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Thursday, 19 November 2015

FlatClub at Dublin Web Summit 2015

Dublin’s Web Summit was booming this year. Entrepreneurs from all around the world gathered to share their ideas, pitch to investors, and learn from some of the most prominent leaders in the tech world.

We were able to get an inside view of the bustling event from some of our employees who attended the conference. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Peer to peer platforms are the next big thing: Apps and online tools are more widely available and capable of creating change than ever. There were a ton of companies at this year’s Web Summit who were offering customers the ability to bypass the middleman in various industries through the use of apps and platforms.

  • Virtual reality is kicking off: Oculus Rift, Samsung, and Google are just a few of the tech giants implementing virtual reality. It is safe to say that at this point, virtual reality is much more than just a concept. From virtual book readings, to video games, to 3D virtual home tours, VR is penetrating nearly every market and will surely be an integral part of the world in the next few years.

  • Entrepreneurs love to collaborate: It was very inspiring, and a bit overwhelming, to see the amount of networking happening. Though most companies were aiming to pitch their ideas to investors, hoping to make it big, they were more than open to pitching to onlookers and fellow tech geeks. Collaboration is the key to success, as no one can turn their big idea into a reality on their own.

  • Social media is penetrating every market: Of course, as we have seen in the past few years, social media is huge. But Web Summit has shown us that it is not nearly done growing. Key-note speakers from Facebook, SnapChat, and Pinterest all expressed their high hopes of growth and expectations of entering markets in developing economies within the next 5 to 10 years.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Feeling homesick? We'll help you forget and love autumn instead!

It’s the time of the year again, most of us don’t really look forward to. After setting the clock one hour back, it only gets darker earlier in the day, the temperatures drop and those beach body selfies to impress your crush have to wait another six to eight months. Luckily, there is so much to look forward to in the next two months so turn that frown upside down and find your reason to love the autumn season.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Spooktacular Halloween parties in London

Halloween in London

Is this going to be your first Halloween in London? If so, you are in for a treat! The Big Smoke celebrates Halloween pretty much like it celebrates everything else: on a massive scale with variety too large to count and of course - delicious drinks.

From London Zoo to the Millennium Wheel, every major location gets in on the action. For a spooky, wicked London Halloween night experience, check out our recommendations of parties.

Winterwell Lost in Space
Who says Halloween has to be zombies, ghosts and witches? Winterwell proves that a desolate post-apocalyptic Earth set in an old brick warehouse in West London is just as scary - if not more so!

The Candlelight Club Halloween Ball
For those looking for something a little fancier, dressier and (depending on your view) more civilised, the Candlelight Club opens its door for a spooky speakeasy style ballroom in New York’s Roaring Twenties.

Pop Up Ping Pong Halloween
If you thought your beer pong college days were over, think again. Set in an old abandoned post office in Chelsea, the Halloween-themed ping pong party features America’s finest exports: red cups, cronuts, sliders and of course beer.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller
In the end, Halloween has always been and will always be about zombies. And who to better put in the centre of your zombie party than the King of Pop himself. The Old Queen’s Head in Islington brings the epic Thriller video to life this Friday.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Be 007 in London

How to have a 007 day in London

The latest installment in the James Bond franchise had its debut in the UK on Monday 26th October. If you want to spend a day feeling like the British superspy, here's how to do it!

  • check out the outside of Bond's apartment in Stanley Crescent, Notting Hill
  • hop on a speedboat down the Thames past the infamous MI6 building next to Vauxhall Bridge back in perfect condition naturally after it was blown up in the previous Skyfall)
  • dress up smart and head to the famous Dukes Bar in Mayfair's five-star Dukes Hotel - where the Bond's signature phrase"shaken, not stirred" was coined -  for a fancy martini

All that is left now is to head to a cinema and immerse yourself in a true 007 experience! 

Our tip: Most Vue Cinemas in London are showing the new Bond flick for 24 hours straight from its premiere on Monday night to Tuesday night! If you're looking for a cheap-cheap alternative check out Peckham Plex where tickets are £5 for every movie (plus £1 surcharge for 3D movies)!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Free Tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt - Why Go?

TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 is happening in London, and FlatClub can provide you with a free ticket. The how is simple - just host a Battlefield Participant in your spare room - at no charge to them - and we’ll get you set up with a free ticket to Disrupt worth £1440.

Why go to TechCrunch Disrupt? Well, it’s the largest tech convention of it’s kind in the world. There’s something for everyone there, and here are the major aspects:

Be Inspired

Looking for a bit of inspiration? TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 has that in spades, with speakers ranging from Alexandra Chong, the founder of Lulu, Azmat Yusuf, a founder of Citymapper, and Agus Gomez, a co-founder at Wallapop. Want to start your own business? Then these are the people to listen to, and they’re all speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in London this year. Not only that, but the Hackathon can also be a major source of inspiration! Teams get together and build something awesome overnight.

See Exciting Pitches & Refine Your Own Technique

Participants in the Startup Battlefield will be pitching to a panel of judges - and you can sit in, and judge yourself. See what seems to work and what doesn’t, grab some good ideas for how to pitch, and learn what to avoid.

Pitch & Meet the Right People

If you have something to pitch (an idea, a burgeoning startup, or yourself - hello exciting new employers!) you can find someone to pitch it to here. There are plenty of VCs & other sundry investors walking around and scoping things out, so it’s worth your time if you have a business idea & the confidence to do a bit of chatting.

Network with Potential Co-Founders

Not only are there tons of investors wandering around, there are also plenty of interesting folks who are looking to join a startup at the ground up. You’ve got a great idea for an app, but you’re not so sure how to build an app? Chat with more technically astute people there and see what they have to say! Even if they don’t want to join up with you, they can provide valuable feedback on your ideas.

Get a Reading on the London Tech Scene

Wondering what’s hot in London’s tech scene right now? Disrupt is the place to find out. Take the temperature of the city’s tech world and see if it’s a good time for you to make your entry. You’ll meet like-minded people and get some honest appraisals about the state of the community.

So, are you ready to get your ticket to Disrupt? Sign up to be one of our TechCrunch Disrupt Hosts, and you’re well on your way to Europe’s biggest technology event - for free!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Free Tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt London


The TechCrunch Disrupt conference comes to London once again December 7-8, 2015. The FlatClub & TechCrunch Disrupt partnership continues for another year - and those of you in London can benefit greatly from our camaraderie. It’s time to earn a free ticket to TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 in London!

Just like the years prior, all you have to do is offer your flat, or a spare room, to a TechCrunch Disrupt participant, free of charge. When you do, you’ll be given one free ticket to Disrupt, a £1440 value!

We were lucky enough to attend Disrupt in 2014 when they were in London last, and it was a great time; our hosts who joined us also enjoyed themselves. Speakers this year will include:

Thierry Henry - Top goal scorer for Arsenal FC, Investor in London Startup Grabyo.
Thierry Henry has been nominated as World Player of the Year on two successive occasions, voted the Greatest Footballer Ever to have played in the English Premiership and was recently honoured with entry into the All Time Hall of Fame. Both on and off the pitch, Henry exudes excellence. He was named FIFA's Global Ambassador against Racism and is actively involved in the startup community. At the conference, he will speak about how technology and digital media is changing the sports industry and the fan bases, why he backed Grabyo, and what sports, music and fashion talent can bring to social platforms.

Eileen Burbidge - Partner at Passion Capital, an early stage VC fund.
Eileen Burbage, a partner at Passion Capital, has been included in the WIRED100 Most Influential People in Tech list for the last three years. Burbage also serves as one of nineteen members of the Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group.

Azmat Yusuf - Founder of CityMapper

The popular London navigation tool, CityMapper has surged through the market as it combines all forms of transportation. Linked with the London Underground and other public transportation outlets, the app provides an efficient mechanism for navigation. Meet the man behind the maps. 

Alexandra Chong - Founder of Lulu.

Lulu is the #1 mobile app for women to share experiences and make better decisions. Over 5 million girls use Lulu to reference their dates. The private, safe network scales the collective pulse on what matters to young women when it comes to dating, relationships, health, fitness and beauty.

