The mBillionth Congress, Expo & Award Gala was held at Hotel Intercontinental Eros, Nehru Place in New Delhi on 23rd July, 2010. The focus of the inaugural power session was on the best minds from the industry, academia, civil society and government sharing their vision and ideas as to how mobiles have been and can be the most effective tool to make the ‘aam aadmi’ information-empowered. The power speakers also suggested how mobile could be the primary tool to reach people with meaningful content and services with the help of industry and government.
Mr. R. Chandrashekar, IAS, Secretary, DIT, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India was the chief guest and keynote speaker. Dr. Prof. Peter Bruck, Chairman, WSA Mobile Content, ICNM, Autria, Mr. Reshan Dewapura, Chief Operating Office, ICTA, Sri Lanka, Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose, Secretary, Ministry of Post & Telecommunication, Bangladesh Government, Mr. R.S. Sharma, DG&CEO, UIDAI, AADHAR, Government of India, Mr. N. Ravi Shankar, Joint Secretary, DIT & CEO, NIXI and Mr. Bunty Patil, MLA, Kolhapur, Maharastra spoke on the inaugural session.
Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Economist, Author & Research Director, Bangalore Management Academy moderated the session.
The mBillionth Congress was aimed at brainstorming with practitioners, opinion makers and experts to make critical recommendations to the government and industry in devising appropriate policies, applications and platforms. This is to enable the mobile phone ecosystem as an integral component of larger governance, development and citizen services delivery framework in India and South Asia.
The mBillonth exhibition showcased innovative projects, products services and applications around mobile and wireless technologies.
The Plenary Session I focused on ‘Mobile for Development: Accessibility, Affodability, and Mobile Infrastructure. The first round focused on the best practices by the practitioners and the second round on opinions and suggestions by the experts.
Mr. Chirag Jain, CEO SMS Gupshup, Mr. Laxmikant Deshmukh, IAS, Collector Kolhapur, Ibrahim Ahmad, Group Editor, Cyber Media, Mr. Subodh Marwah, Vice President (Marketing), Reuters Market Light and Mr. Sukanta Dey, Head Corporate Business Development, Tata Teleservices Limited shared their experiences.
The Plenary Session II focused on Ensuring citizen services facilitation through the m-Governance gateway, policy compatibility towards m-Governance framework, building a content and service framework towards mobile Governance and local language content and m-Citizen service delivery.
The Plenary Session III was on ‘Mobile and convergence: Role of industry as a stakeholder and need for a working policy framework.
It discussed on how mobile is converging as media for masses, how industry is pushing mobile to last mile and how proper policy framework is required to scale up mobile and integrate mass-band interest.
Mr. Sunil Saxena, Producer, Gaon Ki Aawas and Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, IAS, Former IT Secretary, Kerala gave interesting observations.
The mBillionth South Asia’s Best Mobile innovation Award 2010 was patronized by Sam Pitroda, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Dr. Peter Bruck and R Chandrashekar. The board consists of Osama Manzar, Dr. Bibek Debroy, Dr. Madanmohan Roa, Shankar Venkateswaran, Rajen Varada, Rini Simon Khanna, Sidin Vadukut, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Prateep Philip, Mridula Chandra and Dr. Geeta Malhotra.
The mBillionth award South Asia winners are:
mGovernance: Many to One SMS, India, GPS/GSM based Train tracking system, Sri Lanka, Paperless admission System of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), Bangladesh.
mIncusion: Dialog Tradenet, Sri Lanka, Dakia, India, Voice of Youth, Nepal, Panini keypad, India, Nepal Wireless, Nepal.
mNews & Journalism: Reuters Market Light, India, Gaon Ki Awaaz, India, See ‘n’ Report, Pakistan, CGNet Swara, India.
mEducation & Learning: English Seekho, India, Drona, India, Ability, India.
mEntertainment: 3G Play, Sri Lanka, M-Search, India, Colombo Ride 2.0. Sri Lanka, Mobile Antakshari, India.
mTravel & Tourism: SMS 139 Railway Enquiry, India, AWATAR Mobile Booking India, Suruk, India, Mobile WishPocket Travel Assistant, India
mBusiness & Commerce: EKO, India, WorldGSM, India, MobiquitymMoney, India, Business Express, Bangladesh, Voice EPR, India.
mHealth: Eliminating queues in OPDs in hospitals- An m-Health initiative by JPNA, India, Jaroka Tele-healthcare, Pakistan, Students Health Information Tracking system (SWHITS) for Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential, India, Aarogyam, India.
mEnvironment: m-Governance for Forest & Wildlife Management, India.
Agatha Sangma, minister of state for rural development gave the concluding speech. She emphasized to the need of technology moving to rural India.