This post was supposed to be written two weeks ago, but, I didn’t have the time initially to write it and when I had time, my energy was totally sapped. But, finally I am writing about this, now 🙂
In one of my earlier posts, I had mentioned that PocketSMS and MorseTrainer have been shortlisted for awards at Vodafone Mobile for Good 2012 and mBillionth awards South Asia 2012. I attended both the awards at Hotel Eros Intercontinental in Delhi.
So, the day started on a very energetic note, I attended the Inauguration Ceremony and was able to catch up on a very interesting speaker Tomi T. Ahonen who is a consultant and motivational speaker from Hong Kong and he has
written a book on mobile advertising and how to make mobile projects a successful venture. The book can be found here.
After attending the Inauguration Ceremony, I moved to our stall that was provided to all the finalists of Vodafone Mobiles for Good 2012 award. I was there at the stall almost the whole day, and, met people from all walks of life: geeks, managers, journalists, founders of the companies etc. The one thing which all the people I met had in common, was, that they were all amazed by the whole concept
of PocketSMS and MorseTrainer. They all found this mobile application to be a revolutionary idea which could bring positive change to the lives of the people who are deaf and blind, so that, they can be integrated into the mainstream.
In the afternoon I attended a session in which Dr. Arun Mehta, gave a presentation on PocketSMS and MorseTrainer for the mBillionth award. PocketSMS and MorseTrainer are the brainchild of Dr. Mehta and with him I developed and co-designed the
application. Everyone who was present in the hall applauded the idea and some of them were even awe-struck by the idea itself.
Come evening, and, I attended the round table discussion of the finalists of Vodafone Mobiles for Good from all the categories. This was the session I liked the most :).
This session was my favourite as I came across 3 applications, which I liked the most, among the applications that I had seen throughout the day. Yes, there were many applications catering to larger and very important issues as Maternity Health, Agriculture, Micro-finance, floods warning, community radio etc, but, the reason for my liking these apps was their sheer innovation. These applications were different from others, as, these had dared to tread the path of innovation. They were :
- MyNeta by Association for Democratic Reforms
- Locating and Rating of Public Restrooms in Indian Cities by Hamsa International
(Click on the links to know more about them )
So, the much awaited moment came in the evening, The Award Ceremony !!
We were all excited and anxious also at the start of the award Ceremony. There was an announcement that all the finalists of Vodafone Mobiles Good 2012 will get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310. This announcement made us happy, as it was a nice prize for the finalists, considering, it was an award ceremony awarding mobile applications. (yeah I know, this prize is nowhere comparable to Rs. 10 lakh grant to the winners of the award, but, as it is said “Something is better than Nothing” 😀 😀 )
Now, slowly the award ceremony started and they started announcing the mBillionth award first, category by category. We patiently waited for our category, watching the amazing innovations winning awards. When our category was announced, on announcement we were declared as winner of the “special recognition award” in the “m-inclusion” category. Dr. Mehta went on the stage to receive the award.
Hmm, next came the turn of Vodafone Mobiles for Good award. Even though our brain was saying that this award must be a hard one to crack as there were some extremely good innovations but since optimism is the way to go, our hearts were somewhere expecting the award, and we were keeping our fingers crossed.
So, there was distribution of the Samsung tablets initially, and, I went on to receive the tablet.
After collecting the tablet, there was an inkling inside, that, we were not in the contention for the award anymore, and that turned out to be the case. But yes ofcourse, the winners were worthy of the award and their application user base was very huge as compared to ours.
All in all it was a great learning and inspiring experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the event but also got tired to the core. :p 🙂