Mozilla is Marquee Tent Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Mozilla is the Marquee Tent Sponsor of OTA13

mozilla_wordmarkMozilla’s mission is to promote openness, innovation & opportunity on the Web. With Firefox OS we put the web in your pocket, and turn millions of existing web developers into potential phone developers. With that comes also a set of services, tools, and libraries such as Mozilla Brick that use the latest HTML5 features to ease the way apps are built.

Come hear Mozilla @ Over The Air 2013

Now for something completely different (sort of). Instead of music and graphics, Soledad Penades will be talking at about Mozilla Brick and how you can use it to build web apps, one brick at a time (you know, bad puns are a thing).

The conference is Over The Air, held at the mighty, legendary and historical BLETCHLEY PARK. YES! Where Alan Turing and the rest of the gang worked during World War II on breaking the German coded messages. ISN’T IT AMAZING!!?!?!

So, come to Soledad’s session. 27th September, 16h (in lanyrd).

Mortar and bricks will be provided, no need to bring your own. But Soledad will tell you all about baking your own specially designed bricks.

51Degrees.mobi announce the winner to their ‘Heaviest Mobile Website’ competition

Earlier this year 51Degrees.mobi gave people the opportunity to nominate frustrating, cialis slow-loading and heavy mobile websites for a chance to win $1000.  The competition has now closed and all website entries have had their final mobile ‘weigh-in’ and James Rosewell announced the winner on stage at OTA 2013.

51winnerCongratulations to Paul Dart, buy who nominated www.cityvoter.com as the heaviest mobile website.

Cityvoter.com weighed in at just over 26mb, order which is equivalent to transferring around 8 average MP3 song files.  Loading just the cityvoter.com homepage would cost over £1 on Vodafone’s pay-as-you-go internet tariff.

The top 5 heaviest mobile websites that were entered into the competition were:

1 – CityVoter.com – 26.6MB

2 – Smugmug.com – 7.23MB

3 – lolblog.com – 5.54MB

4 – firstgreatwestern.co.uk – 4.06MB

5 – store.virginmedia.com – 3.52MB

All of the above websites were listed within the top 75,000 Alexa rank for global websites.

Over 1,000,000 global websites use 51Degrees.mobi Device Detection to optimise their web content cost-effectively for mobile devices.

#TheOpenAgenda – Why the world needs an open future

By: Daniel Appelquist (@torgo), viagra 60mg Open Web Advocate, site  Telefonica Digital

At Telefónica, price order we recently launched something called #TheOpenAgenda (www.theopenagenda.com) – a cross-industry initiative  to ask what does open mean and why is it so important?

The concept of open first gained traction in the technology industry with the birth of the free software movement in the 1980s, which evolved into today’s hugely successful open source movement. Open source provides free access to software code in order for anyone to make changes and improvements to the final product.

This ability for huge networks of individuals to pool their collective expertise led to an unparalleled boom in technical and creative innovation.

Open, defined as ‘accessible to all, free from limitations, boundaries or restrictions’, has since been widely adopted across increasingly broad sectors of technology and the digital world.

Open access to what have become the basic building blocks of our society promises to provide incredible benefits to consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Governments realize this and are opening up the data they hold to third parties to enable the creation of services that will better serve their citizens. Businesses realize this and are opening up to their customers, giving them the ability to become true participants in the business rather than just sales targets.

The value of open is also being recognized in an increasing willingness by companies to collaborate and partner with third parties and even their rivals in order to better serve their customers. In fact, companies in all industries are opening dedicated open initiatives.  In July 2013, Rolls-Royce launched an open innovation program, joining the likes of Unilever, which launched its own in 2012.

The open philosophy is reaching into all areas of business. The European Commission in June 2013, for instance, in its Digital Agenda for Europe, called for better use of standards in procurement to stop businesses becoming locked in to ICT systems.

The World Wide Web, the backbone of today’s society and economy, was of course founded on a principle of openness that has resulted in the birth of some of the most innovative companies the world has ever seen.

TelefonicaDigitalSquareHighResTelefónica itself is also embracing open in various ways that are driving the open web, such as our support of Firefox OS, open data, including a partnership with the Open Data Institute, and open innovation, through initiatives such as our Wayra start-up incubator. The support that Telefónica shows for the Over the Air event itself is also about putting some energy back into the community to support open innovation.

However, we should be under no illusions of the challenges that remain ahead.  The open philosophy, despite the enormous benefits it offers all levels of society, is often fighting against a deeply engrained attitude of resistance to free access of information.

