Indeed, the COM —the destination bringing you the best of mobile blogging from around the Web — has a new look, a new focus and a new schedule. With so much happening, I'd like to start off by running through the significant changes one at a time.
There's no better way to kick off the Mobile Year in Europe - and connect with Germany's best and brightest mobile companies, developers, agencies and brands. A week from today major players from across the mobile business ecosystem (and from Western, Central and Eastern Europe) will gather in Frankfurt (January 27- 28) for M-Days to network and discuss topics ranging from mobile commerce and marketing to mobile apps and cloud computing.
The event, organized by 11 Prozent – Communication, expects a whopping 2,100+ attendees, making M-days the largest mobile event in Europe outside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Developers: You have one more day to submit your best mobile app and qualify for the Mobile Premier Awards (February 14, Barcelona). The MPA is not only the largest open and global cross-platform app competition in the mobile industry; it's THE place to network, do deals and connect with professionals and practitioners from around the world. (Last year saw 600+ developers submitted their apps, earning the MPA a reputation as a "the point of reference for the startup and developer community."
Participation is free and open to any startup or developer with a mobile app. You can submit as many apps as you want and you can find more details on how register further down in this post. From news and arts & culture to social change and medical & health, the MPA recognizes the best in mobile apps, so stand up and be counted.
A year ago this month the world witnessed a massive earthquake shook Haiti, and the citizens of the world, to their core. The extent of the damage following the disaster on January 12, 2010, quickly reached cataclysmic proportions. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. The Haitian government also reported 230 thousand people died, 300 thousand were injured and 1 million were made homeless.
The earthquake also triggered a global response and a mobile awakening, moving mobile giving -- using our mobile phones to make donations to causes such as earthquake relief -- to the top of our minds and to the fore of the mobile industry agenda.