Nokia Connection 2011, Nokia’s Biggest Event of the Year


Do you have any events planned for the month of June, 2011? Mark your calendars! Nokia is planning their biggest event of the year on June 21, 2011.

The Nokia Connection 2011 website claims a solid strategy is in place and the event is where the new Nokia ecosystem will be introduced first-hand to the world. We’ll assume they’re going to show their first Nokia Windows Phones.

Nokia Connection 2011

Nokia Connection 2011 is an annual event held in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2011. This year, Nokia Connection will take place on 21 June at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The event is an exciting platform for Nokia to showcase the latest and newest devices and services to customers, operators, media and analysts from the region. Nokia Connection is a private event and attendance is by invitation only.

According to the programme, Nokia Connection 2011 is an invite-only event taking place in Singapore. CEO Stephen Elop will speak about Nokia’s new strategy, including an update on the company’s partnership with Microsoft. Following after him is Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell who will show brand new mobile devices.

I can’t believe the event is just a few weeks away. I’m definitely eager to see some new devices.Are you excited?!

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Global – CNN and Nokia Announce International Partnership


Nokia and CNN have announced an international partnership whereby the handset manufacturer will become part of CNN’s roster of mapping providers, delivering mapping services to its international news network.

The collaboration harnesses the companies’ strengths in global newsgathering, user-generated content, mapping technologies, and location-based services. The collaboration debuted with the use of Nokia’s 3D Maps across CNN’s platforms in its recent coverage of the British royal wedding.

Nokia Ovi Maps 3D

“This collaboration is a great fit for us as both companies share a similar philosophy on connecting people beyond borders through the combination of compelling news content and highly sophisticated technology,” said Tony Maddox, Managing Director, CNN International. “The international scale of each of our businesses makes the scope of the collaboration particularly exciting.”

“Nokia and CNN share the belief that news is now mobile, powerfully democratic, and can immediately be shared by people around the world,” said DeVard, Chief Marketing Officer, Nokia, in the press release.

“We are pleased that CNN wants to use Nokia’s innovative mapping services for its international news platforms, and we are excited to work with CNN to deliver a compelling news service to users of Nokia phones.”

The collaboration also includes the CNN App for Nokia which provides mobile access to CNN’s world, business, sport, entertainment and technology reporting, as well as live streaming video.  The app also allows users to share CNN’s news via their own social channels, and participate in the reporting process with direct access to CNN’s participatory news community, iReport. The CNN App for Nokia is available in Ovi Store.

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Nokia E7 Ready For West African Market April, 2011


I’ve always been a big fan of Nokia phones. As a matter of fact; my first phone I ever bought was a Nokia 1110 and later came the Nokia E71. In a previous review on; My Sleek Nokia E71; I actually described how I fell in love with Nokia’s innovations when it comes to manufacturing durable, sleek and portable phones that could do just anything any other smart-phone wasn’t doing.

Nokia is set to give its competitors in the making of smart-phones with the global launch of Nokia E7 a hard time. With its tilting 4 inch Clear Black display, full keyboard and a fast access to a wide variety of apps directly on the home-screen, the Nokia E7 is the key to having a successful day in or out of the office.

Importantly, the device supports business applications from leading enterprise technology partners including Microsoft and IBM. From all indications, the device would hit the West African market, first week in April at the very latest.

“People are continuing to look for solutions that suit both their work and personal life; in business circles this is known as the ‘consumerization’ of IT. The Nokia E7 gives people the confidence to bring their own smart-phones to the workplace to connect securely to corporate messaging servers,” said Spokesperson, Nokia.

“On the other hand, whether you are an artist, entrepreneur, university student or aspiring world traveler, the Nokia E7 is the only smart-phone you will need to get the world’s best mobile navigation and mapping application, thousands of apps, millions of music, and a rich messaging experience.”

For business users, Nokia E7 provides direct, secure and real-time access to email, calendar, contacts, tasks and the corporate directory through Microsoft Exchange servers, as well as Office Communicator Mobile, developed by Microsoft for Nokia smart-phones, which brings presence and corporate instant messaging.

The Sleek Nokia E7

Additionally, a wide range of entertainment and social services available on the Nokia E7 make it the perfect off-duty companion, and the Ovi Store offers a wealth of apps such as Bloomberg, Angry Birds and Sports Tracker.

The new arrival offers drive or walk navigation in 80 countries. The latest commercial version of Ovi Maps, available immediately via Ovi Store or Ovi Suite, adds visibility to subways, trams and trains, real-time traffic, safety alerts, visibility to parking and petrol stations, speed limit warnings, and improved search and location sharing capabilities.

The All New Nokia E7

Here are more reasons why the Nokia E7 is the all-in-one business smart-phone:

Easy access to private and business email

Create, edit and share office documents and view PDF files with Adobe Reader

Fast, secure intranet access with the built-in VPN

High-resolution photos and HD video with the 8 megapixel camera and dual LED flash

HDMI connectivity to project files, videos and images onto large screens

16 gigabytes of on-board flash memory

USB-On-The-Go, enabling easy file sharing by connecting USB a stick to the smart-phone.

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Report – Open Innovation Africa Summit, 2010


The first-ever Open Innovation Africa Summit which was held in Naivasha, Kenya from Nov, 29th – Dec 1st, 2010 brought together over 200 thought leaders and innovators from 25 countries across the world to stimulate critical thinking about the role of innovation in sustainable socio-economic development and to contribute to creating a conducive environment for innovative entrepreneurial activity in Africa.

Open Innovation Logo

The key goal of the summit was to promote the creation of new innovation services and collaboration models, which align public and private sector stakeholder and embed end-used driven co-creation and open innovation as critical elements in African innovation systems. The Summit generated actionable ideas and recommendations for the gathered public policy specialists, researchers, academia, entrepreneurs, government representatives, ICT experts and financiers to take forward in their respective contexts for positive social impact.

200 African thought leaders gathered for the event, which was spearheaded by Nokia, Capgemini and The World Bank.

“Every individual in this room already possesses an answer”.

This was just one of the interesting quotes displayed in the plenary hall throughout the Summit. True to this, delegates came up with a joint vision for an innovation ecosystem and sought to foster trust between stakeholders. This was partly through building networks and establishing partnerships to stimulate collaboration. Delegates also highlighted critical policy recommendations and best practices in sustainable, open innovation as well as the vital role played by mobile and other technologies in building an information society and stimulating entrepreneurship.

Fours thematic areas of African Innovation were the main topics of discussion amongst the participants. The topics were:

  • Ecosystem: enabling innovation for sustainable socio-economic development;
  • Technology Platforms: leveraging technology to deliver public and private services to the undeserved; and

One area I found very interesting was – Room for High-tech Thinking:

Innovation entrepreneurship in Africa would also benefit greatly from designated innovation hubs “i-hubs” that provide the infrastructural and knowledge links across the region and make use of various technologies to stay abreast of global trends. Already, a number of African countries have set up “i-hubs”. Increasing interest in the role of the internet and growing capacity in the development and use of mobile technologies on the continent provides fertile ground for Africa to compete effectively in the technological marketplace.

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