The growth of the open Web on mobile for instance, is being held back by a return to closed ecoystems and walled gardens. Consumers are being corralled into proprietary systems, only able to access certain content. Content bought through one service is not transferrable when consumers switch and choice is being dramatically curtailed.

We believe the value of open is worth fighting for. The concept is too important to be become merely a commodity, a truism that is devalued by those without a true commitment to the open philosophy.

#TheOpenAgenda is a cross-industry project collating the views of leading thinkers from across the open movement. It will dig deep into the meaning of open across three key areas: open web, open data and open innovation.

It will discover exactly how the value of open is being delivered in each area to benefit consumers, business, and society, discovering the challenges ahead and how they are being overcome.

The aim of #TheOpenAgenda is to catalyse global debate around the concept of open. Through a series of online and real world events, we will engage stakeholders across multiple industries to employ the very collaborative principles of the open movement to help define and spread the benefits of open.

As a worldwide society we need to debate the value and issues of open – it’s crucial to all our futures.

Join the debate on Twitter using #theopenagenda and @tefdigital – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Telefonica Digital is Ignite Talks Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Telefonica Digital is sponsoring the Ignite Talks at OTA13, check as part of  #TheOpenAgenda

#TheOpenAgenda – Why the world needs an open future

By: Daniel Appelquist (@torgo), hospital Open Web Advocate, cure Telefonica Digital

the open agenda

We recently launched the #TheOpenAgenda (www.theopenagenda.com) – a Telefónica Digital initiative with cross-industry support – to ask what does open mean and why is it so important?

The concept of open first gained traction in the technology industry with the birth of the free software movement in the 1980s, which evolved into today’s hugely successful open source movement. Open source provides free access to software code in order for anyone to make changes and improvements to the final product.

This ability for huge networks of individuals to pool their collective expertise led to an unparalleled boom in technical and creative innovation.

Open, defined as ‘accessible to all, free from limitations, boundaries or restrictions’, has since been widely adopted across increasingly broad sectors of technology and the digital world.

Open access to what have become the basic building blocks of our society promises to provide incredible benefits to consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Governments realise this and are opening up the data they hold to third parties to enable the creation of services that will better serve their citizens. Businesses realise this and are opening up to their customers, giving them the ability to become true participants in the business rather than just sales targets.

The value of open is also being recognised in an increasing willingness by companies to collaborate and partner with third parties and even their rivals in order to better serve their customers. In fact, companies in all industries are opening dedicated open initiatives.  In July 2013, Rolls-Royce launched an open innovation programme, joining the likes of Unilever, which launched its own in 2012.

The open philosophy is reaching into all areas of business. The European Commission in June 2013, for instance, in its Digital Agenda for Europe, called for better use of standards in procurement to stop businesses becoming locked in to ICT systems.

The World Wide Web, the backbone of today’s society and economy, was of course founded on a principle of openness that has resulted in the birth of some of the most innovative companies the world has ever seen.

TelefonicaDigitalSquareHighResTelefónica itself is embracing open, winding it into our DNA as we transform into a ‘digital telco’.

We firmly believe that the transformational possibilities of technology should be open to everyone and open forms our commitment to the future. We believe in open standards, open innovation, and the power of open knowledge.

To encourage interoperable products, services, networks and ecosystems, we actively support open and interoperable standards.

We are dedicated to forming partnerships and joint ventures to drive the open web, such as our support of Firefox OS, open data, including a partnership with the Open Data Institute, and open innovation, through initiatives such as our Wayra start-up incubator.

However, we should be under no illusions of the challenges that remain ahead.  The open philosophy, despite the enormous benefits it offers all levels of society, is often fighting against a deeply engrained attitude of resistance to free access of information.

The growth of the open web on mobile for instance, is being held back by a return to closed ecoystems and walled gardens. Consumers are being corralled into proprietary systems, only able to access certain content. Content bought through one service is not transferrable when consumers switch and choice is being dramatically curtailed.

The situation is further exacerbated with the over-the-top (OTT) services like Skype and Viber. These services, while often available across multiple networks, are closed systems that fly in the face of open communication. This is why we have launched #TheOpenAgenda.

We believe the value of open is worth fighting for. The concept is too important to be become merely a commodity, a truism that is devalued by those without a true commitment to the open philosophy.

#TheOpenAgenda is a cross-industry project collating the views of leading thinkers from across the open movement. It will dig deep into the meaning of open across three key areas: open web, open data and open innovation.

It will discover exactly how the value of open is being delivered in each area to benefit consumers, business, and society, discovering the challenges ahead and how they are being overcome.

