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College of Business Education and edTech research group at the School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland (UEF) jointly organise a workshop titled: Empowering Street Vendors through Mobile Technology.

Street vending is a common type of informal business activity in Tanzania, as well as in other developing countries. Often street vendors' business strategies are simple, and street vendors lack knowledge and education to improve their business skills.  The street vendors do not have time or possibility to attend training, and their modest education level prohibits them to study formal education.The aim of the workshop is to think and brainstorm what kind of mobile solutions could be created to support street vendors and other micro-enterpreneurs regarding the challenges they meet in their everyday business activities.

The workshop will have two parts. First, Mr. Nasibu Mramba, Assistant Lecturer at CBE and doctoral student at the edTech research group, gives an introductory lecture related to the topic of Street Vending Business School at Tanzania. Second, a brainstorming meeting is held after the lecture, where the workshop participants together with Mr. Mramba will about possible mobile-based solutions that could be useful for street vendors.


FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

Place: 2D309 (edTech lab), Science Park

10:15 - 12:00, Nasibu Mramba - Assistant Lecturer at CBE, Tanzania; Doctoral student at School of Computing, UEF

Title: Street Vending Business Skills and Strategies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015

Place: 2D309 (edTech lab), Science Park

10:15 - 14:00 Brainstorming: Ideas and solutions for supporting street vendors at Dar es Salaam, Tanzana


Those participants who want to earn ECTS credits from the workshop need to enroll before the introductory lecture. Please sign up for the workshop latest Tuesday, March 24 by sending an email to Jarkko Suhonen (jarkko.suhonen(at)

Inquiries, online participation and study credits

Online participation

It is possible to participate to the workshop via Adobe Connect Pro system. Please contact Jarkko in order to sort out the practical arrangements.

Course credits

Master and PhD students at UEF are able to earn 1 ECTS credit from the workshop in the following manner:

1) Read a paper that will be sent to all registered participants before the introductory lecture

2) Follow the the introductory lecture on March 27th.

3) Participate to the brainstorming meeting on March 30th.


For more information about the workshop, please contact Jarkko Suhonen: jarkko.suhonen(at)

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