m2Work is a worldwide challenge and a joint project of infoDev and Nokia’s Ideas Project. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank, focusing on technology entrepreneurship and job creation.
Microwork follows a simple concept: numerous people around the world are earning money by completing small digital tasks. Microwork has vast potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in developing countries, where the key is mobile technology. Currently, microworkers need access to computers, which are expensive and require infrastructure. But if they could work on their mobile phones, considering the approximately 5 billion phones in developing countries, this could have an enormous job creation potential in the developing world.
Submitting to m2Work is a great chance for coders to win decent prize money, to get privileged access to our mLab pre-incubation program, and also to build the community around the emerging topic of mobile microwork. Infodev also offers several steps to guide ideas to the market, including coaching for the challenge winners, more outreach to local mobile developer communities, and local microwork events at mLabs.
May 18-20, there will be a global m2Work hackathon, concluding the challenge, with local hackathons at each of the 5 mLabs. More information about this will be public soon
We encourage all members to submit (see prize deadlines on www.ideasproject.com/m2Work) and/or to join the local events, in particular at mLab East Africa.
- m2Work (mobile microwork challenge): www.ideasproject.com/m2work
- infoDev in general: www.infoDev.org/ar
- Mobile Innovation so far: www.indodev.org/mobile
- explaining microwork (http://www.ideasproject.com/docs/DOC-8964)
- giving tips for submissions (http://www.ideasproject.com/docs/DOC-9142)
- explaining how Infodev will turn ideas into startups with the help of our mLabs (http://www.ideasproject.com/docs/DOC-8965).