An event to look forward to in June: Pivot 25

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Pivot 25 is the first East African Mobile Developer Challenge. The competition is backed by government and private stakeholders in the industry and is an initiative of mLab.

The prize money at stake is worth $75 000 and so far the first round 25 winners have been announced (see below):

Application in Mobile Payments and Commerce

  1. Kopo Kopo Inc.
  2. Jamobi
  3. Zege Technologies (mPayer)
  4. Nyaruka (Bizito) – from Rwanda
  5. M-Shop

Applications in Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities

  1. Websimba Ltd (Eat Out Mobile)
  2. Sakanya
  3. Space Kenya Networks Ltd (Whive)
  4. Tuvitu
  5. MySocialMobile

Applications in Business and Entreprise

  1. Pluspeople Kenya Ltd. (Uhasibu)
  2. Bongo Live – from Tanzania
  3. NikoHapa
  4. Kenya Methodist University (EasyParking)
  5. WapiDiscount

Applications in Government, Agriculture and Education

  1. mfarm Limited (m-farm)
  2. Mobile Crop Disease Surveillance System – from Uganda
  3. Campus 101
  4. SchoolSMS Premium
  5. HeHe Limited (Gahunda) – from Rwanda

Applications in Health

  1. BTI Millman Limited
  2. M-Chanjo
  3. Sharper Innovations (Pregnancy App.)
  4. Shimba Technologies Ltd (MEDKenya)
  5. Techne Craft Solutions Limited (M-ARV)

The initiative looks to also allowing developers to network with key industry entities, expand their knowledge and hear from key speakers of interest.

According to iHub, “Over 100 competition entries were considered with the most popular categories being Mobile Payments and Commerce (27%), Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities (27%) and Business and Entreprise (26%). The category of Government, Agriculture and Education attracted 21% of competitors while the Health category attracted  15% of the competitors.”

For more information about the 25 finalists and their applications as well as attending details go to the competition and conference website.



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Muthoni Maingi
Muthoni is a Brand Strategist and Director at Deviate, a company that works with over 15 of the region's most forward thinking brands. She is passionate about growing SME's, Internet Technology and mentoring young women. She also owns and writes for Tamu Tamu and Bridal Kenya and is an active blogger on a wide range of topics such as business, food and technology and has written for CIO Kenya, Yummy News, Affrinovator and Kachwanya. Before starting her own company she was a Production Coordinator and TV Host for the NTV show Urban Hype, an Account Executive at Habari, and a Brand Strategist at Creative Edge.
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