Mimiboard steals the show

Virtual notice board service Mimiboard has won the app demo competition at the Open Innovation Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

Umuntu Media, the South African-based company behind Mimiboard, won the award out of a field of over 10 mobile apps at the event held to explore innovations that are successfully addressing many of the challenges facing Africa today.

A Mimiboard is like a traditional noticeboard – only virtual. Anyone can post a notice to a shared Mimiboard and get a real-time view of what is important to the their communities.

The app currently works on Android, feature phones running Java, SMS, and WAP-enabled devices.

According to Johan Nel, CEO of Umuntu Media, Mimiboard has accumulated 5000 users in its first week since the official launch.

The news comes as The Zimbabwean and Umuntu Media begin a new partnership to bring Mimiboards to Zimbabweans at home and in the diaspora. With Mimiboards, Zimbabweans will have access to real-time, location-based information sharing.

Currently, The Zimbabwean have launched Mimiboards for the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Gauteng regions of South Africa. Each community gets their own board to keep track of news updates, responses to newspaper stories, opinions, and events.

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