Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Swedish Beers London needs YOU!

I had a lovely conversation earlier with my friends at The Nordic Bar to plot the next London edition of Swedish Beers. I'm a bit overdue a session on home turf having run successful parties in Barcelona and San Francisco earlier this year. So I've decided to crack and get it sorted sooner rather than later.

I have some potential dates available in the next 5 weeks but to make it happen, not only do I need you lovely lot to come along and join the fun, but I also need some lovely sponsors too to pay for the drinks and shenanigans. I already have one sponsor confirmed and am talking to another, but there's certainly room for two or three more to join the merry throng.

Who's up for being lead sponsor or a co-sponsor and help a couple of hundred mobilists mingle, chat and network?

Get in touch if that sounds like you and I can fill you in costs, how it works and the value you get for your money and support.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Swedish Beers is heading to San Francisco!

Well, it's been a while since my last trip Stateside but I'm pleased to be coming back to connect with US friends, old and new. To that end, I'm putting on a Swedish Beers party on Monday 2 May in San Francisco and would love to see you there.
If you have a passing interest in mobile technology, like to chew the mobile fat without any frills, formalities, sales pitches or death by PowerPoint, then Swedish Beers is for you!  
Date: Monday 2 May 2016
Time:6.30pm onwards
Where: Central San Francisco
Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many of you are coming.

About our sponsors
James Tagg, the co-founder of Truphone will be joining us in San Francisco. Truphone is a global mobile network where there aren't roaming costs. Instead, there's one world plan to cover whichever country you're in, one SIM that never needs swapping and wherever you go, you get the same quality coverage as home, with the same customer support. With Truphone, you'll be roaming free. James is also the co-inventor of the LCD touchscreen (amongst other things) and is a published author and authority on Artificial Intelligence.

I'm on the lookout for additional sponsors to join Truphone to help the party go with a swing and a venue (I have a couple in mind, but welcome suggestions too) but I wanted to put the word out on the date so you can get it in your diaries and spread the word.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd May!

You may also be interested in the other events I'm organising in the US in Mountain View, New York City and Los Angeles. Please RSVP by clicking on the links below if you'd like to come. They're all free to attend and we'll be looking at the topic of 'When Will Our Smartphones be Smarter Than Us? AI and The Future of Mobile'.

Eventbrite - Mountain View Edition: When Will Our Smartphones Be Smarter Than Us? AI & The Future of Mobile

Eventbrite - When Will Our Smartphones Be Smarter Than Us? AI & The Future of Mobile

Eventbrite - LA Edition: When Will Our Smartphones Be Smarter Than Us? AI & The Future of Mobile

Monday, April 11, 2016

Swedish Beers was brilliant in Barcelona. Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who came and chewed the mobile fat with us in February. Thank you to our sponsors, Gavin and his team at Voluum, Nextbit, aql, Vyke, Veoo, Inspiring Interns, Inspiring Search and Joshua PR. We couldn't have done it without their financial and moral support.

Thank you also to our photographers, Erika Arias, Naty Jamiez and Inspiring Search. And a thank you to Alex and his team at Dostrece who did us proud. They even wrote about us on their blog (it's in Spanish). Here are the photos on Flickr and the same set on Facebook - there are a lot this year. So if you haven't seen them already, enjoy!

  Swedish Beers BCN Edition #11

We'll be back in Barcelona in 2017, all being well. But in the meantime, we're heading to the USA this May.

There's a Swedish Beers party happening in San Francisco on Mon 2 May, a talk and meet-up about Artificial Intelligence in Mountain View on Tuesday 3 May, another talk and panel discussion, 'When Will Our Smartphones be Smarter than Us?' in New York on Thursday 5 May and another session in Los Angeles about our Smartphones being smarter than us on Monday 9 May.

Do come and join us at the events - they're all free to attend. And get in touch if you'd like to sponsor or partner with us.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

I'm happy to announce...

..that the venue for Swedish Beers is confirmed - we're back in our old haunt of Dostrece. Find it behind the Ramblas and behind the Boqueria market. The nearest Metro station is Liceu.

I'm also happy to announce our first raft of sponsors.

Our lead sponsor is Voluum - The Voluum team are very excited to be showcasing their newest product, VoluumDSP, at MWC this year.  With a focus on usability, deep analytics, anti-fraud and generally making the execution of mobile programmatic campaigns less painful, it’s definitely worth grabbing Gavin, Robert or one of their team to find out more. They're experienced mobile marketers themselves, they know the challenges both advertisers and publishers face and really know how this stuff works. Gavin is also a Swedish Beers veteran so can show you the Swedish Beers ropes too!  @voluumdsp

Next up is Nextbit! They have a new phone to show off called Robin. And it looks very interesting indeed. A game-changer in Android devices? I think it might just be. You decide when you meet the team on the 24th February!

