Armenia’s Alexander Shakaryan second winner at Nokia’s m2Work competition

Armenia’s Alexander Shakaryan second winner at Nokia’s m2Work competition

YEREVAN, May 18. /ARKA/. Alexander Shakaryan from Armenia took the second place at m2Work, a Nokia-initiated and World Bank-sponsored online challenge seeking the best ideas for spurring the job-creation potential of mobile phones. His “MicroForester” app would aid reforestation projects.

India’s Aadhar Bhalinge is the winner of the competition.

“Bhalinge convinced the high-level jury of World Bank, Nokia, UKaid, and other private sector representatives of the development impact, novelty, and feasibility of his “Smart Rickshaw Network” to take home the US$ 20,000 grand prize,” the World Bank’s press release says.
Bhalinge and the five other finalists all received business coaching during the finals.

Mobile Applications Labs (mLabs) coordinated the competition in Armenia.

The competition organized by Nokia and infoDev, a World Bank innovation and technology entrepreneurship program, drew a total of 939 ideas, 96% of which came from developing and emerging economies.

InfoDev, as part of the World Bank Group, uses its vast network of mLabs and business incubators to help the finalists develop their seed-stage ideas into viable start-ups that can create sustainable jobs.

Currently, millions of people supplement their income through microwork—small digital tasks they can perform online. -0--

19:12 18.05.2012





 

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