Next week is going to be the real launch of our mobile entrepreneurs project, under funding from Vodafone. While the project officially started 1st April. We are now going to Accra and start the work locally. During a week, George Sadowsky (Web Foundation consultant), Dominique Hazael-Massieux (volunteer), and I are going to visit different people and organizations and start building our plan for this program. We will be accompanied by our colleagues from Vodafone UK: Steve Wolak, and Franco Papeschi.
Our first objective is to meet and discuss with Vodafone Ghana, with who we are going to work closely. Then, obviously, it is essential to know better developers, and developer networks, the entrepreneurs community, and see what are their analysis of the current situation. Why aren’t there more mobile applications? Why aren’t there more social and business entrepreneurs going mobile? How can this capacity building initiative in mobile technologies and business lead to a vibrant ecosystem? What kinds of other initiatives (regular meeting ala Mobile Monday) might attract attention among the most brilliant potential entrepreneurs and help them to enter the mobile world as a way to access the Web.
Practically, we also want to understand what type of structure for the training program (length, localization, etc.) would fit well within the Ghanaian context.
So lots of questions to answer during this trip! Stay tuned, as we will report a couple of times while there, and bring back results of our investigations, and nice pictures and video.
PS: Obviously, any idea or feedback on the questions above are welcome, through this blog or privately to us