infoDev Awards Six...

infoDev Awards Six Mobile Social Networking Grants in Africa and Asia

infoDev is pleased to announce the first six of eight grants for mobile social networking activities under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy program, part of a partnership among infoDev, the Government of Finland, and Nokia.

The awards will be for US $35,000 and will be made as follows:

Kenya: Akirachix

Uganda:  MoMo Kampala

Tanzania: COSTECH

Mozambique: Mobile Monday

Vietnam: CRC Topica

Nepal: Young Innovations Pvt. Ltd.

These organizations will support preexisting or establish new social networking hubs and complementary online communication channels to foster collaboration among developers, entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, investors and other technologists working in the mobile field. In addition, these organizations will provide vital support for the creation of content for a mobile applications community of practice, along with other mentoring and concept incubation activities.

The creation of social networking hubs is closely related to another element of the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy which focuses on the establishment of a series of mobile applications laboratories. The social networking hubs will be expected to interact closely with the labs, for instance, by hosting regular meetings there and by providing opportunities for networking with the business community, the finance community, and other stakeholders. These hubs are also accompanied by a program of analytical work, the forthcoming Mobile Flagship Report, on the impact of mobile applications in different sectors.

Two further grants will be made in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECA) region.

Check back for more information and look out for a new infoDev page dedicated to infoDev’s Mobile activities!

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