Bringing the local mobile industry together…sharing, educating, building
Mobile Monday is a global community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influentials fostering cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets.
Mobile Monday has the following objectives:
Mobile Monday is organized by a group of dedicated volunteers from around the world. Originating in Helsinki, Finland, in the year 2000, Mobile Monday has grown into the world’s leading mobile community.
The remarkable MobileMonday phenomenon began almost by accident in Helsinki, Finland during the autumn of 2000. A couple of well-known Finnish visionaries, invited the who’s who of the Finnish mobile industry to a pub for an informal get-together and perhaps a warming drink. The only suitable time? Monday evening.
After meeting many new faces and discussing the latest in mobility, the group decided to continue meeting on the first Monday of each month — and thus, MobileMonday was born. Towards the end of 2004, the movement started to spread to other areas of the world and new MoMo chapters were started in Tokyo, Japan, Silicon Valley, UsA as well as Rome and Milan, Italy. Since then, the number of MobileMonday chapters and members has dramatically increased making MobileMonday the world’s leading mobile community.
The Mobile Monday-Kenya chapter (MOMOKE) started in early 2011 at a colorful launch presided by the Finnish ambassador and attended by a wide array of guests. We held our first meeting at the iHub on 19th April, though the attendance was small, it attracted the techie community that had started to make the iHub their home and place of business. Our objective was simple, to encourage conversation and networking amongst the developer community. It was not uncommon to see us huddled in a group of 20 surrounding a white board talking about Mpesa, Mxit’s move into Kenya, if it was interesting and involved technology we talked about it. This uncut approach is what made as unique.
Over time the meetups, which were held once a month, began gathering traction as more and more developers and business people began attending. The launch of the iHub space cemented our meetups as a key event in the iHub calendar. Our attendance grew to 150-200 attendees, and during the 10th anniversary of Mobile Monday held in Helsinki from September 27th-29th, the Kenya chapter was officially handed to the lead, John Wesonga, as the founders pin was handed to him. This marked a major milestone of the chapter and ushered in corporate support with the likes of Virtual City and Nokia coming on board.
Since then Mobile Monday-Kenya has held over 20 events with more than 4000 participants, half a dozen companies presenting and more than 40 presentations from individuals being done. None of this could have happened without the dedicated team of volunteers plus all the people out there who tweet our events and spread the word.
We believe a stronger developer community ensures a healthy ecosystem for current and future techpreneurs, and we will do our best to ensure that Mobile Monday-Kenya achieves that vision.