What a way to begin the week!
As usual Mobile Monday exceeded all expectations as they packed a trendy Cape Town hot spot Trinity with over 800 people for the MTN and Qualcomm sponsored Africacom opening event.
The evening followed the traditional Mobile Monday format of networking, drinking, eating, more drinking and connecting with new and old friends when the surprise guest Alan Knott-craig addressed the crowd sharing some of his experiences which he summarises as: “We are currently riding a technology/mobile wave. The networks are designing the surf boards. The winner will be the one with the best surf board. There is room for lotts of companies on the same wave – so no need to kill each other"
James Munn and Dominique Friedl from Qualcomm took over and talked the crowd through Qualcomm’s vision of enabling developers gain access to “cool technologies so that [developers] can built amazing applications onto of rock solid hardware systems.” The presentation was interweaved with various demonstrations of how local companies are using Augmented Reality which is “not expensive nor difficult to do”
Louis Nel, Chief Information Officer at MTN SA began his presentation by throwing away his written speech (to much applause!). Nel confirmed that in the past its been difficult to work with MTN however that is about to change. MTN is reaching out and creating partnerships with “young minds not inhibited by corporate structures”.
MTN has embarked on various programs arming developers with the APIs and technologies to create apps ontop of the MTN infrastructure. Therefore the the collaboration, set forth in a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties, furthers MTN’s efforts to provide its customers with engaging applications and capitalises on Qualcomm’s exceptional developer resources and developer network.
“Following discussions with Qualcomm, various project opportunities were identified for MTN to expand its current developer network and explore new potential applications and service opportunities to continue driving brand service excellence,” explains Louis Nel, Chief Information Officer at MTN SA. “The partnership also extends to cooperation on an innovation lab to be established and managed by MTN to foster this ecosystem and foster application development and talent through improved management processes.”
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Once the “formal” part was over, Mobile Monday people do what they do best at a Momo event – network. Around every couch/ seat/ bar stool/ table business cards were being exchanged, concepts were being discussed, demos were being shown – you could feel the creative ideas flowing around the room – essentially what Mobile Monday is all about.