As part of the recently launched 4Afrika Initiative, a strategic partnership has been reached between CcHUB and Microsoft in a bid to strengthen the tech ecosystem in Nigeria. This partnership aims to offer our community increased access to software and skills development opportunities. It is also a means through which innovative startups can access capital investment, benefit from international outreach and scale their businesses to the world through Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions.
According to Bosun Tijani, CEO of Co-creation Hub Nigeria, “This partnership is the culmination of several collaborations between CcHUB and Microsoft Nigeria over the past two years and we are really excited at the opportunity to implement programs in support of innovation and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.”
The Microsoft 4Afrika initiative is a multi-year initiative that seeks to actively engage in Africa’s economic development using a three-pronged approach of World-class skills, Access and Innovation. This will be done through exploring new ways of linking the growth of Microsoft’s business with initiatives that accelerate growth for the continent.
Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council had this to say: “Microsoft sees boundless potential in African youth, developers and entrepreneurs, and we view the collaborative efforts with these innovation hubs across the continent as strategic and crucial opportunities for us to extend our support to their ecosystems. Through the 4Afrika initiative, we are deeply committed to helping accelerate African innovation, and we hope these efforts will help us reach more people who are looking to turn their great ideas into a reality that can empower their community, their country and Africa at large.”
Microsoft will work with CcHUB to:
Support the startup community with Microsoft BizSpark memberships and access to business networking and capital investment opportunities. BizSpark is a global program that helps startups grow into successful businesses through software support and a vibrant ecosystem that delivers exceptional business advantage.
Enable developers to access the latest events and workshops on Microsoft’s newest development technologies through relevant community events.
Provide Microsoft devices, including Windows Phones and Windows-based tablets, for testing applications and other software developed by the local IT communities.
Enable the Nigerian tech community benefit from the 4Afrika Volunteer program, which will provide access to the pool of Microsoft employees volunteering in Africa as visiting trainers and mentors at CcHUB’s facilities.
Enable CcHUB to benefit from the 4Afrika Internship program, which will provide access to the pool of talent graduating as 4Afrika interns as potential hires for our own facilities.
Here is yet another reason for you to join our community!
The next phase of the #MTNapps Developer Challenge has kicked off. In this stage, it’s a numbers game. The most downloaded apps in each category get shortlisted to move to the final round of the competition and stand a chance to win a brand new Hyundai, 1 million naira, Samsung Galaxy S4 and free apps promotion from MTN.
There is something for everyone.
Developers: So you’ve developed your app and submitted it to the MTN NextApps Store, what’s next? Start promoting your app from now till 24 November 2013 to your connections and network through all available channels. For tips on promoting your app, click here.
Customers: Looking to download the best apps out of Naija on your mobile devices? Visit here to get started and you could win a new phone. Top 10 weekly downloaders on http://nextapps.mtnonline.com/app/mtn-developer-challenge from now till 24 November 2013 get a BlackBerry Q5 or Nokia Lumia.
What are you waiting for? Start downloading apps from the MTN Next Apps Store now!
In this article, Paul writes on how MySafeApp has attracted 200,000 downloads and counting. Excellent read for app developers who are looking to get their apps into the hands of more users.
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Showcase Tuesday provides an interactive platform for members of the CcHUB community with a prototype or product to demo their solutions to a like-minded audience from our growing tech community. Our Pre-Incubation team also uses this medium to assess the solutions to see how we may provide support and help them attract possible funding and partnerships. To feature your solution, send us an email at info(at)cchubnigeria(dot)com.
Know any 13 to 17-year olds who are trying out their hands at code? They can also get involved in the Google Code-In contest and win cool prizes while at it. The Google Code-in 2013 contest runs from November 18, 2013 to January 6, 2014.
Google Code-In is designed to (1) encourage and inspire pre-university students to begin participating in open source development, (2) help open source projects identify and bring in new contributors, and (3) provide pre-university students interested in computer science and other fields with exposure to real-world software development, including coding work, documentation and open source community involvement.
The FAQs should answer all the questions you might have.
You can also read up more on how to get involved by visiting this link.