GLOMOs Categories

With a number of new awards introduced to 2020, there is a category for every single player in the digital ecosystem to enter.

In this section

1. Mobile Tech

Globally, there are more than 9 billion mobile connections (GSMA Intelligence, July 2019). Mobile technology now affects the everyday lives of over 5 billion people. Networks and technology are at the epicentre of mobile innovation, and this category recognises the companies that are revolutionising the capabilities and reach of mobile and digital technology.

Awards in this category are:

1. Mobile Tech

1a. Best Mobile Network Infrastructure

About this Category

The Best Mobile Network Infrastructure Award recognizes the importance of the fundamental elements of the mobile network; the Radio Access Network (RAN), the transport and back haul and the Core Network (CN). These make up the ‘engine room’ of any mobile operator’s network and are paramount to the success of any operator’s business. This award is specifically looking for entries that demonstrate substantial reductions to the life cycle costs of operating a network.

This award is open to all players in the mobile sector and all participating organisations that are developing a wide range of advanced mobile infrastructure solutions.

2019 Winner

Ericsson for 5G high-band Massive MIMO

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.

Give a brief overview of the entry here. This is for the benefit of the judges to help them understand the broad concepts of your entry (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. To what extent does your new approach to the mobile network infrastructure and the technology deployed change the economics of the mobile industry, especially for the mobile operator?
  2. How does your solution protect existing investments made by the mobile operator in infrastructure to date?
  3. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your infrastructure or solution
  4. Is your solution applicable to multiple markets on a global scale?
  5. Give evidence of the global market success or take up rate of your technology

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1b. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
(Companies over $10million Annual Global Revenue)

About this Category

The Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough Award highlights the contribution that Mobile Operators, manufacturers and suppliers make to increase mobile usage, expand the user experience and help expand business opportunities.

It is designed to capture breakthrough technology enhancement in the entire mobile ecosystem. This very wide ranging space includes components, microprocessors, memory, chips sets, screens, audio, batteries, operating systems and APIs, to name but a few and also looks at design innovation and form-factors. It recognises the tremendous diversity of the mobile eco-system as it continues to innovate and add new dimensions to the customer experience.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system and all participating organisations that are developing a wide range of advanced mobile solutions.

2019 Winner

Huawei for 5G Uplink & Downlink Decoupling

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is over $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.

Marked questions

  1. What are the key benefits for the mobile industry of your technology breakthrough?
  2. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your product or solution
  3. In what demonstrable ways does your new technology enhance the end-user experience?
  4. To what extent does your technology change the economics of the mobile industry?
  5. Please give additional background information to support your entry. For example, why is it good value for customers and, specifically, what evidence is there that a large user following has been established.

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1c: Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
(Companies under $10million Annual Global Revenue)

About this Category

The Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough Award highlights the contribution that Mobile Operators, manufacturers and suppliers make to increase mobile usage, expand the user experience and help expand business opportunities.

It is designed to capture breakthrough technology enhancement in the entire mobile ecosystem. This very wide ranging space includes components, microprocessors, memory, chips sets, screens, audio, batteries, operating systems and APIs, to name but a few and also looks at design innovation and form-factors. It recognises the tremendous diversity of the mobile eco-system as it continues to innovate and add new dimensions to the customer experience.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system and all participating organisations that are developing a wide range of advanced mobile solutions.

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is under $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.

Marked questions

  1. What are the key benefits for the mobile industry of your technology breakthrough?
  2. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your product or solution
  3. In what demonstrable ways does your new technology enhance the end-user experience?
  4. To what extent does your technology change the economics of the mobile industry?
  5. Please give additional background information to support your entry. For example, why is it good value for customers and, specifically, what evidence is there that a large user following has been established.

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1d. Best Network Software Breakthrough
(Companies over $10million Annual Global Revenue)

About this Category

This award is designed to highlight outstanding innovations that are changing the way that future software-based networks function, leading to dramatic changes in network costs, functionality and/or business cases. Including, but not exhaustive to the use of NFVs and SDNs.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system, and all participating organisations that are developing and innovating a wide range of advanced network software solutions and services.

2019 Winner

KT for Integrated Orchestrator Platform for customized B2B service

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is over $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Please describe the nature of the entry and the industry challenge it addresses? i.e. how does it actually work, and what is the network or user proposition? Please describe it as accurately and simply as possible (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. What is the major aspect of the innovation for network software and what are the unique elements of it?
  2. What makes the innovation stand out?
  3. To what extent could it drive down the cost for mobile deployment?
  4. How does it empower value creation or benefits for customers, networks, partners or the broader eco-system?
  5. How does it enable consistent experiences and sustainable business models or technology strategies?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1e. Best Network Software Breakthrough
(Companies under $10million Annual Global Revenue)

About this Category

This award is designed to highlight outstanding innovations that are changing the way that future software-based networks function, leading to dramatic changes in network costs, functionality and/or business cases. Including, but not exhaustive to the use of NFVs and SDNs.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system and all participating organisations that are developing and innovating a wide range of advanced network software solutions and services.

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is under $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Please describe the nature of the entry and the industry challenge it addresses? i.e. how does it actually work, and what is the network or user proposition? Please describe it as accurately and simply as possible (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. What is the major aspect of the innovation for network software and what are the unique elements of it?
  2. What makes the innovation stand out?
  3. To what extent could it drive down the cost for mobile deployment?
  4. How does it empower value creation or benefits for customers, networks, partners or the broader eco-system?
  5. How does it enable consistent experiences and sustainable business models or technology strategies?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1f. Best Mobile Authentication & Security Solution

About this Category:

This award will recognise the best use of technology to safeguard customers’ personal data and/or help network operators and service providers’ combat fraudulent access to networks.

This applies to products and solutions deployed on the full range of the mobile (or cellular) networks and services. We are looking here for network based products and solutions that protect customers and/or networks against fraud, hacking and cyber-attacks.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications to combat fraud and protect security utilising mobile connectivity.

