UniversalDoctor Co-Sponsors the MIHealth Forum in Barcelona

MIHealth FORUM is the benchmark global forum for clinical innovation and health management.

UniversalDoctor was honored to co-sponsor the second MIHealth Forum in Barcelona, which took place last week. The focus was Health Management and Clinical Innovation. Seventy leading international experts discussed the future of healthcare, with about 1,200 attendees from around the world.

The list of topics that were analysed in Fira de Barcelona’s Palau de Congressos covered managing chronic illness; the use of technologies in the field of healthcare; encouraging innovation among clinical personnel; the involvement of citizens in the design of the healthcare system; and the analysis of success stories, such as the knowledge transfer programme of the North American University Hospital, Johns Hopkins, which has successfully exported its model of care and professional education to 17 countries.


To find out more about MIHealth Forum, see the program here: http://www.mihealthforum.com/en/programme

Or download a PDF of the full program here: http://media.firabcn.es/content/S101013/doc/programa_descarregable.pdf

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Winners at the Mobile World Congress

Several challenges and competitions were held to identify the best mobile apps, designs and more, with the winners being announced during the Mobile World Congress. Here is a summary of the awards, winners and their work.


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The objective of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge was to Redefine the User Experience to meet the needs of resource-poor women by improving the smartphone user experience.

Designers, programmers and innovators of all kinds were invited to consider the user experience of resource-poor women to reimagine a smartphone’s core user interface to be more intuitive and accessible. The more a woman can use her phone, the more value she’ll be able to realize from the pre-installed apps, widgets, and other functionality that can enhance her and her family’s lives.

The winners and finalists include:

Grand Prize Winner: Sahel Shake 

homescreen-bigSahel Shake seeks to alleviate barriers to mobile phone ownership and use for women in low and middle income markets. A phone without battery charge or airtime, far from available top up credit is not only useless, it undermines the value proposition of mobile ownership by reducing confidence in the technology and mobile network operator. Sahel Shake gives women control over their phone resources, providing prominent airtime and battery management widgets along with cost-conscious phone sharing and emergency SMS features.

Second Prize Winner: mpower

HomeScreen-smallmpower was designed by York Sheridan Design Program. It’s aim was to humanize the user experience while providing powerful information.

“I wanted to create a bond of trust between the user and the concept of ‘technology’. This idea involved trying to prolong battery life with a darker screen and presenting all key information whenever needed using a consistent bar of icons. The interface had to be both realiable and useful, so that that user becomes comfortable with a smartphone.”

There are more finalists to be discovered here.



The Mobile Premier Awards is the largest cross-platform app showcase in the mobile industry, providing a point of reference for the startup and app community during the Mobile World Congress. The 7th edition of the Mobile Premier Awards took place in Barcelona on February 25th 2013 and featured winning apps from Appcircus events and challenges from 2012.

The MPA2013 Winner is… Atooma!

Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 2.04.51 PMAtooma offers complete control over your Android phone, and gives you a wonderfully simple interface to program activities that you do manually, like switching to Wi-Fi when you get home, silencing notifications when you get to the office, or even read incoming SMS messages aloud when you’re driving. No matter what needs to be done – Atooma is there to automate it all. Atooma allows your smartphone to perform actions when certain conditions are fulfilled. Shape your phone for your everyday life. You can set up conditional events (IF) that automatically trigger simple actions (DO), based on things like time of day, location, your favourite apps, email, battery levels and much more.



The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards offer organisations across the global mobile eco-system (including all converging vertical sectors) the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, apps, services and initiatives to the world. Many interesting categories were created for this year’s Global Mobile Awards. Some of the winners that caught our eye were…

Best Mobile Innovation for ‘Smart Cities’

Streetline for Parker

Parker-Reservations3.01-379x730Telefónica and Streetline’s smart parking solution features vehicle detection sensors, networks, and real-time applications for cities and motorists. Parker™ by Streetline aims to make the idea of searching for parking a thing of the past. The app features real time parking availability via Streetline’s vehicle detection sensors, as well as parking locations,

hours, rates, mobile payments, and searching by a point of interest or a particular kind of space such as electric vehicle charging stations. Parker is currently

supported on smartphones, compatible tablets, the web, and soon will be featured in in-car navigation systems.


“Smart parking is a good example of how new services are evolving for cities based on sensor technologies and mobile communications. This innovative application addresses a complex area and allows for interesting new business models”

GSMA mWomen Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets

Asiacell for Almas Line

almas_logo_english“Almas Line” is the name of the offer by Asiacell (Iraq’s second largest operator) conceived for, and sold exclusively to, Iraqi women. It consists of a SIM embedded with specifically designed features addressing the main barriers to women mobile usage in Iraq (price, harassment, cultural issues, concerns with technology, and technical illiteracy). Results have been spectacular: Asiacell now has 3.5 million female subscribers, half of which have joined since the launch of Almas line. Put differently, since Almas was launched Asiacell has acquired as many women subscribers as it had acquired in its first 11 years of operations!


