2014's BBC Worldwide Accelerator Program Now Open to Applicants

BBC Worldwide Labs is a six-month programme for emerging media digital companies in the UK. It is designed to help startups gain traction by working closely with the experts at BBC Worldwide across all divisions: from technology and content to marketing, sales, advertising and legal, as well as having access to prime office space in the Media Centre in White City.
And the good news is, applications for 2014 are now open.
Eligible companies will:
·       Focus on the intersection of technology and media
·       Have a synergy with BBC Worldwide business units & brands
·       Have a product in market or ready to launch
Do you have a startup that’s looking for success, or know of someone who does? Take a look and apply here. 
Partnerships secured so far are:
·       Foodity & BBC Good Food - an e-commerce toolkit that allows publishers to turn recipe ingredients into online shopping baskets.
·       WireWAX & BBC News Online - A video tagging tool that adds clickable ‘tags’ to moving people or objects.
·       Ko-Su Mobile & BBC Motion Gallery Education – a mobile learning platform that allows users to create and publish interactive content that makes teaching and learning via connected devices accessible to anyone around the world.
·       Future Ad Labs & BBC Good Food - Playcaptcha is an alternative to the traditional (and tedious) human response tests known as ‘captchas’.
Other companies include The Backscratchers & BBCW Procurement, Peekabu Studios & BBCW Corporate Comms and Jack Burke & BBCW YouTube.
To celebrate the launch of the 2014 programme they are hosting an event on Monday 3rd February at Google Campus from 6:30pm.
This panel event, chaired by Alex Wood from Tech City News, will see previous Labs’ companies talk about the programme and some of the commercial partnerships obtained with BBCW. There will also be the opportunity to hear objective feedback on how investors and partners view startups that come through these types of accelerator schemes.
Keen to come along? Sign up here

BBC Worldwide Labs is a six-month accelerator programme for emerging media digital companies in the UK. It is designed to help startups gain traction by working closely with the experts at BBC Worldwide across all divisions: from technology and content to marketing, sales, advertising and legal, as well as having access to prime office space in the Media Centre in White City.

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Discount tickets for Chinwaggers to SMW in the Big Apple

This year’s Social Media Week New York (
Feb 17-21) is crammed with events, speakers, masterclasses and more. And we’re offering Chinwaggers exclusive discounted tickets.

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Make the Most of a Social Event

Stay Connected

Any event is an excellent opportunity to showcase your brand or organisation and grow its social media presence.

This weekend I joined one of my clients, @LUAAOfficial and their sister company @UrbanArtsExp, at the Lollibop Festival in Stratford. While I couldn’t claim to share their appreciation of “Rastamouse” (yet...) I did spot three ways that you can harness the power of social media and events.

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7 Ideas for Creating a Great Social Media Event


Social Media Week returns to London for a fifth year with the theme Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World.

As a platform connecting people, content and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media, it seeks the most forward-thinking agencies, corporations, non-profits, startups and schools to submit their event ideas.

We are looking for the boldest, brightest ways to attract a crowd, so here’s a few pointers to start you off...

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Win a Ticket to Search Marketing Expo (15-16 May '13)


SMX London (15-16 May) is the only search marketing conference designed exclusively for experienced internet marketers.

SMX is a 2 day event where the sessions are fast-paced, Q&A-packed, frequently controversial, always informative.

We have one ticket up for grabs for one of you lucky chinwaggers, the two day full conference pass is worth £890+VAT.

The competition closes May 5. Enter here.

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It's Not Just the Early Bird That Catches The Worm. Discount for Digital Shoreditch.

Digital Shoreditch

Digital Shoreditch is back for its third year and looks to be the best yet, Digital Shoreditch is opening the doors of Tech City for a two-week digital wonderland, 20-31 May. 

Missed the early bird tickets? Don’t fret, we have a mighty tasty 25% discount to share.

The folks at Digital Shoreditch have given us this link to give you guys 25% off until the 29th of April, don’t miss out and grab a ticket now. 

