GSMA Announces Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition Top Innovators

Stellar line-up of speakers from Coca-Cola, Visa, Walt Disney and Yahoo! attend inaugural Americas event.

The GSM Association (GSMA) today announced the Top Innovators for the Americas leg of the 2009 Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition, along with additional, high-calibre industry speakers at the Mobile Innovation Marketplace – Americas, which is being held in Atlanta, Georgia, 3 – 4 June, 2008.

The Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition was created by the GSMA as part of the Mobile Innovation Market, which encourages breakthrough technology, applications and services in the mobile industry by bringing together smaller companies developing innovative mobile products, industry investors from leading venture capital firms, and senior figures from mobile operators and leading global brands.

The Mobile Innovation Marketplace – Americas is a unique platform for top innovators competing for the Mobile Innovation Global Award Champion title. During the event, 15 emerging growth companies from around the world will compete in five categories, reviewed by senior executives from mobile operators and venture capital organisations. The Top 15 Innovators for the Americas leg of the 2009 Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition are:

Most Innovative Wireless Device-centric Technology

  • CooTek, China
  • Red Bend Software, USA
  • WiSpry, USA

Most Innovative Carrier Infrastructure or Platform

  • Ubidyne, Germany
  • Roundbox, USA
  • AdaptiveMobile Security, Ireland

Most Innovative Mobile Application in a Vertical Market

  • GestureTek, USA
  • Tagattitude, France
  • Anam Mobile, Ireland

Most Innovative Consumer Application or Service

  • Linguatec, Germany
  • Sharpcast, USA
  • Cha Cha Search, USA

Most Innovative ‘True Mobile Start-Up’

  • Nextivity, USA
  • Modu, Israel
  • MMCast, UK

“We are thrilled with the number of high-quality entries we’ve received for the first leg of our Global Award Competition being held at our inaugural Americas event,” said Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer of the GSMA. “The Mobile Innovation Marketplace – Americas will provide an invaluable opportunity for innovators to pitch new mobile technology, product, service and business propositions to senior executives within the mobile operator and venture capitalist communities.”

One winner will be named from each category and awarded the title of ‘GSMA Global Semi-Finalist’. From these five cutting-edge ideas, the ‘Mobile Innovation Global Finalists’ will arise and win a trip to Barcelona to compete against the other Finalists for the prestigious title of the “2009 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award Champion”, to be named during the Mobile World Congress next February.

In addition to the headline speakers attending the Americas event, including Ralph de la Vega, President & CEO, AT&T Mobility; Bob Berner, EVP & CTO, Rogers Wireless, Canada; Ted Matsumoto, CSO, SoftBank Mobile Corp., Japan; and Michael Nash, EVP Digital Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group, other senior industry speakers and panellists include:

  • Pam Zuercher, Head of Global Product Innovation, Visa
  • Marc Mathieu, SVP, Core Global Brands, Coca Cola
  • Chris Curtain, VP, Global New Media & Technologies, Walt Disney
  • Mitch Lazar, VP, Business Development, Yahoo!
  • Brooke Partridge, President & CEO, Vital Wave Consulting
  • Jean-Philippe Maheu, Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy North America
  • Reza Jafari, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Eaton Telecom
  • Steve Sellers, CEO, SourceTrace Systems
  • Tony Holcombe, President & CEO, Syniverse Technologies
  • Brian Cayce, Investment Director, Gray Matters Capital

For more information on the Mobile Innovation Marketplace – Americas, please or email

About the GSMA:

The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association representing more than 750 GSM mobile phone operators across 218 countries and territories of the world. The Association’s members represent more than 3 billion GSM and 3GSM connections – over 86% of the world’s mobile phone connections. In addition, more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association’s initiatives as key partners.

The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers.

For further information contact:
Matt Simmons
GSM Association