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In the spotlight: MobileMonday at the mHubs

To spur local app developer communities to connect and grow, infoDev with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland seeded eight Mobile Social Networking Hubs (mHubs) in developing countries, starting in early 2011. Today, the enthusiasm around one event attests to their success.

MobileMonday, or MoMo, has grown from a monthly gathering of innovators in Helsinki in 2000, into a vibrant network of tech thought-leaders with chapters in over 100 locations around the globe, including several young hotbeds of mobile innovation.

Beyond supplying the mHubs with funding and advice, infoDev helped position them as MobileMonday hosts. In the last few months, their local chapters have drawn hundreds of participants, including leading regional entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors, for evenings of intense debate and discussion on state-of-the-art mobile technologies.

Last month’s MobileMonday Hanoi, which focused on the next media, drew 154 attendees with a high-level panel that included Mr. Huynh Kim Tuoc (Facebook’s Chief Representative in Vietnam), Mr. Le Quang Anh (CEO of e-learning site AiTi Aptech), and Mr. Nguyen Hoang Tu (Deputy Diretor of the International Cooperation Center).

To see the faces of the July 26 MobileMonday event in Hanoi, click here.

In July’s MobileMonday Kampala, which tackled mobile health (mHealth) applications, technology entrepreneurs and enthusiasts found a platform on which to discuss ways to unlock the true potential of tools such as mTrac, which the Ugandan Ministry of Health has used to digitize the country’s health management systems, expanding the reach and efficiency of local doctors.

In their own mHealth-oriented event in April, the folks at MobileMonday Dar-Es-Salaam hosted an overview of mHealth trends in Tanzania from Mr. Marcos Mzeru, from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, as well as cutting-edge talks on reducing maternal mortality through mHealth and the finer business points of mHealth apps.

Click here to view the slideshows and talks from the MobileMonday Dar-Es-Salaam April meeting.

The eight mHubs are located in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Vietnam, and Nepal. mHub Nepal will be one of five sites to host the m2Work Hackathon next month.

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