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Thursday, 26 March 2009

Mobile Monday launches in Latvia

April the 6th will see the launch of Mobile Monday Latvia, with the first event to be held in Riga, the Morberga Hall of the Hotel Riga at 18:00. The event's topic is "Latvian Mobile Service Market and Near Future Trends" – the venue is free and open to everybody interested.

We are happy to announce that also with the support of Mobile Monday Estonia the Mobile Monday community reaches Latvia. This first event is an introduction which will hopefully turn into a series of mobile-themed events that will be held regularly. The speakers at the opening event will cover general trends and developments in the mobile value-added service market. Among other speakers the opening Mobile Monday event in Latvia will be also attended by Jari Tammisto, the CEO of Mobile Monday OY.

The event will begin with presentations which will be followed by a networking part for the guests of the event. All Mobile Monday events are held in English as they are often attended by foreign guests.

Organizers of Mobile Monday Latvia

The first event of Mobile Monday Latvia is organized and sponsored by Mobi Solutions SIA – a company providing and developing mobile services in Latvia. Additionally to the Latvian branch Mobi also operates in Estonia (Tartu) and Lithuania (Vilnius) being one of the biggest and most experienced mobile service providers in the Baltics. The current initiative of organizing a Mobile Monday event was undertaken hoping that such events would facilitate communication between Latvian mobile service providers, mobile operators, IT students and anyone interested in mobile technology or innovation.

For More info please write, or call:
Eva Bruna
Mobi Solutions
(+371) 20253969

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Thank You for a Great Tartu Event! The Summary

This years opening event in Tartu was a huge success. The presentations were very interesting, atmosphere was very open and constructive. We really enjoyed the event and thank all who came, who presented their ideas and of course our event sponsor Tele2.

This time we concentrated on the small scale business ideas and opportunities. We also had a change in our traditional event schedule. We replaced the Open Panel Discussion with a Workshop. Even to our amazement the workshop worked extremely well, generating even more fuzz, ideas exchange and networking effect than usual Mobile Monday Estonia meetings. We thank you for that.

But first the presentation slides:

First to present was Andres Jõesaar, the Head of Corporate Sales and Content Services of Tele2 Eesti AS. The focus of his talk "Opportunities with Tele2: how to cash innovative ideas?" was on market situation of mobile content business and what kind of opportunities there are for small service providers. Andres gave a short overview on the structure of Mobile Market. What is the role of an operator and mobile service provider.

Here is also link to the Tele2 Content Billing Client Protocol V4.31 specification for the people who would like to check out how to interface with an operator on technical level.

The second presenter was Veljo Otsason, one of the 5 Mobi Founders. He told us how Mobi started and got here in a presentation "Mobi - from student startup to leading mobile service company". The story of 5 random students meeting up at a university seminar, creating a small project group and succeeding with it, was just fascinating. Veljo also revealed what has been the growth of the company, what was and currently is their position on mobile services market.

The third presentation "Student business, mistakes we made" was given by Aigar Vaigu from AIESEC Tartu and a founder of Teadusmosaiik OÜ. He focused on the typical errors a startup (specially a student / rookie startup) makes, based on his own personal experience with startups. The main messages were these:

First, that a company and a business are two different but essentially interlinked things - in a startup one without another will fail. Second, don't try to figure out everything yourself - ask for advice. Third, you need to sell your product, without that, there is no product and for selling you have to know your customer and you have to have people doing the selling. Fourth - if you have an idea, give it a go, if you just sit on it, nothing will happen. Fifth - be persistent (also Veljos talk stressed that) and stay focused. And sixth - startuping is very very hard, but completely worth it.

Then we had a workshop, "Small-scale Mobile business: Ideas and Solutions". Instead of a typical open panel discussion we picked three topics, selected the experts for the topics, and people divided themselves up between the groups. After 20 to 30 minutes of discussions each group presented the ideas they came up with.

The guidelines and group 'leaders' were given in advance:

The results were great! The workshop generated much more networking and ideas exchange than we had expected. Also the people in the workshops were very happy.

The results of the "business building group" were presented by Asko Seeba, the CEO of DailyPerfect a fresh startup from Estonia. He made a quick presentation of a small mobile service idea describing the team needed to implement and market the idea and stressed out that the most important thing is the selling of the idea. He actually wrote a great summary about the work and it can be read on his blog.

The results of the "univesity symbiosis with commerce" group were presented by Ulrich Norbisrath. He is a post-doctoral researcher at the Computer-Science Department of Tartu University responsible for the PlayStation3 GRID and friend-to-friend computing research. The main points of this group were that universities should support PhD and MSc students to monetize their research ideas. There should be some kind of university related venture capital fund like the Fraunhofer in Germany. Also he writes a small summary about the results. He also encourages the Tartu start-up founders to start meeting up :) That we call a Mobile Monday networking effect.

The results of the "feasible / unfeasible mobile service ideas" group were presented by Vahur Mäe he is the Member of Board of AIESEC Tartu. This group discussed the main problems related to the mobile services market: like the size of Estonian market. The solution for that was to concentrate and find the niche ideas and services which would be more expensive. An example for that was the mobile voice aid services for vision-impaired people.

