Tag: Mobile Phones

The rise and fall of SMS

The rise and fall of SMS

Interesting presentation by RLabs partners mobileYouth on the rise and fall of SMS. (mobileYouth) Mobile messaging series – Part 1 – The rise and fall of SMS from Freddie Benjamin (mobileYouth)

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Rethinking Technology for Emerging Markets

Rethinking Technology for Emerging Markets

Currently in India at the India School of Business and had the opportunity meeting an amazing group of Young Global Leaders from 20 countries where the discussions were about Innovations for Emerging Markets. Reason for being at the event was to speak on a panel about Rethinking Technology for Emerging Markets. The ubiquity of technology …

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Maximizing Mobile for Development

Maximizing Mobile for Development

The latest World Bank report “Maximizing Mobile” analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging “app economy”, summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform …

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M4D case study: Innovative solution to Zimbabwe’s change problem

M4D case study: Innovative solution to Zimbabwe’s change problem

It is always exciting to see innovative uses of mobile phones solving real-life problems. In Zimbabwe since 2009 the adoption of the mixed hard currencies monetary regime the one problem that has refused to go away is that of change. Retailers, small business owners, street vendors, bus operators and many others are struggling to keep …

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RLabs Nigeria

RLabs Nigeria

Only weeks away from our team traveling to Nigeria to join our partners and hosts Youth for Technology . RLabs Nigeria will focus on developing and empowering youth in using technologies such as Mxit, JamiiX and Social Media tools to distribute health information and provide peer to peer counselling services. It will also work on …

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Mobile insights of South African youth

Mobile insights of South African youth

South Africa is continuing to grow as a mobile hungry nation as a recent study revealed that South Africans spend more time on their mobile phones than any other media channel. As part of our research to understand youth reactions towards advertising RLabs conducted a mobile survey to 6,812 respondents which generated some interesting findings: …

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Africa’s most popular mobile social network Mxit partners with RLabs

Africa’s most popular mobile social network Mxit partners with RLabs

Since its inception RLabs have always had a focus of using innovation to facilitate change and entrepreneurship as a model of sustainability. One of the key partners of RLabs over the last few years has been Mxit (Africa’s largest mobile Social network and Forbes top start up of Africa) who through providing RLabs access to …

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Uusi: Your New Beginning

Uusi: Your New Beginning

“Uusi” – meaning New in Finnish After 18 months of conceptualizing, testing and getting community members to engage with it on different platforms, Uusi the brain-child of one of the RLabs champions, Terence Hendricks, finally was privately released to the public only on the MXit platform. Using MXit as the launchpad was an obvious choice …

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