March 2011

South By South West...Through the Eyes of Teamly

I’m writing this a few days after returning back to the UK after attending “South by South-West” (SXSW) Interactive, Austin, Texas. It’s an enormous conference or festival of all things digital and web related. In Silicon Valley it’s known as “spring break for geeks”, an apt description which describes the attendees and the atmosphere just a little too well.

It’s spread over 5 days, with talks, discussions, panels and keynotes running all through the day with parties running all through the night. There is simply no other conference like it. You won’t see people in suits, instead, flip flops, shorts and a T-shirt branded with your company logo is fairly typical.

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Ticket Competition: GameHorizon 2011

Game Horizon 2010

The GameHorizon 2011 Conference (28th - 29th June) is backed by the GameHorizon Advisory Board as well as a steering committee featuring some of the games industry's leading names. 

A two-day event, the conference features creative, innovative and inspirational speakers from the worlds of gaming, entertainment and business. Attend and network with the experts, the influencer's, the people driving the games industry forward.

Game Horizon

We're delighted the organisers have offered two lucky Chinwaggers the chance to win a free conference ticket worth £335.

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SMW London Snippet: Interview with Tim Green, Editor of Mobile Entertainment

Tim Green SMWLDN

During the hectic week that was Social Media Week London, we managed to catch up with Tim Green, Editor of Mobile Entertainment, just after the Apps Go Social panel session on Mon 7th Feb 2011.

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A Panel of Investment Experts at Your Fingertips...What Would You Ask?

'From VCs to Super-Angels: The New Rules of Startup' is nearly upon us and we want to make sure you get the most out of the event as possible. 

This free event, hosted by UK Trade & Investment will question a panel of investment experts as they explore how to deal with superangels, together with savvy angels and VCs.

The event itself is full but you can register to watch a live online webcast from your living room, it will be just like sitting in the front row...but you can do it in your pj’s (don’t worry we wont tell anyone).

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SMW London Round-up: Apps Go Social, sponsored by Nokia and GlobalWebIndex

Apps Go Social SMWLDN

Social Media Week London generated so much coverage that it's taken us a little while to pull together all the information. This review brings together slides, pictures and coverage from Apps Go Social, sponsored by Nokia and GlobalWebIndex.

The apps market is going from strength to strength, with brands dominating the space, the next generation of apps are increasingly becoming more social integrating; checkin's, likes and recommendation engines to add extra value to the user, any time any where.

The event looked at the trends in mobile apps, with a spot of forecasting at the connecting point of social, local and mobile and how brands are making the most of the new technology to increase their customer base and interaction with their content.

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Digital Mission Research Survey 2011

SXSW 2010

Chinwag's Digital Missions, hosted with the help of UK Trade & Investment, have been running for over 3 years, and have included 7 trips to the USA, as well as helped promote and recruit for trade missions to Japan and China.

The missions have been a huge success with dozens of companies finding new business, setting up offices in the US and finding long-term business partners and friends amongst the mission companies.

We're continually looking to improve the missions and look at new destinations, and this is where you come in.

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10 Tips to Ace that Phone Interview

kiwanja_kenya_calling_16 by Ken Banks,

When it comes to telephone interviews you'd think that something as simple as talking on the phone would be easy but with a lack of visual signals and having to rely just on auditory feedback it's difficult to stay focussed. They can be tricky things.

We've put together a few pointers to get you in the right frame of mind before taking that career-changing call:

  1. First off it would be helpful to record a mock interview so you can detect any little niggling things that could work against you. You'll be able to hear any "ums", "uhs" "ehs" that you might not realise you're doing.

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Ticket Competition: thingmakers: 3D Printing and Customised Manufacturing Conference


thingmakers will be holding an intense one-day conference in October 2011 about the best of 3D printing and customised manufacturing, covering available technologies, who's doing what, who is making a success of 3D printing, and where is it all going?

thingmarkers conferenceWe're delighted the organisers have offered one lucky Chinwagger the chance to win a free conference ticket worth £150.

Entering the competition could not be easier, simply fill in the form below by Wednesday 27th April and the ticket could be yours.

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SMW London Round-up: The Future of Social Search

Social Media Week 2011 #SMWLDN - Microsoft Advertising & iSpy

Social Media Week London generated so much coverage that it's taken us a little while to pull together all the information. Our first review brings together the video, slides, pictures and coverage from The Future of Social Search hosted by i-Spy Marketing.

The event investigated how Search and Social fit together, influence one another and how Facebook Advertising will be the next big thing.

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The Ins and Outs of The UKTI Mission to SXSW 2011


After a very busy, very tiring, but very productive week out to the famous SXSW we have returned. All companies in check, no broken bones or more importantly broken laptops and with some great stories to tell - lets start off at day one…


As we touched down in refreshingly sunny Austin you could tell it was going to be a good week, with the sun shinning and the geeky vibes buzzing there was a lot to look forward to.

Jumping timezones had left everyone slightly confused as to what day and time it was so we eased the companies participating on the UKTI Mission in slowly with a networking reception at the Moonshine Grill. The Texan food on offer including buffalo meatballs and “corn dog” shrimp definitely got our taste bubs ready for the next few days, washed down with a few magaritas.

It gave the companies a chance to get to know one another a little better as well as meeting the UKTI and Chinwag teams. With the easy start to the busy week ahead most of us headed to bed, minus a few that started the SXSW parties early!

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