Love Pictures? Love Hacking? - Save the DATE for PHOTO HACK DAY — SEPTEMBER 22/23
The snap-shot loving and sharing EyeEm crew is hosting another Photo-Hack-Day with a little help from a lot of friends: Facebook plus fellow Berlin start-ups Amen, 6Wunderkinder, Toast, Tweek.tv, Loopc.am … are joining the party.
The EyeEm team is known to mix a love for great photography with solid engineering and CTO Ramzi Rizk earned the title of “best coding photographer” from his founding team mates.
EyeEm MasterClasses have also become hugely popular and produced some amazing shots:
Got an idea for a hack? You can still submit suggestions here. Would love to have a mosaic print feature per album/user. Any takers?
Camera, Lights, Action!
//NEXT12 - BERLIN START-UPS// In one of the best Next panels, TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher invites Berlin’s Startup darlings Gidsy, Amen and SoundCloud on stage. But before Edial Dekker, Felix Petersen and David Noel take their seats, Butcher walks the talk in this session about the “friendship econonmy” and makes the whole audience stand up to connect with their neighbours.
//AdAge Digital NYC// — One core themes at AdAge - and reflecting a current trend in the industry - was the increasingly closer collaboration between brands and startups. We sit down with Lucas Herscovici, Global Director Strategic Innovation and Marketing at Anheuser-Busch InBev, to talk about the company’s strategy, process and selection criteria for investments in startups. Anheuser-Busch also sponsored the Brandhack with a brief for Budweiser, which saw 6 companies battle it out for a partnership deal worth $25k . Social-planning app Wendr emerged as the winner with a more than passionate and convincing presentation by CEO Sam Zises. Even notoriously sceptic judge Ben Leerer ended up wearing a Wendr hat on stage.
// ad:tech SFO // - We speak with HasOffer’s Partner/CMO Peter Hamilton about the latest trends in Affiliate Marketing and how the Seattle-based company has developed into one of the major players in that field. HasOffers’ disruptive tracking technology allows businesses to track and manage their own affiliate programs and has gained an incredible adoption over 7,000 affiliate networks. One of our favourite stage session was the closing music panel “Digital Killed the Radio Star” diving into “How Pandora, Spotify, Turntable.fm & TastemakerX are Shaping the Future of Advertising” - with respective executives from all companies on stage.
“O Brother, WHERE Art Thou?” — Where 2.0 is under-way in San Francisco
Where 2.0 is about “The Art and Business of Location”. Rightly so, it is pitched as the event where grassroots and leading-edge location developers intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs who seek exactly those technologies — before they hit the mainstream. And: it is a heaven for “map-nerds” like us. Location as a concept is being baked into most major mobile services, from retail to travel, automotive and health - yet, we are only scratching the surface. The biggest trend - as mentioned by Leah Busque from TaskRabbit - is the space where SoLoMo meets Collaborative Consumption, with Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Gidsy as great examples for location oriented consumer market places. At Where 2.0, we interview the developers behind Google Maps, Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook and Uber to dive deeper into the technology and trends of the “SoLoMo” business. We dare to ask: “WHERE do we go from here?” — Stay tuned for the Where 2.0 SoundCloud sessions. You can also follow the conference livestream here.
IT’S A WRAP FOR SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD FORUM EUROPE 2012
The 2 day event boosted a full calendar of sessions with high calibre speakers, demonstrating just how much ‘social’ has been baked into the fabric of every major marketing, media, commerce and b2b efforts. As Nokia’s Mark Squires (aka@DrPinball) aptly stated regarding the necessary commitment: “Social Media is like being pregnant. You can’t be a bit pregnant”.
Interviews with MTV, LEGO, Shazam, Tumblr and Echo Labs coming up.
“EVERYBODY LIKES TO PLAY” — EMI hosts MUSIC techpitch 4.5 in London
This was truly a great night of talent meets tech. The 2Pears organized event at EMI’s London HQ saw an impressive line-up of pitches taking place beneath a very humbling Pink Floyd-inspired and branded “Wall”.
Here’s the line-up of start-ups taking to the stage:
LiveMusicStage - @livemusicstage
Music2Text - @music2text
nu desine (Alphasphere) - @alphasphere
Pepper by DAM Good Media - @pepperapp
Psonar - @psonar
Radiojar - @radiojar
Sound Index by Digital Innovation Group - @ollywhattalent
Soundation - @powerfx1
The audience vote went to Sound Index, followed by Music2Text and the absolutely awesome Alphasphere electronic instrument by nu desine. - Interviews with winners and judges to follow.
SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD FORUM HITS LONDON FROM MARCH 27-28
Next week, London’s Olympia Conference Centre will turn into one big Social Media Arena for the annual Social Media World Forum Europe (SMWF). This year’s jam-packed conference agenda, featuring tracks on Social Media, Social TV, Mobile Marketing, Social Business and Marketing Tech, is only another testament how much ‘social’ has grown up to become part of the fabric of all major media and marketing efforts.
A mix of speakers from popular social platforms like Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and LinkedIn will join the stage together with agency, brand and media executives from Ford, Unilever, Lego, EMI, Channel 4, MTV and CNN (to only name a few – check the full list of speakers here). Besides conference and workshop tracks, there is a free to attend marketing tech track and exhibit. You can still register for the event here. Follow SMWF on Twitter / Facebook.
“LONDON CALLING!” — LONDON WEB SUMMIT A HUGE SUCCESS.
Clearly, this first London edition of the Web Summit Series - jointly hosted by TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher and Paddy Cosgrave of the Dublin Web Summit - was one of the best events we went to in the last couple of months. And, as Mike Butcher told us in an interview, it was all put together in about 5 weeks. This sold out, jam-packed day at London’s Brewery, saw a great mix of American and European start-ups, investors and tech talent join the stage. Travis Kalanick of Uber announced that “Everybody’s private driver” will arrive in London before the Olympics, Google’s Nikesh Arora introduced the just launched Google Campus and Morten Lund pitched his new business idea live to the audience.
“DARE TO ASK” AT LONDON WEB SUMMIT — Behind the mic and on stage: Foursquare, Earlybird, Kraft Foods, Fab.com, Soundtracking and Uber.
TechCrunch x Heroes of the Mobile Fringe — Barcelona
Helen Keegan and Mike Butcher teamed up during the Mobile World Congress to present a power-filled lunch session including a Mobile Disruptor Panel (with Vox.io, SoundCloud, DN Capital, Get Taxi & Inveready Capital; a Startups & Corporations Panel (with Telesocial, DFJ Esprit, Alcatel Lucent, Waze) and a Mobile Dragon’s Den Finale (Pitching: PressMatrix, Appromoter, Aurasma).
//BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS 2012// — 150 experts join the anniversary edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus #10 — including Mark Cousins, Alex McDowell, Thomas Demand, Tony Gatlif, Uli Hanisch, Brillante Mendoza and Keanu Reeves
For the tenth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus, 150 experts from all over the world will join the Campus to meet, talk, mentor and intensively coach 350 filmmakers from around 90 countries at the Hebbel Theater am Ufer (HAU) between February 11-16, 2012.
Spotlight on: The future of filmmaking — The question of the future of filmmaking runs like a red thread through the six-day programme, including the panel Building Narrative Worlds: Digital Design for Cinema on Monday, February 13. Renowned production designers Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Fight Club), Uli Hanisch (The International, Cloud Atlas), Habib Zargarpour (The Bourne Identity), and acclaimed German visual artist Thomas Demand will be moderated by Andrew Shoben and discuss the current state of production design, in which the ability to create entirely new digital worlds and alternate universes; offering exciting perspectives for screenwriters, directors and artists when it comes to storytelling (Monday, Feb 13, 2pm, HAU2).
//RECOMMENDED x EVENT// — LONDON WEB SUMMIT | March 19, 2012
Save The Date! - This promises to be a good one. Mike Butcher’s ‘hobby project’ GeekNRolla gets merged with Paddy Cosgrave’s Dublin Web Summit into the London Web Summit - to be held at The Brewery on March 19. Butcher and Cosgrave will co-curate the event, which will have a focus on Local, Social & Mobile; Growth & Investment Strategies for Startups; Insights on Cloud & Data — as well as featuring a startup competition. Programme details will be annouced shortly, but given the heritage of the 2 events and line-up of previous speakers we expect high caliber entrepreneurs, investors and media personalities to mix with rising stars from the tech community.
Tickets will go on sale in the next days — you can apply for a 2 for 1 voucher now.