Pocket Life a winner in Nokia's global innovators competition

Chosen from over 1,700 submissions from developers in 85 countries

Sydney, Australia/Wanaka, New Zealand, 05 September, 2009 - The location based social network Pocket Life wins in the 'Apps on Maps' competition of Forum Nokia's 2009 Calling All Innovators competition. The creator of the application, Pocket Web, Ltd., is the first New Zealand and Australia-based developer to be so honored.
Over 1,700 submissions were received from developers in 85 countries signaling a strong response to Nokia's challenge to think big and create mobile applications and services that can help build a better mobile user experience.
Pocketweb's application is Pocket Life - pocketlife.com - an established location-based social network application for web and mobile. The application allows users to share their current location - and other memorable locations - via GPS and mapping services such as Nokia's Ovi Maps.
Managing director of Nokia, Australia and New Zealand, Emile Baak, says it is fantastic to see a New Zealand developer performing so well against tough global competition. "The aim of the Calling All Innovators competition is to expose the best mobile applications from our developer community to consumers around the world."
"I would like to offer my congratulations to Pocketweb, the quantity and quality of the applications we received for the competition was astounding, so being named a finalist is a great achievement," Mr Baak said.
CEO of Pocketweb, Dr. Alexander Koeppen, says the company is pleased to have been named a finalist.
"We are extremely proud to be the first start up from New Zealand to be named as a finalist in the prestigious Nokia awards. Nokia platforms pave the way for new social networking opportunities and will help us to create a unique user experience and reach more and more users," Mr Koeppen said.
Pocketweb's chief technical architect, Tony Culshaw, said: "With each evolving Ovi Maps SDK release, Nokia has provided a convincing and forward looking approach to location based applications."
"Our team has worked hard to showcase how these technologies can be effectively integrated with other platforms. This recognition from Nokia confirms our strategy of positioning Pocket Life as a standard application for location based services on leading mobile platforms," Mr Culshaw said.

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