This report is an assessment of the overall effects of infoDev’s mobile application labs (mLabs). mLabs are specialized mobile business incubation and acceleration facilities offering physical workspace, mentoring and coaching, devices for mobile application testing, training, and startup competitions.
infoDev publishes a new study that assesses the mobile applications sector in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has witnessed extraordinary growth in the ICT and mobile sectors, with increasing private sector investments, a growing user population in terms of devices and services and a government that actively supports and promotes the industry.
infoDev releases a new report detailing lessons learned through its support of Mobile Application Laboratories (mLabs) and Mobile Social Networking Hubs (mHubs). The findings in this report will be useful primarily to current and future managers, consortium organizations, and funders of mLabs and mHubs.
Caribbean students and techies descended on the headquarters of the University of the West Indies at Mona for Digital Jam 3.0 ‘Get Up, Start Up,’ on March 1-2. The juried Mobile Apps competition was the culmination of months of preparation by more than 50 teams of young programmers competing for an assortment of prizes, including a top prize of USD10,000.
Kate Mahugu, cofounder of Shopsoko made quite an impression when she was in Washington, DC for our 2013 Mobile Startup Camp. She not only impressed infoDev but has caught the attention of global corporations and well-established organizations. There's no stopping her as she's determined to let others know about local artisans in developing countries.
m:lab East Africa—the Nairobi-based mobile innovation hub supported by infoDev—is one of seven organizations to win a grant from the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF). The fund is awarded to organizations that support social and impact enterprises with a focus on creating sustainable impacts for underserved communities.
The explosion of creative activity in smartphone and tablet applications continues to spread across the Caribbean, as budding technology entrepreneurs upgrade their skills and get ready for the world of business. With less than two weeks to go before the start of Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean Edition," mobile app competitors and their mentors are working feverishly to fine-tune and finish their entries on time for the March 1-2 event at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, Jamaica.
Fresh off a string of recent successes—being a VentureOut Challenge finalist, presenting at DEMOAfrica, pitching at the 1776 Challenge Cup Tour in Cape Town—GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee chats with us about the evolving field of startups building smarter cities.