Tuesday, 4 August 2015

30 year old Nigerian wins $5, 000 from Intel Developers as OAU, FUT Akure, others emerge Ambassadors

Intel Developer Day Nigeria (IDDN) 2015 has come to an end at Lagos as the host, Intel Corporation flagged off what it termed “the Intel Developer Zone (IDZ)” program in Nigeria to local developers.
The event which provided a platform for software [post_ad]developers to interact with Intel software experts and enjoy live training on how to use various Intel software tools on the Intel Developer Zone (IDZ) platform which supports Independent Software Vendors (ISV), app developers and maker communities with information and tools.
While speaking to participants, the Nigeria’s Manager of Intel Corporation, Mr. Olubunmi Ekundare disclosed that Intel was trying to help local developers achieve their best, adding that “We want to create the right type of technology and also provide appropriate training to get the best out of this technology.”
The Software and Services Lead, East Africa, Agatha Gikunda thereafter introduced Intel’s developer offerings to the participants, and offered them advice on how to monetize their software applications.
They also launched the Intel Student Partnership Program which confers the status of on-campus ambassadors on the student partners and to help the budding developers acquire knowledge about Intel technologies.
The program, according to them, would run in three Nigerian universities including, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt and the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
In a speech, the Regional Director, South and Sub-Saharan Africa, Intel Corporation, Sven Beckmann said, “It is good to come to Nigeria and see how interested these young developers are in our programs, and we are open to partnering with them. We want to see the next Einstein coming from Africa. Students need to be mentored and we want to help guide them, so that they can better tap into their innovative ideas.”
The Director of Innovation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Intel Corporation Hitendra Naik who was also in attendance peaked with the pitch session where participants were asked to propose their software app ideas to a panel of Judges. 30- year old software engineer, Adetunji Adelakun, emerged as the first prize winner and was awarded with $5, 000 worth of marketing from Intel with his software idea; ‘Scantranx POS, an Android Cloud based POS system that supports multi-sale channels.’ The second place winner won a Samsung Galaxy Tab, while the third prize winner received encouraging remarks.
An elated Adelakun said, “I know I created a good solution and I put in a lot of hard work. I am happy that Intel recognized my potential and even decided to invest my idea with $5, 000, which is a good beginning that will help me scale my business.”
Intel Developer Zone is expected to offer Nigerian developers a place in the ecosystem of global technologies, tools, developers and partners. It will also offer Nigerian developers the opportunity to explore Intel’s cross-platform productivity suites for creating applications targeting Android and Microsoft Windows devices with native performance and exposure to unique platform capabilities.



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