Mobile Monday Tokyo’s OktoberZest: Banzai Siesta

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It was yet another stellar MoMo turn out for our OktoberZest event with almost 250 folks heading down for a few margaritas to take in the evening’s feature presentations from Hiro Higashiyama from G-Mode and Akio Tanaka and Dwight Rodgers from Macromedia. We got fantastic overviews on how Java games have started to gain traction in global markets while FlashLite and the new FlashCast service (branded i-Channel on DoCoMo) are pushing mobile data to the next level here in Japan.

We will be making the announcement for our next event here sometime soon – mark 14 November on your schedule – and meanwhile we’ll get the most recent presentations online for everyone ASAP.

OktoberZest: Hot Flash and Cool Java

OktoberZest: Hot Flash and Cool JavaGet your sombreros and lederhosen out of the closet! MoMo Tokyo is set to take over Ebisu-Zest Cantina on Monday, 3 October, for another great event.


We’ll have two fantastic presentations – from G-Mode and Macromedia – blasting onto that monster-sized screen and WWJ chief editor Daniel Scuka will be back here in Tokyo, leading another mobile intelligence mission, so it’s an evening not to be missed!

Applications are the heart of 3G and this event will highlight Flash and Java, the two heavyweights of cutting-edge, rich mobile content development. Make sure you complete the registration form below and we’ll look forward to seeing you for some serious “OktoberZest” mobile networking… Mexican style!

FREE with registration (below) — OR — pay JPY1,000 at the door

Guest presenters:

Hiro Higashiyama — Mgr. Overseas Business — G-Mode.PPT HERE
“Java Game Play for Overseas Success”
Gaming is one of the most profitable and fastest-growing mobile content segments and enjoys cross-cultural acceptance worldwide. G-Mode is one of Tokyo’s liveliest development houses and was founded when DoCoMo launched the first Java i-mode phones in 2001. Higashiyama-san will present on the gaming market, usage in Japan, usability factors and the company’s success with delivering games to customers in Japan, Asia and Europe.

Akio Tanaka — VP and Tech. Advisor — Macromedia Japan – .PPT N/A
“Flash for Mobile Defines 3G Content”
Macromedia’s Akio Tanaka and Dwight Rodgers, Senior Software Engineer, will present an update on the Flash mobile business in Japan including the recently launched NTT DoCoMo iChannel service, which is based on Macromedia’s Flash Cast technology.

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

Date: Monday, 3 October 2005 :: 19:00 – 23:00
Venue: Ebisu Zest CantinaGMAP English or Japanese
Admission: Free with registration below – Or – JPY1,000 at the door
Complimentary drink for all guests — a la carte food menu available

18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Welcome/introduction
19:15 – First presentation
19:30 – Second presentation
19:45 – Open forum/Q&A
20:00 – Networking
23:00 – Last call

Advanced Registration is now closed.. See you tonite.. 😎

Mobile Monday Tokyo: Massive Turn-Out!

Wow! We have always said we’d be happy if 80, maybe 100 people show up for any particular MoMo. And after a two-month summer break, and in the face of what has proven to be a destructive typhoon #14, we weren’t expecting such a large crowd. You proved us waaaaay wrong! 🙂

Can you spell chaos with a capital “K??” Woot! MoMo Tokyo’s 1st birthday bash was (almost) out of control. Best count, thanks to our somewhat tipsy volunteers, shows almost 300 strong turned out to munch and mingle with reckless abandon. It was super to see plenty of new faces combined with many of the usual suspects generating a vibrant buzz in the house all night long. Continue reading Mobile Monday Tokyo: Massive Turn-Out!

MoMo Tokyo – 5 September – 1st Birthday Bash

Summer break’s over, and MoMo Tokyo is back to rock your socks!

MoMo Tokyo - 5 September - 1st Birthday Bash

It seems like only yesterday that we announced our launch event! But that was last September — a lifetime in the mobile space — and we’ve since grown from bottle-feed darlings to lovable little monsters getting our fingers into everybody’s (wireless) business!

The 5 September MoMo event will have plenty of room for everyone — including well-wishers from the ACCJ — at the uber-trendy loft-style club Warehouse in Azabu-Juban. The evening includes presentations from Opera Japan and FreeVerse Partners, with a super buffet by the good folks at Corporate Gourmet.

Free w/advance registration (below) or ¥1,000 at the door

Guest Presenters:

Kazuoki Saito – Managing Partner – FreeVerse Partners KK.PDF
“Mobile Movie Showdo” is a software toolkit and application control product for BREW video and audio integration. Showdo allows BREW developers to rapidly integrate video and audio streaming media into new or existing mobile applications. Showdo’s core technology is based on TruVideo, a high-performance video codec; the product is a joint development effort between FreeVerse Partners and Nihon Enterprise (presentation in Japanese).

Brent Mori – VP Sales & Business Development – Opera Japan.PDF
With Japan adopting global-standard 3G networks, overseas tech firms are breaking into this market and Norway-based Opera, maker of the highly rated Opera browser, is one of the players intent on shaking up domestic competition. In July, KDDI announced yet another Opera browser-equipped WIN phone, following on the heels of DoCoMo’s M-1000 in June. Brent Mori presents on the challenges of enabling full-featured Web content on mobile handsets in the world’s most advanced 3G mobile market.

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

Date: Monday, 5 September, 2005 :: 19:00 – 23:00
Venue: The Warehouse in Azabu-Juban — GMAP
Admission: Free with registration (below); or pay ¥1,000 at the door

Complimentary drink for first 200 registered guests.
We’ll have light buffet provided by Corporate Gourmet.

18:45 – Doors Open
19:20 – Welcome/introduction
19:30 – 1st presentation
19:50 – 2nd presentation
20:10 – Open forum/Q&A
20:30 – Networking
22:00 – Last call

Registration is closed — It’s gonna be a Full-House!

See you tomorrow night, bring your own party hats.. 😎

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.

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.