iCracked launches in London!

Last week I attended the fabulous iCracked Launch Party at Shoreditch Studios.

iCracked the world’s largest and most efficient on-demand repair and trade-in network for iOS devices plus more! Think Uber but for your broken iPhone screen.

As it so happened, when I was invited to the launch party, my iPhone screen was indeed smashed (I’d been using it for about 2 months in this state) so it was a great opportunity to try out the service first hand. My first step was to signup online and fill all my details. After this, I received a confirmation email that one of the iTechs would get in touch with me.

I missed their first call, however they quickly texted me to find out more about my phone and after a few quick texts back and forth, I arranged for an iTech to come to my office (yes during working hours!) who assessed my broken phone and fixed the front and back screen within the hour.

This felt like a premium experience.  I didn’t have to book an appointment with Apple and wait around at the Genius bar, or ask for a quote from a ‘dodgy’ shop on the high street. My phone was fixed in a matter of days, without any of my time wasted. Result!

London is their first city outside of the USA, and I spoke to co-founder, Anthony Martin to find out more about the service, his entrepreneurial journey and plans for world domination.

Enjoy!

@ThatGirl_Chloe 

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Innovation at Web Summit 2014!

In one word, Dublin Web Summit was intense!

This year the conference grew to 22,000 attendees (which is twice that of last year), 614 speakers, 700 investors, 1324 journalists and press plus over 2000+ startups all hustling for attention. It was our first time the Summit – which has been described at Europe’s answer to SXSW in Austin, Texas – and it certainly didn’t disappoint…

In the video above we met some of the rising startups who have been innovating across music, entertainment, fashion and even home security!

Imagine if your iPhone could teach you how to play guitar and tell you where you are going wrong…well there is an app for that! Meet Ubercord, your personal guitar chord trainer that can tell you the name, notes, finger positions & more.

Always wanted to be your own superstar DJ? Let us introduce you to Mash Machine, which brings together sound, lighting and video controls, to enable anybody to create their own music tracks. Great for home entertainment or corporate branding opportunities.

Have you ever missed an important call or message? Well Ringly helps solve this problem. This #fashiontech startup designs bespoke jewellery and accessories that connect to your phone and notify you about the things that matter most.

Lost your keys? Well there is an app for that too! Standard Access has developed a lock & hardware/software combination that allows building access using only your smartphone.

Apart from the startups, the conference attracts interesting speakers, sharing their knowledge and tips for founders, entrepreneurs and investors alike. You can catch all the action from the main stage here.

There’s also behind-the-scenes action including the Speakers Lounge, Media Centre, Meet with the Investors and some coloured sheep (Web Summit branding at its best!). Plus an Oculus Rift demo which was amazing to experience first hand! And watch until end, where we met an incredibly real robotic man. Which makes us think…will robots rule the world?

Thank you Web Summit for a great adventure. We can’t wait for next year!

@ThatGirl_Chloe & @_CatherineAllen

 

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A trip down Silicon Alley! @TechfluffTV at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2014

This week TechCrunch Disrupt took over London as one of the hottest tech events in the European Tech and Start-Up calendar. We visited Startup Alley to meet some of the rising stars of the tech community, and check out the latest apps creating buzz at the conference. You can watch their 30 second pitches below, interviewed by @ThatGirl_Chloe

At TechCrunch Disrupt London 2014 we met startup and founders from London, Czech Republic, Italy and USA:

@TwizooLondon - The app that finds you the best places to eat & drink across London by tapping into Twitter.

@DragdisApp - Dragdis is here to make collecting things seamless, by helping you put your online discoveries to the right place the second you come across them.

@sellfapp - Sellf is your unique personal assistant that supports and follows your business flow making life simpler and much more easier.

@goroost - Roost is bringing push notifications to the web.

@AudioTripApp - Storytelling app that guides you around new places with friendly voices of locals.

