Mobile Awards Finalists Revealed

The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced the finalists for the 14th Annual Global Mobile Awards,   as well as the competitors for the EMEA leg of the annual Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition. The overall winners will be announced and recognised during the GSMAs annual gala dinner at the National Palace in Barcelona on the evening of Tuesday 17 February. The ceremony is one of the highlights of the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the worlds leading event for the mobile communications industry, which will be held 16-19 February in Barcelona.
Our congratulations go to all the nominees in this years Global Mobile Awards and Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition, says Rob Conway, CEO and GSMA Board Member. Mobile communications continue to drive social, economic and technological developments, and this becomes even more critical in the uncertain economic environment were living in. To have been shortlisted from the impressive, high-quality field of more than 450 companies that entered is a tremendous achievement, and we look forward to celebrating the innovation and ingenuity of our winners at the Global Mobile Awards evening next month.
The awards ceremony will be hosted by the rising star of British comedy, Michael McIntyre, and the evening will feature exclusive performances and special guest appearances from leaders in the mobile and entertainment industries.
For the Global Mobile Awards, the GSMAs judging panels reviewed more than 450 submissions to select 80 finalists across 16 categories. Categories range from Best Mobile Handset to a host of mobile entertainment awards for games, music and video, advertising and social networking services. New categories this year also include Best Mobile Money Service and the Green Mobile Awards.  
The EMEA leg and final stage of the GSMAs 2009 Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition will also take place at the Mobile World Congress, where 15 nominees will compete in five categories, ranging from Most Innovative True Mobile Start Up to Most Innovative Consumer Application or Service. The finalists will pitch their presentations to a panel of senior executives from mobile operators, industry suppliers and venture capitalists.  The two winners from the EMEA leg will then compete against finalists from the Americas, Asia and Virtual tournaments for the title of 2009 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award Champion. The winner will also be announced at the Global Mobile Awards dinner on 17 February. The Platinum sponsor of the Global Mobile Awards is Qualcomm, and category sponsors include A.T. Kearney (Green Mobile); Purple labs (Best Mobile Handset); Movius (Marketing & Promotion); HiT (Mobile Entertainment); and the Government of Catalunya (Mobile Innovation category & host sponsor).
You can see the 2009 Global Mobile Awards nominees here.