Barcelona MobileMonday Awards go to Buzzd, Funambol, Kimia and Taptu!
Buzzd from New York, a provider of local real-time search information for bars, clubs and restaurants on the mobile device, cleaned the table by winning jury, audience and community awards under the early stage category at the MobileMondy Peer Awards in Barcelona.
In the Emerging Community category, Taptu a search and sharing engine from London won the award with Funambol, an open source email and messaging company, while local favorite Kimia, a rich media content provider, clinched the audience choice.
The 2008 MobileMondy Peer Awards recognized 27 companies from 18 countries at its annual awards event held at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This popular innovation focused event combined dynamic new mobile industry concepts with plenty of fun and a dash of juicy networking at Telefonicas fashionable Espacio Movistar facility.
Three awards in each category: jury, audience, and community were judged by an expert jury including representatives from Telefónica R&D, Mobile Marketing Association, Vodafone Group, Google, Nexit Ventures, eXtract, MobHappy, GoMoNews, the MobileMonday global chapter founders and audience SMS voting. This year's winners at the MobileMonday Peer Awards Barcelona will be invited to participate in the MobileMonday Global Summit in conjunction with the World Congress on IT (WCIT) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 18-22, 2008.
Mr. Pekka Ala-Pietila, former president at Nokia Corporation and currently chief executive officer of Blyk Corporation, a virtual mobile operator in the UK, will be the keynote speaker.
Mr. Luis Jorge Romero, Director of Standards and Innovation in Telefónica España, will speak about the future of the mobile market, since his experience driving the technological innovation in Telefónica España. Telefónica España believes in Open Innovation, and encourages the innovation and worth value created by new start-ups.
3:00-4:00pm - Category 1: Early-Stage Start-Ups
Amsterdam - Movels
Bangalore - Mobisy
Barcelona - skuair
Berlin - ViiF
Boston - SnapMyLife
Brussels - Mobixx
London - The 3G Dating Agency
New York - BuzzD
Paris - WebWag
Rome - Nanology
Shanghai - DuoGuo
Singapore - mBit.tv
St. Petersburg - 4Mobi.TV
Taipei - Toro
4:15-5:15pm - Category 2: Emerging Start-Ups
Chennai - Mobile-worx
Dublin - Sentry Wireless
Dusseldorf - Cellity
Helsinki - Fromdistance
Istanbul - Mobinex
London - Taptu
Madrid - Kimia
Milan - Waymedia
Mumbai - Ziva
Munich - Qiro
Oslo - Adactus
Silicon Valley - Funambol
Stockholm - Momail
The jury consists of some of the most recognized mobile industry experts:
3:00-4:00 Moderation Start-Up Presenters & Jury by host MC Caroline Lewko, WIP
JURY CATEGORY 1:
- Carlos Domingo, General Director, Telefónica R&D;
- Russell Buckley, MD, AdMob Europe / Vice-Chairman of MMA
- Bena Roberts, Founder and Chief Analyst at BKI Media/GoMo News;
- Daniel Appelquist, Senior Technology Strategist, Vodafone Group;
- Michael Mandahl, General partner, Nexit Ventures;
- Sirous Kavehercy, Strategy & Market Development at Acision;
4:15-5:15 Moderation Start-Up Presenters & Jury by Peter Vesterbacka, Some Bazaar
JURY CATEGORY 2:
- Hugo Giralt, Relationship and Interactive Marketing Director Telefónica España
- Ann Mei Chang, Mobile Engineering Director Google;
- Carlo Longino, Mobhappy;
- Madanmohan Rao, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Internet Handbook;
- Alejandro Romero, Partners Director - Connected Life Yahoo!
- Jouko Ahvenainen, Chief Operating Officer, Xtract;
NOTE: Peer Awards presentations 3 slides/3 minutes elevator pitch per speaker + jury intervention
Telefónica Móviles, the mobile arm of Telefónica Group, opened its new Espacio Movistar
in Barcelona in November 2007 near the University Zone. This innovative, multidisciplinary,
next-generation venue has been conceived to bring people closer to the
latest creative trends in technology, music, art, cinema and
entertainment - especially the young.
This space is a step
further to consolidate Movistar as a reference brand associated to
innovation, creativity, entertainment, communication and fun.
Adress: Espacio Movistar
C/Pascual i Vila s/n.
Maps, public transport and directions here.
MobileMonday Peer Awards Barcelona 2008 are being organized collaboratively by the MobileMonday community and hosted by MobileMonday Barcelona.
The MobileMonday Peer Awards are recognised by the industry as one of THE interesting events in the mobile industry. Last year's Barcelona Peer Awards event attracted 23 competitors, the MoMo community award went to Mobile Complete, the audience award to Plazes, and the expert jury award to Realeyes 3D. Check the Peer Awards 2007 Flickr Group pictures and winners' announcement here. We received +500 attendants and + 2.000 people connected to the live webcast.