Building a Virtuous Map Community Platform

Christof Hellmis (Nokia gate5 GmbH), Michael Halbherr (Nokia), Jan Nowak (Nokia)
Products & Services Ballroom D

This session will showcase how Nokia’s map community platform is built with the ecosystem. Christof Hellmis who heads Nokia’s location unit, will show you the innovation Nokia has in this space and how the ecosystem contributes to the creation of the platform, for the benefit of consumers, developers and partners.

This session is sponsored by Nokia

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Christof Hellmis

Nokia gate5 GmbH

Christof Hellmis has a track record of more than 13 years experience in Research & Development, Consulting, Management and investing in media- and software-related technology areas. He currently serves as Director, Navigation & Context Services Platform in Nokia´s Services & Software Business Group, for Nokia. On top of Nokia’s context platform Nokia Maps, the world’s leading hybrid mapping and navigation service is being developed and operated.
Christof Hellmis joined Nokia in 2006 and is located in Berlin.
Prior to joining Nokia, Christof Hellmis took the position of Chief Operating Officer at gate5 AG where he helped to grew gate5’s navigation and mapping software business and built a strategic partnership with Nokia´s Multimedia devision.
He also served as Manager, Case leader and Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in various European countries.
At Nokia he acted as Director, Head of Navigation and Context Services Platform, before he took the position as VP, Product.
Christof Hellmis has spoken at conferences on navigation and location related topics.
Christof Hellmis holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany) and a Master of Business and Administration (MBA) from INSEAD in Fontainebleau (France).

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Michael Halbherr


Michael Halbherr
Vice President, Ovi Product Development

Michael leads the Ovi Product Development unit as part of Nokia’s Services business. In this role, Michael is responsible for the integration of all core services under the Ovi brand, including product development, marketing, road mapping, and deployment efforts.

Before joining Nokia in 2006, Michael worked for the Boston Consulting Group and at europatweb, the Internet investment vehicle of Groupe Arnault, overseeing all technology investments, including gate5. After that, Michael headed gate5 AG, the former leading supplier of mapping, routing and navigation software and services, for five years.

Since the acquisition of gate5 by Nokia, Michael has been heading the location based experiences at Nokia, and, most recently, the Ovi Product Development unit.

Michael holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich.

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Jan Nowak


Jan is a Product Manger for Location API at Nokia.
He has started to develop for mobile devices (Windows CE 3.0) in 2000. Jan achieved a Diploma in IT science in 2004
and since then has worked for multiple global players in mobile media (creation, editing, sharing on mobile) and mobile gaming. Since 2008 Jan works for Nokia in Web APIs for Desktop and mobile, and since 2010 is a Product Manager & Architect for Ovi Maps API

  • Nokia
  • OnStar
  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • AND Automotive Navigation Data
  • C3 Technologies
  • Ditto
  • Facebook
  • Factual
  • MapQuest
  • Microsoft Corporation

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