I will be speaking at Infocom 08-09 on Thursday at ITC Sonar in Kolkata. My session is at 4 pm, and I have 20 minutes to speak on “Breakthrough Innovations in Mobile.” There will be three other speakers in the 90-minute session. The session brief is as follows:
Turning ideas into reality is what innovation is all about — even better when these innovations will shape the mobile industry. This session would discuss the Mobile innovation market and will bring together the mobile industry’s top innovators, investors, operators and key suppliers from across market segments.
This forum would identify the industry’s top priorities for new products and services, elevate the best-in-class innovations that are building them, and explore how the interests of customers or investors drive these breakthrough Innovations.
This session will explore the technical and commercial drivers underlining mobile businesses and the issues and challenges that will be faced by the mobile enterprises in times to come. Finally, the session would show how innovation can drive reduction in costs and focus on simplicity for increasing consumer base.
In my talk, I plan to build on my 2009 India Mobility Trends note. There are three focus areas I want to concentrate on:
- the coming mobile Internet era, brought about by new devices (smartphones), 3G and flat-rate data plans
- the opportunity for new business models in the form of VAS operators and mobile computing operators (Data MVNOs)
- the emergence of the mobile as the next medium for advertising and marketing medium
Would love your inputs — what do you think are the breakthrough innovations in the mobile space?
It has been many years since I visited Kolkata — probably 5-6 years. I am looking forward to it, though I guess I will end up being at the conference venue for most of the day.