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How to Use Mobile Phones to encourage information sharing within the agricultural value chains

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

August 15, 2014

Smallholder farmers form majority of the farming capital in Africa, yet more often than not they are left out of the value chain’s growth. Mobile is a powerful tool in Africa. In fact, according to a report by GSMA, Mobile penetration across the region was 54% in 2012 and contributed over six per cent of the region’s GDP. Most farmers have access to a mobile phone, can they leverage mobile technology in strengthening agricultural value chains and in enabling them to become agriprenuers and more actively engaged in market-led agriculture? Can mobile innovations help in impacting the agricultural value chains?

A farmers speaking during the event

A farmers speaking during the event

On the 30th of July 2014, mobile application developers, farmers, government representatives, NGOs, exporters, Investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector met at m:lab east Africa to discuss this during Wireless Wednesday event sponsored by USAID. The meetup was meant to help the attendees have an understanding of what factors are necessary for value chains to thrive, development of the value chain and how mobile technology can encourage information sharing within the value chain to the benefit of the smallholder farmer. Some of the Highlights from the event: Extension Officer’s Ratio: According to an extension officer from Kakuzi, Mr Mwaniki,their ratio is 1 officer for 15,000 farmers. He reckons that mobile tech can help them in information sharing more efficiently, fast and to masses. Farmers suffer because of information lag and lack of proper advice from extension workers on disease outbreak, weather updates, good practises, just to mention a few. Mobile technology can bridge this gap. Government Involvement: According to Grace Agili, government would like to support mobile innovations in agriculture but they have inadequate resources. In fact they have so much information in the govt websites that are available for all stakeholders for free, but very few know this. She encouraged developers to leverage on that, to share useful information to farmers

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in simpler,more effective ways. Govt currently disseminates information to smallholder farmers using radio for free, but farmers have to buy directories, documentaries and manuals. When asked about government working with developers, Grace Agili Said, “We do not have to reinvent the wheel or compete with developers but support you to reach more farmers and create more awareness about available solutions in Agriculture.” Government is a key player in the value chain and their participation, in terms of policy and infrastructure can impact the value chain immensely.

A farmers speaking during the event

Attendees the event

Engagement: Farmers were urged to share information and adopt the family approach to integrate youths in agriculture. And in order to grow the value chain they were encouraged to take the wheel and team up with developers, give them guidance and together build solutions that not only connect with farmers but solve pain points in the agricultural value chains. Awareness: Farmers need to give or receive some information to / from other farmers, buyers, government, extension workers, agro-vet etc from time to time.But they normally experience hardship accessing or sharing information required during farming activities or at post-harvest level because they don’t know available technology solutions to help them. Farmer present at the meetup agreed that mobile phone could help speed up, and open up flow of information within agricultural value chains. Actors in the agricultural value chains – (including farmers, agro-vets, buyers, extension workers, government, financiers etc) stand a realistic chance to benefit from improved information flow if there can be mobile phone solutions working a large scale (the scale at which M-PESA operates or even on a global scale). Public Awareness is missing. Farmers need to be sensitized and informed especially on these factors:

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  • Market and pricing information
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  • Type of Crop to plant
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  • Crop Management and Ecology .
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  • Potential Buyers
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  • Profitability of the crop

These information can help a farmer make sound decision even before he/she starts planting the said crop. Improved information sharing within the agricultural value chains will benefit all the stakeholders in the chain.

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Wireless Wednesday – How can mobile technology encourage information sharing within agricultural value chains.

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

July 24, 2014

Agriculture is critical to global stability and development. It accounts for a third of the gross domestic products and three-quarters of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. (World Bank 2008). But most farmers still remain poor and out of touch with best practices that can yield to high production, prevention of post harvest losses and market information.  According to a report by GSMA, Mobile penetration across the region was 54% in 2012 and mobile contributes over six per cent of the region’s GDP.
Mobile technology has the tools and the capability of reaching farmers, providing them with the needed information and potentially link them up with the markets, locally and internationally. But do farmers know this?Or is it that technology is too far from them? What is missing? Information sharing along the agricultural value chain has been broken for a while now. Can technology be used to improve or encourage information sharing and communication within the agricultural value chain?

