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SpeakEasy 2.0 – IBM gets social at #UCEXPO – Great for a post #MWC12 catchup?

February 21, 2012

Well here’s a twist. As we brace ourselves for #MWC12 we should not forget another event coming just a week later. Unified Communications Expo 2012 is in Londons Olympia is on 6-7 March (Remember also CeBIT is 6-10) so no rest for the wicked over the coming few weeks!

We’ve reprinted the press release at the end of the post. One other thing of note for UC Expo is a very exciting line up of thought leaders in the UC and Mobile space  – the delightful fusion of Dean Bubley (click here for our interview with Dean), Dean Elwood and Martin Geddes. More info on that here.

For the official line on the IBM:

“A focal point of IBM’s Social Business presence will be the “Collaboration Diner” feature run by another of its key partners, Collaboration Matters. Collaboration Diner is a modern twist on Edward Hopper’s famous 1942 painting, “Nighthawks”, with a majority of the diner-themed space being devoted to debate and discussion with key Social Business thought leaders sat at informal coffee tables.

 However, at one end of the diner, actors will re-create Hopper’s painting and transition to a modern scene where they will be using a range of handheld communication devices – iPads, laptops and smartphones. This will demonstrate that, while Hopper depicted the alienation and loneliness of the 1940s’ big city, this is not the case today as, although alone, these characters are far from lonely, being connected to the wider world through social networking.

 Greater interactivity to Collaboration Diner will be provided by three plasma screens, which will be showing tweets related to the diner (#cbdiner) as well as Social Business quotes and imagery.

Sounds groovy! See you all at the show 🙂


#MWC12 transport chaos ahead? Another update – Maybe not!

February 9, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ah, just when it is all rollerblades, cycling, shoeleather or sharpening of elbows for taxi queues outside the Fira, there is a little light at the end of the travel chaos tunnel.

Phil Rawcliffe, Online Community Manager in the Social Media Team at the GSMA got in touch to clarify that all is not yet lost. He says: ”

The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012. Negotiations between the government and the unions are on going in an effort to resolve the issues. While we are hopeful that a strike can be averted prior to the start of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA has developed a comprehensive contingency plan and is ready to activate this plan should it become necessary. For further updates on the strike and if you have any queries, follow @GSMA_Care. Updates will also be posted on www.gsma.comand across our social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +.” Thanks for the update Phil. (Phil has kindly agreed to be interviewed for the blog once the MWC stress is over. What a nice chap. Also a very charitable one, who I am about to embarrass a touch as he is running the Barcelona half marathon the DAY BEFORE MWC.He is raising money for the Air Ambulance (A blooming brilliant charity to support) so if everyone donated the quivalent of one nights bar tab for the event I reckon that’s about half a million easy. So hands in your virtual pockets peeps! Click here to give and best of luck with the half Marathon!

UPDATE: Since we posted this we are sad to report that the strikes have been confirmed. Check out @techcrunch’s @ingridlunden’s post updating us on the strike here.

According to an article in PC Mag rumours are rife that the Spanish transit workers are planning to strike soon and it could directly affect the mobile fun at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in just over 2 weeks.

Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) yesterday reported “transit strike in Barcelona during the world’s largest mobile phone trade show could cause total chaos.

According to Spanish press reports, the union representing workers for the Barcelona metro and bus systems voted today to strike from Feb. 27 to March 1, which would cover the entire period of the 60,000-person trade show. The strike is designed to cause maximum disruption during the trade show period, the Spanish papers say.

On the first day of the show, workers will gather directly in the plaza outside the convention center where the trade show is being held. They reserve the option to call off the strike each day, Barcelona newspaper El Periodico reports.”

The full story on it from Sascha is here.

Other potential reasons for travel issues could be any of the following:

An air traffic control strike in France (none planned as yet but hey you never know)

The volcanic ash cloud. Again no signs of an issue yet but that one came out of nowhere twice in the last few years.

Snow. No I am not joking about that. Last year around this time there was actually snow in Barcelona.

Looks like we’d all better follow the #NOTATMWC stuff on Twitter just in case.


