Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Barcelona 2018 wrap up - thank yous, photos and more

What a fab time we had at Swedish Beers a couple of weeks back in Barcelona. Admittedly, the weather wasn't up to much, but Muy Buenas gave us a very warm welcome despite us drinking the bar dry and having to have an emergency beer and wine delivery at midnight!

First up some thank yous:

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To Carolina and her team at Muy Buenas for looking after us so well.

To Rosa, Patrick, Irene, Ida and Angel for being the welcoming committee with me at the door.

To Erika Arias for her fabulous photographs once again. Check out more of her fabulous photos here.

To all our sponsors for providing the cash for the beer tokens and being such good co-hosts on the night. They are - Equal Experts, x-Mobility, Headforwards, 51 Degrees, Evernym, 1NCE ably supported in cash and in kind by NOBA, Kairos Future, ZZZ Accommodation, Idka, White Bull Summits, Trustonic, Joshua PR, When in Barcelona and Claire Coombes.

And to all of you who came and who keep the Swedish Beers spirit alive and kicking.

Next events:

The next Swedish Beers event will be in London but I haven't yet fixed a date as I need to co-ordinate sponsors. If you'd like to sponsor, get in touch by email here.

In the meantime, you may want to pop along to the panel session I'm chairing in London on Wednesday 21 March 2018 where we're discussing what we discovered at this year's Mobile World Congress. Panellists include Paul Stringer who heads up the mobile team at Equal Experts and Priya Prakash who is the founder of D4SC and is also one of the UK Government's DIT Technology Specialists.

Tickets are free and tapas and drinks are courtesy of Equal Experts. RSVP required. You can do that by registering for a ticket below or by clicking here to reach the Eventbrite page.


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The photos

I've uploaded all the ones I've received and all the professional ones by the fabulous Erika Arias. But if you have any to add these, please let me have them and I'll include them in the Swedish Beers party albums on Facebook and Flickr with appropriate credits. Feel free to tag yourselves in the photos and share away!

Swedish Beers Edition #13 Barcelona - 28 Feb 2018

Thanks again and hope to see you at another event soon.
Skal
Helen

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Last chance to register for Swedish Beers!

It's on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Doors open at 7pm. Last entry at 1am.

We're at Muy Buenas, Carrer Carme 63 (not far from the old place).

Same vibe as ever. RSVP here http://swedishbeers13inbcn.eventbrite.co.uk

Big love to our sponsors Equal Experts, Headforwards, x-Mobility and 51 Degrees.

See you tomorrow
Skål!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Win a free pass to this year's Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona with Trustonic!

The lovely people at Trustonic have come up trumps again with a lovely Mobile World Congress pass giveaway. We have five passes to give away. Closing date is Wednesday 21 February 2018. All you have to do is answer one question and provide us with your contact details. The form is below.

Good luck and hope to see you in Barcelona!

(Travel/accommodation not included)
   

Friday, February 09, 2018

Announcing our first sponsors for Swedish Beers #13 in BCN!

I'm delighted to welcome the first batch of Swedish Beers sponsors for the upcoming Swedish Beers Mobile Networking party in Barcelona.

First up, Equal Experts.


Equal Experts is a network of talented, experienced software and hardware consultants, specialising in agile delivery. Their in-depth expertise and an uncompromising approach to quality make all the difference – and that’s what the background of engineering rigour and proven delivery practices brings.

The company has a long-standing relationship with the mobile industry, having worked with O2 Telefónica on its mobile app platforms since 2012. Together, they delivered the Priority and MyO2 native apps along with the platform that powers them – supporting millions of happy O2 customers along the way.

Equal Experts' efforts in mobile go beyond software to include proprietary hardware. Their BluetoothTap technology unifies the 'tap & go’ experience across all major smartphones. IBM iX has adopted BluetoothTap in its vision of the future of retail, successfully using it within a prototype for a secure, mobile-first retail shopping experience to dramatically improve checkout times.

Paul Stringer, and some of his senior mobile team, will be joining us at Swedish Beers. It's their first time as a sponsor so please be sure to give them a very warm welcome.

Welcome back 51 Degrees!

Next up is 51 Degrees. James Rosewell and his team will be in Barcelona and joining us as a sponsor for the second time. So let's make sure we welcome them back with open arms.

51Degrees provides The Fastest and Most Accurate Device Detection solution. That may sound like a boast, but James tells me it's true. Who am I to disagree?!

Did you know that over 150 device models are launched worldwide every week?? Well 51Degrees does, because they add them into their database every single week.

Trusted by millions of people, they have over 1.5 million active deployments in virtually every country around the world using the 51Degrees device detection software day in and day out.

This software helps companies in Adtech, Publishing, Digital Experience platforms, Ecommerce, Telco, leveraging our huge database of over 880,000 (and growing) device combinations. This means the tech and screen size never gets in the way of the user experience regardless of device type. Using device detection makes you more money through more accurate targeting and optimized content.

So if you think you know everything there is to know about mobile device detection or optimisation, why don't you challenge James and his team and test their knowledge over a beer in Barcelona?! You can also check them out in the exhibition on stand 7UP.72.

