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MTN Announces App Developer Challenge Winners

MTN Nigeria recently announced the winners of the App Developer Challenge that ran for 5 months. The Judges last week selected winners from all 6 categories and here they are:

Best Entertainment and Lifestyle app – Afro Talez

Best Productivity app – Track My Cash

Best Gaming app - Danfo

Best Education app: On point - GPA calculator and timetable

Best Health and wellness app: Certified Drugs

Best Student entry (Special Categories): Wazobia Bible.

And Okadabook won the overall prize of Hyundai LX 35 and 1 Million naira. All the categories winners went home with 1 Million naira and a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone each.

Full details on the winners will be updated soon.

It’s Graduation Day At The CcHub Botclub

Co-creation hub has been training some public Secondary School Students in the neighbourhood on robotics in the BotClub. The Botclub was launched in July 2013 is an initiative to introduce kids to software programming and technology innovation using robotics and they are ready to graduate the first set.

The club ran a three-month, after-school robotics programme where kids picked up creativity, programming skills and the ability to work in teams, amongst other skills.

SEE ALSO: [VIDEO] Robotics At The CcHub – Meet Bob The Bot

18 students (12 boys and 6 girls), drawn from 3 public secondary schools in Lagos, have been exposed to the use of Lego Mindstorms and NXT TETRIX kits which contain software and hardware sufficient to create small, customizable and programmable robots.

This rather late from us, but the Cc-hub is inviting everyone to the graduation of the first set of students from the club on Wednesday, the 27th of November 2013 .

At the event, the students will showcase their graduation projects aimed at demonstrating the use of robotics in addressing real world problems and will also show some of the skills acquired by performing a live demo in teams.

Event Details

Venue: Co-creation Hub Rooftop, 294 Herbert Macaulay way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

Date: Wednesday, 27th November 2013

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Do see if you can still reserve a ticket here.

Eco-Innovation Hub Set To Power Nigerian Technology From Akure

The Imagine cup finals sometimes back in Lagos saw some of student from  Federal University of Technology Akure  pitch iMedic, a maternal and childcare software that helps provide first aid information and medical location. It was an impressive presentation; one which gives insight on their ways of building immediate solution for local problems and the local community they are in.

It also came to my attention that a community of developers was springing up in Akure, so it was wonderful visiting the Eco-innovation center and speaking to some developers about their projects. With most of them bootstrapped and funded  by developers and well-wishers, this did not take away from the desire to focus on solving community problems using technology.

Most projects are centered around the rural community like iMedic which has been adopted by the Ondo state Government to supply to the solution to the women in the rural area of Ondo state and get the government doctors to sign up for the testing. Another interesting app from Eco-innovation is Findr, a local business directory that list nearby services like Barber, Tailor, Carpenter, etc and their operating hours for easy access of the users.

Joel Ogunsola, a key member of the community explained the primary intention of the founders which is to create a community of developers and Techpreneurs to build solutions for societal problems and to provide access to funding and training. The hub is currently working on a number of interesting local solution apps with some as submitted entry for MTN app competition.

Did anyone see anything tech coming out of Akure?

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Microsoft Q&A Session At DEMO Africa

At DEMO Africa, Microsoft Corp  announced a strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations including:  CcHUB in Nigeria, DTBiin Tanzania and AfriLabs, the pan-African hub network, across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa’s developer community to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies.

More on the agreement can be found here, but an interest Q&A session followed after and can be read below:

Q: Can incubator organizations across Africa apply to be part of this program?
A: Any interested incubator is welcome to reach out to us directly via africa@microsoft.com.

Q: How much is Microsoft spending on this investment?
A: We are not disclosing a specific dollar amount, but it suffices to say that Microsoft is deeply invested in developing highly impactful programs for the African youth and SMEs through these collaborations.

Q: How does this partnership map to the all up 4Afrika Initiative goals?
A: Microsoft 4Afrika is focused on helping accelerate economic development and improve competitiveness in Africa. By working with these technology hubs and incubation centers, we are supporting the growth of African SMEs through access to technology, skills development and Microsoft experts, and by helping those with truly competitive solutions to scale the world via the Microsoft Store.

