Organisations we’re partnering with and how you can get involved…
Partnerships are a key element of any conference – your involvement helps to raise the profile of the event and the event helps your organisation promote itself and grow. Whatever the nature of your organisation, we’d actively encourage you to get in touch with us to see if we can work together to make Mobile Web East Africa as successful as possible.
There are four categories of partnerships available at Mobile Web East Africa:
If you represent a prominent organisation, media company or if you write an extremely successful blog and you want to explore the potential of working alongside all amber on this event please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICIAL HOST ORGANISATION
KENYA ICT BOARD
The Kenya ICT Board’s vision is that the country becomes a top ten global ICT hub and that this will be achieved by rapidly and innovatively transforming Kenya through promotion of ICT for socio-economic enrichment of our society. To achieve this a fourfold mandate has been created:
1. Positioning and promoting Kenya as an ICT destination (locally and internationally), especially promoting Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Offshoring.
2. Advising the government on all relevant matters pertaining to the development and promotion of ICT industries in the country.
3. Providing government and other stakeholders with skills, capacity and funding for anchor implementation of ICT projects for development.
4. Coordinating, directing and implementing anchor ICT projects in development.
Furthermore, the Board has four distinct objectives:
- To develop, launch and sustain a globally compelling brand marketing campaign for Kenya ICT
- To develop and promote competitive ICT industries in Kenya
- To develop world class Kenyan ICT institutions
- To increase ICT access and utilization for all Kenyans (become a principle driver in bridging the digital divide)
For more information please visit www.ict.go.ke.
iROKO Partners is the world’s largest online distributor of African entertainment. Since launch in December 2010, the company has built a global audience of over six million unique users from 178 different countries across its movie and music platforms.
Between iROKOtv, an on-demand film streaming service for Nollywood movies, and iROKING, the company’s music streaming service, iROKO Partners has the largest legally assembled library of African entertainment on planet earth, with 5,000 movies and 35,000 songs in its catalogue.
iROKO Partners works with Nigerian movie and music producers & artists to bring this content into the digital arena, showcasing the very best of the country’s incredible creative content to the African Diaspora on beautifully designed, easy-to-use websites and mobile apps. The company delivers, on average, 207,000,000 minutes of content every month across all of the iROKO Partners platforms.
Through its movie and music platforms, iROKO Partners operate the most awesome Nigerian entertainment websites ever conceived and created.
Junk Mail Publishing is South Africa’s leading publisher in the classified advertising industry, publishing various products through a variety of media including print, web, SMS and mobile.
APP DEVELOPER SPONSOR
Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. A pioneer in the smartphone market, RIM is the manufacturer of BlackBerry® smartphones, BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet and the developer of the BlackBerry® solution. RIM has become a truly global company with approximately 625 carriers and distribution partners offering BlackBerry products and services in over 175 countries around the world.
Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, text messaging (SMS and MMS), Instant Messaging, Internet and company applications.
Developers are one of RIM’s most important partners. The BlackBerry® platform gives developers more opportunities for success, by providing differentiation with our enhanced services and increased integration. It is a platform with a vision for the future that drives global growth and profitability. The BlackBerry platform has become one of the most profitable platforms for mobile developers with nearly 5 million downloads per day from BlackBerry App World™.
The company has over 70 million global BlackBerry subscribers and has shipped more than 165 million smartphones worldwide.
EVENING RECEPTION SPONSOR
Safaricom is one of the leading integrated communications companies in Africa with over 17 million subscribers. Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof: mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms. Safaricom has made heavy investments in broadband capacity giving us a foothold in undersea cable, satellite, metro and trunk cable connectivity. It also has the widest 3G network and the most expansive WIMAX presence in Kenya. The result of this has been that over 92% of Kenyans who use the Internet regularly, access the Internet through the Safaricom network/infrastructure. We are currently testing the Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G technology. Safaricom also pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world. And thanks to the 2011 partnership with Western Union, M-PESA’s 14.2 million subscribers can now receive international money transfers from 45 countries and territories worldwide, making the partnership the largest deal of its kind in the world. M-PESA customers have over 28,000 points of contact to transact from.
