Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BlackBerry plans to build Apps Lab in Lagos state


Lagos State government has been on the verge to creating an IT Hub in the state which led to the recent meeting held with Google Inc. At the moment  BlackBerry and the Lagos State Innovation Advisory Council have endorsed a Letter of Intent charting plans to build a BlackBerry Apps Lab in the state.

The Managing Director, West, East and Central Africa, BlackBerry, Waldi Wepener, in a statement on Friday, the company’s commitment to build an apps lab in Lagos is a clear demonstration of its long term approach to support the development of a sustainable ecosystem in Nigeria and BlackBerry was delighted to find a progressive partner in the Lagos State Government.

“We are delighted to find such a progressive partner as the Lagos State Government, committed to building a culture of innovation as a core contributor to future development and we look forward to working closely with them to identify the most appropriate location for the lab.”
“Innovation is at the heart of our approach to developing Lagos into a mega city. We are very pleased that BlackBerry has chosen Lagos State as a partner and is today committed to establishing an apps lab that will further Lagos as a centre for excellence in Africa,” Wepener said.
In addition, Nigeria’s software development community has been hailed as clearly demonstrating impressive growth and innovation with reportedly over 250 Nigerian developed applications already available on the BlackBerry 10 platform.

It is a way forward and a welcome development. Hope you agree with me?.

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