As the new year soon starts, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain will only be a few weeks away. Similarly to last year, MobileMonday in Barcelona will be organized the same week of the congress, on February 16, 2009. Also as last year, the event will focus on MobileMonday Peer Awards finals, the largest mobile startup innovation competition on the planet as the tagline says.

It’s now time to register your startup to the competition to your local MobileMonday Chapter (the one in your city, or the nearest one). Hurry up, the registration closes December 31st, midnight your chapter’s local time!

Each MoMo chapter will select their nominee for the finals using their preferred method of choice (email voting, local event voting, founder’s voting, jury, etc.; check your local chapter for more details). An international jury will then select the Peer Awards winner from 20 finalists in Barcelona based on 3-minute pitches.

Each chapter will announce their nominee by January 16, 2009 midnight local time. Notice that if you want to be eligible for the finalist nomination, you must be willing to travel to the Peer Awards in Barcelona at your own expense.

As there are altogether 67 chapters (!) participating this year, there will be an international virtual jury pre-screening the nominees, and selecting the 20 finalists. MoMo is trying to make the selection as transparent and open to the industry as possible. They are thus accepting applications to the finalist-selecting jury from individuals, to select the finalists among all the chapter nominees by online vote during mid-January. The virtual jury members will not need to travel to Barcelona. If you’re interested to become part of the online jury email jury AT mobilepeerawards DOT com with a short bio, your LinkedIn profile, and personal blog and twitter name if you have one.