The aim of #TheOpenAgenda is to catalyse global debate around the concept of open. Through a series of online and real world events, we will engage stakeholders across multiple industries to employ the very collaborative principles of the open movement to help define and spread the benefits of open.

As a worldwide society we need to debate the value and issues of open – it’s crucial to all our futures.

Join the debate on Twitter using #theopenagenda and @tefdigital – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

51Degrees.mobi Sponsors Hygiene at OTA13

We are pleased to announce that 51Degrees.mobi is sponsoring the Hygiene areas at OTA13.

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This year at Over the Air we have SHOWERS! Yes, here showers. No more washing up in the sink, thanks to the support of the team at 51Degrees.mobi.

Both showers and extra toilets will be available over in the overnight camping area off to the side of the Mansion.

 51Degrees.mobi make the mobile web work for over 850,000 websites around the world, and rovide the real-time device detection needed in order for website owners to optimise their content cost-effectively for different screen sizes and input methods.

51Degrees.mobi was founded by James Rosewell in 2009 as an open source platform to help solve a growing problem with new and varied screen sizes being used to browse the internet.  Now in 2013, 51Degrees.mobi provides real time device detection to over 850,000 websites around the world.

Capable of over 5,000,000 detections per second, 99.9% accuracy and over 32,000 device combinations, 51Degrees.mobi Device Detection has helped thousands of website owners to optimise their content cost-effectively for different screen sizes and input types.

With support for .Net, PHP, Java, Python and C, 51Degrees.mobi Device Detection offers fast, accurate and current mobile device detection for your website, enabling website owners to create a cost-effective, optimised mobile web experience.

Supporting 20 of the world’s leading Content Management Systems including: WordPress, DotNetNuke, Joomla!, Drupal and many others, 51Degrees.mobi enables simple, low-risk and cost effective mobile optimisation.

Information from over 1.9 billion unique monthly web visits across the world is aggregated and presented for interactive online analysis via the 51Degrees.mobi Mobile Analytics tool.

A unique Best Game prize, donated by 100%Indie

100% Indie is teaming up with Over the Air to provide a money-can’t-buy prize for this year’s Best Game Award. 

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100% Indie is a collaboration between Chillingo, the leading mobile games publisher and division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  Spearheaded by Chillingo founders, Chris Byatte and Joe Wee, 100% Indie aims to inspire, foster and support indie developers around the world and help them bring their games to market.
The winner of the Over the Air Best Game Award will be invited to the Chillingo and 100% Indie offices to meet the team and have a one-on-one with Chris and Joe  (publishers of Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and Contre Jour, among many others) to learn how to get started in the games industry.
chillingo“We’re delighted to be supporting such a well established and yet indie event as this,” says Joe. “The whole ethos of Over the Air is about discovering and nurturing creativity and innovation, which ties in perfectly with our approach to gaming. Inventions from past events have led to real career breaks for many attendees and it’s an excellent hub for research and development, as well as a natural fit for gaming.”

Google is an Event Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Google is an Event Sponsor of OTA13.

turing-doodle-staticGoogle is an event sponsor. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google+ is the social layer that brings together all of Google’s products to make sharing easier and more nuanced. Find out how developers can tap into this platform at: https://developers.google.com/+/ Google’s cloud platform offers incredible scale and performance using the same infrastructure as the rest of Google which makes it a great fit for mobile developers. Find out more at: https://developers.google.com/cloud/”>

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Google+ is the social layer that brings together all of Google’s products to make sharing easier and more nuanced. Find out how developers can tap into this platform at:https://developers.google.com/+/
Google’s cloud platform offers incredible scale and performance using the same infrastructure as the rest of Google which makes it a great fit for mobile developers. Find out more at: https://developers.google.com/cloud/

Samsung & 100%Indie at OTA13

logoAs part of our ever-expanding partnership with leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung, we’re delighted to be attending the Over the Air event on September 27 and 28 to provide an air of indie ambiance and inspiration for the crowds of hardcore hackers.

While the Samsung team goes on stage to provide attendees with info on its new smart devices and SDK’s, 100% Indie is there to engage developers between sessions and on the show floor; offering insight into surviving and thriving in the turbulent touchscreen games world.