Attendees at a previous mobile for Agriculture event

Attendees at a previous mobile for Agriculture event Attendees at a previous mobile for Agriculture event

Join other discussants and stakeholders in the agricultural value chain as they discuss this on Wednesday, 30th July 2014, at the m: lab premises in one of their frequent meetup dubbed Wireless Wednesday. The event themed “How can mobile technology encourage information sharing within agricultural value chains.” The event will attract mobile application developers, farmers, government representatives, NGOs, exporters, Investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector. The event is sponsored by USAID.
Details
Date: 30th July 2014
Venue: m:lab East Africa Balcony
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Key discussants and invitees include:

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  • Grace Agili – ‎Director, Agricultural Information Resource centre at Agricultural Information Resource Centre
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  • Phineas M’Ndaka, Extension Officer, Ministry Of Agriculture – Ngoliba
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  • Milton Lore, Chief of Party, Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine at Land O Lakes
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  • Pauline Wairimu Githinji, Impact Data Officer, Root Capital
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  • Farmers from Kisii, Kisumu, Ngoliba, Magadi, Lugari, Thika,
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  • Other invitees include representatives from Safaricom, Orange, Airtel, Technoserve, Amiran,GSMA, Kilimo Salama, Exporters among others

To participate in the event, RSVP HERE. There will be a live twitter stream during the event, you can virtually join the discussion using the hashtag #WirelessWednesday.
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Seven Wireless Wednesday meetups on agriculture have been held since 2012. Recap articles on the meetups can be found below as follows :-
30th October 2013: Understanding the challenges of uptake and increase the awareness of mAgric innovations
27th February 2013: Improving the quality and uptake of Agricultural mobile innovations
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

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Alumni of PIVOT and mLab training set the pace at Transform Africa

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November 3, 2013

An alumni of PIVOT 25 this week emerged winner at this year’s Transform Africa summit held in Rwanda. Hehe Limited, headed by Clarisse Iribagiza, received US $7,500 (Rwf4.8 million) cash prize. The company was one of 25 finalists of PIVOT 25  held in 2011. PIVOT 25 was the first edition of the m:lab’s regional mobile startups competition and conference which is currently named PIVOT EAST. Alumni of the m:lab’s mobile entrepreneurship training program also continued to excel with two of its past trainees taking the second and third position respectively.

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George Mwangi and Mukeli Mati on each side of Rwanda’s President Kagame – Photo Courtesy of New Times

On second position was George Mwangi’s Mobicraft Solutions winning US $5,000 cash prize. George Mwangi was in the m:lab’s  fifth wave, a four month infoDev funded mobile applications development and entrepreneurship training course early 2013. Mobicraft Solutions winning product is a faith based SMS product.
Mukeli Matei with Fishmate, a service that links Kenyan fish farmers with their markets was placed third. Mukeli was one of the beneficiaries of the m:lab’s first wave of mobile apps and entrepreneurship training in 2011. Fishmate gets US $3,000 ahead of other ICT entrepreneurs from across Africa.

Other winners were South Africa’s Powerbox, a phone charging innovation startup and Ghana’s Mnotify Ltd, which received US$2,000 cash each. The Transform Africa summit was graced by Heads of State from African countries including Mali, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda Burkina Faso, Gabon,  and Kenya
The Transform Africa Summit is a concept of the Rwandan Government aimed at pushing for a major ICT revolution across the continent. This 2013 summit held from 28th – 31st October attracted over 1,500 delegates.

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What are the challenges of uptake of mAgric solutions?

