Universal Doctor Speaker Wins WSA-Mobile Global Champion Award for #mHealth

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The 2015 UN World Summit Award – Mobile Global Congress (WSA-Mobile) brought together 400 local and international mobile experts in Abu Dhabi on February 1-3, 2015, to recognise the best mobile applications for social and economic development from 178 countries.

Universal Doctor Speaker was chosen as the Global Champion of the mEnvironment and mHealth category!

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Under the theme “Connecting Smart Minds’, the three-day event highlighted global innovation in mobile technologies to enrich lives and empower communities by bringing together some of the world’s best mobile content developers.  WSA-Mobile showcased 500 mobile applications across 178 countries and eight main categories covering a range of key economic, social and business areas, from commerce and government to environment, health and education. The event honored the 40 world’s best mobile producers for their pioneering innovation in the field of mobile and ICTs, chosen by an international jury of experts, who were invited as winners to the WSA-Mobile Congress and to compete for the Global Champion Award for their category. At the Grand Gala at the end of the Congress, the eight Global Champions were announced from each category during the ceremony. The Global Champions chosen by the international jury were:

  • Universal Doctor Speaker from the m-Environment and Health category
  • MOBIZY from the m-Business and Commerce category
  • Dubai Police app from the m-Government and Participation category
  • Life Saver from the m-Learning and Education category
  • Createrria from the m- Entertainment and Lifestyle category
  • Ancient Aquilea 3D from the m-Tourism and Culture category
  • LIFENEWS from the m-media and news category
  • LIVOX app from the m- Inclusion and Empowerment category.

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As the only ICT award reaching out to the mobile community by honoring its content developers and experts in more than 178 countries, WSA-Mobile focuses on originality, diversity and creative content through innovative IT solutions that have positive long term implications on people’s lives.

“The WSA mobile Global Congress is the impressive showcase of products from all United Nations member states that make a difference and therefore have been selected by the WSA-mobile jury of global experts from 40 countries. The World Summit award addresses the social impact of mobile content and apps in the context of the UN focus on making the world sustainable and to create a true knowledge society,” said Professor Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the World Summit Award Board of Directors.

The 40 winning international teams, who came to Abu Dhabi to compete for the Global Champion Award for their category, showcased their winning mobile apps and solutions at the WSA-Mobile Exhibition at the St. Regis hotel. The exhibition was visited by Dr. Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Police Central Operations and Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, who were accompanied by Rashed Lahaj Al Mansoori, Director General at Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC). Hosted by ADSIC at the St. Regis hotel, the WSA-Mobile Global Congress is part of the United Nation’s World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

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View the full photo album from the event here:

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About WSA-Mobile 

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The World Summit Award Mobile (WSA-mobile) is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best in mobile content and innovative applications within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), mandated by the WSIS Plan of Action and executed in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID.

WSA-mobile emphasizes cultural diversity and identity, the creation of varied information content and the digitalization of educational, scientific and cultural heritage. It aims to make the benefits of the new Information Society accessible and meaningful for all humanity, and in particular, to raise public awareness and give deserved public recognition to the highest quality e-Content, produced all over the world.

With great support of The Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC)as the main partner, the World Summit Award and its global network uses its eleven years of expertise to answer the main question: “What is really out there in the mobile world and might still be slumbering inside a few creative minds, but can change our every day life tomorrow?”

WSA-mobile was started in 2010 as the sister-award of the World Summit Award for e-Content. WSA-mobile reaches out to mobile communities from more than 170 UN and UNESCO member states to organize its global competition for best and most creative mobile Content.

global network of experts nominates the 8 best local apps to the global contest. The submissions are evaluated by an international Grand Jury, who select the 40 winners.  The winners are invited to the WSA-mobile Global Congress to showcase their innovation on a global stage.

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GSMA mWomen Seminar at MWC — Increasing Women’s Access to Mobile Phones in Emerging Markets

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Today from 12:00-15:00 at the Mobile World Congress, the GSMA mWomen Programme will host a seminar on Mobile Women called ‘Unlocking the Potential’. The panel discussion will emphasize how women in developing countries can play a greater role in mobile financial services and explore the critical role women play in household financial management, including panelists:

  • Dr. Maura O’Neill, Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation
  • Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO, Qtel Group
  • and others…

The winners of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge, launched by USAID, GSMA, AusAID and Qtel Group at the Social Good Summit in September 2012, will also be announced at the Seminar. The objective of the Design Challenge is to meet the needs of resource-poor women in emerging markets by redesigning and improving the smartphone user experience. In addition, a new study will be released called “Unlocking the Potential: Women and Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets.

“Co-hosted by Visa Inc. and Qtel Group, this event features opportunities for achieving commercial and social objectives by meeting women’s needs for mobile. The keynote session, introduced by Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, focuses on opportunities for industry to serve the women’s market with mobile financial services, thereby helping to increase women’s financial inclusion in emerging markets.  Visa and GSMA mWomen will release new research by Bankable Frontier Associates on women’s wants and needs for mobile financial services.   We’ll also discuss the power of mobile user experience design for women and announce the winners of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge, sponsored by Qtel Group in partnership with USAID and AusAID.  Finally, we’ll share mobile industry partners’ experiences serving women to create commercial and social value.”

A networking lunch, sponsored by Visa, will be offered to attendees of the event, which is open to all MWC pass-holders.

While registration to Elisa Minischetti at: eminischetti@gsma.com is required, this event is open to the public, so if you’d like to invite colleagues, please feel free.

Our Jordi Serrano Pons will be there to discuss UniversalWomen Speaker and UniversalWomen Project. We hope to see you there!

