Digital Mission Blog
Registrations are open for Multi-Platform App Developer Mission to Silicon Valley 17-21 June 2013.
This is the third mission hosted by UKTI and is designed to help B2B or B2C Companies with Mobile App Strategies.
Applications close on May 17, for more information and to apply click here.
Send your best developer to San Francisco to learn from the best and showcase your app during this week long mission of master classes, workshops, and a hackathon.
These tech-talks will be specifically tailored for technical architects or developers of already launched business-to-consumer or business-to-business mobile apps.
The trip costs £1020 (50% discount available to first time OMIS subscribers)
Mission Activities will Include:
- A pre-departure webinar to discuss Mission goals and objectives
- Four days of meetings and master classes with strategists and evangelists from:
- Multi-platform tools such as PayPal, Mozilla, and Adobe
- B2B strategies such as Mashery and Box
- B2C strategies such as Netflix and Kindle
- Platforms, Operators, and devices such as Sony and Samsung
- Demonstration stand at networking event to showcase your app(s) to Silicon Valley press and potential partners
- Participation in a hackathon
How to Apply
Follow this link. Registration closes on May 17 and all delegates will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Photo (cc) Nouhailler.
Government backed IC tomorrow, part of the Technology Strategy has launched its latest competition, Digital Innovation Contest 2013, with up to 7 awards of £25,000 up for grabs.
Backed by HarperCollins, Constable & Robinson, MediaCom, Ogilvy Mather UK Group and JCDecaux, FremantleMedia UK, Samsung, and YouTube, it focuses on media, publishing, mobile content and outdoor media.
Entries in this competition should focus on the challenges set out by IC tomorrow's partners, according to their website:
- Beyond the eBook, in partnership with HarperCollins
- Social and recommendation, in partnership with Constable & Robinson
- Next generation location specific advertising, in partnership with MediaCom
- Innovation in digital out-of-home advertising for brands and advertisers, in partnership with Ogilvy Mather UK Group and JCDecaux
- Enhanced digital content, in partnership with FremantleMedia UK
- Developing the TV, in partnership with Samsung
- Exploring mobile-influenced content, in partnership with YouTube
IC tomorrow and TSB competitions are always worth taking a look at, despite the paperwork the funding comes with few strings with participants keeping hold of the IP with market access through partners,
"In addition to the £25,000 of funding, winners of the ‘Digital Innovation Contest 2013’ will retain their intellectual property and benefit from the valuable opportunity to establish an early customer for their new technology, by running a minimum three-month trial with the relevant contest partner."
Deadline for submissions to the contest is 12 noon, Wednesday 24 April and be warned, they're strict with deadlines.
Photo (cc) Mark Cridge.
The Develop in Brighton conference have launched a live pitch competition for game developers to grab £10,000 each to develop a high-impact pitch for their game to help secure a distribution platform and funding.
Launched in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, developers are invited to apply for a spot at the live pitch at the event on Wednesday 10 July 2013. Development funds can be used to develop a game prototype, demo or mood reel.
The organisers are looking for,
"The ideas for your game need to draw on or be inspired by contemporary or historical biological or medical science in an innovative and accessible way. The games can be developed for any mass-appeal genre, platform or business model."
Those successful will pitch their game ideas to a panel of publishers and funders including Wellcome Trust, Sony XDev and crowd-funding platform Indiegogo.
Submission are open until Friday 26 April. Participating developers will be invited to receive additional pitch training ahead of the live event.
Pic (cc) Ian D.
We still have some speakers to spoil y'all, including Hermione Way and Jason Seats.
Tickets are still here.
Hermione also founded startupworld.com.
He was a founder of Slicehost, an early cloud computing hosting company.
In 2008 Slicehost was acquired by Rackspace and became the core for the initial Cloud Servers product.
The firm is now executing US expansion plans after two years of planning, only a fraction of which prepared them for what it would be like. Jules is happy to share the candid insights, calamities and experiences of the journey so far.
Jules found his calling in the field of user experience (UX) where the scope for innovation, disruption and design with purpose rekindled his passion for digital.
Eulogised, mythologised and other -oligised, South by South West Interactive (SXSW) is hard to ignore, even if you're not a fan. Tens of thousands of delegates flock to Austin, Texas for five days of conference, networking and not to be forgotten the parties.
For the several thousand international delegates, the UK being the largest group, it can be a little daunting. The official schedule alone will take several hours to navigate. So, we've pulled together thirteen - it's lucky, right? - handy resources to help those intrepid travellers to Texas navigate SXSW.
- Lanyrd’s Unofficial Guide to SXSW events
- 50 Essential Tips to being a SXSW Rockstar
- Ticket service Eventbrite’s list of SXSW events
- SXSW Party Guide mobile app from developers Shout ‘Em
- NYC events maestro Gary’s Guide list of SXSW events
- SXSW Insider’s Guide from ffvc
- Dave Delaney’s 32 essential tips for SXSW
- Moo.com’s SXSW free 100 mini business card offer
- The UK’s Tech City events at Hackney House in Austin
- Events and networking at German Haus @ SXSW 2013
- The Great British Breakfast returns to Austin
- Buzzshift’s Ultimate SXSW 2013 Party List
- Raul Colon’s Tips & Guides for SXSW
<plug>We're almost too modest to mention our Doing Business in the USA summit taking place this Fri (8 Mar). Almost. If you're setting up or expanding your business in the US, it's designed specifically for you, with an awesome line-up of speakers, lunch and post-event networking with Austin's tech elite. Click here for info and tickets.</plug>
As well as the event, I'll be knocking around some of the events above and looking out for familiar faces and accents. Keep an eye out for the bowler hat and say 'hi' if you spot me or catch up on twitter: @toodlepip.
Photo (cc) alexdecavalho.