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

October 30, 2013

m:lab East Africa held one of the most interactive mobiles for agriculture meetup in partnership with USAID today. The meetup attracted key stakeholders in the agriculture sectors who met with the farmers and developers to discuss the theme of the day. The Key discussants were; Anuj Tanna VAS Product Manager, Orange, Qureish Noordin, Program Officer, Extension Support Function, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Spencer Morley, Farmforce Implementing Manager Syngenta Foundation for sustainable Agriculture. We also had an Extension officer from Tala and farmers from Nyanza, Western and Eastern Provinces The uptake of mAgric innovations is still slowly picking up especially in the rural areas where most of the farming is taking place. In the previous Wireless Wednesday meetups that we’ve held,most farmers do not know about the existing innovations and for the few who know about the existing innovations not all of them are using them. In today’s Wireless Wednesday, we visited some of the challenges of uptake of mAgric innovations and suggested ways to increase awareness of the innovations. 1421022_608830812509732_1960025827_o Some of the challenges mentioned include; Cost – Are farmers willing to spend money on available solution? that is one questions that has been asked several times during the meetups. Developers come up with solutions that are expensive for the farmers hence farmers do not use the innovations available. Some of the farmers said they are willing to spend money on a solution that adds value to their production. Targeting the wrong customers – Farming is widely diverse and thus some might require different solutions. Most developers target “all customer” in agriculture without having to factor in the needs of the different customer segments, this leads to unsatisfied customers for example the needs of a dairy farmer might not necessarily be the same as of those of a maize farmer. Blanket information: Most developers put information about everything in the app/solution. The information is not localized or customized for a particular region/type of farming/ specific crop or a specified farmer. Simplicity – The type of message and language used in your solution can contribute to slow uptake of your application. The message should be simple, in a language that is familiar and understandable to your target customers. Do not assume that everyone knows how it works, explain clearly each and

every step of your solution. Ensure that your solution is easy and simple to use Need-driven – The solutions should be more need driven than demand driven. More often developers are more demand driven rather than need driven hence developing a product because it is on demand rather than focusing on the real need of the customers. Linkages and partnerships – Finding the right and trusted organizations to partner with is a big challenge especially for developers. When it comes to marketing your product partnerships is very important. Partnership with trusted organizations/Government gives your product credibility hence creates trust with your users.

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Participants interacting after the discussion

With an aim of increasing awareness of the mAgric solutions, the following key points were suggested; Partnerships – Partnerships with the right organizations is very important, Developers can leverage on existing networks on the ground like NGOs, farmer groups and Extension officers who can link them to the farmers directly. Such partnerships can help developers reach a good number of farmers at once saving them on cost. Partnerships with also telcos is important as developers can leverage on their mass market reach. Leverage on existing research – Before jumping into your primary market research head first, it’s important that you first seek out existing, relevant research. This not only saves your startup time, but also prevents wasted funding on a product that would have duplicated existing results. In conclusion, developers should strive to make their innovations accessible, affordable and appealing to the right customer target.

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ICT4Ag Hackathon National Winners Announced

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October 14, 2013

The ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) international conference and its parallel hackathon (dubbed “Agri-hack championship”) will take place from 4th – 8th November 2013 in Kigali Rwanda. The conference seeks to examine how ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain. Earlier this year, the Technical Center for Agricutural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) placed a call for expression of interest for hubs to hold national events across East Africa. 9 Hubs, which are among the key ones in East Africa, were selected. Each of these hubs organized national hackathons or selection events.
The winning teams from each hub’s national event are as follows:

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  • Hive Colab (Uganda)- The Agripreneur – Digital Platform to connect and harmonize key Youth stakeholders along the agricultural value chain. By Byamugisha Donald and Denis Izakare
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  • OutBox (Uganda)- ENSIBUUKO: Leveraging mobile and web technologies to improve access to finance for better household livelyhood. By David Opio and Gerald Otim.
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  • iBiz Africa (Kenya) – Kosmerc Systems: Mobile app providing location based information to farmers on favourable crops, seeds, fertilizer, farm management and soil type. By Jeffrey Cherogony and Clinton Busolo.
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  • C4DLab(Kenya)-  FARM DRIVE: Digital book keeping app to enhance credit-worthiness for a 21st century farmer by James Macharia Kimani and Caroline Mbithe Muteti.
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  • Habaka Madagascar Innovation Hub – HighHay: Project Management application for farming by Joelisata RABEHARISOLO and Miradontsoa Asafa ANDRIANARISON.
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  • Buni Hub(Tanzania) – AgrInfo: Farm Plots GIS by Rose Peter Funja and Grace  Slyvester Makanyaga.
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  • Kinu Group Limited (Tanzania) – HabariMazao: SMS, USSD, and Web based platform for collection and sharing of market price data – from markets to the farmers by Elilaki Bariki Guard and Ntomoka Sugwejo Kaboda.
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  • IceAddis (Ethiopia) – mAgric: by Mr. Nebiyou Yirga Wolde and Dr. Abeselom Samson Joseph
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  • iHub (Kenya)– was selected as non competing hub. They will send a team to showcase their product but will not compete with the teams from the other hubs. The team that will represent iHub is Smart Agriculture- Automatic weather stations that sends updates on when to plant to farmers, etc via sms by Tom Ekajja  and Cyrus Baraza.

