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MAW is on a roll! Look at all these MAW alumni making news headlines:

The MAW team packs their bags and heads to London June 25-29. As always, the event will be streamed live via Twitter. If Mobile Acceleration Week sounds interesting to you or someone you know, don’t forget to apply. Find out more about the application process here or on the MAW homepage.

MAW is making a media splash! Just check out some of out great MAW alum in the news:

  • Soundtracker, a free online music streaming service, attended MAW in New York City last fall. Daniele Calabrese, the founder and CEO of the company, was recently featured by Nokia’s developer program on Youtube.
  • The location-based application, Echoecho, was chosen to present at Mobile World Congress. The company was chosen at the AppCircus event in London to be a part of the Mobile Premier Awards. Echoecho participated in MAW San Francisco.
  • Rdio is making quite a media splash with their recent expansion into Germany, Australia, Spain, and Portugal. COO, Carter Adamson, recently gave an interview about the expansion into Australia. Rdio is a subscription based stream music service that attended MAW in San Francisco.
  • Media Friends, a social hub that empowers consumers to text across multiple platforms, released a Windows Phone app. The app, Heywire, garnered media attention and a large number of downloads within the first day. Media Friends came to the MAW event in New York City.
  • Nine MAW startups were chosen as great new apps by Wired. The list included: Stitcher, Skedi, News 360, News Republic, WNM Live, inTooch, CitySourced, Echoecho, and Rdio.
  • DoAt, a mobile-optimized search application, attended MAW in Israel. The company recently launched a beta version of Everything.me, or “the everything project.” The goal is to build a mobile app that give consumers access to whatever they want instantly.
  • News360 recently released an update to their popular app on Marketplace. In a recent interview, CEO Roman Karachinsky said the updated app has a more simplistic look than it does on other platforms. The company also made news as the first Russian-based company to publish an app for the Windows 8 preview.
  • Mobiles Republic, a San Francisco MAW company, published a Windows 8 app for preview. The app, News Republic , allows users to personalize and build their own news channels. The company also recently closed an impressive $3 million Series A funding round.

The MAW team packs their bags and heads to London June 25-29. As always, the event will be streamed live via Twitter. If Mobile Acceleration Week sounds interesting to you or someone you know, don’t forget to apply. Find out more about the application process here or on the MAW homepage.

MAW concluded another successful event today in Berlin. After a day of prepping yesterday, the startups arrived early this morning for MAW’s signature Demo Day event. Demo Day offers an opportunity for the startups to showcase their company and work they’ve done over the week. This day has been an essential part of MAW around the world and is exciting for us and the startups alike. Today’s Demo Day was no different with the 13 MAW Berlin companies taking the stage.

Brian Hoskins, Strategic and Emerging Business Team (SEBT) at Microsoft, and Tom Halabi, SEBT at Microsoft, kicked off the day with a short presentation. Brian and Tom discussed the program benefits and how to take advantage of the gives post-MAW. Many MAW alumni have already taken advantage of the great marketing opportunities such as a Bizspark Startup of the Day spotlight or Marketplace feature. Following the presentation, the startups spent this morning putting the finishing touches on their apps and prepping for the afternoon presentations.

Final prep time

After lunch, the presentations kicked off. There was a great group of companies attending the event, ranging from consumer to enterprise apps. Each startup presented for 10-15 minutes on the company, market, and application. Each presentation included a live demo of a Windows Phone app.

Kodira pitches their app, Tourschall

After much deliberation, the judges reached a decision. It was a tight competition given the strength of the teams. The winners are:

First place:

Second place:

Third place:

The first and second place teams walked away with XBOX Kinect sets, with the third place taking home stereo headsets for their Nokia Lumia phones. The MAW team was highly impressed with the quality of startups and active entrepreneur scene in Germany and Berlin. A big congratulations to all participants for an outstanding job this week!

The MAW team packs their bags and heads to London June 25-29. As always, the event will be streamed live via Twitter. If Mobile Acceleration Week sounds interesting to you or someone you know, don’t forget to apply. Find out more about the application process here or on the MAW homepage.

After a successful day two, the startups woke up this morning to some cooler weather and a light drizzle in Berlin which is perfect weather for building apps! Today was spent preparing for tomorrow’s Demo Day. The startups spent the morning putting the finishing touches on their beta apps. Together with representatives from Motivity and iLink, the companies have made some outstanding progress this week. There are already some pretty advanced applications up and running after just a few days’ development time.

