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Innovation feted at global mobile meet

Innovation feted at global mobile meet
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First Published: Tue, Feb 19 2008. 01 26 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Feb 19 2008. 01 26 AM IST
MoMo Global Peer Awards
11 February 2008, Barcelona
The Mobile Monday (MoMo) Global Peer Awards was held in Barcelona last week, as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Twenty-seven companies, each representing different chapters of MoMo from around the world, presented products before 700 attendees.
As co-founder of Mobisy, I represented one of the three Indian start-ups that made it to the event. The others were Bangalore-based Ziva Software Pvt. Ltd and Chennai-based Mobile-worx Inc.
Companies showcased in two categories—early-stage, if the firm was founded in 2007, and emerging, if founded earlier. The demos included many interesting products and applications—Amsterdam’s Movels allowed download of books on mobile, Singapore’s mBit.tv offered peer-to-peer content-sharing and Dublin’s Funambol allowed powerful, Blackberry-like email applications on mobile phones with data connection. New York entry BuzzD.com, which offers city-based SMS search, won the jury, audience and the global MoMo chapter awards in the early-stage category.
Among emerging firms, Funambol won the jury, Madrid-based mobile content search and sharing company Kimia Solutions SL won the audience and London-based mobile search firm Taptu Ltd won the chapter award.
The congress itself was overwhelming. With 55,000 attendees, 1,400 exhibitors and 250 sessions, it was a huge spectacle for anyone who wanted to see where the industry is headed.
Lalit Bhise is co-founder and CEO of Bangalore-based mobile Internet start-up Mobisy Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 19 2008. 01 26 AM IST