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Nairobi to host forum on mobile technology and human development

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The latest breakthroughs from around the world in the use of mobile technologies for development will be showcased at a forum at Strathmore University, Nairobi, on Wednesday (8 May). Convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Motorola Solutions, the roundtable discussion will be attended by leading policy makers, development practitioners, technology manufacturers and local innovators.

Now in hands of more than 6 billion people across the developed and developing world – smart phones, tablets and other mobile technologies have become increasingly important channels through which innovative development solutions are being delivered or advanced. Kenya is known for its social innovators who have dynamically adapted mobile applications for development and also for its success with Open Source Software application design and development.

At the event, UNDP and Motorola Solutions will launch an International Network of Social Innovators for Human Development. The new network will connect local innovators across regions with policy and development experts and other stakeholders, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise on efforts that address development challenges using innovative solutions.

This joint UNDP-Motorola effort seeks to stimulate the large-scale adoption of mobile initiatives for sustainable human development, and to contribute to the dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda.

When: Wednesday 8 May 2013, from 8.30am (local time)

Where: Auditorium, Strathmore University, Nairobi

Note: Media representatives are welcome to attend all or part of the roundtable (from 8.00am to 5.00pm), but are requested to register via email with Ms. Emily Nyabika ( The opening statements will take place from 9:00-10:30am local time.

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