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June Garage – Social Gaming Dynamics

The June garage is soon upon us – this Thursday evening, at the usual venue of Sun Microsystems, 45 King William St.

This week we’re focusing on social gaming dynamics – what makes great social games inside facebook, how do you make classic games that go on for years, and how do you apply gaming dynamics to non-gaming applications?

On top of our already announced speakers, Karl Bunyan from Social Cash and Alex Fleetwood from Hide & Seek, we’ll be joined by:

Sam Mathews, founder of Fnatic, one of the world’s leading professional video gaming teams, talking about the professional gaming industry and what it takes for a multiplayer game become a classic that will last for years; and

Sokratis Papafloratos, CEO and co-founder of TrustedPlaces.com, talking about how they’ve applied gaming mechanics to increase engagement and retention in a non-gaming community site.

Sign up to the event here 

And buy your advance tickets here:http://facebookgarage.eventbrite.com/

See you there! Doors open 6-6.30 with pizza and beer, and talks starting at 7pm sharp.

Habbo Hotel’s Oisin Lunny to speak tomorrow on monetisation of virtual worlds

Today we confirmed Oisin Lunny, the UK’s country manager for Habbo UK, to speak at the Facebook Developer Garage London tomorrow on the monetisation of virtual gifts and worlds.

We’ll also be looking at the new Facebook APIs on status updates, posted links and video uploads, and what this means for application developers. 

And buy tickets here!

More about Oisin Lunny and Habbo

As UK Country Manager of Habbo UK, Oisin combines 19 years of experience in the media, music and technology industries. In addition to the day-to-day running of Habbo Oisin oversees the deployment of integrated marketing and advertising campaigns to encourage site growth. 

Habbo is the largest and fastest growing Virtual World and Social Networking site for teens globally, with over 124 Million registered characters. This presentation will share insights gained from Habbo’s nine years of experience in creating an immersive environment for teens, looking at integrated advertising campaigns, and the creation of an in-world economy through virtual currency and gifts. 

Next Garage – 21st January!

After what feels like a long break, we’re back for the first Facebook Developer Garage of the New Year on 21st Jan. We’ve got a jam-packed garage, with reports on the latest happenings on the Facebook and MySpace application platforms, Andy McLoughlin from Huddle talking about how they got selected to be a LinkedIn platform launch partner and their experience with LinkedIn compared to Facebook, Cat from Moshi Monsters talking about their experiences with Facebook, Santosh from Twitblogs sharing their experience of launching an Open Social container, and more – as well as free beer, pizza and networking sessions.

To let everyone get settled in to the New Year, our first garage is on Wednesday 21st – from next month they’ll be back to the second Wednesday of the month, as usual. If you want to get involved with the garage, help out, or speak about what you’ve been upto on the the social network platforms email me on joshATtheiplatform.com.

Sign up for the event on Facebook 

And buy your tickets here

BBC ‘The Box’ Flash Game Competition Now OPEN!

The Facebook Developer Garage London is helping the BBC to find a fun flash game as part of their ‘The Box’ project, tracking a BBC branded shipping container as it travels around the world, transporting goods by sea, road and rail, to educate about globalisation. They’re looking for an enjoyable (and potentially educational) game which is related to the box project in some way. Any individual can submit a game they’ve created, with the final winning game available for the public to play on bbc.co.uk/thebox – and if you turn the game into a social network application, will link to this as well. Although the BBC isn’t allowed to actively promote developers it will place your name alongside the winning game on the site to acknowledge your efforts – a great showcase for your work. You’ll also have the chance to come into BBC headquarters to spend a day with the digital team and be interviewed for the site.

Jeremy Hillman, the BBC Business Editor, came to the November garage to tell us about the project – see the video below. To enter, simply email a link to your game to , along with your contact details. The entry MUST be from a named individual and not from a company or commercial organisation, and you must own the complete copyright to the game. We’ll be accepting entries until Friday 19th December. The top game will be selected from the entries by a judging board made up of Facebook Garage committee members, school children and other independent experts – the final winner will be announced on The Box website and at the Facebook Developer Garage on January 21st 2009, with the winning game continuing to be featured on the site for the duration of the project. 

