The South Asian Mobile Conference and the mBillionth Award 2011 grand jury will be hosted by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the second consecutive year.
Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya will grace the inauguration of the conference as Chief Guest at Hotel Galadari, Colombo at 9 a.m. on Tuesday 7th instant.
Following the conference, the mBillionth 2011 Award (http://mbillionth.in) grand jury will be held on June 8th and 9th at Pegasus Reef Hotel, Wattala. At this jury an eminent group of experts from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh will select the best mobile content applications in South Asia.
ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura said that the South Asian Mobile Conference and mBillionth Award 2011 would be pivotal in regional empowerment. The conference will be an ideal opportunity for exchange of expertise. ICTA is pleased to host The South Asian Mobile Conference and the mBillionth Award grand jury for the second consecutive year. Regional conferences and awards are important in making the creativity of regional thinking guide the designing of products more suitable for the regions”, Dewapura emphasised.
Local and international experts will enrich the conference and contribute in sharing and exchange of valuable expertise . The names of keynote speakers and the titles of their addresses constitute a valuable indication of the fund of wisdom in store at this conference.
Among the key note speakers will be Impact Mobile Canada President and CEO Gary Schwartz who will speak on “Click2K’Ching: The Impulse of Economy”;, Mobillium International Founder and CEO and Mobile Entertainment – Americas Emeritus Chairman Ralph Simon addressing on “The latest from the world new media and cross media” and Dialog Axiata PLC Sri Lanka Group CEO Dr. Hans Wijeysuriya delivering address on “Leveraging the mobile last mile for inclusive ICT service fulfillment”. A glance through the themes of the plenary sessions also give further insight into the depth and width of the subjects covered: The conference will include four plenary sessions themed: “Mobile content applications; what is to come”, “Business models for mobile content”, “Mobile for enabling rich content for mobile users” and “Mobile – a giant in media and communication” respectively.
Some of the other speakers lined up for presentations / Addresses and their titles are as follows: Global Operations Zone 27x7 Sri Lanka Manjula Dissanayake on “ Enriching customer experience - Hype and Reality”; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Deputy Director Strategy Dr. Amir Ullah Khan on “Financial Inclusion for Development”; Government of India Ministry of Communications and IT Former Senior Director Ashis Sanyar on “Governance and inclusive growth per mobile”.
In addition to the above-mentioned speakers and ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura and Etisalat Lanka Pvt. Ltd. CEO Dumindra Ratnayake WaveNet Sri Lanka Founder and CEO Suren Pinto who will make the opening remarks the following speakers are also due to offer their valuable contribution at the conference:- ICTA Chief Technical Officer Sanjaya Karunasena, Etisalat Lanka Pvt. Ltd. Sri Lanka Value Added Services Head Channa Munasinghe; SAARC and Mobile Content Solutions Comviva Vice President Milind Pathak;Digital Empowerment Foundation Founder and Director Osama Manzar; Carrier Relations India SMS GupShup Vice President Chirag Jain; BytesforAll Pakistan and APC Board Member Shahzad Ahmad; AppZone Developer Arunoda Susinipada and On Mobile Chairman, CEO and Founder Arvindo Rao.