CTA1During the Finals of the Agri-hack Championship in Kigali (04 to 07 November 2013), all applications will be fined-tuned. National teams will received advices from key stakeholders and users. Each national winner will get a prize. After a pitching session, the best three applications selected by a panel of judges will receive awards as described below:

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  • Cash Prizes

5000 Euros for the Overall winner
4000 Euros for the Runner Up winner
3000 Euros for the Second Runner up.

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  • Six month incubation and mentoring

The winning teams will be offered incubation and mentoring for six month in the hubs that they are affiliated with to support finalization of their applications and hopeful kick start their businesses.

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  • Challenges

The teams from each hub were given these challenges to work on:
Challenge 1: How can bi-directional information sharing and communication between farmers and extension workers be encouraged or improved? Key areas of interest include information sharing and advisory on soil fertility, fertilizers, weather information, pests, diseases, access to localized farming inputs, multimedia content and ability to verify counterfeit products
Challenge 2: Through ICT applications, how can access to financial services be made easier for farmers through a disruptive, innovative tool?
The teams will now work on their product as they await the finals where they will be required to pitch infront of expert judges, mentors and fellow entrepreneurs. They will also be required to have working products by the time they are presenting during the finals.
kLab, are the hosting hub and will conduct their national selection event on 19th and 20th Oct. If you are in Kigali and would like to participate in this event,sign up HERE:http://klab.rw/public/event/37.
The Agri-hack Championship is organized by CTA in partnership with various stakeholders including MINAGRI (Rwanda), MYICT (Rwanda) and with the financial contribution of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). m:lab East Africa is the technical manager of this event.
For more information, visit www.ict4ag.org;  Email: [email protected]

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M-Farm receives funding from M-Pesa Foundation

Incubation

October 10, 2013

mfarmMFarm has secured a partnership with the M-Pesa Foundation.The partnership has seen MFarm receive a grant of KES 20 million (USD 230,000) from M-Pesa Foundation.

Linda Kwamboka co-founder and CMO of M-Farm said “We are thrilled to have secured the funds we need to continue to grow the business. Now, we will be able to help even more farmers beyond the over 8,000 farmers already using our platform, and improve their standard of living.”

MFarm limited, an award winning software solutions and agribusiness company provides vital market information and trading services to farmers via mobile app. Their mobile app enables smallholder farmers in rural Kenya to access market information hence make informed decisions on where and how to sell their farm produce.

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MFarm team

M-Farm which earlier this year graduated from incubation at m:lab East Africa has come a long way since its inception in 2010.The company has been featured much in both national and international media. In 2011, during Pivot 25 where MFarm was a finalist, the company caught the attention of Techfortrade, an international impact investment organization, Techfortrade later invested in MFarm. Techfortrade recently funded Jamila’s visit to London to meet with supermarket retailers to discuss potential partnership opportunities, and to speak at this year’s Africa Gathering conference.

The company has also in the past years won many accolades including winning the IPO48 competition in 2010 and becoming one of infoDev’s top 20 SMEs in 2011

For more information about M-farm visit their website or twitter handle @mfarm_ke. For more information on their partnership, you can reach MFarm through this email address [email protected]

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m:lab Partners with Angel Fair organizers in their inaugural event.

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September 28, 2013

Currently, Africa is budding with innovations, business and investment opportunities, but according to Omidyar Network’s recent research, investors, partners and entrepreneurs struggle to find each other to do deals. It is for this reason that Artlogic  partnered with Eric Osiakwan and  and Jamie Clyde to create Angel Fair. Jamie Clyde has  been part of a number of start-ups in Africa, Europe and Asia. Through his business Crest Partners, he now partners with corporates to create new ventures outside their core businesses.Eric Osiakwan is technology entrepreneur from Ghana who has founded and built companies and organisations including GNVC, GISPA, AfrISPA, and many more. He is also an angel investor, he has invested in several startups in Africa.

