Intel unveils capacity building programme
AS part of measures to encourage local developers create skills, Intel Corporation has flagged off the Intel Developer Zone’ (IDZ) programme in Nigeria.
Speaking during the training, the Country Manager for Nigeria, Intel Corporation, Olubunmi Ekundare, explained that “Intel Nigeria want to create the right type of technology and also provide appropriate training to get the best out of technology and to help local developers achieve their best.
He added that the initiative was to encourage software developers to be able 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), application developers and make communities with information and tools.
Also at the event, the launching of Intel Student Partnership Programme was unveiled to help the young developers acquire knowledge about Intel technologies.
According to Intel, the programme 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.
Also speaking, the Regional Director, South and Sub-Saharan Africa, Sven Beckmann, said; “It is good to come to Nigeria and see how interested these young developers are in our programmes and we are open to partnering with them and 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 highpoint of the event also attended by Director of Innovation, sub-Saharan Africa, Intel Corporation Hitendra Naik was when 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 $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.