And even more speakers have been added to the line up:

Alex Depledge, co-founder and CEO of Hassle
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Pieter van der Does, co-founder, CEO of Adyen
Adyen is the leading technology provider powering payments for global commerce in the 21st century. With a seamless solution for mobile, online and in-store transactions, our technology enables merchants to accept almost any type of payment, anywhere in the world.

Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of TransferWise
Banks charge hidden charges when you send money abroad. With TransferWise you save up to 90%. Problem solved, money saved.

Plus, there is sure to be many more announced in the coming weeks. Activities during Disrupt include listening to these such speakers discussing current events in technology & their personal work ethos, watching the Startup Battlefield competitors pitch their ideas, and wandering about Startup Alley & Hardware Alley, to soak in the latest and greatest in technology.

So, are you ready to get your ticket to Disrupt? Sign up to be one of our TechCrunch Disrupt Hosts, and you’re well on your way to Europe’s biggest technology event - free!

How to Boost Your Creativity Online

We saw how easy it was to access tons of information, books and courses online in our previous post on how to better yourself online. Now, you may be wondering how to apply those skills & bolster up your creativity - here we are with the answers.

Learn How to Code

Learning how to code is not just a skill for programmers. It can make your life easier and help you boost your CV (need we mention the domination of software in the job market at the moment?) In a world which everything is getting more and more digital, anyone can and should learn how to code and pick up basic skills in a few weeks, or even hours. Not only that, but coding can indeed be creative! Programming has an unfair reputation as being boring, but how do you think all your favorite apps & fun games got made?

Code Academy seems to be every self-starter’s starting point. Code Academy is perfect for a first contact and understanding of coding and the languages. It offers courses in seven main areas: from HTML & CSS to JavaScript, Ruby and Python.

Code Avengers While perfect for those who wants to learn to code games, apps and websites, Code Avengers is not free and only offers three tracks ( HTML & CSS, JavaScript and Python). It is however a fun way to learn more about coding with games and badges at the end of each task.

More coding websites:
Khan Academy

Learn How to Draw & to Play an Instrument

These two require a lot of practice and the easiest way to pick up on some new tips and tricks is to watch lots of tutorials over the internet.

Try to set up a time to practice and stick to it. If you decide to learn how to play an instrument or to draw online, do not expect to achieve a high level if you do not focus hard enough. Art demands a lot of time and patience and if you want to achieve a certain level you will eventually have to get a teacher to develop technique and posture.

Youtube tutorials will help you work on your posture for piano and show you how to draw basic stuff for the aspiring artist. There are even more YouTube tutorials for aspiring make-up artists and singers - almost anything you want to be can be found on Youtube. is actually a real person, Justin Sandercoe who offers free guitar lessons on his website since 2003. Justin will walk you through everything, from teaching you the correct names for the parts of a guitar, good posture and tips on how to become the next Jimi Hendrix.

Hoffman Academy is more oriented towards children, but a great way to get into playing the piano. The lessons are truly made for beginners and it stays very affordable.

Drawspace offers free tutorials and its community makes the interface very lively and will help you seek inspiration. The website offers a variety of things you can learn to draw and sketch.

Become a Chef!

It's quite popular to watch the Food Network and dream about the day you will make the perfect soufflé. While none of us here at FlatClub have mastered the recipe just yet, we still take a look at Youtube's food channels for cooking inspiration!

Food Wishes: Put brand new video recipes every week! The invisible and sassy talking chef makes the food the real star of the show.

Marco Pierre White: Cook like a true Chef with the help of Marco Pierre White and his easy educational cooking videos.

FoodTube: Who doesn’t know Jamie Oliver? He’s a bit of eye candy, some would say.

Check out apps like Marmiton for even more cooking tips and recipes.

These are just some of the ways you can boost your own creativity online, and learn new and useful skills. Has the FlatClub community discovered any other cool things that they can learn online? Or applied the skills you picked up online to the real world? Let us know in the comments!