2019 Winner

Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite (Nok Nok S3 Suite)

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.
  6. Please describe the nature of the entry, the challenge it addresses and the user proposition (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. How and to what extent does your technology protect, enhance or safeguard customers or service providers of mobile services?
  2. Give evidence of the market success or take up rate of your technology
  3. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your technology
  4. Does your technology allow the user to personalise and customise their services to protect their preferred usage in services? Alternatively, how easy is it for a service provider to implement the solution if it is a network protection solution?
  5. Please describe what steps have been taken to ensure the security, robustness and interoperability of your product or service
  6. In what ways will the end user or the service provider feel more secure after using your product and service and how do you believe this will increase use of mobile services?
  7. Explain the business case for network operators or the value proposition to end users if the solution is related directly to customers

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1g. 5G Leadership Award

About this Category

Behind every technological advancement and zeitgeist shift in the sector there are organisations who have relentlessly dedicated their time, resources and energy to change our understanding of how truly transformational 5G will be for industry and society.

With this award, we recognise an industry-wide pioneer in 5G technology, R&D, trailing and demonstration and/or standards development. The winning submission needs to truly excite the judges with their successes in innovating and ability to showcase implementation and application of 5G technology.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications geared towards the burgeoning 5G market.

2019 Winner

Nokia for Nokia 5G Future X – Unleashing the Potential of 5G

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product or service was in live trial or similar in 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm that any products or services involved are standards based (Y/N)

Marked questions

  1. Tell us what is unique about your vision of 5G and approach to 5G development
  2. How have you contributed to 5G technology research and development and/or standards development?
  3. Please describe how you have/or plan to incorporate 5G technology for social good?
  4. In what measurable ways has your technology impacted the end-user group so far?
  5. How do you plan to continue contributing to the development of 5G technology?
  6. What else makes you a 5G leader? Please provide any additional information you’d like to tell us to support your entry.

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1h. 5G Industry Partnership Award

About this Category

5G technology has the potential to enable further digital transformation in a wide range of sectors and industries, and to bring high economic and social value. However, for this to happen, it takes true collaboration between the mobile industry, enterprises and governments to drive the adoption of 5G within a given domain.

This prize rewards partnerships, which show credible ambitions and sustainable economic models in achieving their 5G project, partnerships that demonstrate how 5G can truly transform industries to ultimately bring 5G to life for a better future.

This award is open to all types of partnerships that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications. Submissions need to be joint with an enterprise partner and/or government body to truly demonstrate cross-sector partnership in action.

2019 Winner

Hamburg Port Authority, Deutsche Telekom & Nokia for First Large Scale Industrial Commercial 5G Trial

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Please confirm this is a joint entry? - (Y/N)
  3. Please name the partnering organisation(s)
  4. Please confirm this product or service was in live trial or similar in 2019 - (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that any products or services involved are standards based (Y/N)
  6. Please describe your 5G project (approx. 250 words)

Marked questions

  1. What are the key benefits of your 5G project for the mobile industry as well as for the vertical industry(ies) involved? Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your initiative.
  2. In what demonstrable ways does your new technology enhance the end-user experience?
  3. How are the project partners involved? Tell us how many partners are currently engaged and what are future partnership plans?
  4. What impact have you seen to date? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success and impact
  5. Please describe how you have used 5G technology for social good?
  6. What is the vision for future growth?
  7. Is there any additional information you’d like to tell us to support your entry?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

1i. Outstanding Mobile Technology Award (The CTO’s Choice)

About this Category

The Overall Mobile Technology winner will stand as the ‘supreme’ champion of mobile technology for 2020 and as such, be recognised with this special achievement.

Our panel of distinguished industry experts (comprised of more than 20 CTOs, from every continent) select the overall technology winner from the eight best ‘Mobile Tech’ in 2020 award winners.

Entries are not required for this award (see below)

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

Process

The process is as follows: The winner from each of our eight Mobile Tech awards (shown below) will be put before our panel of CTO judges to select what, in their opinion, is the Outstanding Mobile Technology Award winner for 2020.

  1. Best Mobile Network Infrastructure
  2. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies over $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  3. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies under $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  4. Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies over $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  5. Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies under $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  6. Best Mobile Authentication & Security Solution
  7. 5G Leadership Award
  8. 5G Industry Partnership Award

Judging Criteria

The judges will be looking at how well entries meet the following key criteria:

  • In the opinion of the CTO judging panel, it has the potential for the greatest impact on the mobile industry
  • The entry has stand-out credentials in innovation, customer experience enhancement, cost reductions, extending the mobile eco-system or improving Mobile Operator revenues
  • The entry has some unique features and functions and displays some original thinking on behalf of the entrant
  • It is just what we (as mobile networks) need right now!

2. Connected Consumer

The Consumer is King. As consumers migrate to the digital age, every business needs to evolve their relationship and product to match the, now, connected consumer. This category recognises the companies who have redefined the business-to-consumer relationship, from a transactional interaction to a personalised and protected conversation.

Awards in this category are:

2. Connected Consumer

2a. Best Mobile Operator Service for Consumers

About this category

This prominent award seeks to recognise the best operator service or solution for delivering seamless access to mobile users. It highlights the critical importance of network delivered solutions and services which are rich and sophisticated, developed to offer outstanding services to the end user.

The entry may be delivered on new platforms or existing platforms in the network but must be network centric. Hosted platforms and services are eligible in this category as long as the elements form part of an extended mobile ‘network’.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications

2019 Winner

Huawei for Sunrise HD/UHD Video Service over 5G FWA

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your entry
  2. What are the key attributes and benefits of this entry for the mobile user? Describe the value proposition for the user
  3. How does entry use the capabilities within the mobile network and how has it leveraged these to deliver the service?
  4. Give evidence of the market success or take up rate of your platform or solution including customer take up and anticipated ROI. If the product or service has recently launched, provide information on expected market take up
  5. How does the entry achieve scalability and interoperability with all device and OS types and with customers on other networks?
  6. How easy and fast is it to integrate your platform or solution into the existing mobile network?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

2b. Best Mobile Service for the Connected Life

About this Category

Mobile innovation to enhance the connected life continuously unlocks new experiences every day; experiences that make life more efficient, enjoyable, informative, safer and smarter.

This award showcases the very best and most compelling services that allow people to do more through their mobile device and in better ways than ever before. Whether that is to communicate, organize, socialise, find information, enjoy and share media or make purchases on mobile devices anywhere and at any time.

The Best Mobile Service for the Connected Life Award is open to entry for all players in the mobile eco-system involved in developing and delivering services in the key lifestyle segments. Such as health and wellbeing, smart homes, commerce and shopping, social networking, education and learning, fashion, sports, publishing, media, games and entertainment, automotive, transport and travel and leisure, utilities and indeed any other areas where being connected enables a smarter, stress free and enjoyable way of life.

