MoMo Tokyo Launches New Site – Announces Demo Night

MoMo Tokyo Launches New Site - Announces Demo Night


As part of the (digital) spring cleaning craze that’s sweeping the web these days (see WWJ), we finally managed to roll our new site design for Mobile Monday Tokyo. We are looking forward to providing a few extra offerings here for everyone in the near future as well, so stay tuned!

We’re pleased to announce the next MoMo event, on 23 April at KDDI’s Designing Studio, will feature a mobile mash-up of micro presentations in the super-cool “Demo Night” format — which has been popular in other chapter cities. For Demo Night, a line-up of interesting mobile companies will be allowed a 5- to 7-minute show & tell session for their mobile content or service offering — displayed on an actual handset and projected on the big screen for all to see.

Confirmed Presentations – now updated with event video below!

Tracey Northcott, VP at Enfour Group will demonstrate Camera Jiten [.PDF]. A native Brew dictionary application for use on KDDI handsets for instant scanning of English words giving their Japanese translations. This product is linked to their full dictionary service “Sougoeigojiten” for a drill down into the full definitions and pronunciation text to speech.

Mandali Khalesi, CEO of award-winning mobile marketing firm Naviblog, will present how to find Guinness with your mobile phone [.PDF]. The Guinness service is already available in selected Irish pubs and across the 23 wards of Tokyo, and is compatible with over 160 Japanese handsets from NTT Docomo, au by KDDI and Yahoo! Keitai.

David Collier, founder and CEO of Pikkle, will demonstrate technology which enables a new type of full-screen mobile flash service. Building on top of this core technology they provide a mobile flash social network engine (SNX) that allows the creation of niche social entertainment sites. Full flash gives impact, making this a demo you’ll want to take home.. and you can!

Nobuyoshi Noda, Mobile Division Deputy GM of Adways Co., Ltd, will present their Mobile Affiliate Advertisement Smart-C product. Capable of running mobile ad campaigns on all three carrier platforms, this opt-in management service – designed specifically for mobile content publishers – is based on a reward-per-transaction revenue model.

Tim Smith, Director of Freeverse Consulting, will “debut” Malibu IVP. A middleware approach to creating useful and viable 3G videocall applications it allows the developer and service provider to effectively approach this huge market opportunity. Malibu contains patented, exclusive technology directly associated with managing advertising on the 3G video network.

Special Guest Presentation

Hiroshi Oda — VP Corporate Communications — CIAJ
An Outline of the Digital Contents Pavilion @ CEATEC JAPAN 2007

In 2007, CEATEC JAPAN will launch a new special exhibit area under the theme of Digital Contents. This area is designed to support exhibitors’ efforts to win contents work, market contents and recruit high-quality contents personnel. As co-organizers of the annual CEATEC event, Oda-san’s presentation will center on an outline of the new Digital Contents exhibit area.

Our first Demo Night should be rather popular and will fill up fast! Online registration will remain open until Friday, 20 April — or until we hit maximum venue capacity. Finally, Welcome Aboard MoMo Taipei 😎

Sponsored by:
Robert Leonard Consulting and Jonckers Translation & Engineering

Date: Monday, 23 April 2007 :: 18:30 – 22:30
Venue: KDDI Designing StudioGMAP
Admission: ¥1,000 with pre-registration (below) – OR – ¥2,000 at the door
Complimentary snacks and refreshments for pre-registered guests!

18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Welcome/introduction
19:10 – Presentations
19:50 – Q & A
20:00 – Networking
22:00 – Last Call
22:30 – Close

Registration is now closed. See you Monday night!

Exclusive March Event

Mobile Monday Tokyo - Exclusive March Event by Mobikyo KK


MoMoers had a super time during the last two mixer events, and it was truly great to see so many attendees and meet with such a wide range of mobile-savvy folks. Now it’s time to get back down to business! While we certainly plan to hold those ‘open-to-all’ evenings several more times throughout 2007, our next event is reserved for people working in the mobile community only in an effort to focus on our core audience.

We have arranged for two Tokyo-based VCs to present an overview of their operations and discuss what they are looking for when they are approached by start-ups for funding. This “get the money to meet the talent”-theme evening should certainly result in some interesting conversations and new connections for everyone concerned. So mark your calendar for 19 March at KDDI’s fabulous Designing Studio, Harajuku, and please RSVP so we can prepare enough food for the post-presentation networking session in the 5th floor Wired Cafe.

