Making mobile work for social entrepreneurs
I met with Stephen Wolak from Vodafone and Betavine the other week in London. Betavine is an open community, run by Vodafone R&D, where developers can create applications, learn, and discuss developer related stuff.
It ‘s also a social exchange between developers and NGO’s. They will run a workshop on June 12, titled “Making Mobile Technology work for Social Entrepreneurs “. The agenda looks pretty interesting, and even spotting some Mobile Brain Bank folks there, too.
Stepehn walked me through the Betavine initiative, massively interesting. Betavine was launched back in 2007 by Vodafone R&D with the objective to bringing web 2.0 ways of working to mobile development environment. Since then, the initiative has experienced re-births and incremental upgrades, and today is a lively co munity members, partners and other contributors. mmunity of com
From their blog post January 31, 2007:
“Inspired by the discussion around Web 2.0, Vodafone Betavine applies some of the principles of Web 2.0 to R&D in the mobile and Internet communications space, in particular, openness, collaboration and collective intelligence.
We hope that the website will become a place where developers, students and early adoptors can meet as peers to work together on new concepts and technologies in the mobile and Internet communications space. Vodafone Betavine is truly a “beta” website, we are launching with basic functionality today and seeking our users feedback and input on the future development of the site.”
I’m impressed by the variety of technologies supported in the community, ranging from Linux, Symbian to web, M2M etc.
Mobile Brain Bank is present in the upcoming Betavine Mobile Technology for Social Entrepreneurs event, taking place at the Vodafone HQ in London on June 12. Thibaut Rouffineau, a Mobile Brain Bank ambassador is speaking on behalf of his current employee WIP Jam and putting in a good word on behalf of MoBB.
Betavine also has a strong link to African developers. This is of course very interesting to us, as we are the organizers of Europe’s largest event on mobile opportunities in Africa . I hope my flyers, sent from Finland, find their way to the participants of the Betavine afternoon.