Entries open for mobile awards
VALUE ADDED SERVICESBy BiztechAfrica - July 5, 2012, 5:36 p.m.
Mobile Entertainment Africa and MEF have invited entries from Africa for this year’s Meffy's awards for mobile content and commerce.
MEF is the global community for mobile content and commerce. It is the leading trade organisation for companies wishing to monetize their goods, services and digital products via the mobile connected device. Mobile Entertainment Africa is an annual event for Africa’s mobile entertainment sector.
The two are seeking African innovators to enter the global Meffy competition, which honours global mobile innovators.
Judged by an independent and uniquely international panel of journalists, academics, analysts and VCs, the Meffys are described as the global benchmark for measuring success and rewarding innovation in mobile content and commerce.
Last year, more than 350 industry leaders from over 30 countries gathered in London to attend the Meffys, reflecting their stature as the premier global awards for the industry. The 13 award categories reflect mobile’s ever-expanding role in consumers’ lives and entries are being accepted until July 19th. All entries, and particularly the winners, will receive global exposure. All Amber, organiser of the Mobile Africa Entertainment event, has also agreed to sponsor the Meffys and as part of the agreement will cover the fees for 10 cutting-edge African mobile start-ups to enter themselves for the awards.
Rimma Perelmuter, MEF Executive Director commented: “Now in their 9th year, the Meffys enjoy an unrivalled heritage as the global awards for mobile content and commerce. MEF reviews the categories on an annual basis to reflect the industry’s evolution and this year, we are recognising the profound impact of mobile on key verticals and consumers around the world. The exciting mobile innovations taking place in Africa are a perfect example of the mobile successes the Meffys recognises and we are looking forward to working with All Amber to raise awareness in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Matthew Dawes, Managing Director of All Amber observed: “We're delighted to be working with MEF in promoting African mobile innovators to a global audience as a sponsor of the Meffys and appreciate their ongoing support of our conferences. It has been my primary aim since I founded this company to assist in facilitating the growth of the mobile sector on the continent. I believe that the innovations, products and services need to be recognised as being of an international standard and that’s why we’re happy to fund 10 Africa start-ups to enter the Meffys. We would strongly encourage anyone involved in mobile on the continent to carefully review the categories and submit an entry. The brand new Social Responsibility & Development Award will be of specific interest to African mobile developers, as will the Innovation Award for Growth Markets.”
Furthermore, MEF will be utilising All Amber’s high calibre events in South, West and East Africa to expand its global presence into sub-Saharan Africa. MEF’s participation at the conferences will allow All Amber to bring MEF’s international members, knowledge, analytics and best practice to the proceedings. Together, the organisations will work to support the mobile ecosystem across the continent and bolster the African presence within MEF’s global community. This will commence with MEF’s role as an official Supporting Organisation at All Amber’s Mobile Entertainment Africa conference, which takes place in Cape Town on August 29th and 30th.
MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS
Vserv.mobi looks to emerging marketsMobile advertising network vserv.mobi has appointed a sales director in SA as part of its new focus on Africa and emerging markets. Read More
African customs urged to use IPM toolFollowing a massive Africa-wide crackdown on counterfeit medicines, the World Customs Organisation has urged customs officials to use its online and mobile IPM system to stop the flow of fake drugs. Read More
Samsung offers lifestyle downloads on content-rich micro siteSamsung’s lifestyle content mobi site is available in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Read More
Vision Group to tap revenues from improved digital platformsUganda’s leading media house, Vision Group, has revamped its mobile platform 8338 and digital media to create more revenue channels. Read More
Airtel, Warid to merge mobile money servicesAirtel Uganda and Warid are merging their mobile money services, setting the stage for heightened competition on the mobile money front. Read More
Survey shows extent of multi-screeningMobile advertising network InMobi has revealed that 62% of mobile web users indulge in multi-screen activities while viewing TV. Read More
Netxcell, Funmobile to add to MTN VASTelecom technology services firm Netxcell and Funmobile are to implement new services for MTN in West Africa. Read More
MTN launches CANAL+/CANALSAT payment via Mobile MoneyMTN Cameroon’s new CANAL+/CANALSAT bill payment package allows consumers to make their re-subscription payment via mobile. Read More
BBM coming to Android, iOSBlackBerry plans to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service available for the first time to iOS and Android users later this year. Read More
FEATURED STORYAirtime transfer big business in Ivory Coast
Airtime transferred direct to mobile is proving popular among consumers and is generating jobs in Ivory Coast.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica must think beyond blue collar jobs
Pan-African job creation initiatives need to look beyond basic job creation, to high level ICT skills development, to develop the economies, says Greg Vercellotti, executive director at Dariel Solutions.