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? Kindly hosted by the GSMA, who will give us an overview of mPayment initiatives today, we'll also be hearing a review of MPESA from Paul Makin of Consult Hyperion. Our panel session will be chaired by David Birch and confirmed panellists for the evening are Thierry Chopard of PayPal, Chris Thomason of Seren and Ben Whitaker from Masabi, who will provide interesting and varied perspectives on the topic. Further speakers tbc.
The venue is the GSMA – the London headquarters of the GSM Association (they’re the folks behind Mobile World Congress amongst other things). You’ll find it at 5 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF. Nearest Underground stations are Chancery Lane or Farringdon. It’s also within walking distance of City Thameslink overground station.
The date for your diary is Monday 19th April 2010.
Special thanks to Galit Zadok for helping us put the programme together and to Simon Rockman from the GSMA for his support.
Registration is open now over at http://momolo.org so please make sure you RSVP in good time please.
See you there!