“Very smart, well thought out approach with measurable large scale impact directly to women. The idea of marketing the SIM as a premier line is brilliant. Appeals to deep traditional values, aspirational but not elitist”

Find out more about all the winners on winners announcement website.

Barcelona: first Mobile World Capital


In the summer of 2011, GSMA selected Barcelona as the world’s first Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018. The aim of the Mobile World Capital is to radically accelerate the global growth of mobile. From now on, Barcelona is the world’s capital of mobile, successfully leading companies to take advantage of mobile technology´s limitless opportunity.

The Capital is comprised of four unique channels:

  • Mobile World Congress
  • Mobile World Hub
  • Mobile World Centre
  • Mobile World Festival Series

Find out more below.

UPDATE: In exciting news, Mobile World Capital has just announced the launch of Mobile World Lab. More info below!

Mobile World Congress


The GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) is globally important B2B event in the telecommunications industry presenting innovative mobile solutions and advances in mobile technology. The MWC is taking place this week, check their website to see what’s happening right now!


Mobile World Hub

The Mobile World Hub is a unique physical B2B centre that incorporates all the capabilities and infrastructures associated with the development of Mobile World Capital Solutions. It is focused on the design and management of key projects that will transform the world’s mobile economy.

The Hub will be the headquarters of the Mobile World Capital, as well as GSMA in Barcelona. There will also be space for other companies to room, and it will host the Capabilities and Solutions working teams. The MWHub will be located in the MediaTIC building, in Barcelona’s 22@ technological district. Estimated opening will be during the second quarter of 2013.

The industrial program has already been initiated with the Mobile Health Competence Center. Two workshops have already been celebrated with over 40 participants from the medical environment (including operators, institutions, medical services, privacy services and technology manufacturers), and two working lines have been launched to find solutions concerning the Personal Health Folder internationalization and portability. Soon the next events of mHealth will be announced, as well as the launch of other Competence Centers.


Mobile World Centre


The Mobile World Centre is Mobile World Capital’s permanent exhibition & venue, to spread and demonstrate the latest mobile technologies and solutions to citizens.

The Mobile World Capital Foundation & Telefonica have worked hand in hand to create this unique, open platform called Mobile World Centre; a state of the art exhibition showroom where citizens are able to understand and experience how mobile is enhancing our lives. The Centre brings mobile technology closer to all citizens.

The Centre, located in the heart of Barcelona, on Plaza Catalunya 16, is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 – 21:30. To find out more, visit their website.


Mobile World Capital Festival Series


The Mobile World Festival Series invites citizens to celebrate the mobile lifestyle through a series of creative leisure and entertainment events, including sport competitions, art exhibitions, concerts etc. It is a series of events to promote and spread mobile usage to all age citizens.

The first public collaboration is the new Phonetastic, a new international movie contest for films created or edited using mobile devices, in collaboration with the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Another collaboration has been announced with Sonar Festival, to create the Sonar+D in June 2013, featuring workshops and hackathons, interactive installations, product demos and presentations, services and entrepreneurial initiatives in the field of creativity, technology and music. – See more at: http://mobileworldcapital.com/festival/#sthash.TeDQFwOf.dpuf


Mobile World Lab (just launched!)

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The Mobile World Lab is an international laboratory dedicated to the testing and validation of mobility solutions in test beds and live environments. The Lab brings together technological centers of excellence, universities and the City of Barcelona to create the largest and most complex mobility testing scenario, covering all areas of transport, access, terminals and applications, with a special focus on live users and environments.

The Mobile World Lab is created through a partnership and power by Mobile World Capital. To find out more, download their PDF presentation or visit the Mobile World Lab website.



Pickbe – An example of Mobile World Capital Solutions

A great example of what the Mobile World Capital is looking to promote is the mobile commerce solution developed by Pickbe.


Pickbe is a start-up based in Barcelona whose mission is to boost mobile commerce by bringing products of the user’s interests closer. They’ve kicked off by setting up virtual shops in Barcelona’s main subway stations that allow commuters to do their daily shopping. Pickbe uses digital format stores as point of sales and smartphones as the purchasing tool to acquire products, services and coupons from online leading brands. Commuters in stations with Pickbe Stores (around 100.000 passengers per day) will be able to buy all sorts of goods just downloading the Pickbe app for free and scanning the QR codes placed on the products.


Source: http://mobileworldcapital.com/biggest-shopping-bag-in-your-pocket/

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Founding partners of Mobile World Capital:

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(Images via Mobile World Capital website)

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