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Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 18, 2010

The Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge is awarding the entrant with the best idea for the emerging markets a $1 million investment from Nokia.

They have fielded lots of local teams to research markets around the world and have found that Nokia needs to help make local solutions viable to increase phone usage. The world’s biggest cell phone maker has sold more than 750 million basic phones in the emerging markets over the last five years. The 1616, costs around $32, a month’s wage in many countries. Yet it sells in huge number, thanks to customized services that makes it far more useful in emerging markets. In India, Nokia has set up a system, Progress Project, to allow small business (like farms) to send transactional data back and forth via text message. So whole businesses are running on cell phones, with farmers in rural areas able to auction off onions in western India. Nokia Money service brings together payments on a global scale. It isn’t tied to a single bank, carrier, or country. It’s important because 75 percent of the world’s people still haven’t sent an email. The company hopes that developers will create many more apps that can be useful in different regions of the world, from Sesame Street educational phone apps to local business directories. (CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo at CES)

Let It Ring Idea

Posted in film, ideas by aldorf on October 23, 2009

The Let It Ring experience begins at, where anyone can send a message in French, Dutch or English to their friends, providing an e-mail address and cell phone number. Their friend receives an e-mail with a link to Crazy Car Crash, what seems to be a typical internet movie. What the friend doesn’t know, is that he/she is playing the main part in it. As the video starts to play the viewer’s cell phone starts ringing. If the person answers, he/she generates an accident in the viral movie.

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