ThoughtWorks – The custom software experts. A company wholly devoted to the art and science of custom software. We make it, and we make our clients better at it. Our bottom line is to design and deliver software fast and predictably. Doing enterprise-scale software is tough, but the returns to those organisations that can deliver – on target – are tremendous. ThoughtWorks’ products division, ThoughtWorks Studios, offers tools to manage the entire Agile development lifecycle through its Adaptive ALM(TM) solution, comprised of Mingle®, Go(TM) and Twist®. ThoughtWorks employs 2,000+ professionals to serve clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.
We lead the industry in rapid, reliable and efficient custom software development. When you need an expert partner to help you get ahead and stay ahead of the competition, get in touch.
For more information about ThoughtWorks, please visit www.thoughtworks.com
TEA & COFFEE SPONSOR
Old Mutual Plc. is a leading multinational long-term savings, protection and investment Group with over 167 years of experience. It has operations in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia, supported by over 54,000 employees. In the year ended 31 December 2011, Old Mutual Plc. had £267 billion of funds under management, from core operations. Old Mutual Plc. is listed on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges, among others.
Old Mutual in Kenya comprises Old Mutual Life Assurance, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Old Mutual Investment Services and Old Mutual Securities Limited. Our vision is to be our customers’ most trusted partner, passionate about helping them achieve their lifetime financial goals. Our mission: through understanding and meeting our customers’ needs, we will profitably expand our market for wealth accumulation and protection in East Africa. Despite our geographic and cultural diversity, we are bound together by our group values of pushing beyond boundaries, accountability, respect and integrity.
FOCUS DAY SPONSOR
Twinpine is a mobile advertising network reaching millions of Africans on mobile devices via the mobile web. We help brands and publishers run and manage tailored mobile advertising campaigns, enabling them to connect with the right audience, increase conversion rates and, ultimately, make the most of mobile.
Twinpine currently works with several leading ad agencies, brands and publishers locally and internationally connecting them with their African audience and delivering exceptional results for them.
Twinpine has driven value for global brands including MTN, Etisalat, Nokia, Google, Visa, Coca-Cola, BlackBerry, P&G, Guinness, KFC and Stanbic, amongst others. Twinpine has delivered campaigns across West, East and South Africa.
mapIT offers businesses high quality digital maps with accurate and extensive coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe. Furthermore, they offer this map data on the world’s foremost Location Based Services (LBS) platform; mapIT are an all-encompassing digital mapping company. Working together with TomTom Africa, Avusa and other partners, mapIT establishes innovative and comprehensive suites of digital mapping platforms to position itself as the leading international enabler of accurate location-based platforms throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information visit http://www.mapit.co.za
In a continent where women form a majority of the population and half of the workforce, it is an anomaly that the percentage of women working in technology is less than 15%. Technology is one of the key factors driving Africa’s projected economic rise. As such, there is enormous potential for maximizing the growth of technology through increasing the number and quality of women in technology.
That’s where AkiraChix comes in.
AkiraChix aims to be the leading women’s network impacting technology in Africa.
We plan to do this by inspiring and developing a successful force of women in technology through our key programs areas of networking, mentorship and training.
Coders4Africa is an independent nonprofit organization that provides training, education and development infrastructure, logistics and intellectual support to IT professionals in Africa. Our vision is to create and support a Pan-African community of competent, internationally certified IT professionals focused on developing the IT tools for African Agriculture, Business, Education, Health Care, Government and general Social needs. The main strategy is to leverage the rapid development and evolution of the wireless communications and Internet access platform in Africa to educate, certify and continue to support a 1000+ cadre of IT professionals.
Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co- working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator.
Visit http://ihub.co.ke for more information.
m:lab East Africa is a consortium of four organizations aiming to be a leader in identifying, nurturing and helping to build sustainable enterprises in the knowledge economy.
Full details can be found at http://mlab.co.ke
MEF is the global trade association for companies wishing to monetize their products & services via mobile. Headquartered in London with operational chapters and offices in Asia, EMEA, Latin America, Middle East and North America, MEF is a member network with international reach and strong local representation; ideally placed to drive market growth. Established in 2000, MEF represents the total mobile ecosystem providing an impartial and powerful voice for pioneering companies from across the mobile content and commerce value chain.
