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PIVOT EAST 2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Agriculture, Education, Entertainment, Finalist, Health, PIVOT East, Uncategorized, Winners

July 1, 2019

PIVOT East was held on 27th June 2019 at iHub in Nairobi.  The event was held for its 6th time. It saw startups from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda pitching both virtually and physically to a panel of judges and other attendees. The event was live streamed to the public as this year’s conference was an exclusive and smaller event to enrich networking and interaction by the attendees. Invitees included seasoned startups founders, startup enablers, investors, industry players, government representatives and development partners.

The winners of PIVOT East were are follows:

Entertainment –

Winner-  Cloud9xp 

Runner up – UGticket

Cloud9xp (Kenya)

Cloud9xp is an online marketplace, booking service and distributor for leisure experiences. We offer a simple way to discover and book leisure experiences to do across Africa. 

UG Tickets (Uganda)

UG Tickets is a secure, online platform designed to facilitate the selling, marketing, and distribution of tickets for the convenience of event organizers/vendors and the consumers making it  possible for people to browse through a variety of events in music, football, festivals, conferences and talk-shows online; from any place, make the payments using mobile money and receive the tickets directly on their mobiles via Email and SMS. 

Enterprise

Winner – Enfinite Solution

Runner up – Vipimo

Enfinite Solutions Limited (Kenya)

Through our portfolio of premium products – WakiliCMS and EliteSuite, we strive to make sure that law firms and legal departments are run efficiently to minimize costs, increase profits and improve decision making criteria.

Vipimo (Kenya)

Vipimo is a ‘sensor as a service’ subscription service currently serving several large customers in the B2B space (large farms, freight forwarders).

Utilities – 

Winner – Coinbox

Runner up – Sheria Kiganjani

COINBOX KENYA (Kenya)

Coinbox allows its users to own Coinboxes in different and diverse listed brands and save for their due holidays by sending whatever amount they are comfortably able to their Coinbox until they reach the required amount.

SHERIA KIGANJANI(Tanzania)

Sheria Kiganjani is the first online legal digital platform in Tanzania which enable users to access various legal services remotely from  their devices i.e. Mobile Phones, Tablets, Computers etc.

Social Impact  Category- 

Winner – AfyaKit

Runner up – Ecomakaa

AfyaKit (Kenya)

We are a social venture start-up, focused on improving health outcomes by providing actionable in-facility data to health sector players across Sub Saharan Africa. They have  analytics tool that enables decision making for health managers.

ECO MAKAA  (Kenya)

‘Eco Makaa’ is an e-commerce company that connects local fuel briquette producers to a client base. These fuel briquettes are smokeless eco-friendly alternatives to wood charcoal

Finance Category – 

Winner – Mobishule

Runner up – Work Pay

MOBISHULE(Kenya)

Mobishule is a Value Added Service proposition to parents of  partners’ schools that enables them to access small amounts of school fee cash advances using mobile.

Work Pay (Kenya)

Work Pay is a workforce management and payment system with mobile biometric Time Tracking, Payroll Management and automated salary payouts/payments to banks and mobile wallets. Work Pay plus also provides B2B salary financing to help enterprises pay their employees on time always.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!

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Can mHealth solutions improve health service delivery in Kenya?

Health, Wireless Wednesday

September 24, 2014

The application of mobile technologies, ‘Mobile Health’ (mHealth), in the healthcare industry is increasingly seen as a way to provide high quality and easily accessible  healthcare services at lower costs hence improving the health outcomes . In regions where basic access to healthcare is a challenge, mHealth can provide remarkable opportunities.

Participants during the last Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

Participants during the last Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

According to GSMA’s report on Mobile Technology’s promise for Healthcare, mHealth can deliver a number of important advantages. These advantages fall into 3 main categories;
[list type=”bullet”] [li]Better communication with patients – Mobile communications can greatly increase public awareness of health issues. Simple programs like SMS reminders for patients taking medication on a regular basis have shown dramatic improvements in compliance with treatment programmes.[/li] [li]Improved care and treatment; Mobile healthcare initiatives can provide for better overall care outcomes. In terms of overall disease management, remote monitoring can play a significant role in data collection and early warning systems, which are particularly critical for patients with chronic diseases such as heart conditions and diabetes [/li] [li]Broader benefits to society. Finally, not only will patients benefit from improved access to information, better care and treatment and improved communication, but mHealth will translate into broader benefits to society. These broader benefits could include; (i) improved life expectancy (ii) quicker diagnostics of potential epidemics and management of associated risk (iii) better insight into the causes of certain diseases, (iv) greater and quicker information sharing to identify appropriate treatments and (v) reduced absences from work. In summary we can create a smarter, healthier society. [/li] [/list]
Nick sharing his thoughts on the theme of the day during the previous Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

