Frequently Asked Questions
The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards offer organisations across the global mobile eco-system (including all converging vertical sectors) the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, apps, services and initiatives to the world. The Awards are open to all eligible mobile companies, and supporters of the mobile eco-system - GSMA Members, Associate Members and Non-members - as defined in the individual category eligibility descriptions.
The presentation of the awards takes place during the Mobile World Congress
the world's largest and leading mobile industry event held annually in Barcelona (25th -28th February 2013).
Since 1995. The GSMA's Awards will be presented for the eighteenth year in succession during the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, 26th February 2013.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress. For more information, please visit Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com
or the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com
See eligibility descriptions within the individual awards categories.
The GSMA Global Mobile Awards recognise and celebrate all the contributions made to the ever evolving and developing mobile industry. Companies and organisations from all over the world are welcome to enter in our wide range of categories covering all parts of the mobile industry. Our awards encourage and support entries which grow and enhance the mobile eco-system with noticeable benefits to the wider industry. We wish to honour those who most cherish the concept of the mobile community-of-interest, who in their coming together, have helped to generate value for the whole industry. This has been the bedrock that has made our industry so dynamic and successful.
Essentially, the awards are open to ALL players in the mobile communications eco-system, from mobile operators and manufacturers to industry participants and suppliers from converging industries such as the entertainment, advertising, computing, financial, education, automotive, health, government and all others where mobile products and services are used or are being developed.
All products/services/initiatives/programmes entered must support, be deployed over or accessible through mobile networks
You can enter the Awards online here
, by completing the on-line entry form. The specific questions you will be asked on this form are also provided within the category descriptions so that you can prepare your answers.
Multiple entries may be submitted. You can enter as many different categories and sub categories as you wish. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit per category or sub category. Entry fees are applicable for each entry submitted.
No. The awards are open to members and non-members of the Association, see "Who can enter the Awards?" above
Entries for the GSMA's Global Mobile Awards 2013 are welcome now - completed entry forms and payment must be received by the closing date of Friday 30th November 2012 (5pm GMT).
Yes - Entry fees are payable for each entry submitted, as follows:
€450 - per entry for GSMA Members & Associate Members
€500 - per entry for Non GSMA Members & Associate Members
€200 - entry for Category 4: Social and Economic Development
The entry fees help cover the costs associated with the administration and processing of the large number of entries received. Fees also contribute towards publicity and marketing the awards as well as to the awards event itself.
On-line payment by credit card is preferred. We accept AMEX, Visa & MasterCard. If credit card payment is not possible, you can do a wire transfer, bank details can be found here
. If paying by bank transfer, Please ensure you mark your payment with your Entry Reference Number, which you are provided with once your entry is submitted when making payment.
Entry fees are non refundable once payment has been submitted.
Yes, although preferably you should not submit the same product, service, initiative as your previous winning entry, unless there have been significant new and innovative developments or enhancements.
On completing & submitting the entry form, you will be sent an Entry Reference number which should be used in any queries.
Digital files – including video links on YouTube -may be submitted for all categories, please see individual category descriptions/requirements for details.
Please note: This year, the submission of video to support your entry/entries is very positively encouraged – and underlined by our awards judges! You may provide one URL to a video link demonstrating your entry. This should be either privately or publicly posted to YouTube (if a private post, please provide a user name and password for judges to access). The video should be between 3 and 5 minutes in length, but no more.
The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide multimedia. You will have the ability to upload 5 additional files to accompany your entry up to a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be illustration pdfs for customer testimonials etc, Jpeg for photos or PowerPoint for technical diagrams or statistics, but please keep these relevant to your entry and keep the pages to a maximum of two).
You may also provide one URL to a video link. This should be either privately or publicly posted to YouTube (if a private post, please provide a user name and password for judges to access). Video should be no more than 5 minutes in length.
Brand New Categories for 2013 are as follows:
Category 1 – The Connected Life Awards
1f Best Mobile Innovation for ‘Smart Cities’
1e Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service
Category 3 - Social & Economic Development
3a Best Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets
Category 4 – Apps of the Year
4e Smartphone Application Challenge
4f Best Application using Network APIs
Category 6 - Best Mobile Technology
6e . Outstanding LTE Contribution
6f. Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s choice
Category 7 - Government Leadership Awards
7b. Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award
7c. Best government policy for mobile development
7d. Best m-Government initiative
The nominees will be notified prior to the Mobile World Congress in February 2013 in time to make arrangements to attend the presentation ceremony. The winners will be announced at the presentation of the awards (see below).
The GSMA will announce the full shortlist of nominees in mid-late January 2013.
The winners will be presented at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday 26th February 2013 as part of the congress programme. Full details of the ceremony will be published soon.
Entries will be judged against the criteria outlined in each of the category criteria and the specific information requested on the entry forms. Assessment by the judges will take place in December 2012 and early January 2013 and discussions and decisions based solely on this information supplied.
The panel will be made up of independent judges comprising leading industry and subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and academics and in some cases mobile operator representatives, for appropriate categories.
The judging process begins in December 2012 and final judging will take place in January 2013
The Global Mobile Awards Ceremony takes place at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday 26th February from 14.30 - 16.30 in Hall 4 Conference Village, Auditorium 1. Please note that we will move from Fira Montjuïc to the more spacious Fira Gran Via
in Barcelona, Spain for the 2013 event.
The awards ceremony is open to Platinum, Gold and Silver Pass Holders as part of the pass. For more details on pass options please visit http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/passes-and-prices/
If your organization is announced as a finalist and you hold an Exhibition Visitor Pass then we will grant you access to the ceremony. You do not need to separately register for the ceremony.
Award categories and other elements of the Awards event are available for sponsorship. Obviously, sponsoring companies will not be eligible to enter the category they are sponsoring.
To find out more, please contact email@example.com in the first instance. See the Sponsorship section elsewhere on the awards web site.
Press and media are of course welcome to attend the Global Mobile Awards ceremony, full details of the venue ticket information will be available very soon.
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