Mobile Monday Dar es Salaam
Please visit http://mobilemonday.co.tz for chapter information.
Mobile Monday Kampala
Mobile Monday Kampala is a community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influentials fostering cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets.
MoMoKla was formed on 20th January 2010 by a group of 40 founding members consisting of professionals in Uganda’s telecommunication, academia, media and ICT sectors. The chapter was launched officially on March 8, 2010 (Women’s Day) at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, on the eve of, and in conjunction with, the Innovation Africa Digital Summit, the second MoMo African chapter to be launched, after South Africa.
Mobile Monday Kampala has the following objectives:
- To encourage innovation within the mobile sector
- To facilitate networking between small and large companies, and between local and foreign
- To help local companies effectively participate in international initiatives through the import and export of visions, concepts, technologies, know-how and best practices
- To present innovative visions, trends, studies and forecasts from the mobile marketplace
- To build networks between people, companies and finance
- To bridge the gap between local and global mobile industries
- To share the knowledge of Mobile Industry Experts
More info at www.momokla.ug
Mobile Monday Kenya
The Mobile Monday Kenya chapter (MOMOKE) started in early 2011 at a colorful launch presided over by the Finnish ambassador and attended by a wide array of guests. We held our first meeting at the iHub on 19th April, and though the attendance was small, it attracted the techie community that had started to make the iHub their home and place of business. Our objective was simple: to encourage conversation and networking amongst the developer community. It was not uncommon to see us huddled in a group of 20 surrounding a white board talking about M-Pesa or MXit’s move into Kenya; if it was interesting and involved technology we talked about it. This uncut approach is what made as unique.
Over time the meetups, which were held once a month, began gathering traction as more and more developers and business people began attending. The launch of the iHub space cemented our meetups as a key event in the iHub calendar. Our attendance grew to 150-200 attendees, and during the 10th anniversary of Mobile Monday held in Helsinki from September 27th-29th, the Kenya chapter was officially handed to the lead, John Wesonga, as the founders pin was bestowed upon him. This marked a major milestone of the chapter and ushered in corporate support with the likes of Virtual City and Nokia coming on board.
Since then, Mobile Monday Kenya has held over 20 events with more than 4000 participants, with half a dozen companies presenting and more than 40 presentations from individuals being contributed. None of this could have happened without the dedicated team of volunteers plus all the people out there who tweet our events and spread the word.
We believe a stronger developer community ensures a healthy ecosystem for current and future techpreneurs, and we will do our best to ensure that Mobile Monday Kenya achieves that vision.
VC4Africa is the largest community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses on the African continent. We connect good ideas with the network, information, and capital they need to realize their potential.
We have members in 159 countries and support over 400 ventures gaining traction in over 30 African markets. We have hosted more than 35 VC4Africa meet ups around the world. Sign up for your free account at vc4africa.biz!
WMIAfrica is an online platform (in development) that seeks to mitigate the lack of access to information, role models and skills facing young women interested in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers. WMIAfrica will provide a platform for virtual and physical mentoring for girls and young women interested in STEM by professional women mentors working in STEM fields.
98.4 Capital FM
“From Kogelo to Kansas, you can listen live to 98.4 Capital FM on the web!”
For over 10 years, Capital FM has been offering live streaming of its radio broadcasts to Kenyans locally, and to the world, making us truly, a worldwide station.
After realizing the power of the Internet as a communication medium, Capital FM launched its Digital Media division a couple of years ago. Today, our website, www.capitalfm.co.ke receives an average of 2.7million unique visitors and over 20 million page views per month. We have website visitors from across 100 different countries, with the majority from Kenya (75%), USA, UK, South Africa, Germany, Canada, Uganda, and even as far as Brazil and Australia!
We are a living example that shows Digital media is an effective media, especially if combined with a traditional media (Radio).
Based in London, Balancing Act combines online publishing with consultancy work. With 10,000 readers across the continent and outside, the English and French speaking newsletters have already become a “must read” among decision-makers in the fast growing telecommunications and ICT sectors.
Through its pay-for reports, Balancing Act has built a catalogue of publications that provides in-depth knowledge on the state of the telecommunications and Internet markets, both sectorally and on a country-by-country basis in Africa. Balancing Act also offers industry-focused consultancy services for public and private sector clients.