What’s on in mobile? Has TechWeekEurope just launched our ultimate UK events channel?

January 17, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O


TechWeekEurope UK, the business IT website, has launched an Events channel, giving a comprehensive run down of events for professionals in the IT sector – including all the cool mobile and wireless stuff of course. (Hooray! Comes a cheer from the editor’s office – Does this mean I might be able to twist Peter Judge’s arm for an interview I ponder to myself – only time will tell)


The Events channel gathers in one place a wealth of information, giving the UK’s tech community a single source for a detailed view of IT happenings. It covers exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and training events for IT, marketing and PR professionals in the UK. All the listings contain full details and contacts, and can be viewed as a list or on a calendar.


“Despite the current economic climate, the UK’s IT sector still has a huge demand for education and information, provided by a thriving events community,” said Peter Judge, Editor of TechWeekEurope UK. “Our new channel aims to give users access to the events and training they need.”


Each event has a dedicated page, with information including a location map, and the aims of the event. The channel is filling rapidly, and has space for readers’ discussion and feedback – allowing users to enter details of their own events and launches.


TechWeekEurope is the new authoritative UK source for news, features and reviews of business technology. Drawing on a pool of UK tech journalists, and in association Ziff Davis Enterprise’s, its aim is to help readers enhance their business with technology.


The TechWeekEurope Events Channel can be found on:


One free MWC 2012 pass from GSMA

January 6, 2012

by Hans Cett (@HansCett)

Last year, Countdown2MWC handed out a few free passes to MWC (Mobile World Congress). This tickets were courtesy of RIM/BlackBerry and they flew out of the door. Well, the GSMA is apparently giving away a pass to MWC 2012 in a competition – but there only seems to be one winner. To enter the free MWC 2012 pass competition, you have to explain how you are redefining mobile. This involves becoming a fan of MWC on Facebook first. Then you must submit a photo, video or catch phrase to show how mobile is changing and improving your life. Read the rest of this entry ?


Smart, mobile and UK based? The UKTI wants to hear from you….

November 17, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

The Smart UK Project, in association with UK Trade & Investment, is searching for the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company in the run up to Mobile World Congress 2012.

Smart UK Project aims to reward mobile innovation.  If you have a UK mobile company doing something special or new, with global appeal and potential for export, please do enter.  It is very quick and simple to do so.

Shortlisted companies will be invited to an exclusive media networking event in January to meet the press and demonstrate their innovation. 
Last year’s event resulted in media profile for UK companies on the BBC, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sky News and a host of other trade and consumer press.

Finalists will pitch their innovation to judges from industry, finance and the media as part of UKTI’s programme of events at Mobile World Congress. 

The winner will be invited to participate in a high profile technology event during 2012 as well as being rewarded with the title UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company.

It is completely free to enter the search for the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company competition. 

Further information can be found at
Twitter: @smartukproject


Summer sizzler: LTE is hot trend according to V3 and these are some hotties in LTE

April 27, 2011

V3’s Lovely Iain Thomson has highlighted LTE as a hottie for 2011 in his recent article with his colleague, Shaun Nichols, Top fertile areas in tech:

“Long-term evolution (LTE) networks are going to have a superb year of growth, now that enough operators have decided to move ahead to make it the majority standard for the next generation of mobile communications…..”

Another hottie is “Tablets in Business”. I think we’re seening some trends there. Read the whole story from Iain and Shaun on those here.

The article gives an excuse to comment on those recognised by the mobile industry as leaders or hotties in LTE. Congratulations to those shortlisted and good luck!

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Q&A with Christine Horton, Editor of Channel Pro

February 4, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@Olivia_at_O)

Christine Horton shares her views on mobile and the channel in this Q&A with the Countdown2MWC team.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself and your magazine.

Channel Pro serves the needs of the IT resellers, VARS, systems integrators and distributor partners though up-to-the-minute news, in-depth reviews, industry opinion and analysis. The tone is business rather than techie. I am not a techie.

Q. What’s hot in mobile this year?

Device management platforms and fixed mobile convergence.

Q. What’s hot in the channel this year?

Virtualisation and of course, cloud computing.

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