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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards (or Glomo Awards) and what do they aim to do?

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, devices, services, and initiatives to the industry and 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 (from27th February – 3rd March 2017)).

How long have they been running?

The Global Mobile Awards were first presented in 1996. This year’s cycle, the Glomo Awards 2017, will be the 22nd year.

What is the GSMA?

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences. For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

Who can enter the Awards?

See eligibility sections within the individual awards categories. The Global Mobile Awards recognise and celebrate all contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry. Companies and organisations from all over the world are welcome to enter in our wide range of categories covering broad aspects of the mobile industry. These awards encourage and support entries which grow and enhance the mobile eco-system and advance the value of mobile communications with noticeable benefits to the wider industry.

(We 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. 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 financial, energy, entertainment, advertising, computing, education, automotive, health, the Internet etc. and all others where mobile products and services are used or are being developed).

All products, devices, applications, services, solutions or initiatives submitted must utilise, be supportive of, deployed over, or accessible through mobile (or cellular) connectivity based on open industry standards. These can be developed, manufactured, delivered or provided anywhere in the world.

How do I enter the Awards?

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 as a preview within the category descriptions so that you can prepare your answers.

How many Award entries can I submit?

Multiple entries may be submitted. You can enter as many different categories as you wish. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit per category.

Do I have to be a member of the Association to enter the Awards?

No. The awards are open to members and non-members of the Association, as above.

When can I enter?

Entries for the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards 2017 are welcome now – completed entry forms and payment must be received by the official closing date of Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at 5pm GMT.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes – Entry fees are payable for each entry submitted, as follows:

Categories 1, 2, 5 and 6:
€ 450 per entry by GSMA Members / Associate Members
€ 500 per entry by Non GSMA Members

Category 3 – Social & Economic Development
€ 200 per entry for all Entrants

Category 4 – Best Mobile Apps
€ 250 per entry for all Entrants

Note: There are no fees for entrants in Category 7: The Government Excellence Awards & 8b: Women4Tech – Mobile Industry Leadership Award.

How can payment be made?

On-line payment by credit card is preferred. We accept AMEX, Visa & Mastercard. For queries regarding payment, please contact awards@globalmobileawards.com. If credit card payment is not possible, you can do a wire transfer, bank details can be found here.

Please ensure you mark your payment with your Entry Reference Number, which you are provided with once your entry is submitted when making payment. Please note – Entries will not be processed until full payment has been received.

Are the fees refundable if I decide to cancel my entry?

Entry fees are non-refundable once payment has been submitted.

Why is there an entry fee?

As the GSMA is a non-profit organisation, 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, marketing, communications and other costs for the awards as well as to the awards event itself.

Can I enter the Awards if I am a previous winner?

Yes, although the spirit of these awards is such that emphasis is placed on innovation and tangible, beneficial advances in mobile communications. We strongly encourage that you should not submit the same product, service, initiative etc. as your previous winning entry, unless there have been significant new and innovative developments or enhancements which should be illustrated in your answers on the entry forms.

Will I be sent an acknowledgement and/or receipt for my entry?

On completing & submitting the entry form, you will be sent an Entry Reference number which should be used in any queries.

What supporting materials are allowed?

Additional on-line documents are accepted for each categories (please check category description under ‘Entry process & Formats’). Video submissions are not mandatory but will help our judges significantly in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and user benefits.

Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of: 

  • One x 3 minute (maximum) video 
  • Three x 1 page documents with further information, images, graphics etc.
  • 3 x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs          

Video: Please provide a URL link to your video (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) on the entry form and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language,or with English sub titles please.

Other supporting information to a maximum of 3 x 1 page documents, could consist of independent information or data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. to support your entry. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.

Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.

The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload 3 additional files to accompany your entry up to a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry and keep the pages to a minimum of one per document.

Best Mobile Apps: For Categories: 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d (Best Mobile Apps) we request entrants to please provide a link to where the app can be downloaded on one of the main app stores, or your website and a redemption code for free access (if the app is not free) so that our judges can download and experience the app for themselves.

What formats should I send for video and picture materials?

As above, the on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide multimedia. You will have the ability to upload 3 additional files to accompany your entry up to a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be illustration pdfs, such as for customer testimonials, jpeg for photos or PowerPoint for technical diagrams or statistics, Word for text documents etc. but please keep these relevant to your entry and keep the pages to a minimum of one for each document.

You can also provide one URL to a video link for public video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and if required, please make sure you provide a password.

When will the nominations be announced?

The GSMA will announce the full shortlist of nominees during late January 2017

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be presented at the Mobile World Congress   during the week of 27th February – 3rd March 2017. Full details of the ceremony will be available here nearer the time.

How does the judging process work?

Entries will be judged against the criteria outlined in each of the category descriptions and the specific information requested on the entry forms. Assessment by the judges will take place in December 2016 and early January 2017 and discussions and decisions will be based solely on the information supplied by entrants. The decision of the judges will be final.

Who are the judges?

We typically enlist more than 250 independent judges from across the world. The panels comprise leading industry and subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and academics and in some cases mobile operator representatives.

When will the judging process begin?

The judging process begins in December 2016 and final judging will take place in January 2017.

When and where does the Awards Ceremony take place?

The Glomo Awards Ceremony takes place at Mobile World Congress during the week of 27th February – 2nd March 2017. A schedule of presentations will be published closer to the time.

How do I attend the Global Mobile Awards Ceremony?

A number of awards are presented on the show floor at Mobile World Congress, across the week of the event. These presentations will be open to all MWC attendees to attend. A specific awards ceremony for specific categories will be open to Platinum, Gold and Silver Pass Holders as well as all nominees with Exhibition Visitor Passes. Further details and information on pass types will be published at www.globalmobileawards.com nearer the time.

How can my company get involved in the Awards as a sponsor?

Award categories and other elements of the Awards event are available for sponsorship. To find out more, please contact awards@globalmobileawards.com in the first instance. See the Sponsorship section elsewhere on the awards web site.

If I have any further questions regarding entering the Awards, who can I contact?

You can contact the Awards Administrators with any questions you may have regarding the Awards. Email: awards@globalmobileawards.com

Can press or media attend the Global mobile awards ceremony?

Press and media are of course welcome to attend the Glomo Awards ceremony, full details of the venue and schedule of presentations at MWC 2017 will be available nearer the time.

I have received a text informing me I have won a prize – purportedly from the Global Mobile Awards?.

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