GSMA Announces Winners of Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Americas Tournament

The GSMA, which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, today announced the winners of this year’s Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Americas Tournament, which was contested today at Rutberg & Company’s Future:Mobile event in San Francisco. The GSMA partnered with Rutberg & Company to host the Americas leg of the competition at Future:Mobile 2009 to showcase mobile innovation in front of 200 invited senior executives who are responsible for innovation assessment and adoption, strategic partnerships, investments, and acquisitions within their organisations.

The GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition showcases promising entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized companies bringing innovative new products, services and applications to market. During this year’s Americas leg, presentations from 10 innovator nominees were reviewed by a judging panel comprised of senior executives from mobile operators and venture capital firms. Two overall winners were announced today in San Francisco and will now go on to compete for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix title, part of the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2010.

The winners of the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Americas Tournament are:

• Ubidyne, Germany
• WellDoc, US

“We commend the enthusiasm and commitment shown by all the finalists at this year’s Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Americas Tournament,” said Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer at the GSMA. “Driven by an impressive entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for technical excellence, it’s clear that there are some outstanding opportunities ahead for these highly innovative companies who have proved they have what it takes to succeed in the mobile world. Our congratulations to the winners and our thanks all those who participated.”

“This year’s Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Americas Tournament provided the judges with an extremely difficult task in choosing two overall winners from a superb crop of finalists,” said the judging panel. “Ubidyne’s solution is the next generation technology for network infrastructure, while WellDoc’s solution is the next generation in self health monitoring, and both will add tremendous value to the mobile industry. Our congratulations to the winners and we wish them every success for the future.”

The Platinum sponsor of the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition is the Generalitat de Catalunya. For more information on the GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition and Mobile Innovation programme, please visit: http://www.mobileinnovation.org/.

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries and territories, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.

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