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When: Friday, April 12, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)

Where: 4pm Bath Innovation Centre, 5pm The Cork Vaults 11-12 Westgate Buildings, Bath, Avon BA1 1EB

Register here

What is it:

Hosted by openMIC, James from Twilio is in town to learn about what apps you are building with Twilio, answer any questions you have, and to fill you in on how your Twilio powered startup can apply for funding via the recently announced Twilio Fund Europe.

Come and hangout, grab a Twilio T-Shirt, meet some cool people, and see in the weekend with a few beers. Twilio want to meet developers and business owners who are interested in developing services based on top of the Twilio API’s, if you are new to Twilio or already a master you are welcome to come along.

What is Twilio?

Twilio offer a simple, but powerful, cloud communications API. This means you can now add voice or sms capability to your web or mobile app in minutes. More than 175,000 developers around the world are already using Twilio. The Twilio API is agnostic to language, so you don’t need to learn anything new to use it.

When: Friday, 15 February 2013,  16:00 – 19:30 (GMT)

Where: University of Exeter Students’ Guild, Devonshire House, EX4 4PZ

openMIC-#16_thumbnailFor this openMIC we have teamed up with Microsoft Imagine Cup for a weekend Hackathon.

openMIC kicks thing off on Friday night with presentations on the process of building great apps. What skills are required to get a balanced team, the tension between design and development.

Hear from:

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Barcamping for mobile app & web service developers

When: Friday 7th December 2012

Where: The Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD

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Come along and hear from experienced mobile experts who have seen how companies have implemented mobile technology in their business. From Voice and SMS to Native Apps through mobile web come and learn how to engage with your internal and external customers through mobile.

Communication, Data Management and Collaboration are at the core of the enterprise challenge – how can mobile apps deliver effective solutions? Voice and SMS has been used for a long time and with web based API’s for managing workforce or customers through voice and text messaging there has never been a better time to implement mobile services as part of your offering. What about native apps? Aren’t they too expensive and difficult to develop for a workforce that has all different types of phones, some owned by the company, some not? Shouldn’t we be building enterprise apps using web technologies? HTML5 means it will be much cheaper and the service will work on any phone?

With companies like SAP and Oracle taking big steps forward with mobile being added to their platform the next few years are going to be interesting in the mobile enterprise.

Confirmed speakers

Dr Tim King – CTO, 5app

Rob LoBue – CEO, Applingua

Kieran Gutteridge – CTO,  Intohand

Jon Collins – Author – Inter Orbis


Barcamping for mobile app & web service developers

When: Thursday 5th July 2012

Where: The Old Ship Hotel Brighton, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1NR


Mobile is constantly changing and openMIC is organised to allow mobile apps and web services practitioners to gather, asses and debate the changes. With Facebook acquiring an app business for $1bn in Instagram the mobile service bubble has arrived.

This will be openMICs second visit to Brighton and we will hear from great speakers from the Brighton scene and run 8 bar camp sessions where
all participants can share knowledge and discuss ideas.

A.M Session speaker

  • Simon Hamilton-Ritchie – Matchbox Mobile
  • Alex Vitty – Future Platforms
  • Adam Martin – Mobile Brighton
  • Dan Appelquist – BlueVia
  • John Cooper – Nokia

P.M Session

After a great (Brighton) Ballroom lunch courtesy of openMIC, participants get the opportunity to put forward their own topics
and form teams of eight or for barcamp discussion and debate sessions.

Who should attend:
Developers, Designers, Start-ups, ideas people, operators, innovators -> anyone passionate and interested in development of new mobile apps for commercial or social use.

Attendance is FREE – thanks to our sponsors! REGISTER HERE


As part of Bath Digital Festival we have teamed openMIC up with The Big M to bring 2 days of mobile discussion together in Bath.

Bath Digital Festival

The first day will be conference style speakers and q&a with a shortened barcamp session.

The second day will be workshops with detailed help on how to take your ideas and business mobile.

The overarching theme for the 2 days will be “The Apps Business”

openMIC #13

When: Thursday 22nd March

Where: Bath Ventures Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Carpenter House, Bath BA1 1UD

REGISTER HERE for the conference day

The conference day will have 3 main themes:

Developer Communities and Advocacy
1 – Thayer Prime – Follow on Twitter
2- James Parton – Follow on Twitter
3- Tom Hume – Follow on Twitter

Making Money with Apps
4- Kieran Gutteridge – Follow on Twitter
5- Karen B – Follow on Twitter
6- Rick Chapman – Parkview Consulting

The Mobile Web
7 - Peter-Paul Koch – Follow on Twitter
8 – Phil Archer – Follow on Twitter
9 – Laura Kalbag – Follow on Twitter

The Big M Workshops

When: Friday 23rd March

Where: Bath Ventures Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Carpenter House, Bath BA1 1UD

REGISTER HERE for The Big M workshops

The workshops will be:

