Nokia Reveals Winners of the Global Calling All Innovators and Finalists for the Growth Economy Venture Challenge Competitions

September 15, 2010

LONDON, September 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today at the Nokia
Developer Summit, the company is proud to announce the winners of the global
Calling All Innovators contest and the finalists in the Growth Economy
Venture Challenge – both with the common goal to create mobile applications,
services or solutions intended to save the environment, lift spirits, improve
productivity, raise the standard of living within growth economies, and
educate and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The winners and finalists will
be acknowledged at the award ceremony, to be held on September 15 in the
International Convention Centre (ICC) in London.

For its third consecutive year, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) challenged developers
to demonstrate their creative and innovative side and design mobile
applications, widgets, products, or services that make a difference in
people’s everyday lives and contribute to the economies of developing
countries. In all, 1,500 developers worldwide responded to Nokia’s challenges.

“We received a significant amount of interest on a global scale in both
competitions. The developers on this year’s list are at the nexus of change,
using their unique insight to create a variety of well-thought out and
innovative apps, services and solutions with the potential to enhance lives
around the world. From improving early childhood literacy to sharing news to
choosing eco-friendly activities, these apps deliver on the promise of mobile
apps making an impact on the social economics of emerging markets,” said

Purnima Kochikar, Vice President, Forum Nokia and Developer Community.
“Developers exceeded our expectations and we congratulate the winners and
finalists selected for this year’s awards.”

Calling All Innovators – The Challenge

Calling All Innovators is an annual app development competition
presenting developers with the task of creating apps that fall into four
diverse categories: Life Improvement, Eco/Being Green, Productivity and
Entertainment. This year, Forum Nokia has teamed up with Sesame Workshop, the
folks responsible for the iconic children’s TV show Sesame Street, to help
support apps relevant to education in the Life Improvement category with the
goal to persuade developers to create exciting apps, perhaps using Sesame
Street characters, to teach early literacy through Nokia handsets to children
located anywhere in the world.

Awards and Prizes

Several cash prizes will be offered in the Calling All Innovators
contest. The top three submissions in each of the four categories will be
rewarded in cash as follows:

    - Grand Prize:       USD 30,000
    - First runner-up:   USD 15,000
    - Second runner-up:   USD 5,000
    - Third runner-up:    USD 2,000

Furthermore, all application submissions – finalists or not – will be
eligible to win special prizes spanning the four categories. The cash prizes
are based on the type of technology that was used to create the app or other
award criteria. Other valuable prizes will also be offered – to view the
complete list of prizes and eligibility, please visit us at this website.
Judges will carefully test the top 25 submitted apps using one of two remote
device access services – either Remote Device Access from Forum Nokia, or
Forum Nokia Virtual Developer Lab, powered by Device Anywhere. Each of the
top 25 submissions are required to also submit their applications to publish
to Ovi and be in the QA process for publishing to Nokia’s Ovi Store. A panel
of Nokia executives judges, will meticulously review all submitted
applications and choose the finalists and winners based on the following
criteria: quality/functionality, uniqueness, novelty value and
innovativeness, usability/creativity, and commercial viability/market

Growth Economy Venture Challenge

The Growth Economy Venture Challenge was inspired by Nokia’s CEO.
Developers were required to submit their best idea for a new mobile product
or solution designed to improve the lives of people in the developing world.
Judges look for one idea that has risen above the rest, an idea that changes
the way people use Nokia mobile devices, demonstrates how mobility can
radically improve the lives of people who reside in areas where the average
income is under USD 5 / day, or an idea that recognizes a good business
opportunity that also contributes to “doing good” in the world. This
challenge is more than just about mobile apps – the winner and idea can be
hardware, software or a new service opportunity.

Awards and Prizes

The winner of this contest is eligible to receive USD 1 million in
venture capital investment, and support from Nokia to help turn the idea into
a reality.

Judges for this challenge will select the winner based on the following
criteria: the idea must include a clear mission statement and provide a
product or service plan that raises the standard of living or enhances the
lives of people in emerging markets, targets a market in a region with per
capita income significantly lower than what is found in industrialized
nations today (i.e. below USD 5 /day), and includes a viable business model
with the likelihood of producing a strong return on investment (ROI) for the
venture funding provided.

Applicants leapt to the challenges issued by Forum Nokia. The Calling All
Innovators website, which hosts both contests, has received more than 845,000
visitors throughout the submission process for both competitions.

Following are the winners and runner-ups for the Calling All Innovators
Global Contest:

    Calling All Innovators Global Contest, by category

    Eco/ Being Green

    Winner - TripSketch Green Traveler (USA)
    First Runner-up - RecycleME (Singapore)
    Second Runner-up - Green Plaza (India)


    Winner - Blog Radio (USA)
    First Runner-up - Ansel-A (USA)
    Second Runner-up - PlanEasy2D (India)
    Third Runner-up - WakeUp (Hungary)

    Life Improvement

    Winner - eLiteracy (South Africa)
    First Runner-up - Car Black Box (Romania)
    Second Runner-up - Mobile Baby Care (China)
    Third Runner-up - Medica (Egypt)


    Winner - Comics Creator (India)
    First Runner-up - Morpho QuickPanorma PRO (Japan/USA)
    Second Runner-up - Toudou (China)
    Third Runner-up - Angry Birds (Finland)

Top 10 finalists in the Growth Economy Venture Challenge, listed in
alphabetical order

    - Bionic Power - The Portable Power Solution (Canada)
    - eVOTZ (United States)
    - FloCash Payment Network (United Kingdom)
    - IDIFIED (United States)
    - m-Employment platform using SMS (Pakistan)
    - mmatcher - your mobile, your marketplace (Slovenia)
    - Mobile Distributor Solution (Kenya)
    - Mobile JobHunt (China)
    - Remote Diagnostics Kit (India)
    - Transclick for Globalization of m-commerce (United States)

More information about Forum Nokia’s Calling All Innovators and Growth
Economy Venture Challenge, including video demonstrations of the
applications, can be found online at http://www.callingallinnovators.com.

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About Forum Nokia

Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to
tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use
to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S.,
Europe, India, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical
business development to support developers and operators to assist them in
achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to
consumers and enterprises. More information is available at

About Nokia

At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced
technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to
what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people connect to one
another with a Nokia device – from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and
high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices
with innovative services through Ovi (http://www.ovi.com), including music,
maps, apps, email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive
digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks
provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks



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