Mobile Internet is bang in the middle of the most exciting space in Indian technology sector â€“ be it Indian startups scaling up businesses to global level or attracting venture capital and private equity investment interest or innovating for the masses and the early tech adopters alike. To bring out the success stories with entrepreneurs sharing insights and investors brainstorming on what's hot about the mobile Internet business, Techcircle is organising the first edition of Mobile Entrepreneurship Forum on June 28 at The Grand hotel in Delhi.
Techcircle Mobile Entrepreneurship Forum 2012 will see speakers like Shobit Bhargava (head of VAS and Data at Vodafone), Rishi Khiani (who just stepped down as CEO of Times Internet), Anisha Singh (founder & CEO of Mydala), B Vamshi Reddy (CEO & co-founder, Apalya Technologies), Nitish Mittersain (CEO and promoter of Nazara Technologies), Salman Hussain (MD, India & Middle East, Vuclip), Swapnil Shinde (co-founder, Dhingana.com) and Mohammad Imthiaz (founder & CEO of Y2CF Digital Media, the maiden venture backed by Bharti-SoftBank joint venture BSB).
The first session would focus on entertainment on mobile, which would cover opportunities, challenges and learnings for both audio and video formats of entertainment on the go. While Hussain of Vuclip and Reddy of Apalya would share their experience of taking videos to mobiles, Shinde of Dhingana and Vivek Paul (director â€“ digital, Sony Music) will talk about music as a content bucket on the mobile.
In the next session, Imthiaz of Y2CF Digital (which has recently launched a location-based service) and Singh of group buying deal site Mydala, along with Subrat Pani (co-founder and director, One Assist Consumer Solutions), will discuss the strategies and opportunities in connecting the online and the offline worlds via mobile.
The event will also touch upon mobile payment â€“ one of the key areas which is going to determine how fast mobile Internet can be integrated with the overall Internet infrastructure to make it a business proposition.
As of now, mobile payments are available only through telecom operators. The session would look at what it would take to create the next level of evolution and growth in mobile payment as Indian mobile consumption increases. It will also discuss payment modes such as mobile wallets and what technologies will help improve the way people pay for items.
Mittersain of digital gaming firm Nazara Technologies, Upasana Taku (founder & CEO, Zaakpay) and Shashank Joshi (MD, My Mobile Payments) would also share their perspective on the current stake of mobile payment and the way forward.
The event will also see Khiani (former CEO of Indiatimes) and Amit Bhartiya (business head, mobile & ViziSense, Komli Media) deliberate on the issues related to mobile monetisation and advertising. They would look at the current state of the market and the models that would work in India besides a status check on premium and banner advertising and what can the app companies do.
For more information on the event and to register, click here.