2019 Winner

Aira for Aira: Visual Interpreter for the Blind

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please provide a short description of the service (approx. 250 words)
  6. Please provide a link to where the service can be downloaded from one of the major app stores
  7. If the service is paid for, please provide a free access or redemption code
  8. Please provide a link to a video about the service on YouTube, Vimeo or another public video platform
  9. Please provide a website link for the service

Marked Scores
Rather than scoring answers to questions given by entrants, we will ask judges to score the app/service against the set criteria below, based on their existing knowledge of the service/app and their experience of downloading and using it. Judges will mark the following out of 10:

  • Innovation: What’s new, different or innovative in terms of the technology or business model
  • USPs: Key product or service capabilities and value of the use case
  • Personalisation: What level of customisation is offered?
  • Simplicity: Complexity of technology used converted into simplicity for the user
  • Mobility: Makes good use of mobile connectivity
  • Design: Great quality design, compelling and sticky experience
  • Longevity: Not gimmicky, novel or short term
  • Success: User adoption and evidence of success
  • Privacy: What level of privacy and data protection is offered?
  • Evidence: Case studies or audience statistics to reflect market success
2c. Most Innovative Mobile App

About This Category

For the Most Innovative Mobile App Award, we are seeking genuine technical, commercial or business model innovation in a mobile app that benefits consumer or enterprise users with unprecedented new functionality, features, content, use cases, accessibility value or convenience.

This award recognises developers that are moving the app experience and market to the next level in terms of technology and business model leadership. Areas include: AI, modular design or creative UIs, augmented reality, social media integration, innovative new thinking for the cloud, new commerce solutions, the use of device functionality such as sensors, VR, AR, UHD or 360˚ cameras, task oriented apps, apps that serve and drive the Internet of Things or unlock compelling new mobile based capabilities for users.

The App in question could be new. We don’t necessarily need to see uptake in the market. We want our judges to spot the trending App before it trends. Innovation, the potential for longevity and a balanced business plan are the highest -ranking aspects we are looking for.

2019 Winner

SK Telecom for T Map for Ultimate Driving Safety

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please provide a short description of the app (approx. 250 words)
  6. Please provide a link to where the app can be downloaded from one of the major app stores
  7. If the service is paid for, please provide a free access or redemption code
  8. Please provide a link to a video about the service on YouTube, Vimeo or another public video platform
  9. Please provide a website link for the app

Marked Scores
Rather than scoring answers to questions given by entrants, we will ask judges to score the app/service against the set criteria below, based on their existing knowledge of the service/app and their experience of downloading and using it. Judges will mark the following out of 10:

  • Innovation: What’s new, different or innovative in terms of the technology or business model
  • USPs: Key product or service capabilities and value of the use case
  • Personalisation: What level of customization is offered?
  • Simplicity: Complexity of technology used converted into simplicity for the user
  • Mobility: Makes good use of mobile connectivity
  • Design: Great quality design, compelling and sticky experience
  • Longevity: Not gimmicky, novel or short term
  • Success: User adoption and evidence of success
  • Privacy: What level of privacy and data protection is offered?
  • Evidence: Case studies or audience statistics to reflect market success

3. Industry X

At the crossroads where technology meets society, an incredible reshaping of the world, as we know it, is taking place. As technology continues to fuse the boundaries between physical and digital, key companies are pioneering in creating services that are at the forefront of this digital shift. In this category, we distinguish the organisations to watch across market verticals.

Awards in this category are:

3. Industry X

3a. Best Mobile Innovation for Work

About this Category

Mobile is changing the way people live and work in corporations, factories, logistics, hospitality, business, leisure and travel.

This award seeks to identify mobile-based innovation in work based environments, from service innovation, building management, logistics, security, data management, CRM, building loyalty, smart factories and enhancing productivity and much more in digitizing the workplace.

We want to hear from companies who are developing the landscape of mobile technology to deliver robust mobile strategies, intelligent mobile apps and best utilizing this within the business environment, with scalable and secure integration capabilities.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does the mobile (or cellular) aspect technically work?
  3. How do you ensure your solution delivers in a secure and trustworthy manner?
  4. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  5. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  6. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3b. Best Mobile Innovation for Health and Biotech

About this Category

The Best Mobile Innovation for Health and Biotech Award recognises the broad range of innovation and advances in the growth and development of mobile connectivity to support the healthcare eco-system.

This includes all aspects of mobile medical healthcare products, services, solutions and applications that are emerging today, from de-centralised access to health services and remote diagnosis solutions, chronic disease management and healthcare monitoring to treatment compliance health coaching as well as everyday lifestyle apps for well-being and fitness.

The award highlights how, through mobile (or cellular) technology, one of the biggest challenges is being addressed today, that of how to make high-quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications.

2019 Winner

BIMA for mHealth from BIMA

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does the mobile (or cellular) aspect technically work?
  3. How does your innovation streamline, simplify or enhance the user experience?
  4. How do you ensure your solution delivers in a secure and trustworthy manner?
  5. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  6. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  7. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3c. Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive

About the Category

The Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive Award highlights best in class innovation in telematics, infotainment and the deployment of connected cars, vehicles and their associated services, products, applications and initiatives.

According to Business Insider, the connected-car market is growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 45% — 10 times as fast as the overall car market. We expect that 75% of the estimated 92 million cars shipped globally in 2020 will be built with internet-connection hardware. Innovation is addressing all service categories, such as infotainment systems, connected navigation and telematics. This award focuses on mobile (or cellular) based solutions, which foster widespread deployment of connected vehicles and their services.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications.

2019 Winner

Huawei for C-V2X Solution

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does the mobile (or cellular) aspect technically work?
  3. How does your innovation streamline, simplify or enhance the user experience?
  4. How do you ensure your solution delivers in a secure and trustworthy manner?
  5. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  6. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  7. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3d. Best Mobile Innovation for Payment and Fintech

About this Category

Mobile payment solutions, applications and services are rolling out around the world and bringing a host of innovative ‘cashless’ mobile services to users. From retail and online payments for mobile banking, ticketing and transport to a host of other credit and payment solutions. The opportunities for the financial services sector and commerce in partnership with the mobile industry are limitless, as are the benefits of convenience and value for users and customer experience.

