Kenya recently launched Africa’s first mobile apps lab known as m-lab. The facility based in Nairobi Kenya will serve as incubation center for new business in the mobile space within East Africa countries. Among the initiatives which will be taken by the lab are training, business development support, linkages with financiers for seed capital and venture capital and more. The main aim is to stimulate developers, researchers to come up with innovative products and services with impact in the local market and in the global stage. The success of the mobile app like Mpesa in Kenya is motivating many mobile app developers in East Africa to come with more innovative solutions.
Recently we sat down with John Kieti the m:Lab East Africa Manager to understand more about the lab:
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The European Lifelong Learning Indicators Project (ELLI project) was launched by Bertelsmann Stiftung in January 2008 in an effort to make the concept of lifelong learning in Europe more understandable and transparent.
BridgeIT is a program that uses mobile phones to bring educational videos to rural classrooms – a mobile teaching tool deployed in The Philippines and Tanzania, which is changing the way teachers and students interact.
Butterfly Works co-designs for a better world. They are based in Amsterdam and work globally. They have developed numerous concepts which contribute to greater equality in the world, including projects on digital and mobile learning.
The EIT is a new independent community body which was set up to address Europe’s innovation gap. They aim to rapidly emerge as a key driver of EU sustainable growth and competitiveness through the stimulation of world-leading innovation.
Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) is a global movement and registered Social Enterprise that provides innovative solutions to address various complex problems. An exciting new exciting project, “Facebook for FREE Education” will be extending its educational services to more of the community members in impoverished parts of Cape Town.
Imagine how kids might be learning 100 years from now. This exercise is not easy. To put this in perspective, 40 years ago, consumers didn’t have cell phones, smart phones, personal computers, internet, social networking, digital cameras, email, GPS, tablets, laptops, Skype, YouTube—and the list goes on and on …
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