If you gotta be stranded somewhere, London isn't the worst place to be. In one week, I've been to three awesome networking events. After Mobile Brain Bank, TEDxVolcano, tonight was Mobile Monday London .
Theme of the evening was mPayment - myths and reality.
"mPayments is a topic that has had more false dawns than the dark side of the moon. There is no doubt that mobile technology promises to deliver both an appealing merchant and consumer experience, yet in the past, we've seen many mPayment companies and initiatives fall by the wayside as the promise and the reality have been light years apart.
We are hearing that things really are happening outside of the developing world and that players other than mobile operators are making good progress - so we thought it was time to look again at this area and answer some of these questions:
What is the future for mPayments outside the developing world? When will Mobile Contactless / NFC actually happen? Who is likely to make money in this sector above and beyond the network operator?
- Neil Daly of the GSM Association
- Paul Makin of Consult Hyperion
- Panel chaired by David Birch, panellists John Lunn of PayPal, Chris Thomason of Seren and Ben Whitaker from Masabi, and Andrew Henderson of UK Mobile Contactless Forum
I was happy to get together with some of the same people who attended the Mobile Brain Bank event last week, plus made some valuable contacts for further planning for the Mobile opportunities in Africa event.
Some pictures uploaded here .