Ready for MBillionth Mobile Congress , Expo & Award Gala

Today I booked my flight tickets to Delhi for 23rd July so that I can participate in MBillionth Mobile Congress , Expo & Award Gala event. For the event I preapred my slides and printed the handouts . Hopefully the event should be an exciting one. as this event promises to be an exciting lineup of speakers from the mobile industries, as well as other industries and sectors will be touched by the mobile market, including entertainment and education. Conference will be held in multiple parallel thematic sessions in all 10 categories with panel of speakers, presenters and participants will be from mobile world of application, service delivery and content.

If you are happen to be in New Delhi on 23rd July, then you can register for the event at :http://mbillionth.in/reg/

mBillionth Award Partners

Here is some updates on the event:

mBillionth Award 2010 is a full day event scheduled from 9 AM till dinner in the evening (8 PM onwards) at Hotel InterContinental Eros at Nehru Place, New Delhi, INDIA. This event covers:

* mBillionth Exhibition: Showcasing South Asia’s Best Mobile Innovations
* Mobile Congress: Conference & Discussion on Major Issues around Mobile & Parallel Sessions
* mBillionth Award Gala: Felicitating & Celebrating the Winning Nominations
* mBillionth Mobile Application & Developer Community: One-2-One Interactions

Contact Person: – Maria Rizvi / Amarendra Srivastava, m-Billionth South Asia Secretariat
House No# 44, 3rd Floor, Kalu Sarai, Near Naraina IIT Academy, New Delhi-110016

+91-11-26532786/87, +91-11-46080646, mbillionth@defindia.net

Online registration at http://mbillionth.in/reg

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MobileWish Pocket Travel Assistant has been shortlisted as a Finalist for MBillionth Congress & Awards 2010

Great News! My Travel application Pocket Travel Assistant has been shortlisted (in Grand Jury held in Colombo during June 10-13, 2010.) as a finalist in MBillionth Congress & Awards Gala to be held at New Delhi on 23rd july 2010.The projects have found place among 160 “Successful Quality Nominations” received from countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and MaldivesMBillionth Awards South Asia Mobile Congress is organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation, , WSA MobileContent, Department of Information Technology , Govt of India with partners like Nokia Siemens Network, MobileMonday etc.

Pocket Travel Assistant was nominated under the category m-Travel & Tourism which focused on “se of Mobile and complementing applications and embedded services for enriching the information society by aggregating digital content pertaining to travel and tourism thus help creating knowledge rich information society; offer of travel and tourism related information and services like real time travel bookings, location and transport information, including through GPS and GIS.”

There wetre other categories also like m-Environment, m-News & Journalism, m-Inclusion, m-Health, m-Education & Learning, m-Entertainment, m-Governance, m-Culture & Heritage, m-Business & Commerce/Banking.

Following are some details from the MBillionth website:

M-Billionth Mobile Congress is going to be held at NewDelhi 23rd, July, 2010:

An exciting lineup of speakers from the mobile industries, as well as other industries and sectors will be touched by the mobile market, including entertainment and education. Conference will be held in multiple parallel thematic sessions in all 10 categories with panel of speakers, presenters and participants will be from mobile world of application, service delivery and content. The recommendations from the sessions would be used to analyze the growth of mobile application in the respective category.

ABOUT m-BILLIONth SOUTH ASIA 2010

m-Billionth Award is a dedicated platform to explore the latent potential of mobile sector across South Asia. These Media phones/mobile, handy gadgets can now do anything from allow physicians to review patient records on-the-go, to alert drivers in any city of nearby parking spaces while looking for spot, in addition to the texting, surfing and calling on many of today’s phones.

The m-Billionth Award South Asia 2010 is first of its kind in the region recognising and felicitating mobile innovations, applications and content services delivery. It is to honour excellence in mobile communications across South Asia spread over 9 core categories. The m-Billionth Award is designed as an annual South Asia’s leading mobile content’s award platform towards larger regional Mobile Congress in media and policy advocacy.

What is m-Billionth Award?

21st Century World could be a cellular age going by the phenomenal increase in cell phones worldwide. The cellular age is fast accelerating with cell phones magnifying our larger identity in both individual and collective domains and in various social, cultural, economic contexts. This tremendous growth of mobile penetrations is a scene to be witnessed worldwide especially in developing countries with larger population concentration. Thus, the power of cellular technology is evident. And South Asia is and cannot be left behind.

The amazing picture is this. India has reached 600 million mobile penetrations. Other countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in South Asia also showing great results as mobile users. The population percentage coverage of mobiles in the region is such – India with 46.37, Bangladesh with 31.11 , Sri Lanka 51 and Pakistan 59 and the trend is moving upward each day. South Asia is bearing witness to the power of the mobile device to empower millions with information, content and services. The power of mobile in meeting knowledge, social and economic deficits is a challenge in these countries. On the contrary, the power of mobile innovations and applications in content and services delivery is amazing and exponentially on the rise.