Taking your website mobile – Peter-Paul Koch
Creating a native app using phonegap – Kieran Gutteridge – Intohand

More workshops to follow




When: 9th December 2011, 5:30pm

Where: Bath Ventures Innovation Centre

Dr. Patrick Crogan tells us how:

  • The Cold War gave us First-person-shooters and Strategy for Massive Multiplayer Wargames
  • Play, Flight-simulators & Culture collide
  • WarGames create Realworld Communities
  • Modern Game culture can outplay War to anticipate Peace

An expert in games and contemporary culture, Dr. Patrick Crogan will show us how computer games originated in developing cybernetic weapons in the 1940′s and how this continues to influence our online culture today. Combining military logic, social critique and his newly published book, Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation and Technoculture, this lecture will finish our series with a bang.

Patrick is on the Executive Board of the Digital Games Research Association and teaches Film and Philosophy, World Cinema, Games, Simulation and Media at the University of West England.


Hosted by The PRIZM Game Company and Bath Ventures Innovation Centre

When: Friday December 2nd

Where: Bath Ventures Innovation Centre

This event is FREE – thanks to the kind sponsorship of the ICTKTN

As the cost of hardware capable of running the Google Android operating system goes under $100 there is an opportunity for application developers to create services that run on a dedicated platform. The number of internet connected devices is rocketing and Android devices that are not smartphones or tablets could be a major driver in this growth.

Smart cities, intelligent homes, mHealth application, motoring computing devices all communicating to make the world a better place is the vision but how could a $100 android device provide useful services in the short term?

openMIC 12 will explore this with 4 thought provoking talks in the morning and 2 detailed barcamp sessions in the afternoon for you to build on the ideas and share your own.

Speakers include:

  • Graham Fisher
  • Tom Melamed
  • Stuart Arnott
  • Dan Williams
  • Kieran Gutteridge

Find out more

The Gamification network holds its next event at Bath Ventures Innovation Centre


When: 21st October 2011, 5:30pm

Speaker: Anja – Karina Pahl

Find out:

• why Innovation Managers and Engineers should gamify problem-solving
• how gamification can turn high-tech to high-touch and high empathy
• how to recognise the fundamental pattern that’s intrinsic to universal creation, mass
collaboration, team communication and everyday product development
• How to do what you already do – better, and almost 300% faster than you imagined

Its a happy accident that scientific breakthroughs can be applied more quickly, easily and beautifully as a Game. Anja’s own breakthrough system is run as innovation games and gamified programmes for top 500 companies in Aerospace, Medicine and Banking. It may also open up a new area for technical engagement and collaboration between Industry, Charity, University and the Community – a potentially massive multiplayer Game for the Greater Good.

Hosted by The PRIZM Game Company and Bath Ventures Innovation Centre

Our 10th event was a massive success last week with our new format going down well with all the attendees.

Below you can see the full interview by Chris Book with Stephen Mellish of Radical Company.


Thanks to Kingmonkey Media for the photos and video.



Barcamping for mobile app & web service developers

Friday 8th July 2011 – 9am to lunch

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Bath Ventures Innovation Centre Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD

openMIC notches up its first ten barcamps next month with an appfest in Bath. Regular openMIC barcampers will notice a few changes to our regular format this time which will include the following:

10 Q’s from the Camp Chief

After Coffee & Registration we’ll be kicking-off the morning with Camp Chief, Chris Book (@bookmeister) interviewing a top UK app developer Stephen Mellish, Head of Mobile, Radical Company – Chris gets to pose 10 of your questions.

What do you want him to ask?

10X4 Pitches

The next Session will be ten stand-up slots for four minute pitches. Pitch slots are open to all openMIC barcampers to apply for – just let us know which of the categories below you want to appear in and let us have a 140-character description, title, or whatever on what you’re pitching about. We’ll be needing those pitch applications in by Friday 1st July though.

10X4 Pitches Categories:

Fav. App: Pitch & bitch on what’s great or not-so -great about your favourite app. Why you downloaded it, paid for it & use it. And what needs to happen next for you to keep it, upgrade it or recommend it. 

Start-App: Got an idea for an app? This session gives you the chance to pitch for partners, funders and developers. Beware it’s an open forum, but openMIC does gather some of the finest developer minds on the planet (s), so if your idea can make it here, you can make it anywhere. 

Mi-App: Built an app? Your mother must be proud. Pitch up in this session and tell us about it. What did you learn in the process, what do you like about it what you would you or could you have done differently? We believe that success is contagious, so successful app developers please apply for a pitch in this category and help us all become better developers! 


After the 10X4 there will be roundtables and plenty of opportunities to network and discuss some of the themes coming out of the earlier session.


HKB of course. Free lunch at the Hong Kong Bistro for all barcampers.

Registration is free for up to 60 delegates – Pitchers get priority places.


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    Friday 6th September 2013,
    University of Bath Innovation Centre
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