Morning work

Just before lunch, MAW welcomed special guest, Dailyme.TV, a very successful Windows Phone app in Germany and BizSpark company. Dailyme talked about their experiences on the platform, providing advice and tips on development as well as their experiences with the product launch. The company has seen over 15,000 downloads since their release in late March and is off to a strong start. After seeing the MAW startups’ progress this week, we’re confident these companies will see the same success when they release. The Dailyme.tv team members shared their thoughts on Windows Phone:

  • “Compared to our development of our iPhone and iPad apps, working on Windows Phone and Windows 8 took way less time and was easier to release.  Microsoft’s support and tools made a big difference.”
  • “If you don’t have Live Tiles, your customers won’t love you.”

The Dailyme.TV team

Post-lunch, we welcomed Hanne Jungclau from Faktor 3 PR agency. Historically, many startups have needed assistance in this area. MAW makes this session a priority. Representatives from Faktor 3 met with each startup individually to work through launch plans and PR strategies throughout the afternoon. The rest of the time, startups worked on their pitches and apps for Demo Day tomorrow.

Afternoon development

The day finished off with a networking dinner with the startups, Nokia, Nokia Growth Partners, and other industry partners. The dinner gave everyone the opportunity to talk more about their app development, Windows Phone, and the mobile phone industry as a whole.

It’s been an incredible week so far. Tomorrow promises to be an exciting conclusion to the event. We look forward to the pitches and demos tomorrow at Demo Day. Good luck to all the startups!

Check back for more updates on MAW Berlin or stay tuned to Twitter for updates throughout the day. You can also find more general information about MAW on the homepage and application information here.

Rise and shine, Berlin! After a busy first day, the startups arrived this morning ready to rock and roll with morning code drops from our offshore developers. Many participants have commented on the great location of this week’s MAW events held at Microsoft’s Berlin offices. The building is right across the street from the famous Berlin Zoo, which has provided some great background noise throughout the event. There was some early excitement today as several of our startups and MAW were featured in the Huffington Post– yet some more much deserved media coverage for MAW!

The morning started with some more unstructured development time for the companies. Even after a long night of work last night, the developers were eager to get back to work this morning. Following the development time, the content section of the day began. Oliver Scheer, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, kicked off the day with a presentation on UI/UX and mobile development. This lecture has been a staple at the past events, and always proves to be useful for the attendees. Following the presentation, the companies attended a networking lunch with developers, Nokia, and Nokia Growth Partners. This was a great opportunity for the startups to make contacts and discuss their app development progress.

Networking lunch

On the heels of a successful lunch, Christian Schepke, Manager of Ecosystem and Developer Experience at Nokia, took the stage. Christian presented on partnership opportunities with Nokia and shared some numbers about Nokia’s shipments and momentum with Windows Phone. Christian then handed over the microphone to Walter Masalin, Nokia Growth Partners’ Berlin office. Walter presented on the VC firm and how to structure a funding pitch. Brian Hoskins, Strategic adn Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, then discussed the availability of application development grants from Microsoft and Nokia’s joint fund with Aalto University.

Presentation time

Brian then took the stage for a presentation on Marketplace and Monetization. This session is another staple at MAW events, and one that participants always find useful for how to think about launching their applications. Brian discussed ways to increase downloads and user engagement with the unique capabilities of Windows Phone, including App Connect, Live Tiles and Marketplace merchandising.  He also shared the top six ways to increase monetization on the platform, as well as the key ways to build a great application and what the Marketplace team looks for to feature an app. The content part of the day finished off with a Q&A session on technical and business questions for the startups.

Brian presents on Marketplace monetizing

The day concluded with a pizza dinner as startups continued into the night working on their apps. Many have already developed working beta versions in just two days, which means demo day will be another exciting one. Tomorrow promises to be another busy day with PR and Marketing training, partner showcase with dailyme.tv, as well as the MAW networking dinner.

Check back for more updates on MAW Berlin or stay tuned to Twitter for updates throughout the day.  You can also find more general information about MAW on the homepage and application information here.