Q: How did you decide on these three organizations? Was there an application process?
A: These three organizations are best-in-class incubators and hubs, all of which had expressed interest in developing programs with Microsoft to empower their developers & startups. There was no formal application process, but we certainly did our due diligence to confirm that all three were doing fantastic work with startups and SMEs in their communities. And because it is essentially a network organization, partnering with AfriLabs was a great way for us to support requests coming from across the continent, and scale as far as possible to reach as many African startups and SMEs as possible.

Q: Do the organizations have to pay anything to receive Microsoft’s support?
A: No

Q: How does this program compare with the Microsoft Ventures partnership program?
A: The Microsoft Ventures program is targeting accelerators and will be supporting in a deeper engagement the startups hosted there. These collaborations are targeting technology hubs and incubators and supporting the breadth developer and startup community.

BONUS: Microsoft Enters Into Cooperation Agreements To Accelerate African Innovation 

IBM And CcHub Hold Education Sessions At ‘Lasgidi’ Hackathon

The enterprise giants IBM made a concrete statement of intent by signalling their presence in Nigeria’s applications development ecosystem – one of Africa’s fastest growing tech markets, with a four day hacking event, that ends today. The IBM Lasgidi Hackathon event which started off with a 2-day session dedicated to training, was followed subsequently by a further 2-day hackathon phase, themed “Mobile payments and Smarter Governments”.

With various experts flown in from around Africa and the world over, IBM introduced several of their product offerings and how to make the most use of them. Some of them include leading IBM development platforms for mobile, cloud, and data such as DB2, BlueMix, Worklight studios, and Guardium – a cyber-security tool. At the core of their target spectrum were students from various universities around Nigeria, and the lot were sprinkled with a few working professionals who had also registered to be part of the program.

In partnership with Airtel, CcHub and some other strategic partners from the region, IBM organized a laudable two days of educational sessions lasting as long as eight hours minimum each day, with an assessment conducted at the end of the two-day event, and certificates awarded. Top-ranking participants, who made the cut in the assessment results, were to move on to the hackathon stage which would last another two days. The format would be individual teams comprising six members each, with the goal of developing solutions in languages they are most comfortable coding with, which could then be integrated into the IBM WorkLight developer environment as provided.

The Hackathon does encourage participants to build mobile applications that run on mobile devices, compete for innovation grants, and develop team skills. Also the coding competition introduces participants to IBM’s latest leading technology tools and frameworks to help build smarter and faster.

Beyond making it to the hackathon phase, ultimately everyone is a winner as IBM has provided a developer community which is interactive, making sure that everyone who took part has the opportunity of becoming a member. This helps to take the relationship further, instead of the usual one-off offers that programs such as this often come along with. IBM is also in the process of putting up Innovation centers, where students and professionals alike would be able to come around and interact freely with their various product offerings, with necessary support made available.

We understand this IBM Innovation Agenda event is designed to help promote and foster the growing innovation culture in Nigeria, and is a first of its kind for IBM in the Africa region.

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9japps Microsoft App Challenge Winners Announced

Microsoft Nigeria has announced winners in the Windows Phone category of the inaugural 9japps Competition, a local app development contest for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications.  The competition aims to empower the next generation of Nigerian developers (students, entrepreneurs and independent developers) by helping them drive innovation and grow the local software ecosystem.

At an event held at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria in Lagos, winners were announced for the best locally-relevant apps in the Windows Phone category.  Akinsete Sunday and Adedoyin Kazeem who both developed ‘CINEMAZ’,  an app that enables you buy movie tickets online thereby removing the stress of queuing for such, and also allows you view any paid for movie without going to sit in the cinema hall was named the overall winner and were awarded the sum of NGN 750, 000 for their app.  The second place winner, Bukola Akinfaderin also went home with the sum of NGN 500, 000 while the 3rd place winners all received Windows Phone devices.

“I’m excited to see Nigeria’s talented developers showcase their great work and focus on developing locally-relevant apps”, says Dele Akinsade, Director Developer Platforms for Microsoft Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. “We strongly believe in the potential of Nigerians to not only solve the challenges facing their country, but in doing so, to solve challenges that affect people across the globe”.

Over 120 developers from across Nigeria entered the competition, which is one of Microsoft’s initiatives to support the local developer community.

Adedoyin Kazeem, one of the first place winners said, “It feels exciting and nice at last that we can get people to share the excitement and entertainment we derived while conceiving and developing the Cinemaz app.  Today, we hope, would be the beginning of great feelings for all users of the app”.

