Mobile Technology Training Academy – When World Bank Goes Into Mobility Business


eMobilis Mobile Technology Academy is a training institution that focuses on mobility. It was founded in 2008 and is the first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa. It does training for  individuals on mobile software development, as well as network infrastructure management.


The mission of eMobilis is to create opportunities for local talent by training them on Mobile and Wireless Cellular Technologies.


We have only started to scrape the surface while exploring the opportunities for growth in the Mobile Industry in Kenya. It is our goal to ensure that local talent is available and trained in order to recognize and exploit these opportunities.

eMobilis is part of the winning consortium, tasked by World Bank donor agency Infodev, with hosting the first Mobile Applications Laboratory in Africa. Announcing the winners at the September 2010 AITEC East African ICT Summit, in Nairobi, InfoDev’s lead ICT policy specialist, Dr Tim Kelly, said: “This successful consortia were selected out of 39 original applicants – nine of which were short-listed.” This is one of two labs established by the World Bank – the second lab is in South Africa, and will be run by a South African consortium comprising the Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), The Innovation Hub, Innovation Lab and Ungana-Afrika.

The establishment of this lab is evidence of the increasing power of mobile to support socio-economic development. The lab will be the focal point run and used by Africans working to increase the competitiveness of innovative enterprises working in mobile content and applications. Each lab will be a platform for building the technical skills, business knowledge and personal relationships needed to transform scalable mobile solutions into thriving businesses that address social needs. Besides providing state-of-the-art equipment, the labs will also offer technical training and workshops and connect developers and entrepreneurs with potential investors, academic experts, and public sector leaders.

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