MobileMonday Peer Awards were announced, coinciding with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We covered the 25 nominees here. The award recognizes early stage and emerging Mobile Web start-up companies.Recently the winners of the
Buzzd's win again shows that location-based services will be the killer app for the Mobile Web. Everyone has known that for a long time - and it's why Google Maps is so popular on the mobile phone. But Buzzd is an excellent example of how start-ups can help popularize the Mobile Web, by providing a useful location-based service. Aiming it at a young, hip demographic doesn't hurt either!
Buzzd is finding its way in the Mobile Web world via partnerships with Citysearch, Helio, Flavorpill and Time Out New York. There's a good demo of how the service works here - but basically it allows you to find an event near where you are, then 'shout out' to friends to meet you there. There is a social networking component, whereby you can meet other users at the events. Here is a screenshot from the demo:
Other winners at the MobileMonday Awards included mobile search service Taptu (see ReadWriteWeb's review of Taptu) and open source email and messaging company Funambol - who both won in the Emerging Community category. Local Spanish favorite Kimia, a rich media content provider, took out the audience choice.