Mobile Web Initiative


Workshop Agenda April 1-2 2009, Maputo, Mozambique

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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MIT Legatum Center

Microsoft Research India


Selected Papers

There were a high number of submissions, and only very few of them were selected for presentation, as the event is focusing on discussion between the participants.

More specifically, the three major criteria used by the program committee were:

There were lots of very relevant and interesting papers which were more research oriented, or which were presenting interesting litterature review, or which were presenting innovative ideas without field testing or which were at early stages of exploration.

These papers, while essential for the community, have been accepted for publication, but not for plenary presentation. The authors of these papers are invited to prepare a poster for the event, and we will have specific time in the agenda for participants to discuss with authors of posters.

March 18 2009: Some authors are late on their final paper submission and therefore few links in the table below are missing

Paper Selection
Digital Inclusion in Social Contexts: A Perspective to the Use of Mobile Technologies
Fabio N. Akhras and Evelyn D. de Rezende


Freedom Fone: Mobile information service for social development
Amanda Atwood
Plenary Presentation
An economic analysis of the strategic options to implement mobile platforms while maximising consumer surplus and contestibility of markets
Dapo Ladimeji
Not able to come
Setting up a mobile business application The case of mobile business matching services for small businesses from developing economies.
Raphaël Dard
Not able to come
Integrating mobile data services into an existing information ecology

Andy Dearden

Plenary Presentation
New paths: exploring mobile-only internet use in South Africa
Jonathan Donner, Shikoh Gitau
Plenary Presentation
Improving standards of care with mobile applications in Tanzania
Molly Bogan (D-Tree International)
Plenary Presentation
Innovative Farmer Advisory Services using ICT
Mucemi GAKURU, Kristen WINTERS, Francois STEPMAN

Plenary Presentation

Mobile phones for good governance – challenges and way forwardJohan Hellström
Plenary Presentation
The use and possibilities of m-applications in East AfricaJohan Hellström
Plenary Presentation
SMS technologies for improvement
Ian Puttergill
Plenary Presentation
Need for richer features in addition to affordability in entry mobile phone devices
Jussi Impio, Lucy Macharia, Mokeira Masita-Mwangi, Moses Sitati, Pauline Githinji (Nokia)

Plenary Presentation

Mobiles in Malawi
Josh Nesbit
Plenary Presentation
Making a case for spoken Web
Arun Kumar (IBM)
Plenary Presentation
M-gov: Understanding the demands of government

Beatriz Barreto Brasileiro Lanza

Plenary Presentation
In Search of Scalable mHealth Solutions
Patricia N. Mechael
Affordable Mobile Services: Models & the Way Forward !
Fisseha Mekuria
Plenary Presentation
Mobile phone banking: Usage experiences in Kenya
Adrian D Kamotho Njenga
Plenary Presentation
Web plus SMS for Elections
Eric M.K Osiakwan
Plenary Presentation
A Taste of Virtual Currency: Air4Cash and Cash4Air
Plenary Presentation
A Methodology to Measure and Forecast the Impacts of the Mobile Web on People in Rural Areas of Developing Countries
Betty Purwandari
A Micro Payment System for Underprivileged Communities
Rasika Dayarathna
Language learning on a next-generation service platform for Africa
Andrew Rice, Paula Buttery, Idris A. Rai, Alastair Beresford

Innovative use of cellphone technology for HIV/AIDS behaviour change communications: 3 pilot projects
K. De Tolly and Helen Alexander
Plenary Presentation
Intra-Network Configuration for Smallholder Commercial Agriculture (IC4SCA)
Rabiu Auwalu Yakasai
Not able to come