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  * '''Ning network:''' = Mission and Outcomes of Mobile Senegal =
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  * '''Partnership:''' Mobile''''''Senegal is the first initiative of its kind in a Francophone country in Africa. It was founded in 2008 under the umbrella of Pace University in the US and evolves in collaboration with partners across Senegal and beyond. Its mission is to build capacity in mobile technology by facilitating the introduction of mobile courses in educational institutions and organizing activities for the wider community.
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    [http://www.pace.edu http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/pacelogo.gif] [http://www.ncnw.org http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/us.jpg] [http://www.stonybrook.edu/ http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/stonylogo.gif] [http://www.rupp.edu.kh/ http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/us.jpg] [http://www.thies.univ.sn/sitethies/ http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/thieslogo.jpg] [http://www.thies.univ.sn/sitethies/ http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/senegalflag.jpg] Mobile''''''Senegal organizes boot camps, courses, competitions and dedicated field projects, and arranges training for faculty. It is led by professional and passionate educators, developers and quality assurance experts from the US and Senegal. The teaching philosophy we designed takes into consideration the multi-disciplinarity of mobile application development and integrates teaching components on technology, software engineering, graphics, marketing, and entrepreneurship. It mixes theoretical instructions with a focus on real projects for real beneficiaries, and incorporates follow-up of the participants’ projects. Some of these projects are global in nature and involve students from the US, Senegal, Cambodia and India.
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To date, more than 250 participants completed boot camps and competitions, and more than 30 applications were developed.
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  * '''Sponsors: ''' The noticeable outcomes of Mobile''''''Senegal include the following:
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    * Nokia provided 35 phones to be used for the deployment of the mobile applications in Senegal. These phones are used by students for development and by the beneficiaries of the mobile applications - artisans at the Artisan Villages of Thies and St Louis in Senegal. (2009)   * A license in Mobile Application Development (Conception et developpement d'applications mobiles) was created at the University of Thies in 2011. (indirect outcome)
  * Kom''''''Kom, a Java ME accounting application developed during a boot camp, was awarded a Judge Choice Prize at the [[http://www.callingallinnovators.com/judges_choice_awards.aspx|Nokia Calling All Innovators Competition]] in 2009. Kom''''''Kom was piloted in the artisan village of Thiès.
  * [[http://bizblog.blackberry.com/2011/12/blackberry-academic-program-case-study/|CibleCI]], a Java ME application designed to help first grade pupils practice essential skills in math, reading, writing and geography, was piloted in elementary schools in Senegal in 2012. Cible''''''CI was developed by students from Pace University, Ecole Superieure Polytechnique (ESP) and University of Delhi in the global software development project in 2009.
  * Stop''''''Malaria, a Java ME application developed during a boot camp, was awarded first prize at the Population Council Data Uncovered Contest in December 2011.
  * Four applications submitted to the 2011-2012 Mobile''''''Senegal competition were released in the Google Play ([[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=grimykl.app.sgs|SenGeoSante]]) and Nokia Store ([[http://store.nokia.com/content/273105|Donor]], [[http://store.nokia.com/content/273687|CodeDeLaRoute]] and [[http://store.nokia.com/content/273396|Niett]]) in May 2012.
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    * Building A Global Network to Support Sustainable Information and Communication Technologies Entrepreneurship in Senegal, National Collegiate of Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), December 2008. This grant supports the creation of a network of universities interested in mobile application development. (2009-2010) Mobile''''''Senegal launched two meetup groups which have a total of 400 members: [[http://www.meetup.com/mobileinnovationsdakar|Mobile Innovations Dakar]] and [[http://www.meetup.com/mobileinnovationsthies|Mobile Innovation Thies]]. It was instrumental in initiating [[http://mobilemonday.org|Mobile Monday Dakar]] to build a sustainable community of professionals around mobile technology.
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     http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=nciia.jpg Mobile''''''Senegal is currently looking at new models of teaching to accelerate release of enterprise and customer mobile applications, and to extend its activities in West Africa.
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    * Sustainable Technology-based Entrepreneurship for the Senegalese Market, National Collegiate of Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), December 2007. This grant supports the partnership between Pace University, Stony Brook University, Thies University and NCNW. (2008-2009) Over the years, Mobile''''''Senegal has been supported by NCIIA, IBM, Research in Motion, Nokia, and Google.
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    * NOKIA provided Nokia N95 and 6300 devices to the University of Thies for the introduction of mobile in the curriculum.
     [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=nokialogo.png] [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=N95_copper_05_jpeg_lres_.jpg]

    * Pearson Education donated books for the students in Senegal. (2009 and 2010)

      ''Kicking Butt with MIDP and MSA: Creating Great Mobile Applications, ISBN-10: 0321463420''

      ''Web Development: A Visual Spatial Approach, Craig Baehr, ISBN-10: 0131701223''

  * '''Description:'''

  Africa is referred to more for its problems than for its opportunities. But this may change with current investments from major mobile phone providers and venture capitalists targeting the mobile phone market. A substantial amount of money has been already invested in telecommunications and this continent is now the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world. Mobile phone subscribers have raised to more than 200 millions in Africa in 2006 - the fastest growing rate in the world.

