Intel launches Developer Zone in Lagos

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Intel has launched its Intel Developer Zone (IDZ) support programme in Nigeria, aimed at encouraging and supporting software vendors, app developers and maker communities in the country.

The zone opened last week at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, and follows the launch of an IDZ in Johannesburg in March.

Intel said the latest IDZ offers Nigerian developers a “place in the ecosystem of global technologies, tools, developers and partners”, which in the long-term would transform their computing experiences.

The IDZ will also offer Nigerian developers the opportunity to explore Intel’s cross-platform productivity suite for creating apps targeting both Android and Windows.

Managing director of Intel Corporation West Africa, Olubunmi Ekundare, said Intel was committed to empowering people through technology.

“Intel has invested in technology education areas for many years, and this initiative expands our engagement with developers in Nigeria and helps them maximise their business opportunities,” Ekundare said.

“Our engagement as Intel in Nigeria is not limited to education. We want to expand opportunities for independent software vendors in Nigeria and help them maximise their business potentials. Intel is keen on enriching and connecting lives, and Africa’s increasing expansion in the mobility market makes the understanding of coding important.”

Intel has also launched its Intel Student Partnership Programme in three Nigerian universities: the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt; and the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Students in the programme become on-campus ambassadors.

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