For me personally I found the most exiting two ideas of public services. First composing hundreds of volunteers like neighbor watch in Tartu, and the city government or police or medical services could use this SMS list to spread the word of hazards, missing people, stolen cars and crime in generally. This kind of list does exist already among the taxi drivers, but the idea could have much grander scale. The second idea was to have proximity based transportation information service. Where phone could sense instantly where are the nearest bus stations and guide you there, also providing you with the information for leaving buss and a ticket.

We thank you All for a superb Mobile Monday and will be waiting you to our next events!

Monday, 16 March 2009

The Next Mobile Monday - 23rd of March, Tartu

Järgmine Mobile Monday toimub juba 23. märtsil kell 18:00 Tartu Ülikooli Kohvikus! Ühtlasi alustab Mobile Monday Estonia sellega oma teist tegutsemisaastat Eestimaa innovatsiooni-hällis Tartus!

Eelmisele aastale tagasi vaadates võib öelda, et meie korraldatud viis üritust olid kõik edukad. Me täname südamest kõiki kohaletulnuid ja meie sponsoreid ning loodame et teie nautisite neid üritusi sama palju kui meile meeldis neid teha.

Selle aasta esimesel üritusel “How Does a Student Project Grow Into a Successful Mobile Service Provider” Tartus heidame pilgu mobiiliäri telgitagustesse. Täpsemalt käsitleme me teemat, kuidas mobiilvaldkonnas äri tehakse, millist rolli mängivad mobiiliturul erinevad osapooled (näiteks operaatorid ja teenusepakkujad) ning kas ka ühemehefirmadel on mobiiliäris võimalus kaasa lüüa.

Räägime sellest, mil viisil toimib operaatorite koostöö väiksemate tegijatega ning kuidas on käe valgeks saanud juba edukad tegijad meie enda turul. Samuti uurime workshopis, kas Tartu vaim on jätkuvalt häid mõtteid pulbitsevalt täis.

Üritus toimub Tele2 Eesti AS abiga ning koostöös Aieseci ning Tartu Ülikooli Kohvikuga.

Ürituse kava

18:00-18:05 - Introduction, Priit Salumaa, MoMo Estonia, Co-Founder
18:05-18.25 - "Opportunities with Tele2: how to cash innovative ideas?" - Andres Jõesaar, Tele2 Eesti AS, Head of Corporate Sales and Content Services.
18.25-18.40 - "Mobi - from student startup to leading mobile service company" - Veljo Otsason, Mobi, Founder.

18.40-19.00 - Snack and refreshment break

19.00-19.15 - "Student business, mistakes we made." - Aigar Vaigu - AIESEC Tartu, Founder of Teadusmosaiik OÜ
19.20-20.00 - Workshop: "Small-scale Mobile business: Ideas and Solutions"

~ 20:10 - Informal networking as always :)

Mobile Monday töökeeleks on inglise keel. Ettekannete slaidid publitseeritakse peale üritust Mobile Monday Estonia veebis. Osalemine on tasuta. Oma osalemisest palume aga teatada 20. Märtsiks aadressil:

Seekordset Mobile Monday kokkusaamist sponsoreerib: Tele2 Eesti AS.


Ülikooli Kohvik
Ülikooli 20,
Tartu, 51007
(kaarti vaata all pool)

Ootame Teid 23. Tartusse!

Mobile Monday Estonia inaugurates its second year with an event in Tartu, the cradle of Estonian innovation! Looking back on the five events held over the previous year Mobile Mondays’ success in bringing the community together is evident. We thank all the MoMoers attending and our sponsors for making all this possible. We hope you enjoyed the events as much as we enjoyed organizing them.

This year's first event “How Does a Student Project Grow into a Successful Mobile Service Provider” will cover the backstage of mobile business - who are the key players on the market and how their business is conducted. Do one man companies have a chance on the mobile market?

We'll discuss how operators co-operate with smaller players and showcase companies which have grown literally from student projects to successful service providers. In the workshop we also address the "Spirit of Tartu" and if it is still full of great ideas.

The event will take place in co-operation with Tele2 Estonia, Aiesec and Tartu Ülikooli Kohvik on 23rd of March at 18:00 in Tartu Ülikooli Kohvik (Ülikooli 20, Tartu). The event schedule is as follows:

Event Schedule

18:00-18:05 - Introduction, Priit Salumaa, MoMo Estonia, Co-Founder
18:05-18.25 - "Opportunities with Tele2: how to cash innovative ideas?" - Andres Jõesaar, Tele2 Eesti AS, Head of Corporate Sales and Content Services.
18.25-18.40 - "Mobi - From student start-up to leading mobile service company” - Veljo Otsason, Mobi, Founder.

18.40-19.00 - Snacks and refreshments break

19.00-19.15 - "Student business, mistakes we made" - Aigar Vaigu - AIESEC Tartu, Founder of Teadusmosaiik OÜ
19.20-20.00 - Workshop: "Small-scale Mobile business: Ideas and Solutions"

~ 20:10 - Informal networking as always :)

We publish the presentation slides after the event on our web-page. There is no participation fee, as always, and we kindly ask you to register yourself until 20th of March on the address:

The sponsor of this event is Tele2 Estonia.


Ülikooli Kohvik
Ülikooli 20,
Tartu, 51007


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