MoMo Tokyo Proposals?

Your MoMo Tokyo crew are taking a break: Daniel Scuka is on vacation right now for a few weeks catching up with family and friends in the US & Canada while Lawrence Cosh-Ishii mans the shop, doing a great job answering the phone, replying to emails, updating the Wireless Watch Japan and Mobile Intelligence Japan projects and (hopefully) catching some rays within view of Fujii-san!

MoMo Tokyo is down for some R&R during July and August, it’s just too damn hot to think about anything else, but we are looking forward to September for the start of our fall MoMo series.

As we plan out the next few events, it would be fantastic to receive a note or quick Skype call if you have any suggestions for speakers or locations. Sure, our meishi card stack is taller than a Yabusame rider on his horse (mostly from attending all the MoMos in 2004 & 2005), but we know there are many more cool, interesting and significant companies out there that we haven’t met yet. If you’ve got an idea or proposal, feel free to contact us.

Have a great summer and see you in September!

NetTokyo Summer Charity Networking Event

On 23 July, eight of Tokyo’s business networking organizations will combine forces to stage NetTokyo Summer 2005, a charity event aiming to be the largest gathering of professionals for the international community in Japan this year.

“NetTokyo is a mega-network. It will bring together an assembly of hundreds of professionals from across Tokyo’s business landscape,” said Andrew Shuttleworth, event organizer. Participating organizations include The Entrepreneur Association of Tokyo, Ecademy Japan, Gary’s Happy Hour, ITV Japan, Tabemo Dining Club, Mobile Monday Tokyo, ICA Japan and Asian Tigers Japan. Continue reading NetTokyo Summer Charity Networking Event

June 27 MoMo Tokyo Rocked!

Mobile Monday Tokyo event at KDDI Designing Studio: Update w/video!

Our final count shows that just over 200 people attended to see the presentations from GMAP’s Steven Kim, the MPulse guys from Be4 and Warner Music Japan’s Andrew Dunbar. Our post-presentation tour of the KDDI Designing Studio showrooms followed by the massive, 2-hour networking session on the 5th floor at the 360 Wired Cafe was a blast! Overall, it was terrific evening. Thanks to everyone who attended.. 🙂

MoMo Tokyo 27 June: KDDI Designing Studio

Mobile Monday invites you to KDDI’s new ultra-hip Harajuku showroom Designing Studio for this summer’s swankiest mobile networking event!

Join Tokyo’s mobile elite for a highlight presentation on Japan’s world-beating mobile music industry from Warner Music Japan and get the latest 3D audio tech scoop from Be4. Plus, GMAP has showcase demo of their fast-growing maps-to-mobiles service linking places with people!

Special Guests:

GMAP K.K. – Steven Kim – Business Manager.PPT HERE
GMAP and Dejime use camera keitai to link people and places. GMAP delivers maps to mobiles using 2D-barcodes or emailable shortcodes. Dejime links an online profile to your bar-coded meishi. Includes live demonstration!

Be4 Ltd. – Mr. Giora Naveh – President & CEO .PPT HERE
June’s MoMo presentation is the first-ever public showing of the company’s MPulse 3D audio technology. MPulse delivers 3-D MIDI, immersive 3D and sound optimization, greatly enhancing the mobile experience for gamers, music lovers and ring-tone fans. MoMo is delighted to catch Israel-based Be4 in town for Symbian’s invitation-only conference.

Warner Music Japan – Andrew Dunbar – GM, New Media – .PPT N/A
According to industry reports, “Chaku uta Full” full-track downloads to mobile was a JPY 810 million business in FY 2004, nearly 5X more than FY2003 and growing strongly! Andrew Dunbar reports on the genesis of this stunning new market, how music labels will manage the explosive growth, what lessons Japan can teach markets elsewhere, and how rights management can work in an era of open platforms.

Sponsored by:
Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Jonckers Translation & Engineering

Date :: Monday, 27 June, 2005
Open Hours :: 18:00 – 22:00
Presentations :: 18:30 – 19:30
Studio Tour :: 19:30 – 20:00
Networking :: 20:00 – Close [at WIRED 360° CAFE on 5F]
Venue: KDDI Designing Studio :: GMAP
Admission: FREE! – Advance Registration Required
Registration Closed — Seating is Full

See you at MoMo! 😎

MoMo 27 June: Excitement builds!

