From The San Francisco Quantified Self Meetup

A better writer than me once said, “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”.  He may well have been at the San Francisco Quantified Self Meetup last night, where the future was on display to the 50 or so data geeks and self-trackers who filled the room to hear about the latest in self tracking, measurement and general self-betterment.

Here are three of the highlights:

Breezing – Portal Metabolism Tracking

Breezing is a startup with a device that could dramatically impact the lives of millions of people who live with or with the threat of metabolic syndrome disorders like obesity, diabetes and the plethora of related diseases.  Given that most of the residents of the US will be obsese in the next 20 years, you’ll either be suffering from one of these diseases or you’ll be paying for it through taxes and health care premiums.

The neat little device (pictured below) measures the amount of carbon dioxide and oxygen in that you exhale to give you an accurate reading of you “metabolic rate”, which can basically be summarized as the rate at which your body burns energy.  A comparable test today is costly and time consuming – a test starts at $100 and takes at least 30 minutes and requires a visit to the doctor.  Some of the impacts this device is going to have include:

  • Showing people the ongoing-term benefits of different types of exercise on their own metabolism.  Skipped the gym two weeks in a row? Breath into Breezing to see how your metabolism has slowed down.
  • Showing people the impacts of dietery choices.  Drinking sugary drinks and eating ice cream all day?  Breath into Breezing and see how you metabolism has slowed down.
  • Eat well and exercise well – breath into Breezing and see how you metabolism is a powerhouse, burning more calories to give you more energy and vitality!


No affordable device or convenient set of tests has ever had the potential to make such a clear link between nutrition, exercise and health.  Breezing are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for development.

Somaxis MyoLink – Muscle Tension Tracking

Next up, the Somaxis MyoLink muscle trackers (shown below) have huge potential to help people suffering from workplace injuries like RSI, help Yoga practitioners perfect their moves or help gym-goers get the most out of their weights session.  The neat little sensor attaches to the skin and measures the tention of the muscle. So in the case of an office worker at risk of RSI, the device can alert the wearer to bad posture, bad typing postions and other bad habits.


Notch.Me – Infographics From Your Runs

Other notable talks included, a neat service that creates a cute looking infographic from your RunKeeper or Fitbit data.  We’ll see a lot more services like these in 2013 as they attach to some powerful trends:

  • Consumer preference to use images as a communication and sharing medium
  • Growing ubiquity of personal data & the need to make sense of it
  • The social currency of sharing via Facebook, Twitter and other platforms


What does it all mean?

The Quantified Self movement today feels a lot like the geo-location space did  when it was emerging.  There’s the same energy, optimism and brave new world attitude that existed in the years after GPS selective availability was turned off, making it a viable consumer product, when Google Maps had just been released and it was clear that it was a matter of months until smartphones had GPS and location became ubiquitous.  That optimism spurred countless products, projects, companies, movements and features from OpenStreetMap to Flickr Geotagging to GeoRSS to KML & Google Earth to the now ubiquitous check-in and of course to CloudMade.

At CloudMade we’re supporting the development of the emerging self-tracking, health and fitness movement just like we supported the emerging geo-location movement.  Products like Mapsafe are used by Magellan Active to power an API that gives consumers a cloud repository for fitness data, letting them share it between different apps and services; our Micromap stack is used by device OEMs like Motorola to power their wearable devices.  There’s lots more to come.

This is early days – we’ll return to this theme more and more throughout 2013.  What do you think the future of self-tracking, health and fitness has in store?

March 8th, 2013 - Posted by Nick Black in events, news

Learning more about developers’ needs at Apps World

Last week at Apps World Conference and Exhibition industry experts and newbies gathered together to discuss the current state and future of mobile applications development. Even the heavy London snow didn’t prevent 2,400 people from attending the show, and it turned out as two excellent days of networking.

With three simultaneous streams (Developer, Marketing and TV, Handset and OEM) the Apps World event aimed to address the entire app ecosystem, and the challenge of development, design and delivery of apps across multiple platforms. Nick Black, CloudMade Co-Founder and Head of Products, spoke at the conference on how location is helping to create and monetize outstanding apps.