Nick sharing his thoughts on the theme of the day during the previous Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

m:lab East Africa will host one of its frequent meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth on 1st October 2014. The meetup is themed:  “Can mhealth solutions improve health service delivery in Kenya?.” The meetup is a two hour mobile for Health forum where mobile app developers meet industry practitioners to exchange views on the opportunities and challenges in the health sector and how the challenges could be addressed through mobile phone technology.
Specifics of the event;
Date: 1st October 2014
Venue: m:Lab East Africa’s offices (3rd Floor, Bishop Magua Center, Ngong Road)
Time: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm
Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup on mHealth

Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup on mHealth

To participate in the event, RSVP HERE. There will be a live twitter stream during the event, you can join the discussion using the hashtag #WirelessWednesday.  Some observations made in past Wireless Wednesday meetups on the mHealth may be found in this blog article.

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Opportunities and Challenges of Adoption of mHealth Solutions

Health, Wireless Wednesday

August 18, 2014

Mobile technologies are widely available and can play an important role in healthcare at the regional, community, and individual levels. mHealth opens up new avenues for doctors to make healthcare even more patient-centered, and to overcome difficulties posed by the location or timing of appointments. mHealth can improve patient care, treatment and safety for example through early disease diagnosis, improved patient compliance, and improved disease testing. m:lab East Africa hosted a meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth to discuss the opportunities and challenges for adoption of mHealth solutions in Kenya. Adoption of mobile health technologies may happen faster if and when healthcare organizations, telecom providers, app developers and other stakeholders in the health sector work together on legal and regulatory mandates and restrictions, system integration, and patient-centered research to bring costs down.

Participants during Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

Participants during Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

One of the factors accelerating adoption of mobile solutions in health is the rising healthcare cost. Mobile health solutions can reduce the cost of health care through remote monitoring of patients suffering from certain diseases, thus reducing the number of outpatient follow-up visits and also patients consulting on prevention hence fewer people have to visit a doctor or hospital. Other opportunities of adoption of mHealth solutions includes personalized healthcare. Many people are now practicing self-tracking, in which individuals measure and collect personal data to improve their health, monitor sleep, food intake, exercise, blood sugar and other physiological states and behaviors. In some cases, they are using the data to identify what triggers or worsens flare-ups of

chronic health disorders on their own, or with the help of an online community.

George Mwangi Sharing his thoughts during Wireless Wednesday Meetup on mHealth

George Mwangi Sharing his thoughts during Wireless Wednesday Meetup

Some of the challenges in the adoption of mobile technology in healthcare include confidentiality. Even as much as we are encouraging the use of mobile health, issues like confidentiality of patient information/data and diagnosis should be addressed. Patients will not be comfortable using any health application until they are assured of privacy and security protection. Mindset adjustment is another challenge where some patients and also physicians are used to the traditional healthcare system and it’s hard for them the embrace the new technologies in health. Also not all patients understand English and Kiswahili, in the rural areas the some of the patients and doctors communicate in their mother tongue. The patients should be empower with medical knowledge in everyday language.
Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup on mHealth

Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup

Lack of clear regulation and policies in the mHealth ecosystem is delaying the comprehensive and widespread of the use of technology in healthcare. There is the need for creation of policies and frameworks that encourage the development of innovative mHealth solutions and harmonize the regulation between the delivery of healthcare and mobile health services. mHealth brings more than new technologies. It facilitates a new way that enables health enterprises to engage patients, improve outcomes and lower costs. It’s clear that technology is giving the healthcare industry a much-needed upgrade, from medical translation tools to mobile apps that help patients live healthier lives.  