I'm delighted to welcome back aql for the umpteenth time. aql Founder and CEO, Dr Adam Beaumont, will be with us once more for chat and jollity and to talk hosting, messaging, telecoms, innovation and why Leeds is the centre of the internet universe. No really, it is! Welcome back aql!

Further sponsor announcements shortly. It's not too late to get involved. Get in touch with me if you're interested in sponsoring this or other Swedish Beers events.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Swedish Beers is heading to Barcelona once more on 24 February!

Oh, how time flies and it's the time of year when mobilists around the world turn their thoughts to the annual gathering of the great and the good of the mobile world at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. And this year is no different. As usual, I'm running the Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival for the fifth time and I'm running the annual Swedish Beers party in Barcelona for the 11th time.

Like our previous events, this is a relaxed evening for execs working in and around the mobile industry. You'll find no formalities, no presentations, no speeches. Just come with an open mind, be prepared to see friends old and new, chat, enjoy a drink or three (courtesy of our sponsors) 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 will the friendliest bar staff in town.

Please RSVP to give me an idea on who's coming and I'll do my best to accommodate as many of you as possible.

It is likely to get a bit busy at times. But don't worry, people will be coming in and out all evening. If it's very busy, there's no need to queue to get in, we'll have a second bar nearby for you to hang out in which will be just as good and where there will be plenty of people for you to network with. This does mean that I can't guarantee entry except for sponsors and the Swedish Beers Crew.

I'll have some sponsor and venue announcements soon, but in the meantime, if you're at all interested in joining the fun and buying some fellow mobilists a beer or two, please get in touch with me. I have sponsorship options for all budgets so don't be shy!

In the meantime, please RSVP below and spread the word to your colleagues and clients.

See you in Barcelona.

This is a Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival Event http://mobileheroes.net/


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Swedish Beers Goes North! Leeds First Edition

As a Northerner by birth, and with lots of Northern friends, it's about time we had a Swedish Beers bash up North and finally, it's happening! with thanks to our friends at aql and Inspiring Interns.

We're back with our favourite and long-standing Barcelona sponsors, aql and will enjoy the delights of their very own bar. If you haven't visited before, you're in for a treat. Doors will be open from 6.30pm and we'll close when we're done. It's a school night, so I'm guessing that will be about 10.30pm ish.

If you haven't been before, Swedish Beers is a business networking event for executives interested in mobile technology. Expect a friendly crowd, lots of chat about mobile, life, the universe and why Swedish Beers is called Swedish Beers and much more. There will be refreshments (soft drinks are available and in plentiful supply) courtesy of our lovely friends at aql. 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. Come alone or come with a friend but do come.

Date: Tuesday 3 November 2015

Time: 6.30pm until closing

Place: aql Salem Bar, 11 to 15 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. For out of towners, it's about a 10 minute walk from Leeds station.

There's a pay and display car park nearby for those of you driving. The events is free to attend. Registration is required and all registration details will be shared with our event sponsors and partners.

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


This is a Heroes of Mobile event.

About our sponsors
Lead sponsor and host: aql
If you've been to Swedish Beers in Barcelona before, you may well remember aql's founder, Adam, and his crew from as they've supported us for several years now and are well known in Leeds and the surrounding area. They really know their onions when it comes to voice, SMS and hosting - feel free to test them on their knowledge on the night! They've been in the mobile business for a very long time, have the most amazing data centre in a converted church in Leeds and are great fun to boot. Meet the gang to chew the mobile fat, enjoy a few beers and have a good time. Find out more about aql on the night or from their website.
Supporting sponsor: Inspiring Interns
If you've been to any of the London Swedish Beers parties, it's more than likely you've met onre or more of the Inspiring Interns team. They now have a new office in Manchester so they're also supporting Swedish Beers Goes North. Inspiring Interns is a graduate recruitment agency connecting talented graduates with top companies and start-up businesses across the UK with offices in London and Manchester. Come and hang out with Martin and his friendly team.

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.

The promo code to get £10 off is
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
Join us on 14 to 16 August in Kent for the first Hacklands Festival of Technology. Tickets available now at http://hacklandsuk.com

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,