The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 10:45 - 11:30
The Mobile Operator, a Potential Partner for Local Start-Ups/Social Enterprises? LIMITED

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Mobile phones have radically impacted people's lives all across the globe. Over half of the world's population uses a mobile service. In fact, the wider network coverage, along with the improvement of the quality of service has contributed to a higher mobile use, which has eventually impacted economic growth in both developed and emerging countries. By 2020, 80% of all mobile phones will be in emerging markets where impact in people’s lives goes a step further. Since mobile is a leapfrogging technology for a vast majority of people in emerging markets, it is their only connected tool. It offers them the opportunity to access educational content, increase their income, live healthier lives, and set higher standards of living.

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator is a Mobile for Development programme with three main objectives:
Ensuring mobile operators' assets are more accessible to innovators to attract the most relevant innovations,
Funding innovators through an Innovation Fund to stimulate new products and services that leverage mobile technology for socio-economic impact in a commercially sustainable manner,
Facilitating operator-innovator partnerships to help innovative services reach scale.

After introducing the programme, this interactive session will focus on answering 3 main questions:
Why should start-ups/social enterprises collaborate?
What can mobile operators bring to the table?
How can start-ups/social enterprises and mobile operators partner effectively?

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Martin Karanja

Senior Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, GSMA

Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30 EAT