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GSMA opens award for young mobile innovators

GSMA opens award for young mobile innovators

GSM Association (GSMA), the body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide has introduced two special awards developed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Global Mobile Awards, one of which is the ‘Young Mobile Innovator of the Year’ award. The other is the “Connected Women: Leadership in Industry” award.

According to the GSMA, while the ‘Young Mobile Innovator of the Year’ is designed to showcase young and exciting new talent from across the mobile ecosystem and is open to anyone between 18 and 25 years old, working in an organisation or independently, or currently pursuing further education, the “Connected Women: Leadership in Industry” award, will recognise leadership in the establishment of initiatives that have a positive impact in reducing the digital skills gap and attracting and retaining women and girls in mobile and telecommunications.

“These additional awards will put the spotlight on individuals and organisations that will be shaping the face of the mobile industry in the years to come,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The ‘Young Mobile Innovator of the Year’ award provides a platform for up-and-coming individuals to showcase exciting new and innovative mobile ideas, and the ‘Connected Women: Leadership in Industry’ award will honour individuals, enterprises and initiatives that are working to close the ICT skills gender gap and inspire female leadership in technology around the world.”

Candidates for the ‘Young Mobile Innovator of the Year’ award must be able to demonstrate their ideas and provide evidence of early stage attention from prospective customers. Finalists will be invited to attend Mobile World Congress, where they will pitch their ideas in a live innovation session to a of panel judges who will select the overall winner. Successful entries to the ‘Connected Women: Leadership in Industry Award’ should exhibit value through thoughtful design and successful implementation of initiatives that accelerate the growth of the female digital economy by encouraging and retaining women in the technology industry.

Entry for these awards is free and open for online nomination till January 15, 2015; full details along with entry criteria and can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com.

A shortlist of three finalists for each of the two awards will be announced in early February 2015, according to GSMA.

The awards will be presented at the Global Mobile Awards ceremony at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 3, 2015 together with more than 40 other awards.

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Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929