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Our UniversalWomen Speaker tool, part of the UniversalWomen Project, will facilitate multilingual communication between women and any healthcare personnel during pregnancy, childbirth and other maternal and women’s health issues. Whether you are traveling or working abroad, UniversalWomen aims to support any woman in need throughout the world.

For more info:

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GSMA mWomen Seminar: Unlocking the Potential – 26 February, Mobile World Congress, 12:00 to 15:00, Room CC1-1.5

Update 12:16 CET – PICTURES!

Pictures from the live event, thanks to Jordi:

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Cherie Blair speaking at the GSMA mWomen Seminar at the MWC

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The GSMA mWomen Programme aims to increase women’s access to and use of mobile phones and life-enhancing mobile services in developing markets. Launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in October 2010, the GSMA mWomen Global Development Alliance is a programme in partnership with USAID, AusAID, GSMA and Visa.

GSMA mWomen’s objectives are to:

  • Encourage industry to serve resource-poor women
  • Increase availability of life-enhancing value-added services
  • Promote solutions to women’s barriers to usage.

The programme aims to achieve these objectives by working with mobile operators, value-added service providers, and other mobile industry members, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other international development partners.

Visit each partner below:

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Telefonica Announcement — Live from the Mobile World Congress

UniversalDoctor is at the 2013 Mobile World Congress this week, bringing you exciting live updates from MWC as they come through. Stay tuned!

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Telefónica today announced the first countries in which it will launch Firefox OS — the new, open mobile operating system from Mozilla which will power the world’s first Open Web Devices. The first commercial handsets featuring Firefox OS will go on sale in Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela in mid-2013. Further launches are planned in both Europe and Latin America in late 2013 and 2014. The first Firefox OS handsets to launch in these initial markets will be manufactured by Alcatel One Touch, LG and ZTE.

“Firefox OS marks a significant milestone for the mobile industry, enabling for the first time devices to be manufactured to totally open web standards. It provides an alternative to current, closed mobile ecosystems that lock consumers in.

pic-for-mozilla-front-page-leadFirefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to the mobile environment, removing the unnecessary restrictions of proprietary ecosystems,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “Telefónica has shared this vision from the very start of the Firefox OS project. They have been instrumental in making Firefox OS a reality and we look forward to bringing a new and exciting smartphone experience to their customers globally.”

Customers will benefit from everything they need from a smartphone out of the box, plus many added features including built-in cost controls, Facebook and Twitter integration, location-based services, the much-loved Firefox Web browser and a revolutionary new search capability. This delivers a deep and contextual search that allows customers to search both within apps and on the web at the same time. For example, search for a music artist and get results to buy songs, concert tickets or even listen to them instantly without the need to install any apps.

Telefonica, which put its weight behind the Mozilla platform at GSMA Mobile World Congress last year, will be among the first operators to support Firefox OS, with the intention of making it available to “all Telefonica customers globally”.

To find out more, see the important links below:

Gallery of devices with Firefox OS:

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What is Aplicateca? Telefónica partnered with NEC Corporation to create a platform of cloud-based applications aimed at providing business services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This platform, known as the Aplicateca marketplace, will provide Telefónica’s SME customers with business services such as human resources, billing, logistics and fleet management, through a collection of cloud-based applications that can be accessed from a single source through a monthly subscription.

To find out more about Telefónica and Aplicateca, watch the excellent video below:

In español:

Guía Rápida di Aplicateca

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Telefónica is also at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). Check out their microsite dedicated to MWC: Telefónica | MWC 2013.

Follow Telefónica:

Telefónica Twitter updates from the Mobile World Congress: @TelefonicaMWC

Telefónica Latest News

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About Telefónica:

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Telefónica is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications operators, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions, with presence in 24 countries and 314 million customers. Additionally, it has over 850 million combined customers around the world through its strategic and industrial alliances with China Unicom and Telecom Italia.

Launch of Firefox OS: Powering the World’s First Open Web Mobile Devices

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At the Mobile World Congress, Mozilla announced the plans for a global roll out of Firefox OS – their new open source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers that enables the Open Web as a platform for mobile devices.

A group of 17 operators have committed to support Mozilla’s open web initiative, as the first devices powered by Firefox OS are soon to be launched. Telefónica will be one of the first operators to support Firefox OS as it announced the initial countries in which it will launch Firefox OS powering the world’s first Open Web Devices: Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela in mid-2013. Further launches are planned in both Europe and Latin America in late 2013 and 2014. The first Firefox OS handsets to launch in these initial markets will be manufactured by Alcatel One Touch, LG and ZTE.

“Firefox OS marks a significant milestone for the mobile industry, enabling for the first time devices to be manufactured to totally open web standards. It provides an alternative to current, closed mobile ecosystems that lock consumers in.

pic-for-mozilla-front-page-leadFirefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to the mobile environment, removing the unnecessary restrictions of proprietary ecosystems,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “Telefónica has shared this vision from the very start of the Firefox OS project. They have been instrumental in making Firefox OS a reality and we look forward to bringing a new and exciting smartphone experience to their customers globally.”

Customers will benefit from everything they need from a smartphone out of the box, plus many added features including built-in cost controls, Facebook and Twitter integration, location-based services, the much-loved Firefox Web browser and a revolutionary new search capability. This delivers a deep and contextual search that allows customers to search both within apps and on the web at the same time. For example, search for a music artist and get results to buy songs, concert tickets or even listen to them instantly without the need to install any apps.

Telefonica, which put its weight behind the Mozilla platform at GSMA Mobile World Congress last year, will be among the first operators to support Firefox OS, with the intention of making it available to “all Telefonica customers globally”.

To find out more, see the important links below:

Gallery of devices with Firefox OS:

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