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Innovative WAP Applications, Services to be Lauded at Conference in Spain

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Aug. 21, 2000 The WAP Forum announced today that it is accepting nominations for the first official [email protected] AwardsTM, to be presented Nov. 27 at the WAP Congress 2000 in Seville, Spain. The awards, jointly hosted by the WAP Forum and IBC Conferences Worldwide, are designed to recognize the achievements and technological advances of commercially available WAP applications and services around the world.
A panel of independent judges from the wireless and Internet industries will choose finalists and winners in three categories: Best use of WAP in a business application; best use of WAP in a consumer application; a WAP service providers award. WAP Forum CEO Scott Goldman will also present a CEOs award for innovation in WAP.
The WAP industry is growing so rapidly that we wanted a way to recognize the contributions that developers, content providers and operators have made, Goldman said. The [email protected] Awards program is designed to showcase some of the most creative and unique real-world applications and services that have made WAP so incredibly popular in such a short time.
At the Seville ceremony, awards will be presented in the following categories:
The best use of WAP in a business application award will go to the individual or company whose application can best solve a specific problem in the enterprise, increase revenues, and/or reduce costs.
The best use of WAP in a consumer application award will be presented to the company or individual whose application can best capitalize on WAPs personalization capabilities, save time, give the user greater control, or be lifestyle-enhancing.
The service providers award will be awarded to the WAP service provider whose WAP-based service is easy to use, has a successful business model, and has achieved significant market acceptance.
The CEOs award for innovation in WAP will be awarded at the WAP Forum CEOs discretion.
Judges will include Bridget Cosgrave of ETSI, Geoff Johnson of Gartner Group/Dataquest, Iain Gillot of International Data Corporation, Danny Williams of Mobile Internet, William Farrell of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, freelance journalist Danyll Wills, Mark Desautels of Wireless Data Forum, and Brad Smith of Wireless Week Magazine.
Nominations can be made via the WAP Forums website at www.wapforum.org, and must be received by Sept. 8.
About IBC Global Conferences, Ltd.
IBC Global Conferences is the worlds largest organizer of telecommunications conferences. IBC has been providing high quality information to the business market since the early 60s. Events comprise some of the key industry gathering places, including: WAP Congress, GSM World Congress, UMTS Congress, Bluetooth Congress, Submarine Communications and many others.
IBC events attract between 30 and 15,500 attendees with over 25 percent of the audience being director level or above. The global nature of our events means our attendees are drawn from all parts of the world and from all parts of the industries we serve.
For more information about IBC Global Conferences, including a current listing of its available conferences, visit www.ibctelecoms.com.
About the WAP Forum
The WAP Forum is the industry association that is responsible for developing and fostering the growth of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)an open, global standard that allows mobile users of wireless hand-held devices to easily and instantly access and interact with the Internet. The WAP Forum is comprised of more than 500 members, representing more than 95 percent of the handsets sold worldwide and more than 200 million global subscribers. Members include worldwide handset manufacturers, carriers, infrastructure providers, software developers and other wireless solution providers. For more information about the WAP Forum, including a current listing of its members, visit www.wapforum.org.

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