According to Bukola Akinfaderin, 2nd place winner who designed Jandus Radio, a conglomerate of radio stations on the Windows phone platform which gives users wider choice of radio stations to choose from, “I am honoured to be a winner in the competition.  I have a determination to improve the features for Jandus Radio and also work on a version for Windows 8.   I appreciate Microsoft’s support for the developer community”.

Following on the heels of this awards ceremony, on a date to be announced soon, winner of the grand prize of a Kia Rio car in the Windows 8 category would be selected at a keenly contested event which will be witnessed and deliberated by technology experts, developers and the media.

As part of the 4Afrika Initiative, launched in February 2013, Microsoft is investing in Africa’s youth and developer community, both of which it believes will be key to driving local innovation and economic development on the continent. The 4Afrika Initiative is built on the belief that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world.

Tunji Elesho Pre-Incubation and Research Lead for Co-Creation Hub added that “The Microsoft 4Afrika initiative is a laudable one which seeks to empower Africans. The entire plethora of what Microsoft is bringing is massive”.

Microsoft also hosts a global student developer competition every year, known as Imagine Cup, and locally hosts regular Microsoft Dev Camps, which provide an opportunity for developers to learn from experts, network with each other and practically apply what they have learnt to an IT problem.  Developers can also access a variety of online training and support resources, including DreamSparkMicrosoft Virtual AcademyMicrosoft Learning andBizSpark. To keep up-to-date with local developer events, developers can follow the Microsoft Africa and Microsoft Nigeria Facebook page.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Apps Developed in Africa – NewsDrift

If there is ever anyone left wondering how much the times have changed, maybe now they have one more reason to be convinced -News reading has gone digital.

Almost any and everyone who is the least bit tech-savvy, can now catch up with most of their news online real-time. That is another plus for living in our times. Without flattery, this creates a good enough context for our app of the week - NewsDrift, still continuing in our trend of Apps developed in Africa series.

Overview

NewsDrift is a news aggregator which helps to keep tabs on local and international news from various channels and different sources. It aggregates news from sources such as Kenya’s Daily Nation, The Star, Capital FM as well as international news channels such as NBC, Atlantic Wire, Forbes, Business Insider, Mashable, TechCrunch, CNET and many others.

Peculiar Problem It Solves

Keeping tabs on news from numerous sources is a problem in itself, not to talk of navigating the channels in search of relevant news listed. Truly, it can be a tiring endeavour. NewsDrift provides a solution to both problems and similar ones by traversing the different sources and gathering all the news bits for you in one place; making it available via an elegantly designed interface. Now it makes it much easier to stay up-to -date with the news while conserving your energy for other things.

Essence / Unique Feature

The NewsDrift app enables users to customize their own news sources. The latter, as well as providing support for offline reading (saving news articles for later reading) ultimately combine to deliver a robust reading experience on mobile. With its neatly crafted, simple and highly interactive interface, the user is able to intuitively navigate the different grids of news on display.

Value Proposition

Instead of having to visit multiple news outlets, NewsDrift brings information from all your favourite news sites and blogs into one place, for free. Designed with good enough social media integration, users can share interesting articles to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, all within the app.

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Developed in Kenya, by Abel Massai, NewsDrift helps to say bye-bye to the days of buying numerous newspapers all in a bid to catch the latest news. In an interview with Abel, he mentioned that delivering a great user experience was top priority for him; as such the app would continually get refined, whilst they boldly try out new ideas.

Potential Coverage

Even though it has started well in Kenya, the application has the potential to get constant usage on the African continent, and with time it might just compete with any other news aggregator mobile application on the global scene.

Critique

Currently, it is only available on the android platform. It is hoped that it would be available on the other platforms such as iOS, windows and blackberry soon enough. Taking a cue from another user’s comment, maybe it could do with more news outlet listings.

Conclusion

The application features some very nice animation effects when swiping from one news story to another. This again delivers additional fun experience. Indeed Africa has come of age, and the continent is not left behind in the digital revolution. With such interesting applications as NewsDrift being churned out, we are truly on our way to providing global solutions rather than waiting for some others to take the initiative.

70TH PRECINCT To Host Nigeria’s First Mobile Application Summit

Global content provider for mobile applications – 70th PRECINCT is planning to host what would be the very first Nigerian mobile applications summit in December, with the hope that Nigeria could become the greatest center for mobile Apps development in Africa.

