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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Estonia on the Verge of First Elections wih Mobile-ID

One of the biggest computer journals in Estonia writes that Estonia might have its first Mobile-ID supported elections soon

Namely, to vote via cell phone on elections, you need a Mobile-ID. Today Estonian government approved the investments on the project to create governmental system for issuing Mobile-ID's. Thus there shouldn't be any barriers to create m-ID for the next elections.

Mobile-ID as a technology has been used for banking and other services since 2007, but it was not government approved to use it for e-elections which support until this day only ID-Card solutions.

Read more (in Estonian) at http://am.ee/node/1666

MobileMonday Global Summit 2010 tõi Tallinnasse osalejad 37 riigist

27.- 29. septembrini Helsingis ja Tallinnas toimunud MobileMonday Global Summitit külastas kolme päeva jooksul kokku enam kui 470 inimest. Kolmapäevasest Tallinna programmist võtsid osa külalised 37 riigist.

Tallinna programm pakkus ettekandeid mitmetelt rahvusvahelistelt ja kohalikelt suurfirmadelt nagu Ericsson, EMT, Microsoft, Skype ja Nokia, samuti tutvustasid oma koduriikides laineid löövaid uusi mobiililahendusid MobileMonday piirkondlike kodade esindajad Jaapanist, Pakistanist, Indiast, Keeniast, Ugandast, Iisraelist, Palestiinast, Suurbritanniast, Prantsusmaalt, Saksamaalt, Austriast, Venemaalt, Ukrainast, Bulgaariast, Rumeeniast, Kanadast, Ameerika Ühendriikidest, Brasiiliast jne.

Konverentsil osalenud väliskülalised tutvusid Skype´i Tallinna kontori, Ericssoni tehase, Tehnopoli ja IKT Demokeskusega. Kolmepäevase konverentsi lõpetas Tallinna Linnavalitsuse pidulik vastuvõtt Raekojas.

MobileMonday Global Summiti 2010 korraldaja Priit Salumaa hinnangul võivad Eesti ja Tallinn oma innovaatiliste e-lahenduste ja m-lahenduste üle uhked olla. "Me ise ei aimagi kui kaugel ees on Eesti oma saavutuste poolest paljdest teistest maailma arenenud riikidest. Mahuka ja mitmetahulise konverentsiprogrammi ning ringkäikudega saime avada muidu ehk välisvaatlejatele varjatud Eesti ICT-valdkonna võimekust meie jaoks igapäevaste ja hästi töötavate lahenduste esitlemise näol," ütles Salumaa.

Esmaspäeval, 27. septembri külastas MobileMonday Eesti delegatsioon Helsingit ning tutvus ühe põhjamaade juhtiva infotehnoloogia kõrgkooli Aalto Ülikooliga, selle juures tegutseva idufirmade kasvulava Aalto Venture Garage´i ning vastavatud Eesti Majaga. Eesti delegatsiooni kuulusid esindajad Arengufondist, Tehnopolist, IKT Demokeskusest, Enterprise Estoniast ning samuti mitmetest infotehnoloogia ja telekommunikatsiooniga tihedalt seotud ettevõtetetst nagu Regio, Ericsson, Mobi Solutions, Fortumo, LBS Positium, Nutiteq, Sportlyzer, TaxiPal, Sevana, Indilo Wireless, Yrgel Entertainment jne.

Avapäeva lõpetas MobileMonday 10. sünnipäevale pühendatud koosviibimine ning uute lahenduste võistlus MobileMonday Peer Awards, kus osales ka nutitelefonidele rakendusi pakkuv Eesti ettevõte Indilo Wireless. Bottom of the Pyramid kategoorias pälvis võidu Keenia firma Xrystalgenius lahendus iChecki, mis aitab mobiiltelefoni positsioneerimise abil lahendada kohalikke transpordiprobleeme. Future Potential arvestuses hinnati parimaks Iisraelis välja töötatud lahendus Ringbow, mis võimaldab spetsiaalse sõrmuse abil nutitelefoni puutetundlikul ekraanil hõlpsamalt vajalikke funktsioone kasutada.

Teisipäeval, 28. septembril külastas delegatsioon MobileMonday ametliku programmi raames Soome juhtivat mobiiliettevõtet, milleks olid Nokia, F-Secure ja Rovio.