MAW kicked off in Berlin today. And, with 15 great startups in attendance, it is sure to be a successful week. The participants have come from all over Germany, including Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Munich, Cologne, and Dusseldorf. The startups represent a diverse group of companies, from location based services to mobile payments and productivity apps. The MAW team is excited to be in Berlin because the city is rapidly becoming not just the political capital of Germany but also the startup capital. Berlin has a vibrant tech and startup scene, which makes it an ideal place to host MAW.

Welcome to MAW Berlin

Following a morning registration and breakfast, the day started off with a kickoff presentation by Brian Hoskins, Strategic and Emerging Business Team at Microsoft. Brian welcomed the startups and gave a general overview of the week’s schedule. The attendees had an opportunity to introduce themselves and get acquainted with one another. The participants were introduced to the representatives from Motivity Labs and iLink who will be assisting the startups in development throughout the week.

Kickoff session

Kai Jäger, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, closed out the morning with a presentation. Kai gave a technical overview session on Windows Phone and phone SDK.  While many companies are familiar with the Windows Phone platform, Kai’s presentation served as a good reminder for everyone. The companies then took a break for lunch to network and discuss the morning sessions.

Kai Jäger takes the stage

The afternoon was devoted to app development. The startups attended 1:1 consulting sessions with Motivity and iLink, beginning to formulate ideas and designs for their apps. Microsoft employees were on hand to support and advise on app development. This development time is important to the startups as they prepare for Demo Day later this week.

Development time

After a break for dinner, many startups continued into the evening, prepping for a busy day tomorrow.  Tomorrow’s focus will be on content, including UI, partnering with Nokia and Windows Phone, and Marketplace and Monetization.

Check back for more updates on MAW Berlin or stay tuned to Twitter for updates throughout the day.  You can also find more general information about MAW on the homepage and application information here.

MAW kicks off in Berlin tomorrow with another awesome group of startups joining the event. Once again, the diversity of the participants is outstanding. From a mobile agency to an app download search engine to an online time tracking hub, these companies are sure to excel at this week’s event. MAW Berlin is packed with informational sessions, lectures, networking, and plenty of time for app development. Make sure to check out this week’s participants:

 AppSourcing GmbH, Leipzig

AppSourcing is a mobile agency that focused on .NET before but now focuses on WP7 and mobile.

BGI Solutions

BGI Solutions is run by a team of experts in Microsoft Bing Maps, Windows Phone 7, and Windows 8 development. The company was also chosen as a Microsoft Partner of the Year for Germany in 2010.

Xyologic

Xyologic believes that finding apps which are truly useful shouldn’t be hard work. The company has built the most detailed app search engine there is, and created innovations such as cluster technology which help extend user discovery far passed the input field.

LogMyTime

LogMyTime is an online time tracking hub for small to medium-sized businesses.

                           Kodira

Kodira is a German startup located in Dresden that develops applications for all major mobile platforms (iPhone, Android, Symbian and WP7). The main product is Tourschall, a platform for creating, authoring and publishing of mobile audio guides. Apart from that, Kodira also offers IT consulting services and custom project development.

twofloats

twofloats GmbH offers B2B partners unique location-based services solutions for mobile applications on smartphones, tablets or any other mobile devices. The highly efficient and scalable server solution notifies users about relevant information based on their current location.

Appseleration GmbH

 Appseleration creates, manages, and distributes mobile applications.

MobiLab Solutions

MobiLab has created apps for mobile payment, gift cards, and mobile ordering.

KI-Performance

KI-Performance is a Microsoft Gold Partner for business intelligence, portals, and collaboration. The company has a strong mobile focus.

Mobile Event Guide GmbH

Mobile Event Guide develops smartphone applications for conferences and trade shows. The company already has developed apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

Bonus Magnet

Bonus Magnet is working on developing an loyalty reward card aggregation app. Users can keep their customer cards, membership cards, and club cards all in one electronic place.

emotion touch GmbH

emotion touch develops mobile and multi-touch applications

 mark veys GmbH & Co. KG

mark veys is a digital product design company, which develops high-quality interactive user interfaces for successful and brand experience-oriented digital services.

As always, the event will be streamed live via Twitter. If Mobile Acceleration Week sounds interesting to you or someone you know, don’t forget to apply. Find out more about the application process here or on the MAW homepage.

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