Last week was an amazing time at Mobile World Congress Barcelona. While attendance was down to about 50,000, the mood was upbeat in a trillion dollar industry that continues to post good growth despite recessionary times. The congress still had all the key players making decisions (except Apple who made an obvious statement by not having a presence), without, as one attendee put it "all the clutter of people kicking the tires." With all the attention to app stores and revamped developer networks, mobile application developers are really starting to take centre stage; with the creme de la creme competing at the Mobile Monday Peer Awards.
Mob4Hire.com was up for two awards, the GSMA Top Innovator Award and the Mobile Monday Peer Award. Calgary based Mob4Hire came into the finals through the Mobile Monday Vancouver chapter, clearly representing the synergies that exist in the Pacific Northwest wireless space (which, of course, includes Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton). There were 146 companies in the global competition, with 20 moving to the final presentations in Barcelona.
www.babajob.com came in on the number one spot for the world MoMo peer award. "a truly inspirational idea, helping the poorest of the poor to find better paid jobs in their locality. A wonderful story well told."
Paul Poutanen from Mob4Hire presented at the awards, and came in second place, according to one of the jurors, Venture Beat's Matthaus Krzykowski : http://venturebeat.com/2009/02/16/mobile-peer-award-winners/
As Paul states, "Mob4Hire is a Web 2.0 company that's helping mobile developers cope with the fragmented mobile ecosystem ... we're super happy with the number two spot as it gives us great recognition, and we're also really happy a great mobile developer took the top spot."
Here's a follow up post about the MoMo awards with all the winners from the M.C. of the event, Bena Roberta from GoMo News:
A few more blogs related to the event:
- Techcrunch - http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/16/mobile-startups-whittled-down-to-the-last-five-in-barcelona/
- Venturebeat - http://venturebeat.com/2009/02/15/a-dozen-mobile-start-ups-to-pitch-at-mobile-peer-awards/
- MobileMonday.net - http://www.mobilemonday.net/news/babajob-sweeps-at-mobile-peer-awards
- Mobhappy - http://mobhappy.com/blog1/2009/02/20/momo-global-peer-awards-2009/
... and a bunch of great pictures of the event on FLICKR:
Mob4Hire was also in the blog buzz due to O2 Litmus's announcement of their Appstore and Mob4Hire partnership; as James Parton states: "O2 Litmus users will have the opportunity to earn hard cash for every application they test, via a ground breaking partnership with multi award winning Mob4Hire." http://www.ixplora.com/?p=3593. It came in with rave reviews; e.g. "O2 Litmus is Better than Apple AppStore"