#MWWA2011: Pre-Conference Chat with Matthew Dawes, Event Organizer
Yesterday, I sat down for a cup of tea at the cafe by the swimming pool at Eko Hotels with Matthew Dawes, the conference organizer of the best mobile web event ever in Africa.
I’ve known Matt since 2009 (well, digitally) when he organized the first Mobile Web Africa conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Since then, we’ve been ‘digital friends’ and have even talked about having a beer or two together (I owe you one, Matt).
But Matt has always been keen on bringing the event to West Africa, particularly Nigeria and because of my keen interest in building a tech and mobile eco-system in Nigeria, I agreed to partner with him in bringing the first ever mobile web event to Nigeria this year.
So I finally caught up with Matt face-to-face and he shared his passion for organizing these events in Africa, his experiences so far, and his high hopes for mobile web growth in Africa.
“I set up All Amber (in June 2009)…to organise events in Africa as opposed to more profitable ones in Europe because I’m a massive believer in the potential of the mobile web/apps in Africa (and I like to travel a bit as well)”, says Matthew.
Matt also shared how the drive for the Mobile Web event series was kick-started after a chat he had with Vincent Maher, co-founder of MoTribe and The Grid, on the huge potentials and opportunities around the mobile web in Africa.
Today, his mobile web event series has attracted a lot of encouraging testimonials such as that of Brett St. Clair, Admob’s Country Manager in South Africa, quoted here:
“My first experience of an all amber event was very, very positive – great turnout, great interaction and great format. I’ve been to a few conferences and simply put this was the best.”
Matt is also thrilled to see Samsung, Nokia and BlackBerry join the event sponsors list as well as speakers from Google, Goal.com, Glo Mobile, RIM and MIH, amongst others.
In the past, Matthew ran the Commonwealth and Telecommunications Organization (CTO) events, and is bringing a lot of experience as a renowned conference organizer to this year’s event.
You can even feel his positive energy and enthusiasm about this year’s event from his remarks below:
“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.”
Matthew is such a great guy and someone I’d love to work with in organizing future conferences in Africa.
I’ll also be speaking on the second day of the event and will be on a panel session too.
If you haven’t yet registered for the event, here’s your chance to contribute to the mobile web eco-system in Nigeria!
See you there!
Related Posts via Categories
- Mobicanvas – An Innovative Mobile Site Builder
- How Facebook Dominates Mobile Web Usage in Africa [Infographic]
- Vanguard Emerges 5th Most Visited Site on Opera Mini Browser
- NCC Shutdown Mobile Communications in Abuja
- 2nd MobileMonday (MoMo) Meetup Holds Today
- Google’s AdSense for Mobile Content Comes To Nigeria
- ThisDay Boss, Nduka Obaigbena Goes to G8 Summit
- Deciphering the Google Way to Cloud Computing [An Analyst View]
- ThisDay Newspaper Launches iPad App
- Nigeria Sees Huge Mobile Advertising Growth
- South Africa’s Silvertree Capital Invests Into Two Nigerian E-Commerce Companies
- Etisalat-Hosted Digital Marketing Conference Brings Local And International Marketing Experts Together
- After Raising Close To $70 Million, E-Commerce Company, JUMIA Builds A 90,000 sqft Warehouse in Lagos
- Can You Type As Fast As Eku Edewor On The Blackberry Q10? [VIDEO]
- Move Over Konga! The Most Liked E-Commerce Site On Facebook Is…Jumia!
- In new startup, Javier Soltero aims to sell enterprise software with end users in mind
- For some in Arab nations, Facebook is the only news source that matters
- Feedly hits 12 million users, launches web version and quits relying on Google’s backend
- Rockmelt brings its social news app to Android
- The Samsung Mega becomes the first officially certified 802.11ac Wi-Fi device
- ERN Raises Further $1.6M To Use Big Data To Help Banks And Merchants Push Loyalty-Based Offers
- Netflix Will Launch In The Netherlands Later This Year As Its International Expansion Slows
- Ooyala Sets Up R&D Center In Singapore To Chase Mobile Audiences In Asia
- Teambox Adds High-Definition Video Conferencing, Market Looks for Deeper Collaboration
- Fab Grabs $150M At $1B Valuation (And Is Raising Another $100M+ More)
- Singtel partners with Shopify to broaden the e-commerce platform’s reach in Asia
- Nokia and Intel-backed project examining the future of the ’3D Internet’ reaches its end
- TripAdvisor acquires GateGuru, a mobile app for real-time info on airports, flight times and more
- Facebook storms past 1 million active advertisers mark
- Tesla Motors recalls Model S cars built in May and June 2013 due to weakened mounting bracket
- Nvidia’s bold plan to conquer new graphics territory: licensing its chips
- FindTheCompany releases data on 30M businesses to clue in consumers
- Funding Daily: The doctor is in
- Dish jilts Sprint to focus attention on Clearwire in a sordid saga of spectrum
- Tech, entertainment, & fashion collide at Silicon Beach Fest
Tagsafrica android apple barack obama barcamp nigeria business careers encipher encipher tablet etisalat nigeria facebook globacom goodluck jonathan google inye ipad Jobberman job search kenya lagos loy okezie microsoft mobile apps Mobile Web mtn nigeria nigeria nokia saheed adepoju silicon valley Social Media social network software developers south africa starcomms startup startups startups nigeria techcrunch technology telecoms ticker Twitter yahoo yarnable youtube