Egypt, Nokia sign mobile partnership
Egypt’ s government Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and phone maker Nokia have signed an agreement on two new mobile initiatives – mLabs and MobileMonday.
The mLab initiative will see the development of mLab to provide technical assistance to Egyptian universities, incubators and developer communities.
The second initiative is Mobile Monday, which is a program to cultivate and encourage openness, equality, inclusion and the assumption that the best ideas are tested through rigorous debate, critical examination and peer review.
The next phase of the mobile revolution is all about locally relevant content and services delivered through handheld devices,”
said Jussi Hinkkanen, Nokia’
s Head of Government Relations, MEA. “
Mobile devices provide the world’
s largest service delivery platform and local developers and entrepreneurs have the necessary skills combined with local knowledge to create appealing and economically sustainable services.”
Nokia and TIEC will leverage each other’ s strengths in leading and enabling the local ecosystem. This Agreement aims to support the Government to maximize the direct and indirect impacts of mobile technologies for socio-economic development, as well as the creation of a viable national innovation ecosystem of local content and capacity building.
In addition, this Agreement will provide a framework for future cooperation within which Nokia & TIEC can develop and undertake collaborative activities and projects to further enable the local ecosystem.
TIEC CEO Dr. Hazem Abdelazim stressed that “ this partnership is a turning point to maximize the usage of mobile technologies for socio-economic development and to nurture the innovative capabilities of the Egyptian Entrepreneurs.