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Formal Launch for m:lab East Africa
Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EAT)
We would like to welcome you to the formal opening of m:lab East Africa, which is hosted by the *iHub_ Consortium and includes Nairobi’s *iHub_, eMobilis, the World Wide Web Foundation, and the University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics. The inauguration of the consortium’s facilities is expected to convene some 150 participants from the innovation and entrepreneurship community including government agencies, private sector and development organisations. The formal opening will be held a day after PIVOT25, the consortium's mobile developer competition and conference.
m:lab East Africa is the region’s new incubation facility for entrepreneurs and innovators with a focus on mobile technology. The lab aims to facilitate demand-driven innovation by local and regional entrepreneurs, ensuring that breakthrough low-cost, high-value mobile solutions can be developed and scaled-up into sustainable businesses that address social and economic needs. The facility’s services include business incubation, training, consumer research and application testing. The facility will also assist developers and entrepreneurs to access capital for scale up of their innovations as well as to access markets. The lab’s activities are aimed at helping to make the East Africa region a global hub for mobile innovation.
Mobile Application Labs (mLabs) are an innovative way to foster enterprise creation, employment and competitiveness by providing open spaces where entrepreneurs and programmers can find training, mentoring, technical expertise and access to finance. Providing both incubation facilities and a network of like-minded and knowledgeable supporters, the infoDev global network of mLabs, in partnership with Finland and Nokia, is accelerating the commercialization of innovations in developing countries. The establishment of a network of mLabs in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a key part of Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy program.
The launch will start by a formal opening session and will continue by a tour to the new m:lab East Africa premises, where participants will meet the members of the mLab consortium, some of the first incubatees, and selected students in training. After the tour there will be an opportunity for informal networking over refreshments.
General information about the mLab East Africa can be found at www.mlab.co.ke and the infoDev announcement about the African mLabs at http://www.infodev.org/en/Article.592.html.
PIVOT25 competition and conference http://pivot25.com
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m:lab East Africa
m:lab East Africa is a consortium of four organizations aiming to be a leader in identifying, nurturing and helping to build sustainable enterprises in the knowledge economy. The consortium members and their roles are :-
- eMobilis, Education, training, accredition and certification.
- World Wide Web Foundation – curriculum and content, training and Education
- The University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics for rigorous academic research
- iHub for community interaction, development space, events and access to capital and markets