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Wireless Wednesday- Opportunities and Challenges for Adoption of mHealth Solutions in Kenya

Health, Wireless Wednesday

July 15, 2014

Mobile technologies are making a significant contribution in addressing the challenges of healthcare provision in Kenya. mHealth, is seen as a complementary strategy for strengthening health systems and could significantly cut costs, increase the reach and accessibility of healthcare services in the country.
Some of the key opportunities for mHealth are enhancing quality, improving convenience,extending reach and reducing the cost of healthcare. A major obstacle to the rate of adoption of mHealth solutions is the lack of standardisation and regulatory frameworks to guide its scale-up. In addition, inadequate monitoring and evaluation and use of meaningful, consistent indicators and rigorous evaluation methods for cost-effectiveness may make it difficult to scale up mHealth solutions.

Previous Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

Previous Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

m:lab East Africa will host a meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth on 23th July 2014. The meetup is themed:  “Opportunities and challenges for adoption of mhealth solutions in Kenya.” The meetup is a two hour mobile for Health forum where mobile app developers meet industry practitioners to exchange views on the opportunities and challenges in the health sector and how the challenges could be addressed through mobile phone technology.
Specifics of the event;
Date: 23rd July 2014
Venue: m:Lab East Africa’s offices (3rd Floor, Bishop Magua Center, Ngong Road)
Time: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm
Key discussants during the event will be:
[list type=”bullet”] [li]Vincent Sunda- Community Health Extension Worker Gikipa Health Unit[/li] [li]Juliana Kimatia-Embakasi Subcounty Health Focal Point[/li] [li]Felix Kimaru – Entrepreneur and Director Totohealth[/li] [li]Carol wanyoike-Parent among others[/li] [/list] http://mlab.co.ke/wirelesswednesday/
To participate in the event, RSVP HERE. There will be a live twitter stream during the event, you can join the discussion using the hashtag #WirelessWednesday.  Some observations made in the past Wireless Wednesday meetups on mHealth may be found in this blog article.
Wireless Wednesday meetups organized by m:lab East Africa are aimed at creating a forum for exchange of views and networking between mobile application developers and practitioners in various industry sectors. The series of meetups on mHealth in particular aims to give the different  stakeholders in the health sector a platform to share their thoughts on how to grow the regional mHealth ecosystem.
Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup

Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup

Video clips of discussions and issues raised during Wireless Wednesday meetups are available to the public through m:lab East Africa’s youtube channel. A pictorial view of the discussion and the ensuing networking are available at the meetup’s photo stream.

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The m:lab Awarded Impact Economy Innovations Grant

Agriculture, Health, Incubation

February 16, 2014

Mlab East Africa (m:lab) is among the seven organizations that won the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation‘s Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF).As a fund administered by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the IEIF provides capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs in underserved sectors.

IEIF grant administered by the GIIN

The IEIF also supports proposals geared toward enabling capital solutions, fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems and promoting impact investing industry infrastructure.Other six organizations awarded the grant alongside the m:lab are Investisseurs & Partenaires (Senegal) Renew LLC (Ethiopia), the Policy and Economic Research Council (Tanzania) Doreo Partners (Nigeria), GIMPA Centre for Impact Investing (Ghana) and SliceBiz (Ghana).

IEIF Grantees

IEIF Grantees

New Program for Social Ventures

Social enterprises apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, besides maximising profits for external shareholders. Likewise, impact enterprises are those that intentionally seek to grow in sustaining financial viability, realizing increasing social impact, and influencing the broader system in which they operate. The m:lab defines mobile impact entreprise as social or impact entreprises using mobile technology to amplify their impact.

With the grant, the m:lab will host a new program in 2014 that will identify, nurture and support mobile focused social and impact enterprise teams. The IEIF grant will assist to augment the m:lab’s portfolio of services with improved interventions for social ventures thereby increasing the potential for success among start-ups in the program.

m:lab East Africa

Startup teams committed to solving social and economic problems of people at the base of the pyramid are invited to apply for the new program. The program is aimed at helping to build and scale mobile impact entreprises. To begin with, the focus impact areas under

the program will be agriculture, health and water, and education.

Startup teams of two or three individuals are eligible. One of the team members must be a Tech Co-founder with an orientation to mobile software development. A second team member with working experience in education, agriculture, health or water will be an added advantage. An entrepreneurial instinct or experience running a business venture among the founders will also be an added advantage Interested social ventures are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the design thinking process used at Stanford Design School – eg. http://dschool.stanford.edu/dgift/..

