 

Ian and Frankie want to share the stories of those champions who want to help others and have found a way of using technology to achieve this. In sharing these stories, they hope that others will be inspired to do something good themselves. You can tune in right now to their first episodes over on Apple and other podcast platforms soon. Could you be their next guest?


You gotta have some Imagination!

Another lovely sponsor, Imagination, joins the party. Imagination is a multi-award-winning Experience Design Company founded 50 years ago on a principle of Independent Creativity. Headquartered in London, with 13 studios worldwide, they bring together diverse groups of strategic, creative, and practical people to find the answers to client challenges. Still an independent agency, they've earned a reputation for consistently challenging and changing the status quo through their core offers of Consulting, Destinations, Content and Live. 

Anton Christodoulou (Global CTO) and Stephanie Balme (Biz Dev Director) will both be at Mobile World Congress this year. They are particularly interested to discover fresh ideas and companies that can help solve their client's problems in new and interesting ways. Their clients include LG, Ford, IKEA, LVMH, Samsung, Jaguar Land Rover, HSBC, Major League Baseball, 3M, Turkish Airlines, Shell and Telstra. Does that sound like you? If so, drop your contact details into this form, and one of the team members will be in touch.

Anton, Imagination's Global CTO, is part of the legend that is Swedish Beers, having been in on it from the very beginning back in London more than 20 years ago.  I'm chuffed to bits to have his continued support. Welcome home Anton and welcome aboard, Imagination!

Monedata - Our latest sponsor

Eduardo Olmeda and his team from Monedata will be at Swedish Beers. They're a new sponsor but no stranger to Swedish Beers. So, if you're a newbie around here, they'll show you the ropes on the night.

 Not only that, but Edu heads up a very interesting company called Monedata. It's a data monetisation platform for your Android apps - you no longer need annoying or bulky ads to generate revenue from your app. Instead, you can use the Monedata platform to make money by sharing non-personal usage data via simple, robust and safe SDK. It's all GDPR compliant and is a great way to add stable, additional revenue to your projects. 

Seems like a great idea to me! Welcome aboard Monedata

Welcoming the return of aql and introducing Trusti, an auditable token platform

Oh, it's good to have returning sponsors! Many of you who are Swedish Beers regulars will know the wonderful Professor Adam Beaumont and his team from aql from the times we hung out at Dostrece. Well, Adam's back and this time, he has a new thing to talk about - Trusti

Trusti provides trust-as-a-service in the data and physical domain. Securing SMS, IoT and code providing NFTs to preserve physical value. 

Trusti is an auditable token platform built to support lifecycle integrity across any industry or process. It's the globally trusted certificate authority and immutable ledger architecture behind Trusti Tokens, which are publicly verifiable, secure, and flexible enough to suit all use cases. That could be CA as a service for enterprise, defence or government, for example. The Trusti Token can also be generated as a secure QR code, and Adam can show you that in action on the night in exchange for a beer token or two.

Welcome to the Swedish Beers family, Trusti!