"Nokia demonstreeris oma uusimaid telefone, F-Secure kui Euroopa suurimaid viirusetõrje tarkvara loojaid aga spetsiaalselt mobiiltelefonide kaitsmiseks mõeldud rakendusi. Hämmastavaks ja meie jaoks julgustavaks võib pidada Rovio edulugu - vaid ühe aasta jooksul on nende poolt loodud mäng Angry Birds muutunud Apple AppStore´i kõige enam allalaaditud mänguks enam kui 7 miljoni tasulise laadimisega," vahendas Salumaa Helsingis nähtut ja kogetut.

Helsingi konverentsiprogramm pakkus samuti mitmeid huvitavaid ettekandeid, Eesti edulugusid vahendasid innovatsiooniguru Linnar Viik ja Ericsson Eesti peadirektor Veiko Sepp. Veel esinesid innovatsiooniekspert Jeffrey Stern, Jessica Colaco, Srikanth Raju, Steven Goh ja mitmed teised oma ala asjatundjad.

MobileMonday on 2000. aastal Helsingis loodud globaalne mobiilisektoris tegutsevate inimeste vabatahtlik ja mittekommertslik kogukond. MobileMonday kohalikud kojad paiknevad enam kui 100 linnas üle kogu maailma. Eestis tegutseb MobileMonday kohalik koda alates 2007. aastast.

"Kümme aastat tagasi ei osanud keegi arvata, et MobileMonday kasvab globaalseks liikumiseks. Algselt oli MobileMonday mõeldud informatiivse kohtumispaigana Helsingis tegutsevatele mobiilirakenduste arendajatele, täna on meil kohalikud kojad kõikidel kontinentidel. MobileMonday aitab kombineerida erinevaid oskusi ja vahendeid ning liidab mobiilside valdkonna helgemaid päid, aidates kaasa mobiilitööstuse igakülgsele arengule rohkem kui eales varem. Uute kodade loomisega aitab MobileMonday oma ala proffidel üle kogu maailma omavahel koostööd teha ning luua ärisuhteid läbi positiivse õhkkonna," ütles MobileMonday asutaja Jari Tammisto.

MobileMonday Global Summit 2010 Eesti partnerid olid Enterprise Estonia, Arengufond, Skype, EMT, Ericsson, Tallinna Linn, Ülemiste City, RadissonBlu Olümpia Hotell ja Estravel.

Lisainfo: www.momoestonia.com / www.mobilemonday.net

MobileMonday celebrated 10 years of networking success in Helsinki & Tallinn

Mobile community now covers all continents with 108 chapters

Helsinki, Finland September 30 – The global mobile entrepreneur community MobileMonday celebrated 10 years of collaboration and innovation in Helsinki and Tallinn this week.

The three-day summit gathered close to 500 mobile industry influencers and visionaries for a round of debates and judging competitions.

The 108 chapters cover 37 countries and all continents of the world, reflecting Mobile Monday’s maturity as a global community to network and share the most recent developments and innovations in mobile. Finland and Estonia’s own mobile giants like Nokia, Rovio and Skype were showcased, along with more than a dozen startups.

Mobile experts addressed Japan’s lead in the mobile race, creativity in East Africa using humble SMS services, the urgency of mobile services in Pakistan, and best practices for innovation in Amdocs and Microsoft.

The represented chapters included India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, Palestine, Kenia, Uganda, Brazil, the United States, Russia, Germany, France and the UK. Three new MobileMonday chapters were officially founded on Monday 27th September, the opening day of the Summit: Karachi / Pakistan, Ahmedabad / India and Kiev / Ukraine.

"Ten years ago, we did not realise that MobileMonday would grow into a global platform.  Initially we started MobileMonday as an informal meet-up for the top mobile innovators in Helsinki. Now the network is global and is present on all continents. MobileMonday is all about combining resources, connecting the brightest minds and pushing the mobile industry further than ever before. By starting new chapters, the MobileMonday platform allows mobile professionals from all over the world to unite and conduct business in a professional as well as fun manner," explains Jari Tammisto, CEO of MobileMonday.

The three-day event included the finale of the highly anticipated MobileMonday Peer Awards 2010 and company visits. Inspiring workshops, keynotes and panels featured industry experts such as Jessica Colaco from Kenia’s iHub, Kei Shimada from Infinita Inc., Shankar Meembat from Nokia, Jeffrey Stern from Amdocs, Christian Lindholm from Fjord, Laura Merling from Alcatel-Lucent, Gabriella Poczo from Skype and Veiko Sepp from Ericsson.

