mLab East Asia lau...

mLab East Asia launched

Mobile incubator kicks off activities with a global hackathon

On Monday, September 17, mLab East Asia formally launched in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, offering regional mobile innovators a specialized incubation program that features business mentoring, technical coaching, access to equipment, and access to finance.

The mLab—short for Mobile Applications Laboratory—follows in the heels of mLab East AfricamLab Southern Africa, and mLab ECA, which have turned out a number of successful mobile enterprises.

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.

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