The Best Mobile Innovation for Payment and FinTech award recognises the scale and momentum behind convergence of the mobile and financial services sector focusing on innovative mobile development and roll-out. Quite simply, mobile has become one of the strongest retail channels available.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications.

2019 Winner

KT for Genie Pay

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does the mobile (or cellular) aspect technically work?
  3. How does your innovation streamline, simplify or enhance the user experience?
  4. How do you ensure your solution delivers in a secure and trustworthy manner?
  5. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  6. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  7. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3e. Best Mobile Innovation for Smart Cities

About this Category

This award aims to identify the organisation which has re-set the bar for what it means to be a ‘Smart City’, the ultimate manifestation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Entries are sought from a wide variety of organisations in the mobile and technology eco-system that address specific urban challenges, fuel economic activity, improve the environment, provide service or cost efficiencies for the city or improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors in a tangible, sustainable way.

Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate genuine innovation and new thinking to meet these challenges, which should not be conceptual but actual implementations to date in either emerging markets or advanced economies. Entries can either address specific urban challenges in a singular approach, or demonstrate a combination of applications, products or services that together enhance the management and coordination of smart city services via platforms, infrastructure, citizens and vehicles, to generate new insights, reduced costs and provide a range of connected services.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications. We very much welcome joint entries, particularly partnerships with local or regional government authorities.

2019 Winner

Huawei & Gaoqing Government for Adding "Smart" to "Happy"

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does the mobile (or cellular) aspect technically work?
  3. How does your innovation streamline, simplify or enhance the user experience?
  4. How do you ensure your solution delivers in a secure and trustworthy manner?
  5. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  6. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  7. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3f. Best Mobile Innovation for Media and Entertainment

About this Category

Media and Entertainment build the DNA of modern day culture. The digital enhancement of human creativity and entertainment opens a range of innovation avenues and is redefining the relationship between person and digital.

This award seeks the very best and most innovative organisation that is taking humankind’s oldest creative art channel and completely re-imaging, re-building and re-introducing what entertainment is consumed and experienced today.

This award recognises the very best and most compelling innovation in the field of media, film, gaming, TV, music, video and more; driving consumer consumption and engagement beyond early pioneers’ wildest dreams

2019 Winner

New for 2020

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does the mobile (or cellular) aspect technically work?
  3. How does your innovation streamline, simplify or enhance the user experience?
  4. How do you ensure your solution delivers in a secure and trustworthy manner?
  5. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  6. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  7. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3g. Best Mobile Innovation for Building Trust in the Digital Age

About this Award

Today, we find ourselves in an era of unprecedented change. Transformative advances in technology are having a profound effect on society, politics and business around the world. We are on the cusp of even greater change as intelligent connectivity, powered by 5G networks becomes a reality and billions of people, machines and sensors work together to deliver radical new capabilities, business models and benefits to society.

It is an age of huge opportunity, but also of uncertainty, risk and disorientation. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution in the age of digitisation, ensuring a culture of consumer trust is fundamental across every industry sector. Companies must respect the privacy of digital citizens, handle personal data securely and transparently, take meaningful steps to mitigate cyber threats and ensure everyone can participate in the digital economy as it develops; whilst combatting online harassment.

This award is related to the GSMA Digital Declaration Principles, and reflects the importance of acting to turn uncertainty into opportunity for everyone around the world by working to build trust with all individuals by:

  1. Building consumer trust through data and privacy protection.
  2. Fostering inclusiveness, extending connectivity and technology, but also creating digital inclusion opportunities for all.
  3. Ensuring the policy, business and investment environment are shaped to encourage innovation and impact.

This award is only open to organisations that have signed the GSMA Digital Declarations Principles. To become a signatory of the Digital Declaration Principles and find out more information please visit https://www.digitaldeclaration.com/.

It is free to become a signatory of the GSMA Digital Declaration Principles.

2019 Winner

New award to 2020

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your organisation is a signatory of the GSMA Digital Declaration (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. How does your solution address the Digital Declaration Principles? Tell us about the Principles you are looking to address, the geography and the social or economic impact of the solution
  2. How do you ensure your solution is building trust in the digital age, with consumers and/or policy makers? What results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  3. How is your solution unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  4. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

3h. Tech of the Future Award

About this Award

The future predicted by fiction writers and blockbuster movies is here; self-driving cars are on the road, robotics are powering cities, AR/VR/MR Technology has blurred the lines between physical and digital.

Innovative technology has changed the mobile industry beyond the early tech pioneer’s wildest dreams. With this award we applaud the technology that is ahead of its time and reshaping our world.

This award provides a platform for the sector to highlight dynamic innovation and technology progress, from new technologies for fashion, healthcare, education, enterprise, and consumer industries as well as many other segments. The realm of possibilities for this sector continues to be potentially endless.

This award is open to all organisations that provide connected products, devices, services, solutions, and applications.

2019 Winner

New award to 2020

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please describe simply what it is, how it works and what need it is intended to fulfil

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. Why is your product genuinely innovative? Tell us what is new or unique about the entry and what are the key factors that make it special.
  2. What are the main benefits for users?
  3. What evidence of market success can you demonstrate?
  4. Is the technology environmentally sustainable? Have components been sourced ethically?
  5. What is the business model as well as the market potential you foresee?
  6. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

4. Device

Today mobile hardware acts as the remote control to our lives. This category will celebrate the achievements in hardware developments that are stimulating advancements in the mobile sector. We want to see technology that is changing how consumers interact with devices. This category has a strong reputation for recognising market disruptors ahead of others!

Awards in this category are:

4. Device

4a., 4b., 4c. Device – Not Open for Entry

Entries are not required for these categories of awards (see below)

About these Categories

4a. Best Smartphone
The Smartphone of the Year award combines outstanding performance, innovation and leadership as determined through assessment of smartphones on the market during 2019, by world leading independent analysts, journalists and influencers.

4b. Disruptive Device Innovation
For core hardware and software innovation within smartphone devices themselves. From chips and processors to cameras, screens and other innovative technologies that advance the user experience and enhance smartphone capabilities, as determined by world leading independent analysts, journalists and influencers.