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More Speakers Announced for Chinwag Psych

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Chinwag Psych (@ChinwagPsych) is fast approaching and we have more speakers to introduce you to. 

May 9th is the date and Chancery Lane the place. 

The full day conference is jam packed full of case studies, theory, insight and plenty of practical advice centred around the latest thinking and application of psychology, neuroscience and machine learning.

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Neuromarketing? Ask Me What You Want to Know. Part 2: fMRI

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Dr. David Stillwell is Science Director at Cambridge Personality Research, and will be speaking at Chinwag Psych on May 9th. Concluding his discussion on Neuromarketing, which began with an analysis of EEG, he looks at the alternative...

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) uses huge, million-dollar magnetic scanners to see your brain without having to cut it open.

Resolution is relatively high – down to the millimetre range. It can also view deep brain regions as easily as areas on the surface. But it’s not without limitations.

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In The Brain of Russ Miles: Architectural Simplicity through Events: A war story of managing the challenge of integration and flexibility

Complexity is the silent killer of productivity in software development. An unnecessarily complex solution can result in an order of magnitude larger problem for system evolution, even to the point of bringing a solution's development to a halt as 'it has just become too complex to develop further'.

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Date: 24 April 2013
Location: The Skills Matter eXchange, UK

Social Media Week Returns to London, 23-27 September 2013 - Get Involved!

The time has come. Social Media Week London is back. This September London will be joined by some awesome cities including Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá, Los Angeles, Mumbai, São Paulo, Torino and Toronto.

Here are some important milestones ahead for the London event:

  • April 23rd: Event Submission Opens
  • August 2nd: Event Submission Closes
  • August 13th: Attendee Registration Opens

Whether you’re new or old to Social Media Week London, there are many ways to take part: 

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The Psychology of Sharing: 3 Things You Need to Know

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There are many psychological drivers that govern the way we share, says
Natalie Nahai, aka The Web Psychologist. These subconscious principles can be useful in creating compelling content. Here, ahead of her appearance at Chinwag Psych, she examines three of the most effective:

Social Validation

Social validation refers to our desire to develop ‘meaningful social relationships, and retain a favourable self-concept’ [1].

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Chinwag Psych: First Speakers Announced

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Chinwag Psych (@ChinwagPsych) is coming to London on Thursday May 9th

It is a conference and online publication covering psychology, neuroscience and machine learning for business and marketing.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are now available. Get your tickets here

We are excited to be able to announce our first two speakers. Here come the girls...

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Introducing Chinwag Psych: Psychology, Neuroscience and Machines that Learn

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Big data is big, obviously. It’s huge, in fact with the amount of information pouring out of social networks, ecommerce systems let alone those that run our ‘real lives’ the challenge of figuring out what’s happening is almost insurmountable.

This time last year we started to explore how the worlds of psychology, neuroscience and machine learning could help techno-numpties like me to apply some of this high-fallutin’ brain science to business. From influence to behaviour to understanding emotions, there’s plenty to take on board.

Chinwag Psych was born, bringing together the leaders in this emerging world where academia and business combine in large part powered by digital and social media.

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It's Just a Hop, Skip & a Jump over to Social Media Week Europe

Social Media Week Milano

As you probably already know Social Media Week London will be back in September. If you didn’t know then I am sorry to be the one to break the news. Although it must have been a mighty big rock you were hiding under.

Social Media Week February is running in 8 global locations, it may feel a little too last minute to longhaul it to the other side of the pond to NYC or Tokyo but the European locations are just a hop, skip and a jump across the channel.

With lots of the events being run in English it really is worth having a look, or getting involved in a google hangout!

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Hitting the Mark Email Marketing Seminar - February

We will take a look at engagement metrics that will show you how to target your very best customers, convert your very hottest prospects and reactivate contacts you thought you had lost for good. Learn how to automate a process to clean and purge your email database to create a lean, mean, revenue-driving machine.

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Date: 14 February 2013
Location: Adam street members club, UK