AppFAME, Showcasing Top 10 Mobile Apps, a Highlight
The fifth edition of the NASSCOM EMERGEOUT Conclave at Delhi is looking into the digital future for emerging businesses and startups. With the Internet businesses registering healthy growth after going through rough patches, and the upcoming 3G in mobile space expected to add a lot more excitement to the highly competitive industry, the conclave's theme centres on what will make the digital economy of the country in future.
If MakeMyTrip's grandiose listing at Nasdaq has brightened up prospects for Internet businesses in India, new emerging models and successful ventures like Flipkart.com and Infibeam, the digital e-reader developed by Vishal Mehta, are suggesting a bright future. Deep Kalra, founder and CEO, MakeMyTrip, who has weathered many a storm before his company's stellar Nasdaq listing, shared his perspective on Internet businesses with YourStory in the run up to the conclave. Read here.
Mobile apps are touted to the next big thing and with smarter phones increasing in number and 3G on the anvil, there is a new economy developing around the app stores. Dr. Rohit Singhal quit his lucrative radiology practice to start an exclusive iPhone app store Source Bits in Bangalore. His roaring success is an example of possibilities in the app store space. Arvind Jha, CEO of Movico Technologies, who is a keen watcher of this space shared his thoughts on app stores with YourStory. Read here.
Value-added services (VAS) has glamorized the otherwise usual call receiving and dialling functions in a mobile phone. Right from SMS to video streaming, a vast array of VAS are going to become available at an attractive proposition when 3G takes off in India. Harish Gandhi, a well-known VAS expert who launched many of Airtel's VAS initiatives when he was head of VAS in Airtel three years ago and now executive director, Canaan Partners, tells YourStory what the scenario looks like for VAS in India. Read here.
Three keynotes by domain experts on Internet, App Stores, and Mobile Internet will be part of the program agenda. Vinay Goel, Country Head -- Products, Google India predicts the future of Internet, Christos Georgiopoulos, GM, Developer Relations, Intel Software and Services dwells upon app stores, and Dr. Naresh Gupta, MD, Adobe, talks about the trends in Mobile Internet.
Panel discussions by eminent speakers and who've been there, done that on Internet, mobile handsets, mobile app economy, and VAS are expected to analyze and present possible business avenues for entrepreneurs interested in these domains.
The highlight of the conclave is the AppFAME contest conducted by the EMERGE Forum in association with IAMAI. The top 10 apps have already been identified and will be showcased today at the conclave. Top three apps win an Intel netbook.
The EMERGE forum is actively promoting promising companies and emerging ones through its EMERGE 50 listing every year. This prestigious listing has given various kinds of exposure, assistance, and visibility to the winners. The EMERGE 50's list narrows down to the top 10, who will be showcased today.
As the day unfolds, bright minds will throw light on the digital future in an overcast and wet Delhi.
--Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, chief evangelist, reporting from Delhi