The Mint Blog

  1. An image of the author: Andy Bell

    Upgrade your phone, help save lives

    Posted in by Andy Bell on 01 March 2012

    We are delighted to be launching Ladyblabla, a mobile phone comparison site with a mission to fight mother-to-baby HIV transmission in southern Africa. (UK only, for now.)

    Across Southern Africa, where healthcare provision is patchy, mother-to-baby HIV transmission is common. It's largely preventable, but prevention involves doing lots of little things right. It's hard to stay on track.

    A charity called mothers2mothers is having great success with a new approach. They train mentor mothers - local HIV-positive mums - to be a layer of front-line support for new mothers.

    Read more
  2. An image of the author: Andy Bell

    4 Days to Launch

    Posted in by Andy Bell on 20 February 2012

    Embroidery sample

    Mint is heading down to Dorset for our annual product development competition and knees-up formerly known as the WebApp Weekender.

    As one old timer famously remarked 'It's better than Christmas'.

    The WebApp Weekender is no longer particularly about web apps and isn't over a weekend, so we are renaming it WAW. Like BP, CBS and AT&T, it stands for nothing but itself. It's an orphaned initialism.

    The brief this year is to launch a business in 4 days. The business has to 'scratch a person's creative itch in a low cost way and touch the physical world'. What that means, I guess we'll discover by Friday.

    The winner will be the team who generates most revenue in six weeks after the weekender. If you are interested, here's the full brief.

    We'll be back in a week...

    Read more
  3. An image of the author: Adam Rogers

    Themes from MIDEM

    Posted in by Adam Rogers on 07 February 2012

    Angie, Colin and I went to MIDEM last week. It's probably the biggest Music Industry focused conference in the world. This year there was a greater focus on tech than in previous years, so we thought we'd go along and see what was up. Below I've highlighted 3 themes that ran through the conference, from the point of view of a digital agency guy.

    Read more
  4. An image of the author: Andy Bell

    Introducing Bacon

    Posted in by Andy Bell on 19 January 2012

    bacon

    Bacon is a conference about all the stuff that developers love (for instance bacon, but also functional programming, machine learning, Android development, memes, databases, astronomy, HTML5, electronic music, etc.) It aims to support the emergence of Silicon Roundabout as a technology hub, reflecting the energy and diversity of London’s web scene.

    It's slightly inspired by Strange Loop - one of the best conferences we've been to - but with less emphasis on academic research and more on coding from the trenches. Confirmed speakers include Zach Holman of GitHub and Sean Treadway of SoundCloud. The call for proposals is still open. If you've got something you'd like to say, visit the Bacon site.

    Oh and it's on April 20th and 21st 2012, if you'd like to come. Tickets are from £265.

    Hope to see you there.

    Read more
  5. An image of the author: Utku Can

    New Year Revolution

    Posted in by Utku Can on 11 January 2012

    nyr_talent

    Hello and happy new year from Mint!

    On January 1st, we launched New Year Revolution for Channel 4.

    The starting point for New Year Revolution was the observation that most of us make new year's resolutions, but few of us keep them. The ambition is that by harnessing faces of Channel 4 and the collective willpower of the social web, we might help people keep the resolutions, and have some fun along the way.

    In the first five days alone, we had over 20,000 join the revolution, and it is still gathering pace.

    Read more