According to recent estimates, there are over 2 million mobile apps available for download – a staggering one million for Android, 900,000 for iOS, 160,000 for Windows, and 120,000 for Blackberry. In addition, 6 billion of the world’s 7 billion people have a mobile device. These global statistics underscore the vast popularity of apps, the extensive reach of mobile devices, and, therefore, the huge potential to address social change by using mobile solutions.
Recognizing the development opportunities afforded by mobiles, USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia is hosting a Mobile Solutions Forum. This one-day event is co-organized by USAID’s mSTAR project, led by FHI 360 in partnership with Open Revolution, and will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, January 6, 2014. The Mobile Solutions Forum is open to local technology firms, implementing partners, USAID and other donors, mobile network operators, and anybody else who is developing or using mobile solutions to achieve development outcomes. Space is limited, though, so if you are interested in attending, please register today.
The Forum offers an exciting chance to get an overview of what is happening in the mobiles for development space in Southeast Asia, as well as meet and mingle with the wider community that is creating and utilizing these technologies. This event is strategically tied to USAID’s broader goal to utilize the potential of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to catalyze development solutions to deliver impact more efficiently and at greater scale than traditional approaches.
Registration is now open for this exciting mobiles event! You may sign up to be a speaker, a promotional partner, or simply to attend. Find the draft agenda here.
Are you interested in this conference? Limited space is available, so register today! Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept all applicants, so register soon to help secure your spot. Stay tuned for more details on the agenda and speakers here. See you in Bangkok!