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Panelists during the ‘How to Fund-Raise’ Session.

Angel Fair 2013 was the inaugural event that aimed to bring together accelerators, incubators and their emerging businesses from across the African continent and angel investors to do deals. The event took place on 25th and 26th at Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg South Africa. It saw 25 entrepreneurs from across Africa pitch to investors and other attendees with the aim of doing deals. The organizers had 13 partners across Africa, in East Africa, they partnered with m:lab East Africa. With 3 of the 4 companies that represented Kenya having been current or past mlab incubatees. 5 startups represented East Africa at the event. The other partners were: Angel Africa List, Angel Hub, APPFRICA, InnovationHub, Lagos Angel Network, SAB,  Seed Engine, Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SA), CTIC Dakar, Hasso Plattner Ventures, SABEF and VC4AFRICA.

The attendees at the event included: Active Angel Investors, VC Firms, PE Firms, Corporate Finance Specialists, Govt agencies, Foundations, Entreprenuers and representatives from tech hubs. The inaugural event focused on investors is a kind of it’s own in Africa. The entrepreneurs present were as follows:

Ghana:

Clak Impressions (Angel Africa List), Solar Light Africa (Angel Africa List) and SliceBiz (APPFRICA).

Kenya

M-Changa (Angel Africa List), Zege Technologies (Angel Africa List), Ma3Route (Pivot East: mLab) and SleepOut.com (Pivot East: mLab).

Nigeria

Descasio Ltd (Angel Africa List), Idea centric Global Systems Ltd (Lagos Angel Network) and OTG Playa Entity, LLC (Lagos Angel Network).

Senegal

Xtreme Design and Engineering (CTIC Dakar)

South Africa

Metacog Labs (Angel Africa List), InAPP (Pty) Ltd – RealTimeWine.com & MyBEER.co.za (Angel Hub), MySmartFarm Pty (LTD) (Angel Hub), Nutr-e-volution CC (Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship – SA), Vuyo’s (Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship – SA), Bozza (Hasso Plattner Ventures), KIPH (InnovationHub), Matayo Biofuels (Pty) Ltd. (InnovationHub), Medical Diagnostech (Pty) Ltd (SAB Foundation), RetroNet (SAB Foundation) , Headboy Industries (SABEF), ChowHub (Seed Engine), Cirqls.com (Seed Engine), ExpenZa (VC4AFRICA)

Uganda

Redcore Interactive (APPFRICA).

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Laban Okune of Ma3Route Pitching

Johann Jensen of SleepOut Pitching

Johann Jenson of SleepOut Pitching

The companies were nominated to Angel Fair by the partners based on their: Strong teams, Great product, already earning revenue or with good potential revenue and their ability to demonstrate market traction.

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Mobile Monday with Qualcomm is here!

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September 13, 2013

Qualcomm is a company that manufactures wireless chipsets, license technology and provides communication services around the world. Its ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, connecting people more closely to information, entertainment and each other.

They are world leaders in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.Earlier this year, they brought two new high-end processors to market. The Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip and the Snapdragon 800.  The Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip utilizes LTE carrier aggregation for data rates up to 150 Mbps – double what current LTE speeds offer. It is Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced and powerful mobile processor to date.

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Several interesting platform is the Qualcomm Vuforia™ that transforms real-world objects into interactive experiences for use in gaming, interactive media and instructional applications. With its industry-leading computer vision technology, Vuforia has been embraced by nearly 30,000 developers and adopted by leading global brands to drive engagement with advertisements and product packaging.

According to the Billy Owino, Business Development Manager Qualcomm, “By using Qualcomm Snapdragon SDK’s for Android, developers can differentiate their products and create extraordinary user experiences via the unique and powerful capabilities in Qualcomm’s industry-leading family of Snapdragon processors.” To find out more about the tools available from Qualcomm to developers, sign up on QDevNet. The first 10 developers who sign up  will receive gift harpers Courtesy of Qualcomm.

mobile monday invitationOn Monday, 16th September, Qualcomm in collaboration with m:lab East Africa and Mobile Monday will host Mobile Monday with Qualcomm. The event will take place at iHub from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Key speakers during the event will be:

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  • John Waibochi – CEO, Virtual City
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  • Billy Owino – Director, Business Development at Qualcomm Incorporated
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  • Robert Ngeru – Chief Operating Officer, Samsung Electronics East Africa
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  • Alex Siboe – Senior Manager Programs at Safaricom

The MC will be John Kieti- Manager, m:lab East Africa.