Welcome back x-Mobility!

x-Mobility is the Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), for Hutchison 3G UK, providing a White-labeled MVNO service for brands wishing to enter the mobile space. x-Mobility has a full MVNO license and provides all the services required for a brand to create its own MVNO proposition. By working with x-Mobility, brands can become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) launching their own branded mobile service in as little as 90 days and at a fraction of the cost and time of attempting to do this directly with a mobile operator. Pretty neat, huh?

Shanks and his team will be at Swedish Beers and they're particularly interested to talk to brands (inc MVNOs & OTTs), media owners and app entrepreneurs who are looking to launch Telco Mobile Services about how to enable you with alternative mobile services which, in turn, helps you acquire, grow and own your own subscriber base. Not only that, they're a great team to hang out with and talk all things telco.

If you haven't RSVP'd yet, you can do that here. Remember, we're not in Dostrece this year but I have a brilliant new venue lined up for you in central Barcelona. More on that in the next few days.

If you'd like to sponsor this year's event in Barcelona, please get in touch with Helen. There's still time to get involved. The more the merrier!

Skål!
Helen

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Swedish Beers - #13 Barcelona Edition, 2018 - Wednesday 28 February

Plans are afoot for the next edition of Swedish Beers in Barcelona in 2018! (Doesn't it come around quickly?!)... We will be in a NEW venue! More on that soon. The format will be just the same - a relaxed evening, no formalities, no presentations. 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 all whilst extolling (or not) the virtues of our mobile connected world.

The Swedish Beers crew will be on hand to welcome you as usual and we'll have the friendliest bar staff in town.

**Two sponsors confirmed. More to come. And there's room for more on top of that. If you'd like to sponsor and join the fun, please get in touch with Helen to discuss. All budgets catered for.** 

See you in Barcelona.

Skål

Helen

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Ping Pong Robot, prizes, fundraising and more at Swedish Beers tomorrow night!

Not long to go now until the next Swedish Beers bash in London. We'll be back at the Nordic Bar, our favourite London haunt, and as well as the usual chat, drinks and mingling, we will also have a Ping Pong Robot competition to raise funds for Bloodwise.

We're busy sorting out the prizes for that, but I can confirm that two of them are these latest release books.

The first is a copy of The Startup Way by Eric Ries of Lean Startup fame. I heard him speak at an event last week and wrote a few thoughts about that over on my personal blog. I managed to come away with an extra copy of the book which will be one of the prizes tomorrow night.

The other book that's up for grabs tomorrow is Rough Diamond: Turning Disruption into Advantage in Business and Life by Nicole Yershon.

We will also have some collection buckets, so please bring your small change - every coin counts.

If you prefer, you can donate on the justgiving page here  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/4carlo

Or you can text in with your donation (UK only). Text BEAT01 £x to 70070 to donate to Bloodwise. The amount can be edited so that you choose how much you wish to donate, so if you're donating £5, then text BEAT01 £5 to 70070 or if you'd like to donate £2, then text BEAT01 £2 to 70070 - you get the idea!

The guest list for tomorrow night is shaping up nicely. If you haven't already registered, please do that here. Entry is free and we'll have free drinks courtesy of Kindred Capital and Inspiring Interns for as long as the bar tab lasts. Everyone working in, around or interested in the mobile industry from a professional or academic point of view are most welcome. Do spread the word with your friends and colleagues.


Until tomorrow night then!



Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Swedish Beers (Not Tears) in Memory of Carlo Longino

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It's been a long time coming in London, but Swedish Beers is back. We're back at our favourite London Joint, The Nordic Bar, where Swedish Beers began some 16 years ago. Doors will open at 18.30 and we'll keep going until the bar closes.

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 a ping pong contest with a robot, no less, and, of course, refreshments (soft drinks, wine and beer) 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. 

This edition of Swedish Beers is a little bit special as the mobile industry recently lost one of its original evangelists and a dear friend of mine and many of you, Carlo Longino to lymphoma.

Despite Carlo living in the US, he was a great fan of Swedish Beers and came to the London and Barcelona editions many times over the years. In fact, he was at the very first Swedish Beers in Barcelona - it's where we met in person for the first time having got to know each other via our blogs (he wrote The Feature for Nokia and Mobhappy with Russell Buckley) and email.

Sadly, Carlo died in October at the age of 39. In his last few weeks, he was kept alive by blood platelets that had been donated. He was passionate about encouraging people to donate blood and especially blood platelets. To that end, we will also be raising money for Bloodwise and more important than the money, encouraging you all to go and give blood and blood platelets

I have set up a JustGiving page in his honour here. Please donate if you can - every little helps. And feel free to share a memory too!

For those of us who knew him, let's also take the opportunity to remember Carlo, whether that's the work he did in the mobile industry whilst at WIP to help start-ups globally, or it's his love of beer, cats, bbq, and British Indie music of the 80s and 90s or its his wry humour and generous spirt and the good times spent with him. And if you didn't know him, come along anyway to chew the mobile fat and continue the Swedish Beers legacy in his name.

Drinks are courtesy of Inspiring Interns and Kindred Capital. More sponsors tbc. If you'd like to be one of them, please get in touch. There is food available to buy on the night if you haven't had time to grab a bite to eat before you come. 

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Time: 6.30pm until closing

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

Please RSVP below or by going to the eventbrite site here



Please do spread the word among your mobile colleagues and friends. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Skål!

Helen

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