Nokia launches annual recognition program for mobile application developer companies
Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced today that it is accepting applications for its Forum Nokia PRO Awards, which will be presented on the eve of the Nokia Mobility Conference (NMC) in Barcelona, November 2-3. All members of Nokia’s advanced developer support program, Forum Nokia PRO, are qualified to submit an entry for the awards, which will be presented to developers who exemplify "best practices" and who have made significant contributions to driving innovation in the mobility industry.
Recipients of the seven Forum Nokia PRO Awards, to be announced at a special developer reception on November 1, will receive 2006 Forum Nokia PRO membership at no cost, a value of more than $5,000 (U.S.), as well as a dedicated company information page on Forum Nokia’s public site.
Forum Nokia PRO was established in February 2004. It offers premium business and technical benefits that accelerate the development cycle and create larger market opportunities for qualified developers. More than 400 companies have joined the program, which provides unique benefits in technology access, business development support and marketing opportunities.
"Forum Nokia PRO members represent the most advanced and successful companies engaged in creating applications, technologies and services for the global mobility market," said Marc Naddell, director, Forum Nokia PRO. "By launching this new awards program we can highlight the most outstanding accomplishments in this community and reward companies that are supporting growth and innovation across the mobility industry."
The Forum Nokia PRO Awards 2005 will recognize outstanding achievement among PRO members in seven categories that are designed to broaden awareness of the most innovative and successful work in the mobile solutions and applications field today. These categories include:
- 2005 Developer of the Year Award
- Rising Star Award – Presented to application, content or solutions provider with fewer than 30 employees
- ARPU Award — Best business model for operators
- Enterprise Application – Series 60
- Enterprise Application – Series 80
- Gaming/Entertainment Application – Series 40
- Gaming/Entertainment Application – Series 60
Panel of Independent Judges
Nokia also announced today the independent panel of mobile industry journalists and analysts from around the world who will select the Forum Nokia PRO Award winners. Judges include:
- Mike Dano, reporter, RCR Wireless News (U.S.)
- Kevin Fitchard, senior editor, Telephony (U.S.)
- Glenn Letham, managing editor, SymbianOne.com (Canada)
- Bryan Ma, associate director, Asia/Pacific Personal Systems Research IDC (Singapore)
- Mark Newman, chief research officer, Informa Telecoms and Media (U.K.)
- Stuart O’Brien, editor, Mobile Entertainment (U.K.)
- Brad Smith, data/IP editor, Wireless Week (U.S.)
- Yuelong Yan, deputy editor-in-chief of Telecom World Magazine (China)
- Eric Zeman, editor-in-chief, Mobile Enterprise magazine (U.S.)
Entries for the Forum Nokia PRO 2005 Awards program are now being accepted online. PRO members may submit entries until September 30, 2005. Pro members will be asked for details about their business activities during the last 12 months (the judging period) and they can indicate which categories they wish to be considered for.
For more information on the Forum Nokia PRO 2005 Awards program and instructions for submitting an application, PRO members should visit http://www.forum.nokia.com/pro.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia, connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com