During the company visits, Rovio announced that the Android Beta program of their mobile game Angry Birds recently hit 1 million downloads, with over 100,000 downloads per day on the Android platform.

The annual MobileMonday Peer Award best represents one of the key principles of the community, the peer recognition. Xrystalgenius from Kenya won the Peer Award 2010 in the Base of the Pyramid category with their iChecki schedule reminder Ringbow from Israel won the Peer Award in the Future Potential category with their ring-mouse for touch screen solution.

Global Summits have been held each year since 2005. The 2007 Global Summit was spread across Helsinki and St. Petersburg, and the Global Summit this year was held in Helsinki as well as Tallinn.

The ferry ride itself served as a perfect backdrop for workshops on Internet Payment Exchange, wireless intellectual property, and the future of MobileMonday. The seminar in Estonia concluded with an inspiring address on mobile government services by the CIO of Tallinn in the City Hall!

Priit Salumaa, MoMo Estonia founder added on the summit: "It is an honour to host a truly international event with such a global impact. It is a great opportunity for us to to show what we have achieved in Estonia with only a decade. Our whole ecosystem of successful ICT services has been mostly concealed from a global audience, but today we opened that like magic box of technological wonders."

The event showcased the global thought leadership of the MobileMonday community and also acknowledged Finland’s and Estonia's pioneering role in the mobile race. In the coming years, MobileMonday will be expanding its presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America and will roll out a range of events and research services.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

MoMo Summit's Tallinn Seminar Program on Wednesday

Here also the quick schedule of Tallinn's seminar program during the Summit. The program has very high-profile speakers and is free for attendees :) The registration is closed, but there are some more places for the Tallinn seminar (register anue (ä) estravel.ee).

09:00 – 09:05 Priit Salumaa (Estonia), Founder, MoMo Estonia: Welcoming words

09:05 – 09:15 Taavi Kotka (Estonia), President at Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications: Opening words

09:15 – 09:45 Mikael Bäck (Sweden), VP, Product and Portfolio Management, Business Unit Networks, Ericsson: “The Continued Evolution Of Mobile Broadband.”

09:45 – 10:00 Tõnu Grünberg (Estonia), Chief Technology Officer at EMT: The Story of Mobile Parking 2.0

10:00 – 10:30 Vesku Paananen (Finland), MobileMonday Founder and the Business Development Executive of Microsoft: Three Screens – the New Role of Mobility

10:30 – 10:45 Startup pitches (2 Selected MPA finalists and 3 Estonian mobile startups)

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee and refreshment break – startup demo stands / startup pitches / parter stands

11:15 – 11:45 Gabriella Poczo (UK), Director of Mobile Engineering at Skype "Changing the World of Mobile"

11:45 – 12:05 Kei Shimada (Japan), Founder & CEO at Infinita Inc. “Innovation: Why Japan?”

12:05 – 12:25 Rehan Allahwala (Pakistan), Super Technologies Inc.: "Partnering for Results"

12:25 – 12:45 Olli Aurola (Finland), Services Sales Manager, Finland – Baltics, Nokia

12:45 – 13:00 MoMo Founders (20 countries) – short introductory round for the audience before the networking lunch.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (buffet)

During the seminar, there will be a Showcase of mobile / MoMo related companies in the lobby. Feel free to visit there to see the demo / contact stands and people behind:

DeviceAnywhere (USA)
PowerKiss (Finland)
Aalto Venture Garage (Finland)
Provence Promotion (France)
Fortumo (Estonia)
Nutiteq (EStonia)
Sportlizer (Estonia)
Regio (Estonia)


In the startup pitches we'll have two winners of Mobile Peer Awards:

Ringbow (Israel)
Xristalgenius (Kenia)


We'll also see two Estonian startups:

Fortumo
Positium LBS



During the later Skype visit the following companies will present their ideas and products:

Going Software
TaxiPal
Modesat
Yoga
Dragees
Yrgel Entertainment
Sportlyzer
GrabCad


Read more about the program on mobilemonday.net.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Counting days for the MobileMonday 2010 Global Summit – already on 27-29th of September!

27. kuni 29. septembrini toimub Helsingis ja Tallinnas MobileMonday Global Summit 2010 pealkirjaga FinEst Mobile Innovation, mis toob Eestisse maailma mobiiliäri koorekihi - visionäärid, arendajad ja sektoris tegutsevate suurfirmade esindajad.


