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When: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 from 9am to 5.30pm

Where: University of Bath Innovation Centre (UBIC)

Register here

Places are limited, but free thanks to our sponsor the ICT-KTN

What is it: From Summly to Parse, today’s ‘hero’ start-ups are mobile to the core. So whether you want to sell vintage clothes, create a community of fans or publish another shade of grey, if you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a business.  openMIC#17 is all about how to turn those mobile apps, communities and platforms into mobile businesses.

Confirmed speakers

Russell Hall – Hailocab
One of the original London Taxi Drivers who set up what has become the best Taxi Booking app Hailocab. Russ will tell us the story of how he and 2 cabbie friends developed the idea and how investors made it a reality.

Simon DaviesYakatak
Simon was part of the team that sold SnapTu to Facebook in 2011. Simon is now developing Yakatak a provider of consumer mobile services and is an inaugural member of BBC Worldwide Labs.

Ben AthertonSamba Mobile
Following senior roles at Mobile Operators Ben founded Samba Mobile that allows their users to access mobile data networks through Dongles and Tablet SIM cards for free by viewing targeted video adverts from top brands.

Geoff Anderson – Founder of PixelPin
After years as a technical consultant Geoff founded PixelPin to solve the problem of logins and passwords. PixelPin allows a user to sign in by clicking on specified parts of one of their images.

Chris Book – CEO of Bardowl and Organiser of openMIC
Chris will tell his personal Entrepreneurship story about founding and growing Bardowl a new Audiobook streaming service for iPhones.

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.

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


Mobile Commerce, the UK’s leading provider of location-based services (LBS) and mobile content integration, has partnered with National Rail Enquiries to launch the National Rail Enquiries App for the Vodafone 360 app store.

Utilising National Rail Enquires’ definitive information on all passenger rail services on the National Rail network in England, Wales and Scotland, the app provides live departure and arrival information for all National Rail stations. The app also offers a full journey planner for rail routes across the UK, which provides the quickest route for a chosen journey.

As well as offering the type of travel information you’d find on a website, the app uses handset location to display the nearest stations and stores recent stations and journeys. It also includes a real-time progress indicator to show where the train is on the route.

The app is available for Vodafone’s tailor-made touch screen handsets – the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 and Vodafone 360 Samsung M1 – as well as a range of Android handsets.

Steve Page, Mobile Commerce CEO, said: “We’re delighted to have worked with National Rail Enquires on this app and I believe it will become the most popular app Mobile Commerce has worked on to date. It offers everything the rail traveller needs, in real time, and from the convenience of their phone with just a touch of the screen. We’re looking forward to Vodafone’s customers benefiting from both our expertise in mobile and National Rail enquiries’ comprehensive information service to help make their journeys quicker and easier to plan.”

The National Rail Enquiries app for Vodafone 360 is available from the Vodafone 360 app store for a one off cost of £2.99.

Mobile Commerce have published a White Paper on Mobile Search revealing most searched terms from a mobile device to download. Click Here

Mobile Commerce will be tweeting interesting facts about what is being searched on mobile.

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Upcoming events
  • openMIC #17
    Friday 6th September 2013,
    University of Bath Innovation Centre
  • Entrepreneurship Programme for Mobile
    23rd-27th September 2013
    University of Bath Innovation Centre