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The Enventure Festival at Hub Westminster

On Saturday 8 February, a youthful, energetic crowd gathered at the Impact Hub Westminster for The Enventure Festival, a social enterprising event hosted by Bridge Global. The majority of the two hundred or so gathered in the Hub were students or those fresh out of university looking for inspiration and entrepreneurial insight from leading members of London’s business scene. The event also played host to adventurers such as Neil Laughton, famous for his escapades involving the first flying car among other things, who urged the audience to take chances and opt for the often less “safe” and “stable” road that more often leads to fulfillment and success.

Attendees also took advantage of speaking with those around them, networking and chatting about the days events during breaks and the panel discussions. While the day may have focused on social enterprising, it ultimately did more by inspiring those in attendance to seize the opportunities in front of them and take advantage of what can be a very exciting and fruitful part of their lives while using their energy to help others.

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My Top 8 Co-Working Spaces in London!

Over the last few months I’ve had the privilege of attending some of the coolest events in the tech scene, and have met a number of fantastic people. During my time time in London, I was lucky enough to profile some of the many co-working spaces around London and I thought I would write a short round-up below. There’s obviously more than eight spaces, but you can see a full list of co-working spaces here.

Let’s start from the beginning…

1. The Tileyard

2. The Bakery

3. Bathtub2Boardroom

4. HUB Westminster

5. HUB Islington

6. Warner Yard

7. Level 39

8. Rainmaking Loft

Each one was entirely unique, and each was worth checking out. After touring so many, my advice when looking for a co-working space to work at would be to find one that has a culture you can fit in well with, can connect you to people that will strengthen your business, and make it a priority to work with you to find solutions to problems you come up against. Find more about them on their websites!

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Chew The Fat with the founders of Hailo

This installment of Chew The Fat, hosted by 3-Beards, was just as fun as the first one. The crowd was engaged, the interviewees were charming and to the point, and the integration of Sli.do was interesting and engaging. The free food, from Bow Foods, was delicious, and so were the free drinks. Chew The Fat is an event worth checking out. Sadly, this was their last installment of 2013. Best of luck in the new year!

Find out more about Hailo, and where they’re expanding too, on their site!

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Coder Dojo!

I wish that when I was a kid there had been something like Coder Dojo around. For an hour and a half these kids use great kid friendly programs to learn about coding. By the end of it they get to show their parents something they created using code. This class created their own games using Scratch, an online program. They created games from (pun intended) scratch. Some went for quiz games, others had sharks chasing fish. Creativity was encouraged.

Find out more at Coder Dojo’s site! Find more after school programs for kids at Mykidsy!

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Co-working spaces of London: Rainmaking Loft

A relatively new addition to the co-working scene here in London, Rainmaking Loft is an energetic space with plenty to offer its tenants. The beautiful views are in a close competition with the tent for residents favorite thing about the space. The event space, and sometimes table tennis arena, has events almost every night, where attendants can sit comfortably on bean bag chairs. Rainmaking Loft only accepts teams to be renters, but have hot desks if a freelancer happens to be working with a team. They expect to be full soon, and it’s not hard to see why.

Find out more at their website!

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Co-working spaces of London: Level 39

Right around the corner from Canary Wharf tube station, Level 39 is perfectly placed for growing retail and financial tech businesses. The mentor program allows its members to meet with people who can answer the questions they can’t get anywhere but from someone in the field, and brings them together with people who can invest in and make their company better. The view of London is fantastic, and the art throughout the floor makes the building interesting and creative. Not going to lie, my favorite part might have been the iPad controlled coffee machine. And I know for a fact that the members agree.

Find out more at their site, right here!

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Co-working spaces of London: Warner Yard

Something of the new kid on the block. Warner Yard is only a couple of months old but takes several of the best aspects of co-working and puts them into one convenient and beautiful building. A diverse community of entrepreneurs has the opportunity to meet with investors just an elevator ride away. The free beer fridge was rather a rather popular answer to the best part of Warner Yard, but seeing as this was the first co-working space I’ve been to with dogs, I have to say Tilda was my favorite. The office vibe was focused but fun. Well done, Warner Yard. I expect to hear great things in the future.

Check out more at their site!

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