4c. Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2020
For the best new smartphone, wearable, consumer electronics or other connected mobile device launched in early 2020. This must be unveiled or launched at MWC Barcelona 2020, as determined by independent world leading analysts, journalists and influencers who will vote on new devices seen during the first three days of the event.

2019 Winners

Best Smartphone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Disruptive Device Innovation: Google Night Sight
Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2019: Huawei for Huawei Mate X

Criteria

Our judges will nominate and select the shortlist for these categories, based on the following criteria:

4a Best Smartphone:

  • Physical design and innovation
  • Device performance and form factors
  • Genuine new innovation deployed e.g. in UI, form factor, technology, features
  • Product usefulness in terms of functionality and features
  • Simplicity of use – such as an intuitive user interface
  • Range of applications and features supported
  • Multi-band support
  • Price point and perceived value for money
  • Market success in global territories
  • User experience, quality & reliability

4b Disruptive Device Innovation:

  • Genuine advance in technology innovation
  • Product contribution to overall device performance & appeal
  • Product contribution to device value, quality & reliability
  • Product usefulness in terms of functionality and features
  • Range of new applications and features unlocked
  • New, unique and attractive functionality enabled
  • Contribution to device success in the market

4c Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2020

  • Physical design and innovation, form factor and device performance
  • Genuine new innovation deployed e.g. in UI, form factor, technology, features
  • Product usefulness in terms of new functionality and features
  • Simplicity of use and range of applications and features supported
  • Price point and perceived value for money
  • Product can be a smartphone, wearable, consumer electronics or other connected mobile device which must have been unveiled, launched or seen at MWC 2020
  • Devices that have, in the qualified opinion of the judges, the potential to be among the most successful in the market in 2020
  • Devices that are, in the opinion of the judges, potential game changers in terms of design, features, functionality, price or a combination of all.
  • Devices must be full working models demonstrated at MWC 2020 with full working functionality
  • Nominations from judges cannot be based on press announcements alone, concepts or prototypes
4d. Best Connected Consumer Device

About this category

This award is for an everyday consumer electronic device or gadget that brings new and smart applications, efficiencies and functionality to the user, at home or on the move. Including cameras, gadgets, household appliances, gaming consoles, music players, computer equipment, advertising or signage displays and other connected consumer devices.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications

2019 Winner

Goodix for Secure Live-Finger Detection Solution

DEVICE JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. Please describe simply what it is, how it works and what need it is intended to fulfil
  2. Why is your product genuinely innovative? Tell us what is new or unique about the entry and what are the key factors that make it special from a mobile connectivity perspective?
  3. What are the main benefits for users? Include here elements of how it is simple, reliable and easy to set up (out of the box) for users, as well as good value
  4. How the product has used mobile attributes in its development and why this has enhanced the wearable experience?
  5. Is the technology environmentally sustainable? Have components been sourced ethically?
  6. What is the business model as well as the market potential you foresee?
  7. Are there any concerns about privacy or regulation around this entry’s use? If so, please explain how these issues are addressed
  8. What evidence of market success can you demonstrate?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

5. Tech4Good

On the journey to intelligent connectivity we applaud the organisations that work tirelessly to ensure that no one gets left behind. The GSMA is committed to connecting everyone and everything to a #BetterFuture. This category celebrates the companies who are dedicated to innovating for the communities which are most in need.

Awards in this category are:

5. Tech4Good

5a. Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets

About this Category

Today there are well over 5 billion unique mobile subscribers (July 2019) – each person now directly benefiting from and contributing to the digital economy. Despite this, a significant proportion of the population still remain offline, without access to the greatest economic enabler of our time, especially women.

Innovation has fuelled the drive to ‘connect the unconnected’, bringing affordable mobile voice and data communications to people for the very first time, as well as services and initiatives that have had a proven effect on the empowerment of people, as well as their social and economic well-being.

This award recognises genuine innovation in mobile initiatives, programmes, products, apps, services and devices that are having a tangible effect on the accessibility and vitality of digital economies in emerging, with particular interest in increasing digital and financial inclusion for women in low- and middle-income countries.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications

2019 Winner

Mavenir for Mavenir’s Aquto Sponsored Data Rewards Platform

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does your product actually work and what is the user journey?
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  5. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?
  6. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

5b. Best Mobile Innovation Supporting Emergency or Humanitarian Situations

About this Category

Mobile connectivity can provide a lifeline in major humanitarian disasters and complex emergency situations, providing access to critical information and communication, when supported by the network.

This award recognises its critical role as a critical tool in times of disaster. It is specifically for mobile services, initiatives, applications, solutions or products that have been in place, developed or deployed to provide emergency support to communities affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, famine, tornadoes, floods etc. or other humanitarian emergencies, such as refugee crises, conflict, terrorist events or epidemics, in terms of speed and scale of support or through innovation that provides new ways to save and enhance lives.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile-based products, devices, services, solutions and applications.

2019 Winner

Lumkani for Lumkani

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does your product actually work and what is the user journey?
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  5. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?
  6. How have you ensured that your solution meets humanitarian and ethical standards?
  7. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

5c. Best Mobile Innovation for Accessibility & Inclusion

About the Category

One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability * Yet only one in ten of those are getting access to the assistive technology they need to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives; to participate in education, the labour market and civic life.

This figure is increasing through population growth, chronic health conditions and the ageing process. The World Health Organisation also estimates that the world’s population of people who are 60 years of age and older has doubled since 1980 and is forecast to reach 2 billion by 2050.

This award recognises universal design** innovation in the vital development of mobile products, applications, services, devices and other initiatives and projects that enhance accessibility and inclusivity for billions of people afflicted with disabilities, both physical and mental impairments, as well as older users.

* Source: The United Nations Development Programme
** “the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design(Article 2 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications

2019 Winner

Beeline, Veon & Motorica for Beeline.Motorica

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does your product actually work and what is the user journey?
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  5. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?
  6. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

5d. Best Mobile Innovation for Climate Action

About this Category

The Climate Action Award is for mobile industry and broader mobile eco-system organisations that are focused on significant and innovative environmentally friendly policies, services, products, solutions and programmes or initiatives that tangibly reduce or offset carbon dioxide (or greenhouse gas) emissions.