We just got word that the venue for MoMo Tokyo on Monday, 27 June, has been approved!

We’ll have an announcement up here in a few days with full details; in the meantime, we can say that it is the HOTTEST mobile venue in Tokyo and we are delighted with the location — and we’re sure you will be, too.

We’ll get full details on the ultra-cool location, the presenters and event timings posted shortly.

MobileMonday Italy Launches New Website

The Italian MoMo community has launched its new website to help promote their local networking events. On the site, all the information regarding past and future Mobile Mondays held in Rome and Milan are now available.

Invitation & info for the next Milan event is currently online, as well as registration procedure. According to Cristiana Piraino, “among others, the links section shows up for connecting our visitors to all the Web sites of MobileMondays of the world. In [the] near future a special new section will display presentations and news regarding previous events, with the purpose of creating a permanent showroom for knowledge sharing.”


MoMo & WTIA Tie-Up for Hong-Kong

Finnish and Hong Kong mobile industry reps. signed a cooperation agreement on 13 May in Helsinki. The ceremony was witnessed by John Tsang, the Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by John Chiu, the chairman of Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Assoc. WTIA and Jari Tammisto, CEO of Mobile Monday Oy.

Finland and Hong Kong have an opportunity to create mobile platforms for wide markets, according to Tsang, the head of the visiting trade delegation. This is a very good beginning for larger and more active cooperation between our mobile industries. We can learn much from the well developed mobile field of Finland, Tsang said.

April MoMo Rocked!

MoMo event at Ebisu Zest with ColorZip and Mobaho!

It was another fantastic evening of networking, mingling and cool mobile tech talk, we ‘kinda’ lost track on head count thru the door, easily +200 in the house! Here’s a quick video clip from that event. We’ll post a follow-up report shortly, with links to the past MoMo Tokyo presentation files, right here on the brand spanking new website design.. a work in progress.. =@_@=

Many thanks again to Super Sponsors, Morgan Lewis and SARJAM, and to our presenters, Yamaguchi-san from MCBO and Evan Owens from ColorZip. Note there was news from Korea yesterday on the launch of a satellite-to-mobile phone broadcast service similar to the one that Mobile Broadcast Inc. (Mobaho!) is considering.

Once we get a little more comfortable using Word Press and finally have everything in place, anyone who has registered and/or attended a past MobileMonday Tokyo event will receive an email invitation to log in and set up their profile. We are pretty darn excited about building the site into a fantastic community networking platform for MoMo members with the aim of enabling online contact, networking and staying in touch between events.

Mobaho! MoMo at Ebisu Zest

We’re thrilled to announce another exciting Mobile Monday evening with professional networking and live presentations from two of the most interesting companies shaping the future of Japan’s mobinet.

Huge New Venue – with a Massive Screen – Ebisu Zest Cantina

Featuring Special Guests:

Mobile Broadcasting Corp. [.pdf]
Dr. Yoshitake Yamaguchi, the General Manager from Mobile Broadcasting Corp., will describe his company’s first-ever provision of direct satellite-to-mobile data services spanning two major Asian markets as Mobaho! goes nose-to-nose with 3G cellular operators for a slice of mobile consumers’ wallets. Mobile Broadcast is a JV led by Toshiba, SK Telecom and a grouping of technology companies, broadcasters, media players and content vendors and is helping set the standard for flat-rate data services that traditional ground-based providers will find tough to beat.

ColorZip Japan Inc. [.ppt]
Evan Owens, senior manager at ColorZip Japan and a long-time Japan market development pro, will present ColorCode, an innovative new way to use barcodes as more than just black-and-white data blobs. ColorCode technology will significantly boost options for mobile phones in advertising, marketing and public communication applications. ColorZip Japan is targeting a launch of its technology on Japanese television later this year. ColorZip will also be featured in an upcoming Wireless Watch Japan programme.

Admission is FREE with Food & Drink ticket for the first 100 arrivals!
Thanks to our Sponsors: Morgan Lewis and Sarjam Communications

MONDAY, 18 APRIL, 2005
Doors Open – 18:00
Networking – 18:30
Presentations – 19:15
More drinking Networking – 20:30 until last train home

Join us for Tokyo’s hottest mobile industry networking event.. 😎