Jun 112012
 

Dear MoMo Lusaka delegate,

 

On behalf of Mobile Monday Lusaka and implementing partner BongoHive, we would like to thank those of you present yesterday for contributing to making our 2nd MoMo Lusaka event on 25 June 2012 another great MoMo meeting for learning, interaction and networking.

 

Our theme of the evening was “Local Content and Apps Development in Zambia”, a pressing subject indeed. Mulenga Kapwepwe, artist and author, started out with an entertaining speech on the practical use of applications proving that apps can really be useful in the local perspective, “fireworks”… Cathy Phiri, Media365, added to this understanding and generously shared with us some of her experiences from MTV and the media content side, “content is king”…. Boyd Chipeta, Airtel Zambia, took us on a tour for understanding how a locally developed app could be successful within Airtel’s business model. And Mathews Mwewa, Ericsson, by presenting DDS– a key feature in Ericsson’s billing system – showed us how a garage product from Soweto can become a technical solution with global reach. Thanks to all of the mentioned speakers and to Lukonga Lindunda and Simunza Muyangana, BongoHive, for valuable comments and elegant moderation of the meeting.

 

Thanks again to TopFloor, for hosting the event in TopFloor’s wonderful premises. And thanks to Airtel Zambia for sponsoring the bar and snacks, making the networking session into the efficient and relaxed meeting arena we are seeking.

 

It is probably no understatement that most of us left the meeting with a refreshed “follow your passion” and “just do it” state of mind.

 

Please send in or post your photos from the evening. Follow any updates on facebook.com/mobilemondaylusaka and www.momolusaka.com (to be up and running shortly).

 

Our third Mobile Monday event is likely to be held in September. Please contact us if you would like to participate in the planning of upcoming events.

 

If you or your company would like to sponsor or host a Mobile Monday Lusaka event please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

All the best,

 

Mobile Monday Lusaka

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Programme for our next Mobile Monday updated.

Theme: Local Content and Mobile Apps Development in Zambia

1. Local content and apps development — what do we need?

– Mulenga Kapwepwe and Cathy Phiri

2. Telecom operator business model for content and apps

– Boyd Chipeta, Airtel Zambia

3. Apps success cases

– Mathews Mwewa, Ericsson

4. Panel discussion

– Lukonga Lindunda (BongoHive) + Mulenga Kapwepwe + Boyd Chipeta + Mathews Mwewa (Ericsson) + Cathy Phiri

Sign-up on http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3706789106/?ref=esfb

Follow us on facebook.com/mobilemondaylusaka and within short on www.momolusaka.com/

 

Tech-hubs, this is where the future begins…

http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=5069

Jun 112012
 

Zambia’s president Michael Sata appealing to the international business community to venture into Zambia. There are indeed opportunities here. Here is a summary of Mr Sata’s message:

http://www.times.co.zm/?p=731

 

http://www.swedishtrade.se/om-exportradet/pressrum/pressmeddelanden/Afrika-soder-om-Sahara—en-het-marknad-for-svenska-foretag-/

This is a very broad and easily digested outline of business opportunities in southern Africa from April 2012. Zambia is among the countries analyzed and Zambia is given proper attention and accurate scores in the overview of attractiveness of opportunities. However, I would reinforce two aspects of business opportunities in Zambia:

- The Zambian ICT and telecoms sector is thriving with challenges and opportunities. We are seeing many signs that mobile money, mHealth and mLearning are sectors which are really taking off right now, not to mention the need for local apps and solutions development.

- The Zambian health sector offers many opportunities in respect of supply of technical devices within the recently realized needs to develop treatment for non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

 

http://www.svd.se/naringsliv/nyheter/varlden/anders-borg-afrika-ar-det-nya-kina_7250861.svd

Internationally recoginzed swedish minister of finance, Mr Anders Borg, was in Lusaka in the end of May 2012 and commented on the fact that seven out of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa.

“Africa is the new China”, Anders Borg was quoted in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, and further “I am convinced that the new economic wonder will come from Africa”.

Anders Borg visited Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa during a six-day trip to southern Africa in the end of May 2012 .

A balanced editorial appeared in Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter commenting on how to understand the positive economic development in Southern Africa:

http://www.dn.se/ledare/signerat/politiken-hanger-inte-med

 

May 232012
 
On behalf of Mobile Monday Lusaka and BongoHive, we would like to thank those of you who were present this time for contributing to making our Mobile Monday Lusaka launch event on 21 May 2012 such an inspiring kick-off for the Lusaka Chapter of Mobile Monday.Thanks to our speakers of the evening Fayaz King, Airtel Zambia, Mark Bennett, Africonnect/iSchool, Simunza Muyangana and Gilbert Mwiinga, BongoHive, and Judith D. O’Neill, CMAS Holdings, for informative, inspiring, and witty presentations. Last but not least, many thanks to our moderator, Robert Schumann, Analysys Mason, who moderated the meeting sharing many interesting insights.Thanks to TopFloor, and their CEO Dave Vosburg, for hosting with all the flexibility necessary to meet the needs of the informal Mobile Monday spirit, and thanks to Airtel Zambia for sponsoring the snacks and bar for our ca 100 attendees.

We are hoping to be sharing some of the documentation from the meeting on our soon-to-be-established website mobilemondaylusaka.com

And we will soon start preparing for our second Mobile Monday event. Please contact any of us if you would like to participate in the planning of upcoming events.

If you or your company would like to sponsor or host a Mobile Monday Lusaka event please don’t hesitate to contact us.

All the best,

Gustaf Engstrand and Lukonga Lindunda
May 202012
 

Our programme for the Mobile Monday launch on 21 May 2012:

“Where are we today in Mobile Internet usage in Zambia?”

- in terms of mobile penetration smart phones /feature phones / internet connectivity, etc

- in terms of how we use Mobile Internet

Introduction

– Moderator Robert Schumann, Analysys Mason

Zambia market perspective on Mobile Internet

– Fayaz King, Airtel Zambia

ISP Perspective

– Mark Bennet, iSchool (Africonnect)

Local apps perspective

– Simunza Muyangana + apps developer (BongoHive)

Panel discussion – development needs in Zambia

– Fayaz King, Mark Bennet, Simunza Muyangana, Judith D. O’Neill (CMAS Holdings)

May 112012
 

We are launching MoMo Lusaka on 21 May. For the formal invite follow this link:

http://momolusaka.eventbrite.co.uk

May 022012
 

On 21 May 2012 at 17.30, the Mobile Monday Lusaka launch meeting will be held in the offices of TopFloor (Elunda 2, Addis Ababa roundabout). We will have an interesting list of speakers and the meeting will cover the following subject:

“Whereare we today in mobile internet usage in Zambia?”

Please note the date in your calendar and do nothesitate to contact me in case of any questions.

We are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mobilemondaylusaka

Do not hesitate to contact me for furher information.

Gustaf Engstrand

Mobile Monday Lusaka Lead Organizer

gustaf.engstrand@goeconsulting.com

+260 978 731103

 

Mobile Africa Report 2012

 Posted by on 18/04/2012
Apr 182012
 

Here is an up to date and very informative report on the present stage of development in the African mobile sector. The report includes updates on the development of Mobile Monday in Africa: http://www.mobilemonday.net/mm

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