The first cohort of the program will be admitted in march 2014. A call for applications and more information about the first cohort may be found here.  

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: M:LAB MOBILE IMPACT VENTURES PROGRAM

Agriculture, Health, Incubation

February 13, 2014

Social enterprises apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, besides maximizing profits for external shareholders. Likewise, impact enterprises are those that intentionally seek to grow in sustaining financial viability, realizing increasing social impact, and influencing the broader system in which they operate. At the m:lab, we define mobile impact enterprises as social or impact enterprises using mobile technology to amplify their impact.

Startup teams committed to solving social and economic problems of people in developing nations are invited to apply for a new program at the m:lab. The program is aimed at helping to build and scale mobile impact enterprises. To begin with, the focus impact areas under the program will be :-
[list type=”tick”][li]Agriculture[/li][li]Education[/li][li]Health and Water[/li][/list] Farmers-Demo

The first cohort will be admitted in march 2014. Startup teams of two or three mobile impact entrepreneurs are eligible. One of the team members must be a Tech Co-founder with an orientation to mobile software development. A second team member with working experience in education, agriculture, health or water will be an added advantage. An entrepreneurial instinct or experience running a business venture among the founders will also be an added advantage. Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the design thinking process used at Stanford Design School -eg. http://dschool.stanford.edu/dgift/

The program entails 3 months of contact with customers, coaches, mentors, trainers and domain experts. The m:lab will be requiring Tech entrepreneurs in the program to “Get out of the building” and interact with real people as potential users, customers or partners for insights. As such, participants will be required to spend much time gathering customer insights in the field and undertaking experiments to validate their business models.
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Participating teams will also undergo trainings on mobile solutions development and building successful enterprises with social missions. The trainings will be complemented by a coaching and mentorship program customized for advancement of business goals of the startups.
To improve chances of startups in the program growing and scaling up, participants will be trained and coached on accessing growth capital. Pitching events will be organized to involve a combination of impact and angel investors. The m:lab will provide an initial seed investment of $5,000 each to the most progressive startups for traction proof. Beyond the three month contact period , the program will together with the startups pursue growth capital among impact funds and angel investors.
Eligibility criteria for this program will include one person having a business background, a product that caters for the market and solves a problem, experience one had when pursuing a start up or a business venture and life or work experience on any of the sectors the program will be concentrating on.
Each of the admitted social ventures will be required to to dedicate time to complete program milestones associated with their business progress. A commitment fee of Kshs 7,000 will be required from the social ventures that get admitted to the program. Kshs 5,000 of the commitment fee will be refundable upon the venture’s completion of program milestones. The deadline for applications is 11:59pm  9th March 2014. Interested teams can apply for the program HERE
More information about the program may be found on the m:lab website

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Wireless Wednesday: Understanding Sustainability Challenges for mHealth Startups

Health, Wireless Wednesday

March 21, 2013

m:lab East Africa in partnership with Samsung Kenya will host a Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth on 27th March 2013. The meetup themed: Understanding Sustainability Challenges for mHealth Startups will bring together stakeholders in the mHealth Ecosystem to exchange views and ideas on how to explore sustainable business models for startups deliver health related information and services through mobile technologies.

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 The meetup will be attended by representatives from Health NGOs, Government, Phone Manufacturers, mobile operators, entrepreneurs, mobile app developers among others.
 Key discussants during the event will be:

 The discussion will be moderated by m:lab East Africa’s John Kieti.

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 mHealth startups in Kenya are often faced with concerns about the sustainability of their business models. Furthermore, inadequate of collaboration between stakeholders impedes ability of players to take common beneficial approaches to the sustainability challenge. Some observations made in past Wireless Wednesday meetups on the mHealth ecosystem may be found in this blog article.
 Inadequate market research data in the industry is among the challenges expected to come up in the discussion. At the meetup, A representative from iHub Research will also share findings from the infoDev funded study on mobile use at the base of the pyramid. The discussion will also provide mobile developers and entrepreneurs insights and ideas on how to strengthen their business models in preparation for this year’s Pivot East competition aimed at showcasing the next wave of mobile startups in 2013.

