Admittedly I get involved in more events than the average mobile executive, but even so, it's clear that everything is ramping up in preparation for the GSMA's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
Just to bring you up to speed with some of the stuff I'm working on event-wise in the coming weeks...
Mobile Monday - 2nd February - it's our monthly event and this time we're covering off the Mobile Web - The changing landscape covering everything from widgets to the browser experience. The event is sponsored by Ikivo and OMTP Bondi. The event will be at the CBI at Centrepoint and I'm afraid the RSVP list is currently full. However, we do have a standby list so it's worth adding your name to it as it's quite likely we'll get drop-outs in the next few days. More details here (registration required).
E-Consultancy - one-day training course on mobile marketing - 3rd February in London. I run only a few public training courses in mobile marketing and this is one of them. We usually have a small group so it means you get lots of opportunity to ask questions and discuss key topics pertinent to the group. The course offers an excellent opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of the opportunities mobile marketing can offer. You will learn a range of techniques to help you plan and execute an effective mobile marketing campaign, including best practice, historical context and insight into current trends and future directions. So if you'd like to come, please book your place. The cost for the day is £545 + VAT.
Amsterdam and the Dutch Cowgirls - this warrants a separate post but I'll be in Amsterdam on 5th and 6th of February.
IDM - Kings College Lecture 9th February. I do an annual evening lecture at Kings College for the Institute of Direct Marketing giving an overview of what's happening in the mobile world. I'm not sure how open it is to the general population, mobile or otherwise, so if you wanted to come to this, it's best to email me about it so that I can ask if I'm allowed to bring any guests.
Which brings us on to Barcelona and Mobile World Congress. I'll do a separate post on this too but suffice to say, there's a lot going on - I'm running a Swedish Beers event, a Women in Mobile Data lunch on the Tuesday and a lunch event for the UKTI/Mobile Monday London on the Wednesday. I'll also be around for Rudy's Mobile Sunday bash, the MoMo Global Peer Awards on Monday evening and Mike Butcher's Techcrunch afternoon on the Thursday. There's also Caroline's MobileJamSession on Thursday too - so somewhat torn. And there's a ton of stuff I want to do inside Congress this year too including some interesting Nokia stuff. Plus I need to try and fit in a visit to La Roca on the Friday. Sheesh.
The following week, I'll be enjoying London Fashion week for a couple of days before heading off to Denmark to hang with the Seismonauts and speak at one of their events in Arhus which I'm *really* looking forward to. (If anyone's in any doubt, I absolutely love Scandinavia!)
Then in March, I'm going on holiday. Hurrah! I'm going to need it by then. Two weeks in sunny Spain on the south coast. Can't wait.
Oh, and on a completely unrelated note, a pal of mine is on Channel 4's Come Dine with Me next week. Go Matt, go!