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November Garage – Speaker Line-up

This month at the garage, I’ll be taking a look at the FaceBook Fund winners, and what this means for the future of Facebook. Also on:
*Why your Apps have broken! Tom Gallagher with what we really need to know on why our apps keep breaking.
* Adknowledge John Cole is back with news on their new engagement applicaitons
*Ned Walley from Zong talks about their mobile payment system and how it can be integrated with applications
* Emmett Kilduf from CMyPitch talks about their new social network connecting angels and entrepreneurs
*The Power of Social Media – Streisan Chapman from Bebo explores the effect Social Media has.
* What’s New – the latest on the Platform with Iskandar Najmuddin from Nudge
* Mat Clayton from Wakari shows us Friendscore, a new application for Experian which has some very cool features to see how much time people spend on Facebook
* Jeremy Hillman from the BBC talks about ‘The Box’ Flash Game competition
Plus the usual Pizza, Beer and networking!

Tickets on sale now at: novembergarage.eventbrite.com

October Garage: Speaker line up here, tickets available now!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/183235061

Join us this month as:

* Phil Clandillon and Steve Milbourne from Sony BMG talk about an application based competition they ran across Facebook and Bebo to promote Michael Jackson, lessons they’ve learnt and what else they’re doing on the platforms

* Chris Thorpe from MySpace discusses the changover from Open Social 0.7 to 0.8, and why sometimes it still makes sense to use Javascript in normal applications.

* Karl from Social Cash talks about using Facebook Connect

* Todd Fast, CTO and architect of Zembly, a Sun Microsystems tool to build and host applications across multiple social platforms.

* Toby from Nudge shows us their latest application, Spotted!

* Iskandar from Nudge goes over the latest developments on the Facebook platform.

This month thanks to Gold Sponsor Sun (http://uk.sun.com/startupessentials/) we’re back at Sun Microsystems Customer Briefing Centre and they’ll be laying on the pizzas, wifi and beer

Our Event Sponsors: Nudge (www.nudgelondon.com/blog), Logicode (www.logicode.com) and Social Cash (www.socialcash.com)

Media partners: Newspepper.com

This is a ticket only event. Tickets are £7.

Student ticket available for £4 with a valid Student ID card.

NB: Tickets can be bought on the door however, please buy online to avoid disapointment

Next Garage: September 10th


Join us this month at Sun Microsystems, King William St as:

* We listen to Steve Ford from Channel Four as he gives us his Client perspective

* Max Niederhofer from Atlas ventures informs us on Financing and finding those Facebook apps that “If you build it, they will come”

* Martine Parry from Apply Group gives us some lessons from the games industry.

* John Cole from Adknowlege, the UK’s leading Advertising Social Network explores marketing and monetising your app.

*Duncan Arbour from Lbi talks about Digital Marketing

*And Iskandar Najmuddin from Nudge tells us What’s new on the platform.

Plus all the regulars- Apps to Watch and this months App Awards

This month thanks to Gold Sponsor Sun (http://uk.sun.com/startupessentials/) we’re back at Sun Microsystems Customer Briefing Centre and they’ll be laying on the pizzas, wifi and beer

Our Video Sponsor: Logicode, And our Event Sponsors: Nudge (www.nudgelondon.com/blog)

Media partners: www.intruders.tv

This is a ticket only event. Tickets are £7.

Student ticket available for £4 with a valid Student ID card.

NB: Tickets can be bought on the door however, please buy online to avoid disapointment

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Running list for Wednesday!

The July Facebook developer garage for London is on Wednesday evening. More details can be found on the but the running list currently looks like this:

  • Ashley Ward CEO of European Leadership Forum gives essential advice for raising money for your Facebook App.
  • Brad Rees and Jon Hill from Mediacells explore the future of mobile advertising on facebook apps
  • Matthew ‘Chewy’ Trewhella from Google enlightens us a bit on OpenSocial 0.8
  • Mat Clayton CEO of Wakari, developer of Become Rambo tells us about his new cross platform app for the upcoming film Hancock
  • Joshua March from iNetwork marketing is back with part two of Tweaking your App
  • Exciting news on a Formula One Application

The event is hosted by Sun Microsystems at 45, King William Street, London.

Ashley Ward to speak at July event

Just confirmed Ashley Ward from European Leadership Programme is going to speak at the July 9th event. Topic is likely to be “How to get funding for your Facebook app”