This award recognises the role of mobile in the development of low carbon economies, industries and lifestyles through improved energy efficiency, carbon offset programmes, alternative energy sources, recycling, conservation, travel, manufacturing and logistics cost reduction and eco-friendly consumption.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications

2019 Joint Winners

Telefonica for 100% Renewable Energy Plan 2030
GenGell Energy for GenCell A5 Off-Grid

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does your product actually work and what is the user journey?
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  5. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?
  6. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

5e. Best Mobile Innovation for Enhancing Children’s Lives

About this Award

All children are entitled to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, and to reach their full potential.

For over a decade, the mobile industry has been working to protect children online and promote the safe and responsible use of mobile services. But that is only half the story.

Mobile technology provides a range of benefits and opportunities for children and young people. From health to digital identity, education to community participation, mobile is increasingly contributing to positive outcomes for children and young people in terms of their development and well-being.

November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which sets out the rights that all children, everywhere, are entitled to, from protection to participation.

As part of the GSMA’s celebrations of the UNCRC and our members’ commitment to enhancing children’s lives, this award recognises the huge potential for mobile technology and initiatives to empower youth today for a better future.

This award is open to all organisations whose initiatives harness mobile to enhance the lives of children and young people, directly or indirectly.

2019 Winner

New award to 2020

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the other entities?
  3. Did you partner with any other organisations to deliver this initiative and if so, who?
  4. Please confirm this initiative / service / product was “live” during 2019 - (Y/N)

Please answer the above in no more than 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address? Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your initiative address this challenge(s) and enhance the lives of children and young people?
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your initiative? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How have you ensured child and consumer protection considerations and rules have been integrated in your initiative?
  5. How does your initiative enable any of the rights / articles within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)? For example, the right to freedom of expression (Article 13), health and health services (Article 24), education (Article 28) or the right to relax and play (Article 31). For more information on the UNCRC including a summary of the articles / rights, visit https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/un-convention-child-rights/

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

5f. Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs

About this Category

In September 2015, the UN introduced its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a 17 point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. They are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place.

Mobile networks have the power to accelerate this journey in a way no other technology can. That is why we are united in support for helping tackle the SDGs. As the first industry to come together and get behind the UN, we will continue to ensure that connectivity plays a key role in helping achieve the 17 targets by 2030. To-date we have connected over half the planet, our purpose underlies our commitment to continue on this path and help shape a world in which we all benefit from the opportunities that connectivity delivers.

This exceptional award highlights the very best examples of mobile connectivity – by the global mobile eco-system – in recognising the players who are supporting and contributing to one or several of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications

2019 Winner

World Food Programme for SCOPE CODA

Judging Questions

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Which UN Sustainable Development Goal or Goals does your entry delivery on?

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What is the challenge(s) you are looking to address. Tell us about the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your solution solve this? Tell us how does your product actually work and what is the user journey?
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your solution? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How is your product unique and truly innovative compared to other solutions on the market?
  5. How scalable is the solution and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?
  6. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

6. Government Leadership

Every year we are delighted to present the Government Leadership Award to a government who has fostered the true spirit of digitalisation in their national agenda. This year we will once again honour a government who has pushed the boundaries of innovation.

Awards in this category are:

6. Government Excellence

6a. Government Leadership Award – ENGLISH

About this Category

The GSMA’s Government Leadership Award recognises world-class leadership in the establishment of sound telecommunications regulatory policies, based on clear principles that encourage private investment, such as transparency, free and fair competition, and regulatory independence.

This category is free to enter.

This category is open to all national governments.

Past Winners

  • 2019: The Finnish Goverment
  • 2018: The Republic of Estonia
  • 2017: The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • 2016: The United Mexican States
  • 2015: The Federative Republic of Brazil
  • 2014: The Republic of Botswana
  • 2013: not awarded
  • 2012: The Republic of Colombia
  • 2011: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • 2010: The Republic of Kenya
  • 2009: The French Republic
  • 2008: The Arab Republic of Egypt
  • 2007: The Republic of India
  • 2006: The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • 2005: The Federative Republic of Brazil

Preview of the Entry Form Questions:

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of the organisation submitting this application, and on behalf of which country?

Marked questions

  1. What do you consider to be the key achievement of this country in relation to mobile communications policy-making in the past year?
  2. Which government initiatives in this country have successfully encouraged innovation and/or investment in/from the mobile industry?
  3. How has this Government embedded / acknowledged ‘mobile’ in its wider national economic and social policies (i.e. beyond Ministry of Communications)?
  4. How has mobile broadband been promoted in this country, and which initiatives or reforms have been implemented to ensure the availability of sufficient and suitable spectrum for the mobile industry?
  5. How has this Government embraced the role of mobile in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its wider national economic and social policies

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

6a. Government Leadership Award – FRENCH

À propos

Le prix du Leadership gouvernemental de la GSMA récompense les gouvernements ayant fait preuve d’un leadership d’envergure mondiale dans la mise en place de politiques majeures de réglementation des télécommunications, fondées sur des principes clairs qui encouragent les investissements privés, comme la transparence, la concurrence et l’indépendance réglementaire.

L’inscription n’entraîne aucun frais.

Le dépôt de candidature est ouvert à tous les gouvernements nationaux.

Les lauréats des années précédentes

  • 2019 : Le Gouvernement Finlandais
  • 2018 : La République d’Estonie
  • 2017 : La République islamique du Pakistan
  • 2016 : Les États-Unis mexicains
  • 2015 : La République fédérative du Brésil
  • 2014 : La République du Botswana
  • 2013 : prix non décerné
  • 2012 : La République de Colombie
  • 2011 : La République islamique d’Afghanistan
  • 2010 : La République du Kenya
  • 2009 : La République française
  • 2008 : La République arabe d’Egypte
  • 2007 : La République de l’Inde
  • 2006 : La République islamique du Pakistan
  • 2005 : La République fédérative du Brésil

Aperçu des questions du formulaire d'inscription

Dans le formulaire d’inscription, en plus des coordonnées à fournir, vous devrez répondre aux cinq questions ci-dessous :

Questions non notées

  1. Quel est le nom de l’organisation soumettant cette candidature, et au nom de quel pays ?

Questions notées

  1. Quelle est, à votre avis, la principale réussite de ce pays au cours de l’année dernière en ce qui concerne l’élaboration de politiques relatives aux communications mobiles ?
  2. Quelles initiatives gouvernementales de ce pays ont encouragées avec succès l’innovation et/ou l’investissement dans le secteur du mobile ?
  3. Comment ce gouvernement a reconnu/intégré le mobile dans le succès de sa politique économique et sociale nationale (c’est-à-dire, au-delà du Ministère des Communications) ?
  4. Comment ont été promus les services mobiles à haut débit dans ce pays, et quelles initiatives ou reformes ont été mises en place pour assurer la disponibilité d’un spectre suffisant et approprié à l'industrie du mobile ?
  5. Comment ce gouvernement a-t-il intégré le rôle du mobile dans la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable de l'ONU (ODD) dans le cadre de ses politiques économiques et sociales au niveau national ?

