On February 2 & 3, 2011, mobile stakeholders around Africa would gather for the West African edition of the most innovative and progressive mobile web event on the continent which promises to map out the future direction of data usage and services in the region.
All Amber Limited, a UK-based company and organiser of the event, yesterday released the official press statement. The event called “Mobile Web West Africa” is the third of a series of events focusing on harnessing the internet and applications on mobile devices on the continent.
The event, scheduled to hold in Lagos on 2nd & 3rd February, 2011 at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria island has confirmed speakers and supporters from leading organisations such as Google, World Wide Web Foundation, W3C, Storm 360, ConnectNigeria.com, InMobi, Mobility Nigeria, Fontera, Balancing Act and Startups Nigeria.
- Nicholas Heller, New Business Development, Google EMEA
- Obi Asika, Chairman & CEO, Storm 360
- ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
- Stephen Newton, Vice President & Managing Director, InMobi Africa
- Yomi Adegboye, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, MobilityNigeria.com
- Jose Henriques, Chief Marketing Officer, Unitel
- Ken Banks, Founder, kiwanja.net
- Alex Meisl, Chairman, Sponge
- Loy Okezie, Founder, Startups Nigeria
- Russell Southwood, Editor, Balancing Act
- Steve Vosloo, Fellow, 21st Century Learning, Shuttleworth Foundation
- Emeka Okoye, CEO, Vikantti Nigeria / Mobile App Engineer, StorySpaces.org
- Simon Leps, Chief Executive Officer, Fontera
- Mohamed Diaby, Consultant and Tech Analyst, DiabyMohamed.com
All Amber’s Managing Director, Matthew Dawes commented:
“Everything is in place for this to be a truly stand-out event. Everyone I have spoken to has been very positive about this event coming to Nigeria, Africa’s biggest mobile market. All the ingredients are there for Mobile Web West Africa to seriously contribute to both the future direction of data usage and services and the expansion of the mobile ecosystem. I have no doubt that this is exactly the right time and place for this event.”
The agenda at the event offers participants a complete range of the vital topic areas – from large global corporate perspectives to creating the next generation of entrepreneurs to utilising mobile for social change to the monetisation of the opportunity that exists.
The agenda of the event is enhanced by the Interactive Roundtable Seating Format, which is unique to All Amber events and considerably increases attendees on-the-day and take-away benefits.
Several special measures have been put in place to ensure that there is ecosystem-wide representation in the delegation at the event including:
- Despite a limited capacity at the venue, subsidised tickets are available for start-up companies, entrepreneurs, developers, developmental organisations and academics.
- An Open Microphone Session which will allow any attendee to take the podium and deliver 5 minutes of material from any perspective in relation to the development of the sector.
- The West African version of a global mobile application competition – the AppCircus – which allows local mobile developers to demonstrate their latest applications to the delegation.
What’s the AppCircus?
AppCircus is a unique global traveling showcase of the most creative and innovative apps presented by their creators during some of the most influential international events in mobile/web.
AppCircus is open to developers, startups and any other organization and offers each participant a chance to get a nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards. You can find more info at http://appcirc.us/
How it works?
You get 3 minutes to present your app. You can embed a video if you like in your PowerPoint. Then when all the entrants have presented the delegation will then decide who the winner is. The chairperson announces the winner.
- $1500 worth of InMobi ad network spend
- A nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards (basically an invitation to global App stardom:)
- Free entrance to all of Mobile Web West Africa (anything you’ve paid will be refunded)
- Free entrance to the second day of Mobile Web West Africa
- Half the price entry to the first day of Mobile Web West Africa
- The chance to showcase your App, and your work, to the leading individuals in the mobile ecosystem in West Africa
The level of progress so far means that the organisers are extremely confident that the event will match the heights of previous events where 81% of attendees have rated them as ‘better’ or ‘much better’ than any other event that they have attended.
Due to the Interactive Roundtable Seating Format, attendance at the event is limited and anyone interested in participating is strongly encouraged to reserve their place now before the show is fully booked.
To reserve your space online, visit: www.mobilewestafrica.com or call +44 (0)1376521 170.
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