BlackBerry yesterday trained 90+ Nigerian developers on how to develop for their new BB10 Operating System at Co-Creation Hub. It’s not a doubt to see how BlackBerry believes in the new operating system. Also realising Nigeria is the 2nd highest country in Africa with BlackBerry apps downloads, after South Africa, BlackBerry organized an intensive 10 hours hands-on training to teach Nigerian developers how to code and develop functional local apps for the new OS with their new SDK (Software Development Kit) and other available tools.
The training helped developers to make adjustments to their existing apps and also saw the birth of some new apps even though some are as basic as “Hello World” apps. Developers were also thought on how to develop BB10 apps with pure HTML5.
There was a lot of coding sessions, as well as information and motivation sessions until the end when 5 BlackBerry Bold 5s and Z10 were given to 5 apps winners and someone that got right all quiz questions respectively. The best app winner, Adebayo of Genni Games, walked away with a $2,000 cheque.
BlackBerry also announced that the 10 local app to be deployed to BlackBerry World before October 1, 2013, will stand a chance of winning $10,000.
Interesting to note that 10% of the developers trained were female, making it the first coding event with that much female in attendance that I have witnessed.