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Wireless Wednesday meetups are aimed at creating a forum for exchange of views and networking between mobile application developers and practitioners in various industry sectors. The series of meetups on mHealth in particular aims to give the different stakeholders in the health sector a platform to share their thoughts on how to grow the regional mHealth ecosystem.
To attend the meetup, register here

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Mhealth RoundTable with Prof. Yunkap Kwankam, CEO of Global eHealth Consultants.

Health, Wireless Wednesday

December 6, 2012

We will not have Wireless Wednesday on 12th December 2012 because it is a public holiday. In its place, we will have a Mhealth focused roundtable discussion with Prof. Yunkap Kwankam, CEO of Global eHealth Consultants, Geneva Switzerland, on Monday, 10th December at iHub from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm The talk

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will be on Commercial Health IT industry development vs the role of development agencies. Pof. Yunkap Kwankwam is also Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH). For close to five years, since 2004, he was Coordinator eHealth, at the World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland. He has published commissioned books, technical report and numerous scientific papers. Four entrepreneurs will also talk about their Mhealth applications and two mhealth experts talk on the topic of the day before the discussion is opened to the attendee. To attend this event kindly RSVP HERE.

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Understanding Government's and NGO's initiatives in the Mhealth Ecosystem in Kenya

Health, Wireless Wednesday

November 2, 2012

Samsung Kenya partners with m:Lab East Africa to bring the second MHealth focused Wireless Wednesday meetup on 7th November 2012. The event is themed: ‘‘Understanding Government’s and NGO’s initiatives in the Mhealth Ecosystem in Kenya.” This event aims to let the stakeholders in the MHealth Ecosystem know, understand and discussion what the government as well as non-governmental institutions are doing and how the other stakeholders can collaborate in these initiatives to enhance the Ecosystem. 698px-Samsung_Logo-small This is the second meet up on mobile for health this year. The first of these meetups was held on Wednesday 3rd October at m:lab’s premises and was themed “Understanding Kenya’s mHealth Ecosystem”.

The meetup will be attended by representatives from Health NGOs, Government, Phone Manufacturers, mobile operators, entrepreneurs, mobile app developers among others. Key discussants during the event will be:

  • Dr. Ogara Esther- Head of eHealth (GoK)
  • Khalila Salim – E-merge Consulting
  • Victor Gathara – Text for Change
  • James Ngatia – Telehealth Society of Kenya
  • Dr.Davies Kimanga – NASCOP
  • Among others...

All the stakeholders have a role to play in the ecosystem.Government has a role in providing basic healthcare to its citizens, cost effectively. Also through the ministries of Public Health and Sanitation, Medical Services and other government facets, the government plays a key role in in health development by strengthening health systems, finance and provision of other resources. This allows health systems to improve healthcare, reduce the cost of services and effectively respond to health needs. They also advise on vaccines, conduct vital researches and ensure preventive measures are put in place through early information dissemination and preventive infrastructures in case of outbreaks.

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Attendees during the previous Wireless Wednesday

  Non-governmental institutions mostly work with donors to provide health care to marginalized and conflict zones. Some work very closely with the government in researches and provision of capacity development in areas of need to develop sustainable health solutions. They also help in identifying and training communities on health related issues, this can give them a crucial role in the MHealth ecosystem by being the community mobilization agents. NGO’s also support outreaches that are health focused, this gives them the linkage role in the Mhealth ecosystem. They can be the bridge between the other stakeholders in the Ecosystem and especially between the community and health providers. Because of their nature of operation,NGO’s can help in locating and mapping initiatives in the MHealth ecosystem as well as the vulnerable pockets within the ecosystem that can help other stakeholders, especially the government in ensuring availability of health services. They can facilitate sustainable health programs, advocate for Mhealth initiatives, capacity building and ensure quality assurance of health providers; be they private sector, government or other institutions to improve the Mhealth Ecosystem. To understand what initiatives the government and NGOs have in the Kenyan MHealth Ecosystem, join us on 7th November 2012 at m:Lab East Africa premises. Sign up HERE to participate in the event. About Wireless Wednesday Wireless Wednesday meetups are aimed at creating a forum for exchange of views and networking between mobile application developers and practitioners in various industry sectors. The series of meetups on mHealth in particular aims to give the different stakeholders in the health sector a platform to share their thoughts on how to grow

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the regional mHealth ecosystem.

