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Kenya: Intel and Ihub to Support Mobile APP Development in Africa Through Tech Hubs

Intel has entered into an agreement with business incubator iHub to foster and grow the developer community in Africa through targeted investments in mobile app development, online developer resources, university training programs, device seeding programs and expansion of technology hubs.
 
iHub catalyzes the tech community in Kenya and has evolvedinto a space with over 10,000 members. The model set by iHub has been used to start more than 30 other techhubs across Africa, and enjoys a leadership role in the continent due to itssize and relationship with the other hubs. Being a tech space, iHub is able to offer thought leadership in areas ofmobile technology and its use.
 

In Kenya, the company will provide broadly available developertraining through iHub and Intel's Developer Zone, an online developer resource thatenables the creation and porting of Android apps. Intel will also distribute Intel Androiddevices to the tech hubs, and will collaborate with select universities across thecontinent to enhance the ability of developers to create rich user experienceson Intel hardware with Android.
 
Danie Steyn, the General Manager of IntelEast Africa, said the company's goal was to enable applications from Africa for the Android marketplace in 2013, with the primary areas of focus being education, rich media,and gaming.
 
"Our engagement will not only be around educating thedeveloper community, but we'll also run a series of hackathons across Africanetwork in partnership with iHub," said Steyn. "We're extremely excited about thegrowing developer engagement in Africa, and we're deeply committed to helpingthe African software ecosystem grow and thrive."
 
"The software development scene in Africais active but still nascent, we're excited to partner with Intel to grow it",said Erik Hersman the MD at iHub.
 
iHub will work with 10 universities inKenya, and host 30 events targeted at software associations, independentsoftware vendors and in the first year.

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Published by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com) on 20 March 2013

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