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CloudMade also exhibited in Developers Zone where we were busy meeting with new and existing developers.

We are always looking for new ways to meet with developers and understand how we can help you build better user experiences and increase your revenue. You can help us by sending information about any interesting events you plan to attend to

December 9th, 2010 - Posted by in events, for developers, news, talks

Minibar App Building Contest

MiniBar is looking for developers who will create innovative apps mashing, mixing, streaming, enriching music, pictures and video content from the likes of Universal.

There is a total of £7,000 ($11,000) up for grabs and the chance to connect with and impress major content providers with your work.

Through this contest ALL entrants will get the opportunity to become part of the IC tomorrow testbed environment that connects app developers and content providers such as the like of Sony, Universal and many others and get the chance to showcase their inventiveness and build valuable relationships for the future. The goal is to develop applications that make use of the content in an innovative, experimental or simply put, fun way, and to use IC tomorrow as the testing ground to evaluate its potential.

Don’t pass up this opportunity to get your talent recognized.

If you’d like to take part and learn more about the contest then join the contest briefing event this Thursday 4th November at Skills Matter in Holborn, London, UK from 4pm to 8pm where you will meet the team behind IC tomorrow.

Chris Jackson of Metabroadcast and former Head of Strategy at the BBC will also be there to offer his advice and tell us about his experience being the first member to develop an app for the platform. You can read an interview with him here.

It’s only early days for the platform so this is a cool time to join in with an app that remixes, or repackages creative content and get the attention of big content owners.

The event is free to attend and pizza and beers will be provided.

RSVP today via our Eventbrite page here.

Details of the event

Date: 4th November 2010, 4-8pm

Location: Skills Matter, 116-120 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DP


This event is produced by Openbusiness, creators of MiniBar. For more information please contact

November 3rd, 2010 - Posted by Nick Black in events, for developers

Upcoming events – come and see us there!

This fall is packed with industry events and CloudMade is making sure not to miss the most exciting ones. Here are some events we will be speaking and exhibiting at, sponsoring or just attending.


MobileAppsWorld – October 19-20, London

This two-day conference led by speakers from all parts of the mobile ecosystem will probe the latest thinking in app creation and promotion to achieve real business benefits from apps. Nick Black will be sharing his valuable insight into the future of mobile apps in a panel discussion on Day 2 – don’t miss it!

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October Geomob Event – October 21, London


If you are a London-based geo or mobile developer and prefer more informal gatherings, you should definitely participate in the October Geomob in London next week. The event promises to be both informative and fun and we’ll be sponsoring it, so come talk to us.


Ad Tech New York – November 3, New York

Brands, agencies, publishers and service providers will come together at Ad Tech New York to network, learn and do business in the area of digital marketing. We will also be there to hear great speeches and check out Innovation Alley, Mobile Marketing Zone and App Exchange exhibition zones.  Send us an email if you want to meet up an learn more about our Location Based Advertising for developers, advertisers and ad agencies.


MeeGo Conference – Nov 15-17, Dublin

Another interesting event we will be attending, the MeeGo Conference, targets a technical audience of MeeGo developers, operating system vendors, original equipment manufacturers and other MeeGo project contributors. The first two days of the event will have scheduled sessions, and the third will be unconference day, with great lightning talks and wonderful networking opportunities.

ME Awards 2010 November 18, London

ME Awards evening rewards companies doing outstanding things in the mobile content space. The organizers have introduced  a new nomination category for the Best Location Company this year and announced CloudMade as one of the finalists. This promises to be an exciting evening and we’ll be in great company amongst other innovative location companies such as Foursquare, Layar, Rummble, Skyhook,  and Booyah.

Apps World – November 30-Dec 1, London

For those willing to become educated and inspired by the latest developments within the multi-platform apps industry, Apps World is the right event for you. There will be workshop sessions available within three different zones –  focused on Marketing, Developers and TV, Handset and Operators. One of the sessions will be led by our co-founder Nick Black and will cover the different aspects location-based applications development. Also, CloudMade will have an exhibition stand, so you are welcome to stop by and take a closer look at our products offerings.