  Developing mobile applications adapted to the African market is a challenge and an opportunity demanding a deep understanding of the African realities - as diverse as they are even inside a single country. African computer science students will play a crucial role in this context and be key in the development of such applications corresponding to the needs of their compatriots - from various backgrounds.

  The goal of this project is to educate Senegalese students on the potential and procedures - at the technical and business levels - for creating tech startups based on mobile technology corresponding to the needs and realities of their country.

  * '''People:'''

    * Prof. Christelle Scharff, PhD, Associate Professor, Pace University, US, cscharff@pace.edu, http://www.csis.pace.edu/~scharff
     [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=christelle.png]
    * Prof. Anita Wasilewska, PhD, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University, US, anita@cs.sunysb.edu, http://www.cs.sunysb.edu/~anita
     [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=anitaf.jpg]
    * Prof. Ibrahima Ndiaye, PhD, Director of the Economic and Social Sciences Education and Research Unit, Thiès University, Senegal, ibndiaye2004@yahoo.fr, http://www.thies.univ.sn/sitethies/
     [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=ibrahimaf.jpg]
    * Mamadou Bousso, Assistant Professor, Thiès University, Senegal, mamadoubousso@gmail.com, http://www.thies.univ.sn/sitethies/
     [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=mamadouf.jpg]
    * Cheikh Sarr, Assistant Professor, Thiès University, Senegal, Cheikh.Sarr@insa-lyon.fr, http://www.thies.univ.sn/sitethies/
     [http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/senegal/Home?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=cheikh.png]

  * '''Previous partners:'''

    [http://www.ncnw.org http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/ncnwlogo.jpg] [http://www.incubator-ncnw.org http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/senegalflag.jpg] [http://www.pace.edu http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/images/us.jpg]

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Contact us at mobilesenegal@gmail.com or cscharff@pace.edu

Mission and Outcomes of Mobile Senegal

MobileSenegal is the first initiative of its kind in a Francophone country in Africa. It was founded in 2008 under the umbrella of Pace University in the US and evolves in collaboration with partners across Senegal and beyond. Its mission is to build capacity in mobile technology by facilitating the introduction of mobile courses in educational institutions and organizing activities for the wider community.

MobileSenegal organizes boot camps, courses, competitions and dedicated field projects, and arranges training for faculty. It is led by professional and passionate educators, developers and quality assurance experts from the US and Senegal. The teaching philosophy we designed takes into consideration the multi-disciplinarity of mobile application development and integrates teaching components on technology, software engineering, graphics, marketing, and entrepreneurship. It mixes theoretical instructions with a focus on real projects for real beneficiaries, and incorporates follow-up of the participants’ projects. Some of these projects are global in nature and involve students from the US, Senegal, Cambodia and India.

To date, more than 250 participants completed boot camps and competitions, and more than 30 applications were developed.

The noticeable outcomes of MobileSenegal include the following:

  • A license in Mobile Application Development (Conception et developpement d'applications mobiles) was created at the University of Thies in 2011. (indirect outcome)
  • KomKom, a Java ME accounting application developed during a boot camp, was awarded a Judge Choice Prize at the Nokia Calling All Innovators Competition in 2009. KomKom was piloted in the artisan village of Thiès.

  • CibleCI, a Java ME application designed to help first grade pupils practice essential skills in math, reading, writing and geography, was piloted in elementary schools in Senegal in 2012. CibleCI was developed by students from Pace University, Ecole Superieure Polytechnique (ESP) and University of Delhi in the global software development project in 2009.

  • StopMalaria, a Java ME application developed during a boot camp, was awarded first prize at the Population Council Data Uncovered Contest in December 2011.

  • Four applications submitted to the 2011-2012 MobileSenegal competition were released in the Google Play (SenGeoSante) and Nokia Store (Donor, CodeDeLaRoute and Niett) in May 2012.

MobileSenegal launched two meetup groups which have a total of 400 members: Mobile Innovations Dakar and Mobile Innovation Thies. It was instrumental in initiating Mobile Monday Dakar to build a sustainable community of professionals around mobile technology.

MobileSenegal is currently looking at new models of teaching to accelerate release of enterprise and customer mobile applications, and to extend its activities in West Africa.

Over the years, MobileSenegal has been supported by NCIIA, IBM, Research in Motion, Nokia, and Google.

Contact us at mobilesenegal@gmail.com or cscharff@pace.edu

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