The 2020 Global Mobile Awards are now Open!

It has never been a more exciting time for the connectivity industry than right now; traditional players are completely re-evaluating the very DNA of their companies, start-ups are redefining the possible, providers are innovating at an unprecedented rate, the media are excited and the industry is ready.

This is the 25th Global Mobile Awards.

In 1995 we applauded the world’s first flip phone, in 2020 we’re talking about the first 5G-enabled, foldable smartphone. A quarter of a century has changed the mobile industry beyond the early tech pioneer’s wildest dreams.

The #GLOMOAwards returns to MWC Barcelona 2020. With a revamped ceremony to recognise and honour the individuals, the teams, the organisations and the partnerships which have changed the meaning of what it is to be connected. Join us as we celebrate 25 years of excellence in the mobile and digital world

This is the mobile industry’s most coveted moment.

Check out the full list of the 2020 Awards below and apply before Wednesday 20th November:

1. Mobile Tech

Globally, there are more than 9 billion mobile connections (GSMA Intelligence, July 2019). Mobile technology now affects the everyday lives of over 5 billion people. Networks and technology are at the epicentre of mobile innovation, and this category recognises the companies that are revolutionising the capabilities and reach of mobile and digital technology.

Awards in this category are:

  1. Best Mobile Network Infrastructure
  2. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies more than $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  3. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies less than $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  4. Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies more than $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  5. Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies less than $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  6. Best Mobile Authentication & Security Solution
  7. 5G Leadership Award
  8. 5G Industry Partnership Award
  9. Outstanding Mobile Technology Award

2. Connected Consumer

The Consumer is King. As consumers migrate to the digital age, every business needs to evolve their relationship and product to match the, now, connected consumer. This category recognises the companies who have redefined the business-to-consumer relationship, from a transactional interaction to a personalised and protected conversation.

Awards in this category are:

  1. Best Mobile Operator Service for Consumers
  2. Best Mobile service for the Connected Life
  3. Most Innovative Mobile App

3. Industry X

At the crossroads where technology meets society, an incredible reshaping of the world, as we know it, is taking place. As technology continues to fuse the boundaries between physical and digital, key companies are pioneering in creating services that are at the forefront of this digital shift. In this category, we distinguish the organisations to watch across market verticals.

Awards in this category are:

  1. Best Mobile Innovation for Work
  2. Best Mobile Innovation for Health and Biotech
  3. Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive
  4. Best Mobile Innovation for Payment and Fintech
  5. Best Mobile Innovation for Smart Cities
  6. Best Mobile Innovation for Media and Entertainment
  7. Best Mobile Innovation for Building Trust in the Digital Age
  8. Tech of the Future Award

4. Device

Today mobile hardware acts as the remote control to our lives. This category will celebrate the achievements in hardware developments that are stimulating advancements in the mobile sector. We want to see technology that is changing how consumers interact with devices. This category has a strong reputation for recognising market disruptors ahead of others!

Awards in this category are:

  1. Best Smartphone
  2. Disruptive Device Innovation Award
  3. Best New Connected Mobile Device @ MWC 2020
  4. Best Connected Consumer Device

5. Tech4Good

On the journey to intelligent connectivity we applaud the organisations that work tirelessly to ensure that no one gets left behind. The GSMA is committed to connecting everyone and everything to a #BetterFuture. This category celebrates the companies who are dedicated to innovating for the communities which are most in need.

Awards in this category are:

  1. Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets
  2. Best Mobile Innovation supporting Emergency or Humanitarian Situations
  3. Best Mobile Innovation for Accessibility & Inclusion
  4. Best Mobile Innovation for Climate Action
  5. Best Mobile Innovation for Enhancing Children’s Lives
  6. Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs

6. Government Excellence

Every year we are delighted to present the Government Excellence Awards to governments who have fostered the true spirit of digitalisation in their national agenda. This year we will once again honour the governments who have pushed the boundaries of innovation.

Awards in this category are:

  1. Government Leadership Award

7. Outstanding Achievement

Behind every technological advancement and zeitgeist shift in the sector there is an individual who has relentlessly dedicated their time, resources and energy to make change possible. This category looks to honour these individuals and companies who have gone above and beyond to better our community.

Awards in this category are:

  1. Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry
  2. Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award
  3. Diversity in Tech Award
  4. 25 Years of Connecting People Award

8. 4YFN Barcelona Awards

The 4YFN Barcelona awards 2020 is the startup competition of 4YFN (Four Years From Now) at MWC Barcelona 2020 event, focused on highlighting digital innovations within the startup community. It is the highest official recognition offered exclusively to startups during MWC Barcelona. 10 carefully selected semi-finalists will be invited to pitch in front of renowned investors and only 5 finalists will make it to the grand finale. The winner crowned “4YFN Startup of the Year” will be announced on the 4YFN main stage and given an attractive award package, including a cash prize.

Awards in this category are:

  1. 4YFN Barcelona Awards

9. YoMo Award

YoMo: The Youth Mobile Festival, as part of MWC Barcelona, aims to inspire thousands of young people and help them learn more about careers in STEAM sectors in an increasingly mobile world.

YoMo Award for Best STEAM Activity for Young People is introduced to recognize impactful mobile innovation for school-age children and/or teachers within Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

Awards in this category are:

  1. YoMo STEAM Activity for Young People Award

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