October 15th, 2010 - Posted by in events, for developers

Mobilize 2010: “Location will make it into every type of App”, says CloudMade Chairman and CEO

Last week, our Chairman and CEO, Juha Christensen took to the stage at Mobilize 2010, in San Francisco. He was there to kick-off a discussion from mobile industry leaders on what the the future trends are for Cloud Computing and the mobile industry.

Juha presented specifically on what the location landscape looks like in 2013, how location will make it into every type of app available and why companies and developers in the mobile value chain are acting now to be a part of this money train. He emphasized how over 300,000 people are crowdsourcing an incredibly detailed, rich map of the world and how this is an invaluable resource for creating the most contextually relevant content and location services possible. Here’s his presentation:

October 5th, 2010 - Posted by Nick Black in events, for developers

CloudMade Takes Top Accolade at Mobile Premier Awards at Mobile World Congress

Nick with the Jury's Mobile Premier Award for Best Emerging Star

Tonight we were selected by a jury of prominent mobile industry leaders for the most prestigious accolade the mobile industry has to offer, Best Emerging Startup at the Mobile Premier Awards.

At a large event this evening at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Nick Black, Co-founder & Head of Products at CloudMade, took to the stage to present CloudMade’s unique offering for mobile or web developers wishing to create and monetize compelling, best selling mobile applications and web sites. 600 companies from across the globe were in the running for this year’s awards, which recognize talented companies from the best grassroot startups.

Commenting on the win Nick said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the mobile industry elite as the Best Emerging Startup. We had formidable competitors which makes this award an even greater achievement. We’d like to thank the Silicon Valley Chapter of Mobile Monday for nominating us, our talented developer community which is so vital to the success of our company and the organizers of the awards themselves, for putting on an outstanding contest.”

CloudMade’s comprehensive and flexible mapping platform has been built from the ground up with the needs of mobile and web developers in mind. It empowers mobile and web developers by giving them the freedom to create and monetize exactly the type of apps they envision, and allows handset vendors and operators to take control of their own destiny by giving them a key control point to create successful consumer applications that blend maps, navigation, advertising, and local search.

The jury was made up of a number of industry heavyweights including: Daniel Appelquist, Senior Technology Strategist with Vodafone Group Research & Development, Richard Wong, Partner Accel Partners and AdMob Board Member, Inmaculada Martinez, President of Stradbroke Advisors, and David Wood, Principal at Delta Wisdom and co-founder of Symbian.

For more information about the Mobile Premier Awards visit :

February 15th, 2010 - Posted by Nick Black in events

If you’re at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Let’s meet up!


CloudMade is going to have a busy MWC, we’re meeting with press, developers, partners, investors and if you’re game,  you too! If you’d like to meet us come along to one of the below events or if you’re a developer why not come to one of our Developer Drop-In sessions we’re running daily where you can enjoy a coffee and pose your questions to our developer team.  CloudMade will have a table in the restaurant ‘Buffet – R2′ which is located here:


To reach the CloudMade table at MWC:First, enter the courtyard between building 1,2,4 and 5. Then, head out of the courtyard towards the area between building 1 and 2. Look for the place called “Restaurant Buffet”

Or if you are a FourSquare user? Get an impromptu meeting by searching for one of the team:

Sunday, 14 February
19:00– late  - Mobile Sunday – Come and socialize before the big event at the Mobile Sunday drinks evening. You’ll be able to recognize us from our CloudMade name tags and badges

Monday, 15 February
14.30-20:00 – Mobile Premier Awards – We’re presenting as a finalist but still want to catch up with as many people as we can after or during the event, so please come talk to use we’ll be wearing badges
11-12:30  - Developer Drop-In

Tuesday, 16 February
16-17:30 – Developer Drop-In

Wednesday, 17 February
16-17:30 – Developer Drop-In

Thursday, 18 February
11:00– 15:30 – WIPJam @ MWC – ‘Getting Cool Content from the Cloud’ (location: App Planet Auditorium (Hall 7))
16-17:30 – Developer Drop-In

February 9th, 2010 - Posted by Nick Black in events, for developers

Going for Gold at Mobile World Congress


We recently found out that we’ve been selected as a finalist for the Mobile Premier Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for mobile start-ups at the world’s largest mobile conference, Mobile World Congress.