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Key observations at Kenya mHealth ecosystem meetup

Health, Wireless Wednesday

October 6, 2012

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Samsung Kenya has partnered with m:Lab East Africa to hold a series of mhealth focused Wireless Wednesday meetups.
The first of these meetups was held on Wednesday 3rd October at m:lab’s premises and was themed “Understanding Kenya’s mHealth Ecosystem”.
The meetup was attended by representatives from Health NGOs, Government, Phone Manufacturers, mobile operators, entrepreneurs, and mobile app developers who contributed enthusiastically to the discussion. Key discussants at the meetup included :-

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  • Dr. Martin Osumba and Stephen Wanyee from Kenya National HMIS Program (AfyaInfo)
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  • Dr. Judy Gichoya from AMPATH Kenya
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  • Manoj Changarampatt from Samsung
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  • Caroline Ngugi from MedAfrica
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  • Mojca Cargo from GSMA
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  • Paul Mugambi and Alex Siboe from Safaricom

Some key observations made at the meetup are summarized below :-
1. Credibility of Mobile Content 
Throughout the discussion, developers were challenged to ensure that the information they incorporate in their MHealth applications is credible and authentic. This, according to the different stakeholders present, can be reached through content partnerships with authentic content generators. Such collaborations among stakeholders in the health sector was thought to ensure authenticity and credibility of information disseminated to the public through any mobile channel. Mobile applications developers were also encouraged to broaden their knowledge of the health sector domain to better handle content and value propositions around mHealth.

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GSMA’s Mojca Cargo shares a global perspective

 
2. Islands of Success vs Collaboration
Participants observed that there was much duplication of mHealth initiatives across the industry. Successful initiatives were also seen as small islands of success that needed to be duplicated and scaled up for maximised impact. While collaboration and interoperability among initiatives was encouraged by participants, some participants felt that competition should also be allowed among players for improved value offerings to the ultimate consumers.
3. Sustainability of initiatives
There was emphasis on encouraging entrepreneurial activity around mHealth innovations and initiatives for sustainability. Such sustainability was argued to be achievable beyond donor funding as product offerings would be market driven with consumers paying for value received through innovative products. Donor funding in mHealth was deemed by some participants as welcome to the extent that it would support growth for local mobile entrepreneurship efforts.
4. Compilation of mHealth problem sets
Some mobile application developers present expressed their desire to access a list of existing problem sets in the health domain solvable through mobile application technologies. Non tech players present were urged to help develop such a list so a to point the developer community towards the more urgent problems that could be solved through mobile application services. Though such a compilation of problem sets was welcome, developers were advised to proactively seek to understand the challenges faced by health practitioners and come up with innovative solutions advanced through entrepreneurial efforts.
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Alex Siboe from Safaricom sharing the telecom operators’ perpective

 
5. Developer competitions vs Entrepreneurship development
Developer competitions encouraging creation of mobile solutions in health and other areas for inclusion in app stores were highlighted. These were observed to be useful in creating avenues for talented developers to bubble up and win prize cash that could bring much needed cash to their fledgling businesses. However, participants felt that developers participating in competitions and winning prize money was not enough for fostering entrepreneurial spirit in the mHealth ecosystem. The more established corporate players in the ecosystem were challenged to create platforms for training and mentoring budding entrepreneurs in the industry. These more established corporates were also urged to jointly work with entrepreneurs in helping to refine the entrepreneurs’ business models. This approach would help the entrepreneurs and the large corporates to develop mutually beneficial commercial products that could leverage the corporate players’ marketing and distribution channels.
About Wireless Wednesday Meetups 
wireless-Wednesday-500x317Wireless Wednesday meetups organized by m:lab East Africa are aimed at creating a forum for exchange of views and networking between mobile application developers and practitioners in various industry sectors. The series of meetups on mHealth in particular aims to give the different  stakeholders in the health sector a platform to share their thoughts on how to grow the regional mHealth ecosystem.
Video clips of discussions and issues raised during Wireless Wednesday meetups are available to the public through m:lab East Africa’s youtube channel. A pictorial view of the discussion and the ensuing networking are available at the meetup’s photo stream.
The remaining three meetups will be held in the first Wednesday of the next three months at m:lab East Africa’s premises on Bishop Magua Centre  – Ngong road, Nairobi.

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