PrintThis connection with the crowd includes a brief overview on stage about the 100% Indie initiative; how it came about, what its goals are, and how the program has helped thousands of games not only come to Samsung’s high-quality digital marketplace, but to climb its charts quickly and grab the gaming public’s attention. We’ll cover all the ways that developers can get involved with 100% Indie during our Raise Your Game presentation, which will deliver deeper insights into the objectives of the program and the massive benefits it can bring to those in the creative industries.Attendees will then be able to talk with members of 100% Indie’s business development team about these opportunities on offer through the initiative, and to its promotions team on a one-to-one basis about how to achieve visibility for their games and their studio in an overfull smartphone gaming sector.

Gaining this essential, yet hard-to-find visibility will actually be possible for games developers at Over the Air itself, as 100% Indie is holding video interviews throughout the event. Come along and talk to us about your inspirations, intentions, games and expertise, and we’ll introduce you to the world through our massively popular IndieViews channel.

We’re there to learn about you and your work, and to discover ways in which 100% Indie and Samsung can continue to build and support the independent games community through access to innovative programs, the latest SDKs, marketing and promotional assistance, and by leveraging the power of a growing global community.

Do you want to raise your game, in every possible sense? Then come and talk to 100% Indie and Samsung at this year’s Over the Air.

To learn more about the Samsung Developer Program and the 100% Indie movement, visitdeveloper.samsung.com / 100percentindie.com

Padajo is Cookie Sponsor of OTA13

We are pleased to announce that the lovely Paul Johnston over at Padajo is sponsoring the cookies again this year! padajologo_large

padajo was started by Paul Johnston in 2009. It is a new kind of consultancy with a focus on delivering ‘best of breed’ mobile solutions and strategy. Paul has spent over 10 years working within the digital world, specialising in high end websites and service strategy and delivery for government departments and blue-chip clients. Having spent time in several UK Digital and Integrated Agencies as Head of Digital and holding senior technical and Project Management roles, Paul had come to recognise that the mobile web and subsequently mobile apps were not properly understood by clients or agencies.Paul started padajo to fill this gap in the market. While there are some that can do the coding for an application there are very few in the UK who fully understand the necessary strategy and integration that a properly considered mobile solution can truly deliver. That’s what padajo is all about.

Windows & Nokia @ OTA13

Windows_logo_Cyan_rgb_DThe developer relations team from Microsoft & Nokia UK are very excited to be at Over the Air this year to give you an idea of what Windows, search Windows Phone & Windows Azure are all about. To help you learn, nurse build and share for Over the Air, we want to share practical resources to get you started. We’re also giving you the chance to win Nokia Lumia Windows Phone handset’s for each team member with our ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ Challenge. Lastly, spare a minute or two and tell us a little bit about yourself so we can better prepare our sessions during Over the Air and you’ll receive a Windows Phone Starter Pack from us on the day. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Nokia_DeveloperTo help you learn, build and share for Over the Air, we want to share practical resources (see below) to help you get started. We’re also excited to announce the ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ hack where you and your team will get the chance to win a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone handset worth £400 each. This prize will be awarded to an individual or team that has worked on a new project which exemplifies tough problem solving and maybe even turning their ideas into a business. The projects will be judged on Saturday and winners announced at the prize giving ceremony. Everyone who develops a Windows Phone app will be provided with a Nokia Premium Developer Program account. You will also be rewarded just for being part of the hack. Get your thinking caps on now and we look forward to seeing your idea during the event.

* Special Prize *

The best Windows Phone app developed using the Nokia Music API will win JBL NFC PlayUp speakers and Monster Purity in-ear stereo headphones.

So, get involved at Over the Air and tell us a little bit about yourself so we can better prepare and chat with you during the event.

Introducing Windows Phone Store Apps

It’s easier than you think as you can use many of the skills you already have. Create new generation Windows Phone 8 apps with .NET and C++ with UIs in XAML or DirectX. Realise more revenue from your mobile apps, sell your apps in over 200 markets worldwide. Learn more here.

How to get started? You choose…

Getting started is easy, develop for Windows 8 or Windows Phone with the suggested starting points below to ensure you make the most of your time at Over the Air. Or, if you just need a great cloud service to go with your project, check out Windows Azure Mobile Services.

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Nokia Premium Developer Programme – Provides high value tools & support to help you be more productive, develop quality apps and enhance your Windows Phone development experience. Get this package of benefits worth up to USD $1500 for free if you commit to using the Windows Phone platform during Over the Air.

Here’s the developer relations team coming to Over the Air this year.

Riaz Ahmed @TheRealRiaz – Developer Evangelist, Nokia UK

Andy Wigley @andy_wigley – Developer Evangelist, Microsoft UK

Alexander Bennett, @Alzando – Senior Developer, Nokia Music