Speaking at a media interactive session in Lagos recently, Chief Executive of 70th PRECINCT, Mr. Osamede Umweni said the Nigeria Apps Summit would bring together the brightest minds in mobile technology in Nigeria. The firm would be organizing the summit scheduled to hold in Lagos, in partnership with E2 Marketing, in a bid to step up awareness of mobile applications, and deepen its penetration among Nigerians.

According to Osamede, “Nigeria needs apps that will drive business in the country and we need apps that can give information as well as apps that can educate our people. The planned Nigerian Mobile Applications Summit is therefore right platform to achieve all of these.

The Mobile Applications Summit promises to harness the potential of Nigerian youths in mobile applications, and prepare them for the apps revolution that is currently sweeping across globe.In order to involve students and develop their skills in mobile applications, Osamede said they would partner with government to reach out to schools to sensitize them on apps development.

The summit would discuss the gains of mobile application, create avenue to develop youths on mobile application, and create jobs for Nigerian mobile application developers.

In a research carried out recently by the market research firm – Gartner, they estimate that this year alone, mobile users across the globe will pay more than $25 billion to buy ‘mobile applications’ in the areas of games, social networking tools, productivity and entertainment-based mini programs for mobile phones despite the fact that 80 per cent of these will be free downloads this year.

Based on Gartner’s projection on mobile apps, Osamede explained that mobile applications have become the business with the fastest turnaround time in today’s software industry, a situation that motivated his firm to plan the hosting of the Nigerian Mobile Apps Summit.

Another study however predicts that the Mobile Apps market in 2013 will be worth $27 billion with an expected 50 billion downloads as Internet usage on mobile devices surges ahead, making some people predict that mobile internet usage will surpass desktop computers in 2013.

He also mentioned that “targeted audience of the planned summit include Entrepreneurs, Operators of Telecoms Services and Internet Service Providers, Corporate Executives, Government, Venture Capitalists, Corporate Investors, Third Party Developers in Web and Mobile Apps, Internet/Mobile Marketers/ Advertisers, Content Providers/ Aggregators, Brand Managers, User Interface Architects, ICT Consultants, among others.”

Mobile communication gadgets have been around in Nigeria for over a decade, yet it is alarming to find that despite the high level of mobile phone users in Nigeria, there are not too many local content-based mobile applications around yet.

Source - This Day

Microsoft Teams Up With Nokia And Qualcomm To Train Developers

Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative is delivering a week of immersion training sessions for over 40 developers from innovation hubs in Lagos including CcHUB and iDEA, as well as a number of universities across Nigeria.

The week long session will provide deep dive technical training on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Azure platform. These trainings will be delivered by experienced technical specialists to ensure that the trainees can leave the session with world-class skills. Microsoft partners including Nokia and Qualcomm will also deliver sessions on various aspects of the development process, to enrich the learners’ experience and expose them to a broad set of technology solutions.

The program’s goal is to equip this elite group of developers with the world-class technical skills needed to build highly relevant, immersive applications and cloud-based solutions. The 4Afrika Initiative places a sharp focus on skills for entrepreneurship and employability, so the training will also help equip this group of developers to share their learnings with others, potentially through internships or similar opportunities in the Microsoft partner ecosystem.

The 4Afrika Initiative was built on the dual beliefs that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and that Africa can also accelerate technology for the world. This immersion program is designed to empower developers who have great ideas for a business or an application, by giving them the skills to turn that idea into a reality which in turn can help their community, their country, or even the continent at large

For more, visit the 4Afrika website.

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria - One idea at a time

CcHub Holds Startups Showcase As It Turns 2

Let the drum roll and the celebration begin…Co-creation Hub Nigeria is two. As Bankole mentioned, it feels as if they have been around for ever. I still remember the first day the hub was opened to the public. And yes, it still looks like yesterday.

While people might have different opinions, I believe cchub has had positive impact on the ecosystem. Most people have been given platform to excel. Others have been introduced to the art of coding all thanks to cchub and its partners. So, join us in wishing the cchub team a happy birthday and more success in the ecosystem :).

As part of its 2 years celebration, cchub will be holding startups showcase event today. Time is 3pm and the venue remains 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. If this interests you or you would be around Yaba area later today, why not click here to reserve a seat and join in the celebration.