MobileMonday, a simple concept that has eventually turned into a large networking platform for all things mobile, celebrates its 10 year birthday this week in Helsinki and Tallinn. According to MobileMonday Estonia, close to 500 people attended the three day summit. There are now 108 chapters around the world helping people network around mobile issues.
The 108 chapters cover 37 countries and all continents of the world – figures and references that anyone could call a phenomenon. Mobile phone use is a lot greater than internet use and in many cases it has been referred to as the greatest innovation globally. Local companies from the region such as Nokia, Skype and the makers of Angry Birds, Rovio, were showcased along some dozen startups.
“Ten years ago, we did not realise that MobileMonday would grow into a global platform. Initially we started MobileMonday as an informal meet-up for the top mobile innovators in Helsinki. Now the network is global and is present on all continents. MobileMonday is all about combining resources, connecting the brightest minds and pushing the mobile industry further than ever before,” explains Jari Tammisto, CEO of MobileMonday.
Priit Salumaa, MoMo Estonia founder added: “It is an honour to host a truly international event with such a global impact. It is a great opportunity for us to to show what we have achieved in Estonia with only a decade. Our whole ecosystem of successful ICT services has been mostly concealed from a global audience, but today we opened that like magic box of technological wonders.”
I have to give it to Mobile Monday for doing an extraordinary job in creating a phenomenon this large around the world. Along the years, it has also worked as a good platform for startups to pitch their companies and showcase their innovation.