It is time that we in South Asia, the nations and governments in the region, as well as service providers, give a thrust on mobile for delivering meaningful services, especially that could empower and enable efficient day-to-day life for the larger masses. It is imperative now that a situation be created where we have the best of applications, contents, and services accumulated as examples to drive the government and industry to ensure they create meaningful opportunities in last mile mobile content and services. Governance and development is bound to be better with this.

Towards this objective, in order to make the content and services deliverable through mobile as a medium and means, Digital Empowerment Foundation has launched the m-Billionth Award SOUTH ASIA ON MOBILE CONTENT & APPLICATIONS FOR MASSES.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Recognise mobile innovations and creativity.
  2. Provide a platform for the innovations into benchmarking in the mobile industry.
  3. Provide a wider forum for strategic networking, alliances and partnership building.
  4. Provide a South Asia Congress to exchange ideas, practices and policy strengths & mobile advocacy.
  5. Facilitate in building a South Asia network towards campaign and advocacy in mobile for mass empowerment and inclusive growth.

mBillionth Award Partners

For registration visit :  http://mbillionth.in/reg/

Article on Pocket Travel assistant on Mint News Paper

An article on my travel application MobileWish Pocket Travel Assistant has appeared in today’s Mint News Paper (by The Hindustan Times & The Wall Street Journal) titled “Travelling made easier with a pocketdigital guide“.

This section highlights some of the best nominations for this year’s MBillionth Awards South Asia Mobile Congress organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation, , WSA MobileContent, Department of Information Technology , Govt of India with partners like Nokia Siemens Network, MobileMonday etc.

You can check the online version of the article at :

http://www.livemint.com/2010/06/20211105/Travelling-made-easier-with-a.html?atype=tp

The scanned version of the story from the hard copy archive can be found at :

http://epaper.livemint.com/ArticleImage.aspx?article=21_06_2010_021_001&mode=1

You can Download the story from by clicking this link     (PDF)

Following are some selected sections from the article:

… Pocket Travel Assistant, or PTA, is a free-of-cost mobile phone application that promises to bring the world to the fingertips of travellers.

It compiles a range of information about places of tourist interest globally, including landmarks, history, culture, weather, street addresses and phone numbers.

This is beefed up with local news, maps and content such as mobile phone books to serve as a comprehensive digital travel guide.

“The initial motivation was to create a proof of concept mobile mash-up application of non-mobile data sources, and to make it available on mobile,” said Samir Kumar Dash, the entrepreneur who has created PTA. “The idea was to provide the traveller with a one-stop solution for all his travel needs.”

Using PTA, travellers can also directly access images or video clips of a particular destination available on websites such as Wikipedia, Flickr and YouTube.

The application uses the location of the phone to provide users with local emergency numbers, such as police helpline or the nearest clinic or hospital.

In places where language is a barrier, PTA links to the Google language translator page to help out with simple phrases in the local language.

It has its limits. PTA does not provide information about the remote villages of India unless they have a historical or geographical significance.

But with the use of the Ineternet rising in India, Dash is hopeful. “As the data PTA uses is based on Internet data, in time more and more information about the remotest places will be available,” he said.

The application is available for Flash Llite 3x-enabledmobile phones only. Users need a GPRS/Wifi connection that allows data transfer to use it.

“(Being) easy to download and free of cost with no hidden charges involved makes the product even more usable by a traveller, along with its additional features,” said Dash…

Nokia N900 is to be launched tomorrow at Bangalore

Much awaited Nokia N900 is to be launched tomorrow on 19th June 2010 at Bangalore.

N900 has got an excellent hardware specification like an ARM Cortex A8 which provides 1GB of memory for applications and Open GL ES 2.0 Graphics acceleration support.

The Details of the event :
Email for confirmation: forumnokia@isourceopportunities.com
Or call at: 080 65590000
Date 19th June 2010
Venue: Nokia Concept Store, Church St. Bangalore.

Many developers will also showcase some of the cool apps for Nokia devices. I will be there to experience the exciting event.

UPDATE:

I will showcase PTA at the event.

MobileWish NewsBox : News App for N97 with a 3d cube navigation

I have uploaded the MobileWish NewsBox application at the following link:

http://mobilewish.com/newsbox/

MobileWish NewsBox is one  m-News application developed in FlashLite 3.1 with a 3D Navigation for touch enabled handsets like Nokia N97 that reads out the various news feeds, Twitter updates, NASDAQ stock updates and blog posts . The idea behind MobileWish NewsBox was to develop a Talking news app with a very user-friendly and easy-to-use touch enabled 3D navigation system which will be easy to personalize.

You can see the test demo using on N97 at Nokia RDA site in the following links:

Part1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA14sEhH-Ew

Part2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oekMtCb0Ywg

Part3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQZCP3jVDJ8

To download visit the following link: http://mobilewish.com/newsbox/

See the slides at 

MobileWish News Box

MobileWish News Box MobileWish NewsBox is an unique m-News application with a 3D Navigation for touch enabled… http://www.slideshare.net/MobileWish/mobilewish-news-box