iHub, Intel in partnership to nurture tech growth [Business Daily (Kenya)]
(Business Daily (Kenya) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Business incubator iHub and Intel Corporation (UK) Limited have partnered to help budding mobile application developers who find it difficult to market and commercialise their products.
The partnership will foster and grow software developers in Africa through targeted investments in mobile application development, online developer resources, university training programs, device seeding programs and expansion of technology hubs.
Intel will provide broadly available developer training through iHub , through its online developer resource that enables creation and porting of Android apps. Intel will also distribute Intel Android devices to the tech hubs.
The partnership comes on a recent a recent study conducted by Research Solutions Africa and iHub Research, of which indicated that of the 88 different applications developed by Nairobi tech community, very few mobile phone users making it almost impossible for the developers to make money from their apps.
The study concluded that partnerships, especially those directly with phone manufactures may be essential in enlarging the scale of start-up mobile applications.
Erik Hersman, Managing Director and Founder of iHub said the new partnership between iHub and Intel was designed to foster a close relationship between the tech company and the African developer community.
"The software development scene in Africa is active but still nascent, we're excited to partner with Intel to grow it," he said.iHub catalyses the tech community in Kenya and has evolved into a space with over 10,000 members. As a tech space, iHub is able to offer thought leadership in areas of mobile technology and its use. The model set by iHub has been used to start more than 30 other tech hubs across Africa.
Mobile phones have become increasingly important in the lives of many today, and are used in virtually every sphere ranging from education and business to health and entertainment.
"We want to make sure that the community with which we have closely worked with is plugged in to take advantage of the mobile growth across Africa," expressed Ms. Jessica Colaco, iHub Research Director.
Part of the objectives of the collaboration between Intel and iHub is to partner with select universities in Africa to offer training programs.
Many of the local mobile applications designed to serve the economic base of the pyramid in Kenya do not reach their target market. And even if they do, majority of these start-ups fail to commercialize their operations.
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