The awards replace the popular Mobile Monday Peer Awards from which companies such as Fring, Plazes and Opera have risen to great heights.

This year’s awards have some heavy hitting sponsors including: BlackBerry, 02 Limtus, RCR Wireless, Mashable and Tech Crunch and if past year’s events are anything to go by, will attract the most influential movers and shakers of the mobile industry.


It’s by no means a small feat to be selected as a finalist considering the quality of the other 250 start-ups that were initially chosen, including companies such as Layar and Waze.

CloudMade was voted by the Silicon Valley chapter of Mobile Monday as its nomination for the awards. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the chapter for choosing us and plan to follow through on stage with a compelling presentation when we pitch our products and company to leading VC’s, handset makers, operators and press.

We feel that we’ve made it to the finals because of our unique product offerings, including our comprehensive and flexible mapping platform which is the only one available built solely for developers. It empowers mobile and web developers by giving them the freedom to create exactly the type of apps they envisage, and allows handset vendors and operators to take control of their own destiny, by giving them a key control point for their mobile business to make successful business ventures.

Combine this with our innovative mapping tools that allow anyone to easily contribute to OpenStreetMap, and we’re well on the way to the democratization of geo data and expanding access to it.

Good luck to the other start-ups and we look forward to taking to the stage on February 15th in Barcelona. We hope you can join us.

For more information or to register for The Mobile Premier Awards click here

Here’s more about our latest product offerings:

Data Market Place, a market place offering a wide variety of rich, pre-integrated third-party commercial datasets for developers to add to CloudMade maps.

Navi Studio, a suite of tools that make it simple to build fully featured turn-by-turn navigation apps for all major mobile platforms.

iPhone SDK, allows developers to add customized maps, geocoding and routing to iPhone applications with ease.

Mapzen and Mapzen POI Collector, allow anyone to easily contribute to OpenStreetMap and share their experiences via Facebook and Twitter

January 30th, 2010 - Posted by Nick Black in events, for developers, geodata, iPhone, news

Upcoming London Events: MiniBar June, GeoMob, London iPhone Developers Group

There are a load of great events happening over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights:

MiniBar June – Friday 26th June 2009

London’s favorite Friday tech meetup, MiniBar, returns to the Truman Brewery this Friday. A great way to unwind after a long, hot week.

GeoMob – 30th June 2009

GeoMob is a relatively new event that has picked up an impressive follow amongst London geo and mobile developers. This month’s event is being hosted by the British Computer Society and features talks on mobile advertising from AdFonic and local search from Spoonfed. Needless to say, the CloudMade team will be there en-masse

iPhone Developers’ Group – London and South-East

If you missed WWDC and want to find out what all the fuss is about, the July 8th meeting of the London and South East iPhone Developers’ Group is not to be missed. CloudMade will be talking about the abilities and limitations of MapKit, CoreLocation and our own iPhone Maps Library.

To hear more about upcoming CloudMade events, follow CloudMade and Nick on twitter.

June 24th, 2009 - Posted by Nick Black in events, for developers, iPhone, products, talks

CloudMade WWDC iPhone Developer Party

Last night’s iPhone Developer Party was a huge success – with around 200 developers joining the CloudMade team to celebrate the inauguration of the “CloudMade Developer Award”. The Spring award went to Felix Lamouroux, creator of the smash hit iPhone applications Trails and OffMaps.

Felix Lamouroux, creator of Trails and OffMaps received the inaugural CloudMade Developer Award

OffMaps up-close. OffMaps lets you view CloudMade maps offline – never be stuck without a map in a foreign city again

The crowd gather in Swig, San Francisco to hear about CloudMade’s newly released iPhone libraries

June 11th, 2009 - Posted by Nick Black in events, iPhone, products

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