Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry smartphones in partnership with Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) will be holding a BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam developer event this week in Lagos. The BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam will provide Nigerian developers with the opportunity to learn more about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry 10. The full-day schedule will provide insight into the BlackBerry 10 experience, architecture and tools that can help Nigerian developers be among the first from around the world who are creating apps for the new platform.
The event is being held to provide resources for developers, students and teachers that want to learn about mobile app development.
Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa at RIM Waldi Wepener, said “The BlackBerry platform provides significant opportunities for the developer community in Nigeria.”
He said, “There is high demand among developers to learn more about the tools for creating local services and apps on the BlackBerry platform, as well as a strong desire to reach the millions of BlackBerry customers around the world. By partnering locally with the CcHub, we aim to share resources and knowledge to create even more opportunity for Nigerian developers and to help create more jobs.”
CcHub is Nigeria’s first IT think-tank lab based in Lagos. Its facility in Sabo, Yaba provides a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, technology companies, investors, developers and enthusiasts in and around Lagos to create new solutions that can help enhance the everyday life and work in Nigeria.
In addition to the BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam, RIM and CcHub will host a series of BlackBerry Developer Days throughout 2012. BlackBerry Developer Days provide information about developing for the BlackBerry Java platform, as well as BlackBerry 10. The partnership will also see CcHub provide some additional week-long BlackBerry developer training sessions.
Bosun Tijani, one of CcHub’s founders said “RIM is the leading smartphone vendor in Nigeria and the popularity of its BlackBerry smartphones both here and around the world offer a great opportunity for our developer community. CcHub is excited to be working with RIM to facilitate the sharing of ideas and knowledge that support the future of mobile development in this country, one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world.”