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MobileSenegal: Three Years of Lessons
         of Capacity Building with Impact
                              Dr. Christelle Scharff
                       Pace University, New York, NY, USA
                                                                       The 1st mobile
                                 MobileSenegal                         community in
                            http://mobilesenegal.org                    Senegal since
                                                                            2009
                               cscharff@pace.edu
                           @mobilesenegal           /mobilesenegal

   Presented at the mEducation Alliance International Symposium:
Partnering for Scale and Impact, http://www.meducationalliance.org/,
                    September 5-6, Washington DC
Founded in 2008

First initiative of this type in a
Francophone country of Africa

Goal: Capacity building in M4D
Collaboration with Universities
Project                                      Social
                 Mobile
 Mgt                                       networking

      Technology                                          Monetization
                                              Marketing
                       Community                                    Global

                                                             Software
   Entrepreneurship                                         Engineering

   Local                            Model for                 Process
  Impact
                                    Capacity
                                                              Quality
                                    Building                 Assurance
    Real Projects
  Real Beneficiaries                                           Design



                                                          Mentoring /
                 Oral / Written Skills                    Follow-up
 Presentations                           English
Community
• Universities, companies, NGOs, associations,
  incubators etc
• Mobile Innovations Dakar
  – http://www.meetup.com/mobileinnovationsdakar
• Mobile Innovations Thiès
  – http://www.meetup.com/mobileinnovationsthies
• Mobile Monday Dakar
  – http://mobilemonday.sn        First Mobile
                                 Monday in West
                                      Africa
Global Software Development




Interdisciplinary
                    Global vision of   Mobile solutions
 teams to work
                    Smarter Energy     relevant globally
    together
4 Courses in                  3
   5 Bootcamps               Dakar and St              Competitions
                                Louis

                 3 Faculty                     3 Years of Global
                 training                   Software Development
                                              (US, Senegal, India,
                                                  Cambodia)

                             Publications
                             (M4D, ICSE)

                                                  More than 30 apps
   More than                                        developed (7
                         More than 200
  250 students           beneficiaries               deployed, 7
   impacted                                           released)


From Dakar to Ziguinchor                 Evolving technologies
Outcomes
• A “license” in Mobile Application Development created
  at the University of Thies in 2011
• KomKom was awarded a Judge Choice Prize at the
  Nokia Calling All Innovators Competition in 2009.
  KomKom was piloted in the artisan village of Thiès.
• StopMalaria was awarded first prize at the Population
  Council Data Uncovered Contest in December 2011 and
  presented at the GSMA Mobile Health University
  Challenge 2011-2012.
• 5 applications submitted to MobileSenegal
  competitions were released in the Google Play
  (SenGeoSante) and Nokia Store (Africa Quiz, Donor,
  CodeDeLaRoute, and Niett)
CibleCI
• CibleCI was developped by students at Pace,
  Thies, ESP and ESMT (Dakar), and India in
  2010, and piloted in Senegal in July 2012
Lessons
• Keys are:
  – Creating and nurturing an ecosystem
  – Having champions in Senegal
  – Training faculty
  – Working on real projects with real
    beneficiaries (on the ground)
  – Choosing the right tools
  – Integrating mentoring from day ONE
Future
• Strengthen the project in Senegal and in the
  sub-region during my Fulbright at UCAD in
  Senegal
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MobileSenegal: Three Years of Lessons of Capacity Building with Impact

  • 1. MobileSenegal: Three Years of Lessons of Capacity Building with Impact Dr. Christelle Scharff Pace University, New York, NY, USA The 1st mobile MobileSenegal community in http://mobilesenegal.org Senegal since 2009 cscharff@pace.edu @mobilesenegal /mobilesenegal Presented at the mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Partnering for Scale and Impact, http://www.meducationalliance.org/, September 5-6, Washington DC
  • 2. Founded in 2008 First initiative of this type in a Francophone country of Africa Goal: Capacity building in M4D
  • 4. Project Social Mobile Mgt networking Technology Monetization Marketing Community Global Software Entrepreneurship Engineering Local Model for Process Impact Capacity Quality Building Assurance Real Projects Real Beneficiaries Design Mentoring / Oral / Written Skills Follow-up Presentations English
  • 5. Community • Universities, companies, NGOs, associations, incubators etc • Mobile Innovations Dakar – http://www.meetup.com/mobileinnovationsdakar • Mobile Innovations Thiès – http://www.meetup.com/mobileinnovationsthies • Mobile Monday Dakar – http://mobilemonday.sn First Mobile Monday in West Africa
  • 6. Global Software Development Interdisciplinary Global vision of Mobile solutions teams to work Smarter Energy relevant globally together
  • 7. 4 Courses in 3 5 Bootcamps Dakar and St Competitions Louis 3 Faculty 3 Years of Global training Software Development (US, Senegal, India, Cambodia) Publications (M4D, ICSE) More than 30 apps More than developed (7 More than 200 250 students beneficiaries deployed, 7 impacted released) From Dakar to Ziguinchor Evolving technologies
  • 8. Outcomes • A “license” in Mobile Application Development created at the University of Thies in 2011 • KomKom was awarded a Judge Choice Prize at the Nokia Calling All Innovators Competition in 2009. KomKom was piloted in the artisan village of Thiès. • StopMalaria was awarded first prize at the Population Council Data Uncovered Contest in December 2011 and presented at the GSMA Mobile Health University Challenge 2011-2012. • 5 applications submitted to MobileSenegal competitions were released in the Google Play (SenGeoSante) and Nokia Store (Africa Quiz, Donor, CodeDeLaRoute, and Niett)
  • 9. CibleCI • CibleCI was developped by students at Pace, Thies, ESP and ESMT (Dakar), and India in 2010, and piloted in Senegal in July 2012
  • 10. Lessons • Keys are: – Creating and nurturing an ecosystem – Having champions in Senegal – Training faculty – Working on real projects with real beneficiaries (on the ground) – Choosing the right tools – Integrating mentoring from day ONE
  • 11. Future • Strengthen the project in Senegal and in the sub-region during my Fulbright at UCAD in Senegal

Editor's Notes

  1. Important – la premiere communaute du mobile
  2. Mobile Monday est un reseau glboal. Il y a des mobile Monday dans le monde entier. Celui sci est le permiere en afrique francophone. Si on te demande le prochaine venemetn c est en octobre. C est plus un reseay pour les professionnels.
  3. Les accomplissementsOn ne fait pas que Dakar = Dakar, ZigunichorToutes les technologies – Java ME depuis le debut, SMS (Kannel, frontline) mais en plus Android et web bientot,Bootcamps – 3 a thies, 1 a l ESMt, 1 sponsorise par Google a Dakar C est pas de la theorie c est de la pratiqueBeneficiaires des applications c est les personnes qui ont utilsees les applicationsPour le developpement distribue / global des etuaints de l ESP, ESMT, Pace, du Cambodge et d Inde ont developpe CibleCIFormation des formateurs en Java ME, un peu Android et cet annee web mobile avec W3CDes publications sur le projet a des conferencesTu peux parler du bootcamp auquel tu as participeDemandes peut etre si certaines personnes ont participe a des bootcamp ou competitions(peut etre j espere qu il y en aura!)
  4. Voix dans l application en wolof