13 June 2009

Monday night is demo night

Filed under: applications, demos, Mobile Monday, Samsung — David Wood @ 4:12 pm

Mobile Monday London is at a new location this Monday (15th June). Most of the MoMoLo events I’ve attended over the last few years have been at the CBI Conference Centre in the Centrepoint building near Tottenham Court Road tube station. But on this occasion, the venue will be the 10th floor of the Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark St, SE1 0SU. This venue is south of Tate Modern, and nearby tube stations include Blackfriars, Waterloo, Southwark, Cannon Street and London Brige. The event is being hosted by IPC Media, who are based in the building.

Blue Fin building has its own significance in the Symbian world. The second floor of that building is home to the UK branch of SOSCO – which is an acronym for “S60 on Symbian Customer Operations”. Prior to Nokia’s acquisition of Symbian Ltd last December, the unit was known by the simpler name of SCO – “Symbian Customer Operations”. It’s a descendent (via several renamings) of the Technical Consulting (“TC”) department which was created on the initial formation of Symbian Ltd back in June 1998. I was responsible for TC at that time, and several of the people from the early days of TC still work in SOSCO. Among other claims to fame, SOSCO engineers recently ported a version of the Symbian platform to run on an off the shelf Atom based motherboard from Intel.

This Monday’s event is a demo night. At the last count, the following mobile demos are lined up:

  • Vopium – like Skype but fully integrated into your mobile’s phonebook
  • Peepr.TV – webcam streaming to mobile
  • 0870.me – standard rate calls instead of 0870
  • Photofit – photo mashup application
  • Total Hotspots – Rummble your nearest wifi hotspot
  • Audioboo – audio micro-blogging as much loved by Stephen Fry amongst others
  • Artilium – making LBS easy for developers
  • Proxama – the latest in NFC wallets
  • Ookl – mobile learning
  • Singtones – karaoke on your phone
  • Masabi – rail ticketing
  • Corebridge – CRM on the go
  • Spoonfed – London restaurant finder

It will be a fine chance to weigh up some innovative mobile applications and services. There will presumably be some of the latest mobile devices on show too – given that the co-sponsor of the evening (along with IPC Media) is Samsung Mobile Innovator.

The word on the streets is that Samsung Mobile Innovator “will be making a special announcement on Monday evening” – which is another reason for attending. (OK, full disclosure: let me confess my source for this info: it’s someone who used to work for SOSCO, but who is now employed by Samsung Mobile Innovator.)

As the official site for the event explains:

  • Doors will open at 6pm for a prompt start at 6.30pm;
  • There’s a LOT to get through;
  • Please allow enough time to get through security on the ground floor and take the lift up to the 10th floor;
  • Also please make sure you are registered well in advance so you can whizz through security;
  • There is no guarantee of entry unless you are registered in advance.

To register, please visit the event website.

The venue has capacity for 155 participants. As I write this, there are 38 places still available.

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