Michael Korver – Co-founding Partner – Global Venture Capital
Global Venture CapitalGlobal Venture CapitalMichael was born and raised in Tokyo and first developed his insider’s perspective on Asian business from his experience as an analyst at the Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo from 1983 until 1986 – where he first met Hirokazu-san, GVC’s other managing partner – and as an international transactions lawyer with Richards & O’Neil in New York and Tokyo from 1987 until 1993. Since 1993, Michael has worked as an international business consultant, corporate lawyer, venture capitalist and entrepreneur in Tokyo. GVC’s partners have been active in entrepreneurship, venture capital and private equity globally for over 20 years.

Masaaki Suga – Vice President – CYBIRD Investment Partners
CYBIRD Investment PartnersCYBIRD Investment PartnersMasaaki Suga joined CIP in January 2007. Earlier, he resided in Vancouver, Canada, and managed a number of projects in which he helped companies and products in North America to enter into the Japan and Asia market. Previously he worked for Macromedia (Adobe Systems) to run product and marketing division of server side products in Japan. Masaaki received an MBA from McGill University, Montreal Canada. CYBIRD Investment Partners Inc. (CIP) is a capital investment management company and 100% owned by CYBIRD Holdings Co., Ltd. CIP manages CYBIRD Plus Mobile Fund, the first mobile focused fund in Japan.

Sponsored by:
Robert Leonard Consulting and Jonckers Translation & Engineering

Date: Monday, 19 March 2007
Venue: KDDI Designing Studio GMAP
18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Welcome/introduction
19:15 – First presentation
19:30 – Second presentation
19:45 – Q & A
20:00 – Networking
22:00 – Last Call

MoMo Tokyo Shinnenkai – 5 February 2007

Mobile Monday Tokyo Shinnenkai 5 February by Mobikyo KK


It’s a new year – all hail the Golden Pig – and we’re looking forward to the Mobile Monday kick-off, on 5 February, with a relaxed evening of p2p networking with plenty of the best gourmet pizza in Tokyo.

In 2007, Mobile Monday Tokyo enters its fourth year, and the size – over 350 at our last event – and sophistication of the MoMo community continues to expand. MoMo is now regularly attended by CEOs and professionals from Japan’s best-known mobile players, as well as a large number of entrepreneurs, developers and other tremendously knowledgeable people.

Moreover, as many MoMo participants tend to arrive on Monday evening direct from work, it’s clear that providing a reliable networking venue – complete with food and drink – are prerequisites for fostering a growing, ever-more dynamic community.

Therefore, starting in February, your humble organizers have decided to adopt the MoMo Beijing model and charge a modest entry fee (¥1,000 with preregistration – OR – ¥2,000 at the door). The revenue will ensure that we can book suitable locations and offer a decent light buffet, which we think will be appreciated by those ‘running on empty’ at 19:00 ish..

Regardless, corporate sponsorship will remain important support for MoMo Tokyo. Our sincere thanks to Jonckers and Robert Leonard for their fantastic on-going support! We remain keen to sign up additional forward-thinking companies interested in sponsoring the most switched-on mobile community in Japan.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that Tokyo’s very own NaviBlog was selected as the Japan nominee for the upcoming Mobile Monday Global Peer Awards, to be held at 3GSM in Barcelona, 12 February. NaviBlog presented to us here last May and also received Red Herring Asia’s Top 100 award in August. Good luck to Mandali and his team, we hope you bring home some hardware like Opera Japan did at the Global Summit in Helsinki last year.

Sponsored by:
Robert Leonard Consulting and Jonckers Translation & Engineering

Date: Monday, 5 February 2007 :: 18:30 – 23:00
Venue: Pizza Express in Harajuku – GMAP
Admission: ¥1,000 with registration – OR – ¥2,000 at the door
Includes: 1 drink ticket and Tokyo’s best pizza buffet

18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Networking – Buffet
22:30 – Last Call
23:00 – Close – Nijikai

A quick tip for the pre-registration form — Save the trees!
Use your keitai email address to have the confirmation email sent to your handset and just show that for easy check in at the door!

MobileMonday Global Peer Awards 2007

MobileMonday Global Peer Awards 2007Coming to Barcelona for the 3GSM World Congress? Then don’t miss the MobileMonday Global Peer Awards 2007 on Monday, February 12th starting at 3PM.

This is your chance to try some of the world’s best mobile innovations. Selected by industry peers, peer award finalists will compete live before the community and a world class jury. Sticking with MoMo’s recipe for success, the fiesta will cook up a bunch of fresh innovations mixed with honest feedback and a dash of fun. Served with plenty of juicy networking at a secret location, this is the perfect 3GSM appetizer.

The price for this dish? Nada — it’s free! But you must register in advance and the 1500 tickets will go quickly. So keep in touch with MobileMonday over the next few weeks as more details are announced.