September Mobile Events - A Roundup

Posted by LeighJaschke on Aug 31, 2009

Here are some mobile events for the month of September that we thought are noteworthy and of interest to the community. If you know of others, please mail us at  info at MobileActive dot org.

Wed Sep 2 – Fri Sep 4: M4Life, Barcelona

mDevelopment, one of the three events at the conference, explores the impact of mobile technologies on economic and social development.

Fri Sep 4: Mobile Tech 4 Social Change Bangalore

Mobile Tech 4 Social Change Camps are local events for people passionate about using mobile technology for social impact and to make the world a better place.

Mobile Tech 4 Social Change Camp in Bangalore includes:

  • interactive discussions about mobile tech for social good,
  • hands-on-demos of mobile apps and tools,
  • collaborations about ways to use, deploy, develop and promote mobile technology in health, advocacy, economic development, environment, human rights, and citizen media

Sat Sep 5 – Sun Sep 6: Digital Citizen Indaba 4.0 , South Africa

The annual Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI) is a platform for bloggers, podcasters, vodcasters, mobile journalists, citizen reporters, and new media practitioners to empower themselves and their community using new media technologies. The DCI takes place at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa just before the annual Highway Africa Conference (HA) in September.

Sun Sep 6 – Tue Sep 8: HighwayAfrica 2009, South Africa

Highway Africa is an annual ICT conference hosted by Rhodes University. Each year, more than 500 delegates from across the globe attend the conference to discuss issues relating to Internet governance, ICT policy and media for democracy.  Mobile in media will play a significant role in the event.

Thur Sep 10: September Technology Salon, DC
Technology Salon is an informal conversation around ICT and international development sponsored by the UN Foundation and Vodaphone. The September Technology Salon, will explore what the "m" in mHealth means for those who actually practice mHelath, with James BonTempo, Josh Nesbit, David Isaak, and Wayan Vota.

Fri Sep 11 - Sat Sep 12: Ecomo09, London

Vodafone and Betavine are running EcoMo09, a 24-hour dev camp for mobile competition. At the event, developers will use their "green" coding skills to create prototype software tools to help people reduce their impact on the environment. EcoMo09 is one of a number of Vodafone initiatives in the area of sustainability. At the end of the dev camp, the judging panel will review the prototypes and select winners based on how well they have responded to the competition challenges.

Wed Sep 16: Mobile Innovations for Social and Economic Transformation From Pilots to Scaled-up Implementation, World Bank

This workshop aims to raise awareness of World Bank Group staff of the transformational role mobile technologies can play in improving service delivery, efficiency and transparency by show-casing mobile-enabled innovations in a number of sectors and identifying emerging lessons learned and ways to scale up for achieving operational efficiencies and development impact.'s Katrin Verclas will be presenting on mobile innovations in governance.


Wed Sep 23 – Fri Sep 26: IEEE AFRICON, Nairobi

 AFRICON, the top-event of IEEE in Africa, is a forum for professionals, academia and industry to exchange ideas, present their newest research findings and to network. The track on Signal Processing includes sessions on mobile communications, and there is a separate track on Mobile Computing and Applications for ICT.

Coming in October...

The first Open Mobile Camp, Sat Oct 24

Open Source Mobile tools and code, for health, humanitarian relief, and social impact. A camp for developers and implementers with some technical chops, to develop roadmaps, further specific apps and integrations, and bond as the Open Mobile community. Open Mobile Camp is organized by the Open Mobile Consortium, its members, and key universities. is a founding member of the Open Mobile Consortium.

We look forward to hearing the buzz from those of you who attend these events.

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