February, 2013

PIVOT EAST 2013 Dates Announced


February 21, 2013

Pivot East is an annual mobile startups pitching competition and conference in East Africa. It is organized by m:lab East Africa with the support of iHub and other partners. The event was held in 2011 and 2012 as Pivot 25 and Pivot East respectively. After organizing two successful editions of the mobile startups pitching competition and conference in 2011 and 2012 in Kenya, m:lab East Africa and its partners are planning a third edition of the same in 2013. Objectives of Pivot East in 2013 are :-

  • To consolidate recent gains of the regional mobile ecosystem and help direct the thinking from mobile applications to mobile entrepreneurship.
  • To facilitate discovery of the next wave of high potential mobile startups
  • To sustain the push towards having mobile innovations high in the agenda of regional governments, corporates and development agencies.
  • To raise the quality of mobile startups in the region and their investability

The competition began in February 2013 with a workshop on Intellectual Property, other workshops activities will be in march as we gear up to the event that will culminate in a pitching conference for 25 regional finalists in Kampala on June 25th and 26th 2013. The categories in this year’s conference will be: Financial Services, Business and Resource Management, Entertainment ,

Mobile Society and Utilities Categories. Call for application for this year’s competition will be opened on Monday, 25th February 2013. Eligible participants should companies or individuals with a registered business names domiciled in East African countries (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia and South Sudan).

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Improving quality and uptake of agricultural mobile innovations

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

February 19, 2013

On 27th February 2013 m:lab East Africa will host the sixth Wireless Wednesday meetup on mobile innovations in agriculture. The meetup will focus on how developers can improve the quality of mobile applications they launch into the market. Quality of the applications being user friendliness, relevance, problem-solving, among other factors. The attendees will also discuss whether  quality assurance drives uptake of mobile applications in agriculture.
The theme of the event is: Improving quality and uptake of agricultural mobile innovations.  The event will have mobile apps developers, entrepreneurs, farmers, NGOs, financial advisors,media, government representatives, and other stakeholders. The event, sponsored by USAID through DAI.
Several suggestions and feedbacks have been given to developers and mobile entrepreneurs targeting agricultural solutions in previous Wireless Wednesday events. A recap of these suggestions may be found in previous articles in this blog as follows
31st October 2012: Challenges Faced by Rice Farmers due to lack of Reliable Agro Weather Data
29th August 2012: Mobile Apps Targeting Post Harvest Challenges in Agriculture
27th June 2012 : Reviewing Mobile Applications Targeting Agricultural Productivity
25th April 2012: Using mobile tech to overcome post harvest challenges in horticulture
29th Feb 2012: Nine considerations for implementing apps for Agriculture
29th Feb 2012:Using technology to enhance productivity in agricultural value chains
The upcoming event will take place from 10am to 2pm. The main focus group discussion session will be held from 12pm to 2pm. You are invited to familiarise yourself with the apps’ featured during the marketplace demos between 10am and 12noon. And to give your input on the discussion. Registration for participation can be done HERE…. NB: there are limited slots available.

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Mobile Web East Africa 2013


February 15, 2013

Mobile Web East Africa 2013, the third East African edition of a progressive and interactive mobile industry event in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event will be at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, Kenya on February 19th through 21st. The event aims to contribute to

the growth of regional mobile ecosystem through interaction and relationship building. MWEA2013-logo Some of the issues to be covered at the conference include the following :-

  • What the mobile web and apps opportunity means to the entrepreneurs and consumers both rural and urban
  • what can be deduced from existing examples of different creative industries embracing tech and the mobile web
  • Analysis on how creativity has been integration to the establishment of disruptive innovations within the mobile technology sector
  • The role of mobile network operators in enhancing the impact of Africa’s creative industries
  • The mobile opportunity from the point of view of the file industry
  • An exploration of how the effect of content on the digital savvy consumer can be maximized
  • Maximizing the functionality of feature phones and the cloud to create a mobile social community
  • The transformation from print to online and now to mobile

The complete conference agenda with a rich array of speakers is available here Registrations can be made at To catch a piece of the action online, and to make contributions to the proceedings, one may follow hashtag #MWEA2013

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