2009/10 Calendar November 2009 November 18th-19th 2009 Mobile Asia Congress Hong Kong www.mobileasiacongress.com The GSMA confirmed the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as the venue for its sixth Asian showpiece exhibition and congress. November 25th-27th BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit Rome, Italy www.blackberryalliancesummit.com This event will provide RIM partners with an update on the latest information, tools and resources available for BlackBerry, and will also be the setting of the BlackBerry EMEA Innovation Awards ceremony. EMEA-based BlackBerry Alliance Partners are encouraged to enter in categories that include Public Sector, Enterprise Business Performance, Innovation for Entrepreneurs, Service Quality, Life on BlackBerry, Entertainment on BlackBerry and Connect on BlackBerry.
BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit (November 25th-27th). A veritable feast of BlackBerry goodness. The EMEA Innovation Awards ceremony is going to be held here, plus there will be info on all the latest resources available to RIM partners. the Croisette in Cannes in January. This time, for the first time, it will incorporate the MidemNet digital and mobile programme into the main conference programme rather than as a precursor to the week’s action.
December 2009 February 2010 December 2nd-3rd MEX WallaceSpace, London, UK www.pmn.co.uk/mex This UK conference has become a fixture for many on the experiential side of the biz, if such a thing exists. It specifically addresses UE and UI issues over two busy days of workshops and presentations. It culminates in an evening networking drinks party with awards event. Tickets cost £1,499. January 2010 January 24th-27th MIDEM Cannes, France www.midem.com The future of the year’s biggest music industry trade event, MIDEM, was in doubt for a while. But will return as ever to
February 15th-18th Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Spain www.mobileworldcongress.com The juggernaut returns to Spain. 2009’s show may have been smaller than in previous years, but still drew 49,000. Not bad in a supposed global recession. This year, inevitably, the GSMA is climbing aboard the apps bandwagon with a new event called App Planet. It’ll be held in Hall 7 – traditionally the home of mobile content at MWC – and will include conference sessions, an exhibition of apps, and a networking-focused App Lounge. The GSMA is now seeking three main sponsors for the event, as well as a separate sponsor for the App Lounge.
Mobile World Congress (February 15th-18th). Inevitably the GSMA has cottoned on to app mania and decided to host an ‘app planet’ showcase in good old Hall 7. We’ll see you there. March 2010 March 23rd-25th CTIA Wireless 2010 Las Vegas Convention Center, US www.ctiawireless.com
knuckle-dragging epsilons and check out shiny new gadgets instead. Despite the downturn, CTIA still attracts around 1,200 exhibiting companies and over 40,000 delegates. April 2010
It’s back to the monorail, the slot machines and the grinding soulless despair of Las Vegas for CTIA 2010’s spring show. Some people adore Vegas of course, but for the rest of us the conference centre is the best place to be – a location from which to escape the
April 7th-8th China Mobile Internet 2010 Summit Beijing, China www.china-mis.com In January, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology issued 3G licences to the three main telcos in China. Thus began an exciting new era in world’s biggest mobile market. This summit is supported by the big three operators – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – and is also endorsed by the MMA and the MEF. The organisers are expecting 150 senior delegates and among the speakers confirmed are the app VPs at the opcos plus Jin Peng (VP of MySpace China), Lin Bin, (VP of mobile R&D at Google) and many more.