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The competition, run in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), began its search for UK’s most innovative mobile company in November 2011.
All four finalists pitched before an expert judging panel – consisting of Mike Short (Vice President of Telefonica Europe), Sean Kane (startups mentor and Springboard founder), Russell Buckley (ex-AdMob executive) and Geoff McCormick (director of leading design consultancy, TheAlloy) – before the winner was announced today at Mobile World Congress.
DataWind has developed and manufactured the UbiSlate – a 7-inch Android powered tablet that retails for just $35. The company is aiming to ‘break the price barrier for computing and internet access’ and make digital connectivity affordable, especially in emerging markets around the world. Its onboard proprietary UbiSurfer web browser also increases data speeds by up to 30 times by compressing the data.
Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind says “The global reach of technology is truly only possible because of the significant support we receive from UKTI offices around the world. We are honoured to be recognised; it is a great validation of our vision and I hope this will help create greater impetus for UK innovation.”
Russell Buckley, one of the Smart UK Project judges, says “We were very impressed by the quality of all the finalists, it was a tough decision but we are very pleased that DataWind has won the Smart UK Project 2012. There is a global potential and the will to transform lives and society, all using the resources of a British company.”
UKTI is exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. It can found at stand AV35.