La réponse à chaque question doit compter environ 250 mots.

Vous pouvez également joindre une adresse URL vers des documents à l’appui.

6a. Government Leadership Award – SPANISH

Información sobre la categoría

El premio al Liderazgo Gubernamental entregado por la GSMA reconoce a aquellos gobiernos que han demostrado liderazgo mundial, en el establecimiento de políticas de regulación de telecomunicaciones sólidas y basadas en principios que fomentan la inversión privada como son la transparencia, la competencia libre y justa, y la independencia en materia de reglamentación.

La presentación de candidaturas está abierta a todos los gobiernos nacionales y es gratuita.

Ganadores de ediciones anteriores

  • 2019: El Gobierno Finlandés
  • 2018: República de Estonia
  • 2017: República Islámica de Pakistán
  • 2016: Estados Unidos Mexicanos
  • 2015: República Federativa de Brasil​​​​
  • 2014: República de Botsuana
  • 2013: n/a
  • 2012: República de Colombia
  • 2011: República Islámica de Afganistán
  • 2010: República de Kenia
  • 2009: República Francesa
  • 2008: República Árabe de Egipto
  • 2007: República de la India
  • 2006: República Islámica de Pakistán
  • 2005: República Federativa de Brasil​​​​

Preguntas específicas de esta categoría:

En el formulario de inscripción, además de enviar información de contacto y de la organización, se le pedirá que responda a las siguientes preguntas:

Peguntas no puntuadas:

  1. ¿Cuál es el nombre de la organización que presenta la candidatura y en nombre de qué país?

Preguntas puntuadas:

  1. ¿Cuál ha sido el logro clave de este país en relación con la formulación de políticas de comunicaciones móviles, en el último año?
  2. ¿Qué iniciativas gubernamentales han fomentado con éxito la innovación y/o la inversión de la industria móvil?
  3. ¿Cómo ha incorporado este gobierno, o reconocido, el papel del 'móvil' en sus políticas económicas y sociales desde un punto de vista más amplio, más allá del ministerio de Telecomunicaciones?
  4. ¿Cómo se ha promovido la banda ancha móvil en dicho país, y qué iniciativas o reformas se han implementado para asegurar la disponibilidad de espectro suficiente y de calidad para la industria móvil?
  5. ¿Cómo ha reconocido este gobierno el papel de la tecnología móvil en el logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de las Naciones Unidas en sus políticas económicas y sociales nacionales más amplias?

Se permiten un máximo de 250 palabras por respuesta y se aceptarán enlaces URL al material de apoyo.

7. Outstanding Achievement

Behind every technological advancement and zeitgeist shift in the sector there is an individual who has relentlessly dedicated their time, resources and energy to make change possible. This category looks to honour these individuals and companies who have gone above and beyond to better our community.

Awards in this category are:

7. Outstanding Achievement

7a. Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry

About this Award

GSMA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry Award annually recognises outstanding achievement in the mobile industry. The award honours individual or organisational achievements for technology advancements that are shaping the mobile sector, as we know it today.

This discretionary award is a personal honour for the recipient who is chosen by the GSMA alone. The category is NOT open for entry.

Previous Winners:

  • 2019: Kaan Terzioğlu, CEO, Turkcell
  • 2018: Huawei
  • 2017: For Inspirational Efforts in Support of Syrian Refugees - Joint Winners: Asiacell, Deutsche Telekom, Turkcell, Zain and Vodafone
  • 2016: Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Telenor and Vodafone - India
  • 2015: Jamaludin Ibrahim, President & Group CEO, Axiata Group
  • 2014: Dr Paul Jacobs, CEO & Chairman of Qualcomm Inc.
  • 2013: KT and SK Telecom of South Korea
  • 2012: NTTDOCOMO, KDDI & SOFTBANK of Japan
  • 2011: Wang Jianzhou, Executive Chairman, China Mobile
  • 2010: Carl-Henric Svanberg, Former CEO of Ericsson
  • 2009: Jim Balsille & Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEOs of Research in Motion (RIM)
  • 2008: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises
  • 2007: Mohamed Ibrahim, Chairman, Celtel
  • 2006: Jorma Ollila, Nokia Corporation
  • 2005: The Brazilian Ministry of Communications
  • 2004: Zhang LiGui, China Mobile
  • 2003: Sir Christopher Gent, Vodafone Group
  • 2002: NTTDoCoMo,Inc.
7b. Women4Tech – Industry Leadership Award

About this Category

The GSMA’s Women4Tech programme focusses on successfully addressing the gender gap that exists within the mobile and technology industries. Through a range of events and interactive workshops, Women4Tech aims to drive awareness, showcase strategies and commit participation from the industry to reducing the gender gap within the telecoms and tech industry workforce. This supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 5: “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

This exclusive Women4Tech Award recognises and celebrates leadership in the establishment of initiatives by people or companies within the industry to encourage and retain women and girls in the telecommunications industry or in the larger mobile entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We are seeking industry nominations and entries that highlight and reflect the role of women in Women4Tech’s four focus areas:

  • Empowering Technology: career development, talent retention, policies that support and encourage diversity, strong executive leadership and businesses that make gender diversity a top business priority
  • Encouraging Technology: mentorship programmes, education and/or youth programmes, sponsorship, male champions for equality and diversity
  • Transforming Technology: supporting career development opportunities, training and investment
  • Innovating in Technology: entrepreneurship, startups, VC’s and incubators supporting women and investment in female-founded and led businesses.

