This post was originally published on TNWAfrica by CP-Africa’s Nmachi Jidenma…You can read the full interview via the link below this post.
Kenya recently launched Africa’s first mobile apps lab, m-lab.
The facility is aimed at encouraging innovation in the East African country and is supported by the World Bank, Nokia and the Government of Finland.
Set up in Nairobi, the lab will initially house six startups and is hosted by the iHub Consortium, a consortium that includes Nairobi’s iHub, eMobilis, the World Wide Web Foundation, and the University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics.
The Kenyan Government has shown keen interest in the lab.
According to Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Kenya’s Ministry of ICT’s Permanent Secretary, “a problem to overcome is that people don’t collaborate enough. If we can begin to widen and collaborate through facilities like m:lab, the mobile applications emerging from the region will become more successful. After incubation, these ideas will be shifted from the labs to the business commercial sector,” he said.
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