BlackBerry And Lagos State Govt. To Build BlackBerry Apps Lab


BlackBerry and the Lagos State Advisory Council have signed a letter of intent on their intention to build a BlackBerry Apps Lab in the state.

Commenting on the agreement, Managing Director for West, East and Central Africa Waldi Wepener said:

“With over 250 Nigerian developed applications already available on the next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform, Nigeria’s software development community is clearly demonstrating impressive growth and innovation. Following a series of BlackBerry developer events and local partnerships in Nigeria, our commitment to build an Apps Lab in Lagos is a clear demonstration of our long term approach to support the development of a sustainable ecosystem in Nigeria.”

≤a href=≥BlackBerry≤/a≥ is currently the top smartphone platform in Nigeria. 250 applications aren’t enough for a country where the BlackBerry is loved. For BlackBerry, the major purpose of the BlackBerry Apps Lab is to encourage and foster the development of BlackBerry apps within the mobile developer community in Nigeria.

The Lagos State Government has continued to show support for innovation and innovation incubators like Co-Creation Hub. For hubs and application labs, government support means a lot.

Hubs usually connect with the government to solve socio-cultural issues like the Traffic in Yaba[Cc-Hub's iHQ] or a mobile app that helps school students prepare for exams.

His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola, Executive Governor of Lagos State said:

“Innovation is at the heart of our approach to developing Lagos into a Mega City. We are very pleased BlackBerry has chosen Lagos State as a partner and is today committed to establishing an apps lab will further Lagos as a centre for excellence in Africa.”

We’re hoping to see more Apps Labs across the country as the Nigerian ICT sector grows.

What do you think about a BlackBerry Apps Lab? Hit or miss?


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