For mobile developers like Nguyen Quang Vinh, founder of current incubatee VietGameDev, mLab East Asia represents a platform to translate their skills and passion into companies that can grow internationally.
“The support provided by the mLab in terms of devices, technical facilities, and especially access to finance and markets are exactly what independent developers like us need to succeed,” Nguyen said.
Collectively, the mLabs—an infoDev creation funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland—aim to harness the new job creation opportunities of the digital era. More than 30 billion mobile applications were downloaded last year alone, according to our own flagship report Maximizing Mobile.
The mLab launch followed the close of the m2Work Hackathon—a 48-hour coding binge where over 300 app developers produced 64 mobile microwork prototypes at mLab East Asia and four other locations around the world.
The hackathon itself built on the lessons and networks from the m2Work Challenge, which drew nearly 1,000 ideas for jobs that people could do from many of the five billion active mobile phones in developing countries.
For more information on mLab East Asia, visit the official website. For more information on the m2Work Hackathon, click here, or stay tuned for our breakdown with stats and pictures, coming later this week.