Mobile Monday 10. sünnipäevale pühendatud MobileMonday Global Summit 2010 toob erinevate kodade asutajad ja aktiivseimad liikmed Helsingisse ja Tallinnasse kokku. Oodata on ligi 400 külalist viielt kontinendilt.

Kolmepäevane programm algab esmaspäeval, 27. septembril Helsingis MobileMonday sünnipäevapeoga, mille kulminatsiooniks on MobileMonday Peer Awards Gala ehk maailma kõike innovaatilisemate uute mobiilirakenduste võistluse finaal. Eestit esindab nimetatud võistlusel Indilo Wireless.

Teisipäeval, 28. septembri pärastlõunal jätkub programm Espoos Aalto Venture Garage´is konverentsiga, kus astuvad ettekannetega üles innovatsioonieksperdid Jeffrey Stern USA-st, Jessica Colaco Keeniast, Srikanth Raju Soomest, Christian Lindholm Suurbritanniast ja Steven Goh Singapurist. Eesti IT-valdkonna edulugusid tutvustavad IT Kolledži õppejõud Linnar Viik ning Ericsson Eesti peadirektor Veiko Sepp.

Sama päeva õhtul jätkub üritus Tallinki kruiisilaeval Baltic Princess, kus toimuvad erinevad erialased diskussioonid WipJami ja Ericssoni eestvedamisel.

Kolmapäeva, 29. septembri hommikul algab MobileMonday Global Summiti kolmas päev Tallinnas, RadissonBlu Olümpia Hotelli konverentsikeskuses. Ettekannetega esinevad Mikael Bäck (Ericsson), Tõnu Grünberg (EMT), Gabriella Poczo (Skype), Vesku Paananen (Microsoft) ja mitmed teised tipptasemel esinejad. Päeva lõpetavad ringreisid Skype´i Tallinna esindusse, Tehnopoli, Ericssoni tehasesse, IKT Demokeskusesse ja Ülemiste Citysse ning Tallinna Linnavalitsuse pidulik vastuvõtt Tallinna Raekojas.

Kuna üritusele tung on oodatust suurem, siis soovitame registreerumisega kiirustada! Üritusest ei pea osa võtma täies mahus. Kodumaal tegutsevaid erialaspetsialiste ootame kindlasti külastama Tallinna seminari programmi 29. septembril. Kasuta võimalust tutvumaks mobiiltööstuse valdkonna koorekihiga meie enda pealinnas!

MobileMonday programm on kõikidele osalejatele tasuta, nõutav on eelnev registreerimine aadressil https://secure.estravel.ee/mobile_monday2010/. Juhul kui soovite registreeringu tühistada, palume teavitada sellest aadressil anue@estravel.ee Täname!

Üritus toimub inglise keeles.
Täspem info programmi ja asukohtade kohta: http://www.mobilemonday.net/summit2010

Mobile Monday Estonia tänab kõiki meie partnereid kes aitavad meid Mobile Monday Summit 2010 korraldamises. Täname, et usute meie panusesse ja toetate meie tegevust kogukonna nimel!


On 27-29th of September Helsinki and Tallinn are hosting one of the mobile industry’s highlight events around the region – the MobileMonday Summit 2010: FinEst Mobile Innovation.


Event is dedicated for the 10th of anniversary of MobileMonday and will bring not only the founders of the chapters but also the key players of mobile ecosystem at our doorsteps. All together we expect around 400 visitors, innovators, developer, visionaries, startup representatives and other mobile related active members from 5 different continents all over the world!

The summit starts on Monday 27th in Helskinki with MobileMonday birthday party ending with the highlight event - MobileMonday Peer Awards. The world’s most innovative mobile application will be chosen at that night. Indilo Wireless was chosen to represent Estonia. Good luck, guys!

On Tuesday 28th the program continues at Aalto Venture Garage in Otaniemi Espoo. We gonna hear starspeakers Jeffrey Stern from the USA, Jessica Colaco from Kenia, Srikanth Raju from Finland, Christian Lindholm from GB and Steven Goh from Singapore. Estonians developments in IT will be presented by our own Linnar Viik and Veiko Sepp from Ericsson.

Then we head on to Tallinn on Tallink’s Baltic Princess where we are going to continue with WipJam and Ericsson. We arrive to Tallinn in order to continue the next day!

On Wednesday 29th we start at Tallinn RadissonBlu Olympia Hotel. We will hear Mikael Bäck from Ericsson, Tõnu Grünberg from EMT, Gabriella Poczo from Skype and Vesku Paananen from Microsoft. Be there to see other surprise-guests!