To attend the event, please RSVP here. To further engange with Qualcomm, Like their page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/qualcomm and or Follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/Qualcomm_MEA

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CTA selects ICT Hubs and Labs as partners to organise the “Agri-Hack Championship”

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September 12, 2013

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CTA is pleased to announce the ICT hubs and labs selected as partners for the organisation of the of the regional hackathon that will take place in parallel to the ICT4Ag Conference. Thirty East African technology spaces responded to the call for expression of interest that was launched and submitted their applications. The selection committee narrowed them down to 9 hubs/labs. Criteria for selection included

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  • Existence of a business coach or advisor to provide mentorship and/or coaching
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  • Ability to organize one selection event/hackathon to nominate a team to the finals;
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  • Existence of a physical space to host winning national teams for incubation/coaching throughout the post competition incubation period

The hubs/labs selected are:

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  • kLab– Rwanda
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  • KINU and Buni Hub– Tanzania
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  • Ice Addis– Ethiopia
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  • Hive Colab and Outbox – Uganda
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  •  C4DLab (Computing for Development Lab) and iBizAfrica- Kenya
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  •  Habaka Madagascar Innovation Hub – Madagascar.

Each of these partners will organise a national event to select a team that will send two representatives to finals in Kigali. At the regional finals, teams will receive coaching, mentorship and valuable feedback from players in the ICT and agriculture sector attending the ICT4Ag conference. This is in addition to the time allocated for further development and refinement of their solutions. Moreover, teams in the championship will compete for seed grants amounting to EUR 5,000, EUR 4,000 and EUR 3,000 for the first, second and third overall positions respectively. The hubs nominating the three winning teams will also receive a EUR 3,000 grant to undertake post competition incubation and business support to the winning teams for a period of 6 months.
CTA is also pleased to announce that m:lab East Africa, has been selected (through another process) as technical manager of the event.
The Agri-Hack Championship will showcase the potentials of ICT applications in agriculture at the ICT4Ag conference and support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture, especially by youth. The Conference will be organized from 4 to 8 November 2013 by CTA, MINAGRI (Rwanda), with the involvement of other key partners.
More information: www.ict4ag.org;  Email:   [email protected]
Cross Posted from the CTA Blog.

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Get involved in the Agri-Hack Championship!

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August 30, 2013

CTA1The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). From 4 to 8 November 2013, CTA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda, will organize an international conference on ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) in Kigali. This event will examine how ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain. It will showcase the exciting possibilities and incredible developments taking place in this area. In line with CTA’s strategy, the ICT4Ag conference will promote the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on value chains, advocacy and policy development.

A regional hackathon on ICT4Ag solutions is planned as one of the key activities that will run in parallel to the conference. In order to make this regional championship a success they are calling out for partners in Eastern Africa Countries for the national champions that will culminate in the finals in Kigali. Private and public sector run innovation, entrepreneurship hubs/communities from that the Eastern Africa region are invited to express interest in being partners nominating and supporting teams to the finals of the regional competition.

Developers can participate in this as early as now by asking the hub/lab/community they are affiliated with to express interest in participating as partners with CTA. To participate as a partner in the ICT4Ag Conference hackathon dubbed “Agri-Hack Championship” read more  HERE, you can also fill this FORM. Hubs in this countries can participate: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Important dates:

–       Hubs/labs have to apply and send their applications by 05 September.

–       Selection by hubs/labs of the team who will go to Kigali (following national hackathon or selection events) by 02 October.

Up to twelve (12) Tech hubs will be selected to organise hackathons or other selection events to nominate participating teams. Teams in the championship will compete for seed grants amounting to EUR 5,000, EUR 4,000 and EUR 3,000 for the first, second and third overall positions respectively. The hubs nominating the three winning teams will also receive a EUR 3,000 grant to undertake post competition incubation and business support to the winning teams for a period of 6 months. Interventions provided during the incubation period will include support to finalise development of winning solutions.

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