For further information visit our website at www.balancingact-africa.com.
Afrinnovator is an African technology blog focusing on emerging market innovation in technology in Africa. The blog highlights African tech startups, news and features behind how Africa is reinventing itself through web and mobile innovation. Our mantra is simple: put Africa on the map of digital citizens across the world.
BizTechAfrica.com is the authentic voice of Africa’s ICT sector, providing a comprehensive overview of the ICT business of Africa, with up-to-date news, views and interaction for ICT players across the continent. BizTechafrica.com has around 250,000 unique users – across the continent and around the world.
With a team of seasoned ICT journalists in key African growth markets, BizTechAfrica.com supplies Africa’s CEOs, CIOs, IT managers, vendors, other ICT professionals and businesses with all the news they need to know in a way that is relevant to them, while also showcasing African business and ICT achievement to the rest of the world, with a view to attracting investment and business for African players.
BizTechAfrica.com is the single, authoritative source of news and information about the ICT industry throughout Africa, through our news, features, archives and surveys. Providing a little light relief is our homegrown cartoon strip, TiTi-co (which we believe to be Africa’s first localised ICT industry cartoon), which highlights the unique challenges of doing ICT business in Africa.
DevelopingTelecoms is the on-line information portal for communications in developing and emerging markets. Providing daily news updates, reviews and analysis of mobile and fixed-wire markets, technology and products DevelopingTelecoms is the leading information source for communications professionals focused on emerging markets. And with 500,000 hits per month, DevelopingTelecoms is a powerful communications channel for businesses wanting to advertise.
Visit www.developingtelecoms.com now and keep up-to-date with ICT in emerging markets. Follow us on Twitter, RSS and sign-up for our free e-newsletter.
HumanIPO is a top pan-African technology news site, with journalists based in all the major hubs covering the growing sector on the continent. Whether it is startups, innovations or big tech business, HumanIPO truly is the home to African tech.
IT News Africa
ITNewsAfrica.com is Africa’s premier ICT News and Information website.
We serve a niche audience within the information technology sector and have established ourselves as the must-visit destination for top IT and telecom professionals, vendors, solution providers, IT Managers, CIOs and CEOs of African enterprises.
ITNewsAfrica.com, through its online presence, conferences, press offices and editorial content, informs ICT (Information & Communication Technology) professionals about the latest developments in the industry and encourages interaction among business people. Our mission is to promote the abundant opportunities for Africans in the ICT sector and to encourage investment by government agencies and the private sector.
We have a solid track record of maximizing advertiser ROI and our editorial team is made up of a select network of passionate content contributors and journalists stationed around the African continent.
mobiThinking from dotMobi provides everything marketers need to know to help take their brand mobile. The site is packed with practical advice and insight on mobile web and mobile marketing from the world’s top practitioners, plus insight into what the future will hold. With practical guides, briefings, interviews, showcase sites, videos, case studies and essential tools all available for free, mobiThinking is the essential resource for mobile marketing novices and experts alike.
Find out more at http://mobithinking.com
OTEKBITS is a leading media company dedicated to providing daily coverage of everything happening within the Nigerian and Sub-Saharan Africa Business, Start-up, Social Media, Entertainment, Technology and Developer ecosystem. We provide product and service reviews and in-depth analysis of technology trends within Sub-Saharan Africa. We also run technology commentaries on industry events and happenings.
Learn more at http://otekbits.com
Ventures Africa is a startup Pan-African business magazine. The publication hit African newsstands in 2012 with extensive distribution in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
Our aim is to showcase the business aspect of Africa to the world. There are major deals taking place within Africa. There are many inspirational stories of entrepreneurs braving the red tape in their respective countries to establish successful businesses. There is also a new breed of young, cosmopolitan and foreign-educated Africans charting a similar course to those in the West and East. These are the stories we feel need to be told.
At Ventures Africa, we will champion African capitalism by celebrating African success, free enterprise, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the rewards of hard work. We will consistently chronicle the success stories of Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs and business leaders, thereby becoming the requisite handbook for successful and aspiring African entrepreneurs. Join us as we explore Africa – from a business lens!