This category is free to enter

This category is open to all organizations in the broad mobile industry to submit a candidate or organisation

Winner in 2019:

Amy Bernal: Molding World-Class Remote Agent Career Talent While Inspiring Others Via the #WomenInTech Movement

W4T JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry (organisation or candidate)? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Please provide a short biography of the organisation or candidate you are nominating (approximately 250 words)

Marked questions

  1. Please provide some specific details of how this Organisation or Candidate has made a significant impact in the area of recruiting or empowering the roles of females within the mobile sector
  2. How has the organisation or candidate efforts and achievements made a difference to encouraging and retaining women and girls in the mobile industry for the longer term?
  3. How has the organisation or candidate addressed barriers to female retention and leadership in the mobile sector?
  4. What key / headline results would you point to in terms of the organisation or candidate work and most significant achievements in this area?
  5. Please let us know any additional details you believe are pertinent to your nomination

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

7c. Diversity in Tech Award

About this Category

In the journey to connect everyone to everything, the mobile industry holds a responsibility to ensure no one is left behind. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion brings value to all organisations and should be embedded into the DNA of the workplace.

This award celebrates individuals and organisations who champion equality, diversity and human rights every day across the technology sector and beyond. They have a strong ethos of addressing imbalance and bringing the underrepresented into the conversation, free from prejudice and discrimination.

This category is free to enter

This category is open to all organizations in the broad mobile industry to submit a candidate or organisation

Winner in 2019

New for 2020

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry (organisation or candidate)? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Please provide a short biography of the organisation or candidate you are nominating (approximately 250 words)

Marked questions

  1. Please provide some specific details of how this Organisation or Candidate has made a significant positive impact in the equality, diversity and inclusion culture within the mobile sector
  2. How has the organisation or candidate efforts and achievements made a difference to encouraging an equal, diverse and inclusive workforce in the mobile industry for the longer term?
  3. How has the organisation or candidate addressed barriers to the retention and progression to leadership of all individuals in the mobile sector?
  4. What key / headline results would you point to in terms of the organisation or candidate work and most significant achievements in this area?
  5. Please let us know any additional details you believe are pertinent to your nomination

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

7d. 25 Years of Connecting People Award

About this Award

25 years ago, no one could comprehend the power of the mobile phone and the true power of connectivity.

Not just in processing speed, power and size, like the fact that the processing power of the Computer that placed humankind on the moon (the Apollo Guidance Computer) is now equivalent to a pair of Nintendo consoles! But how the mobile phone has changed people and our relationship with one another.

The 25 Years of Connecting People Award, introduced in 2020 to honor 25 Years of the Global Mobile Awards, recognizes the early pioneer, on whose shoulders the digital industry now stands on.
This discretionary award is a personal honour for the recipient who is chosen by the Global Mobile Award 2020 Judges and verified by the GSMA Board.

The category is NOT open for entry.

Previous Winners:

New award for 2020

Judging Process:

All 2020 GLOMO Judges are requested to submit the name of One Individual who should be recognized as the winner of the 25 Years of Connecting People Award

The top 5 popular names will be put to the GSMA Board for a vote

The winner will be invited to join us at MWC Barcelona

8. 4YFN Startup

The 4YFN Barcelona awards 2020 is the startup competition of 4YFN (Four Years From Now) at MWC Barcelona 2020 event, focused on highlighting digital innovations within the startup community. It is the highest official recognition offered exclusively to startups during MWC Barcelona. 10 carefully selected semi-finalists will be invited to pitch in front of renowned investors and only 5 finalists will make it to the grand finale. The winner crowned “4YFN award winner” will be announced on the 4YFN main stage and given an attractive award package, including a cash prize.

This category is free for entryThe entry submission and judging process is managed by the 4YFN Team and decided by the 4YFN judging panel.

Awards in this category are:

8. 4YFN Startup

8a. 4YFN Startup of the Year Award 2020

About this Award

The 4YFN Startup of the Year Award 2020 is the startup competition of the 4YFN at MWC Barcelona 2020 event, focused on accelerating business development and the investment of new technologies within the startup community. Carefully selected finalists will be invited to pitch in front of well-established investors and exhibit during the event. The overall winner will be announced at the pitch finale and awarded 4YFN Startup of the Year.

This category is free for entry. The entry submission and judging process is managed by the 4YFN Team and decided by the 4YFN judging panel.

2019 Winner

Nanolock Security

To apply please visit: https://www.4yfn.com/barcelona/4yfn-awards/

9. YoMo Award

YoMo: The Youth Mobile Festival, as part of MWC Barcelona, aims to inspire thousands of young people and help them learn more about careers in STEAM sectors in an increasingly mobile world.
YoMo Award for Best STEAM Activity for Young People is introduced to recognize impactful mobile innovation for school-age children and/or teachers within Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

Awards in this category are:

9. YoMo Award

9a. YoMo STEAM Activity for Young People Award

About this Award

YoMo is a youth festival that inspires young people about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design and Maths (STEAM). YoMo brings classroom learning to life while encouraging them to pursue careers in these vital sectors.

The fast pace of technology and the complexities of today’s world require new generations to be equipped with a new set of skills. In an increasingly data-driven future, skills gaps across all industries are poised to grow. Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics additive manufacturing and other emerging technologies are happening in ever shorter cycles, changing the very nature of future careers. The STEAM sector is at the forefront of this change.

The YoMo Award for Best STEAM Activity for Young People is introduced to recognize the value of STEAM-based educational initiatives, programmes, products, apps, services and devices that equip young people for this challenge and help bridge this ever increasing skills gap.

This Award highlights the broad range of advances in the immersive education. It is open to all organisations that provide impactful innovation and STEAM learning methodologies targeting school-age children (6-18 years old) and/or teachers, having a tangible effect on the reduction of the skills gap, and with a particular interest in increasing digital inclusion of girls.

This category is free to enter.

2019 Winner

New for 2020

Judging Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. In which countries was your event or program deployed and/or influence felt.
  4. Please confirm this event or program was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 - (Y/N)

Please answer the above in approximately 25 words per question.

Marked questions

  1. What challenge(s) was your event or program looking to address? Include the size, the geography and the social or economic impact of the problem that you are tackling.
  2. How does your program solve this? Provide specifics of program elements and how they impact the user journey.
  3. To date, what results have you seen from the implementation of your event or program? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success.
  4. How is your event or program truly innovative compared to other youth programs in your sector?
  5. How scalable are the solution(s) deployed in your event or program and what is your vision for sustainable future growth?
  6. What is next for your organisation?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

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