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Nokia announcesIndia winners of`WAP Hothouse' 

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Mumbai : Leading mobile phone maker Nokia announced recently the India winners of `WAP Hothouse', its Asia Pacific initiative for Wireless application protocol (WAP) content developers. Raja Nagendra Kumar of Bangalore walked away with the top laurel and a prize of SGD 50,000 for his "mpayee". Usha Martin Info Tech Ltd won the second prize of SGD 25,000 for its MedWAP while G Suresh Kumar of Chennai won the third prize of SGD 10,000 for his "Finger Tips". The winner now enters the regional contest in Singapore to be held on October 31. WAP Hothouse invited entries from local corporations, students, educational institutions and individual content developers across across eight major markets of Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and India. In the Indian leg, there were 1,400 entries of which 350 were short-listed. The competition was in the areas of developing applications in the categories of productivity, entertainment, media, education and innovation.

The developers received support from Nokia in terms of training and guidance where required. What is Nokia's interest in all this, one might ask? Well, the answer is simple. Nokia believes that there will be more people connected to the Internet via handsets than PCs by the end of 2003. And Nokia, apart from being a supplier of mobile phone supplier, mobile, fixed and IP networks, is also a supplier of related services and multimedia terminals. In around 30 diverse markets in the Asia Pacific region, Nokia provides innovative, market-relevant technology and products.

Said Mr Ashwin Bakshi, country manager, Nokia: "Nokia is committed to promoting the development of creative, innovative and locally relevant WAP content in individual markets. The contest was a call to the country's WAP developers to envision future and take a unique step towards the Mobile Information Society. The resulting work has produced an exciting range of some of the most innovative mobile applications yet seen in India."

Now what does Nokia do with these intellectual properties? Buy the IPR from individual developers and sell it worldwide? Or get into a marketing tie up with him? Nokia officials did look keen on the former if the product was commercially viable.

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