Abu Dhabi to host Global Mobile Congress

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A survey by Pew Research center shows that more than half of the adult population having cell phones have applications on them. With the growing popularity of smart phones, designing applications for them has also reached a big boom, so much so that “Apps” was termed as the word of the year in 2010. This study was done 2 years ago, and the numbers have only accelerated further. Taking advantage of this growing trend, retailers are in the race to reach out to the new generation of mobile users via applications. Mobile applications has only continued to rise as their usage has touched far reaching proportions. It is  this concept partnership of Applications and Mobiles, that will be addressed this year  at the Global Mobile Congress which will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

WSA-mobile Chairman Peter A. Bruck announced the official program for the WSA-mobile Global Congress, which will take place in Abu Dhabi from February 3rd to 5th 2013. The congress will be hosted by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC).

Global Mobile Congress is a biannual event organized by the WSA-mobile, in which world´s best mobile app developers will present their innovations. In November 2012, the UN-based World Summit Award mobile (WSA-mobile) had announced the winners of the best mobile apps of 2012.

WSA-mobile contest selects 40 of the most outstanding and useful apps from all over the world and awards them during the Global Mobile Congress event. Last year’s winners were from 28 countries on 5 continents and the apps demonstrated the richness of the world’s mobile content.

“Our goal is to find and promote mobile content that really makes a difference for people around the globe.”, says WSA-mobile in its statement.

The event will offer a platform for high level experts, industry leaders and government representatives to discuss innovation in mobile content. “With app stores becoming the world’s most vibrant marketplaces, the question of quality content is getting crucial. WSA-mobile seeks to foster the richness of mobile content and showcase local apps with global relevance.”

The 40 awardees will present their services and projects to potential partners and investors. Furthermore, an on sight jury will select the best winning product in every single one of the eight contest categories – the mobile champions 2013.

Angry Birds godfather Harri Koponen and mobile visionary Tomi Ahonen will be the prominent speakers at the event.

Arab App Developers Among World’s Best

Three mobile apps from Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon were selected as the winners in the 2012 World Summit Award for mobile content (WSA -mobile). The three mobile apps developed were for mobile learning, business and entertainment.

Jordan’s Math Mage teaches children math skills in an entertaining way. To succeed on their journey through a fantasy world, childre have to solve mathematical problems.

Lebanon’s Dermander has created a novel way for taking panoramic images. The user interface is composed of two complementary shapes that join each other when the user rotates the device accordingly.

Bahrain’s Mobicash allows customers to withdraw cash from the Bank’s ATM without having to use a bank card.

Arab developers are fast gaining momentum in the mobile apps world. “The contest results demonstrate that Arab countries have become a global hub for mobile innovation”, WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck states.

The 2013 Global Mobile Congress have two programs:

Angry Birds nest in Jumeirah Hotel, Etihad towers

This year’s conference program will include panels, keynote-sessions and hands-on work-shops about multiscreen marketing, mobile game design and mobile learning. Renowned experts such as US star-author Janine Warner, mobile visionary Tomi Ahonen and Angry Birds co-creator Harri Koponen will be among the speakers. Furthermore, high ranking representatives of the Abu Dhabi government and the United Nations will attend the congress, which will take place in Jumeirah hotel at the Etihad towers.

Mobile Cure for Teenagers with Diabetes

To showcase the huge potential of mobile content, 40 outstanding app developers from all over the world will present their products to the congress participants. Applications for Alzheimer patients and Diabetes self-care will be presented as well as mobile banking services and augmented reality apps. Furthermore, five from out of the 40 app producers will be awarded WSA-mobile global champions 2013.

A World of Mobile Apps

With six billion mobile connections and growing, the future clearly belongs to mobile apps. For the 2012 best mobile apps contest, due to the large number of nominating countries, most winners were from Europe (21). However, awardees from Asia (8), Africa (2) South America (4), North America (2) and the Arab countries (3) demonstrate that mobile innovation is a global phenomenon.

“Our goal is to find apps that really make a difference for people around the globe”, according to Peter A. Bruck, pointing at the UN agenda of the global award. “This year’s awardees demonstrate the richness and diversity of mobile apps. And they clearly show that there is a lot going on outside Europe and the USA. If we want to make use of mobile technology’s full potential, these trends must not be ignored.

According to technology research firm Gartner, smart device popularity will drive opportunity for mobile app stores which by 2016 will reach 310 billion downloads and $74 billion in revenue. Engagement-driving in-app purchases and an integrated cross-device experience will help fuel this demand.

The good folks at ShoutEm has a detailed infographic illustrating the history and evolution of the five most successful Mobile App Stores – Android Market, iPhone App Store, Ovi Store, BB App World and Windows Phone Marketplace.

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