The event is in English and for free! This is also the reason why we still have some seats left! If you cannot attend the full event, see you in Tallinn on 29th! If you work in mobile industry or is interested about this frenzy ecosyste, then this is the highlight event not to miss. As said before – we are having some of the highest profile mobile industry representatives right here at our backyard. Come, listen, network and open your business to new possibilities!

Registration is mandatory at https://secure.estravel.ee/mobile_monday2010/. For any cancellations please write to anue@estravel.ee Thank you!
More information about the summit, locations and the program please visit http://www.mobilemonday.net/summit2010

Mobile Monday Estonia wishes to thank all our partners as for without you the Summit would not have become reality. Thank you for believing to our cause and supporting the mobile community in Estonia!

Monday, 6 September 2010

MobileMonday: "Funding" at Tallinn, Ülemiste City, CityPlatz, 18:00 - the Schedule

This will be the kick-off for the Mobile Monday Summit 2010: "FinEst Mobile Innoavation". The event program on the MobileMonday will handle funding of startups from different perspectives.

In Tallinn we meet at Ülemiste City located at Lõõtsa 6, http://www.ulemistecity.ee/eng/cform and please note the parking areas!.

We'll cover the VC view, the incubator / VC investment facilitators' view and the different views of starups on funding: bootstraping, having angel investment or looking for VC investment.

If you are interested in corresponding why's and how's then this event is for you.

We'll also have the Mobile Peer Awards Estonian semifinal whose winner will be presenting at MobileMonday Summit 2010. We also will have video bridge over Skype to Helsinki to the parallel MoMo Helsinki kick-off event.

Agenda

18:00 Priit Salumaa MoMo Estonia, opening words
18:05 Video bridge to Helsinki
18:15 Heikki Juntti, Technopolis Development Services Fund Raising Team: "What Makes a Business Fundable".
18:40 Heidi Kakko, Estonian Development Fund, The view of Estonian govermental VC fund on funding.

19:00 Refreshment Break

19:15 Tõnis Saag Sportlizer, Founder, Teal Leader on the experience successfully raising VC money.
19:25 Raoul Järvis, TaxiPal, Founder, on bootstrapping and including angel investments.
19:35 Over the Skype from London - Ben Whitaker, Masabi Founder, CEO, about 8 years of bootstrapping and VC negotiations.
20:00 Mobile Peer Awards Estonian semifinals - up to 5 startups, 3min pitches.
20:15 Voting by the audience. (If there should be a tie, the winner is selected by a jury: 4 MoMo organizers, Estonian Development Fund, Technopolis, Ülemiste City.)

20:30 Announcing the winner & networking.

Please register for the event HERE and see you all there!

MobileMonday: "Funding", Ülemiste City, CityPlatz, 18:00

6. septembril toimuvad Tallinnas ja Helsingis MobileMonday Summit 2010 lokaalsed kick-off üritused. Tallinnas kohtume Ülemiste City's ning seekordne MobileMonday on teemaga "Funding".

Ürituse teema on ajendatud Eesti startupi maastiku elavdumisest ning ühest põhiküsimusest, millega põrkuvad kõik alustavad tehnoloogia ettevõtted. Nimelt, kust leida toimimiseks raha. Antud üritus arutabki erinevaid finantseerimise võimalusi läbi näidete.

Lisaks toimub üritusel Mobile Peer Awards'i Eesti poolfinaal (kes tahab kandideerida ühenduge palun priit@momoestonia.com).

Üritust toetab Ülemiste City ja peaesineja tuleb Helsingist, Technopolisest.

Registreerimine avatakse 30. augustil ning täpsem programm tekib MoMo Estonia veebi uue nädala alguses.

On 6th of September in Tallinn and Helsinki, there will be the local kick-off events for the coming MobileMonday Summit 2010.

We'll meet in Tallinna at Ülemiste City and the events' topic will be: "Funding"

The Estonian startup scene has been showing more signs of vitality than ever before. Thus, the motivation of the topic since every startup has to tackle the question of funding - where to find the money to implement it's ideas and to execute the business plan. Current event will discuss several options through examples.

We'll also have the Mobile Peer Awards Estonian semifinals on the event (candidates please contact priit@momoestonia.com)

The event is supported by Ülemiste City and the main speaker will come from from Technopolis, Helsinki.

The registration opens on 30th of august and more detailed shedule will be published on MoMo Estonia's web in the beginning of the next week.

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