Intel Corporation has flagged off the Intel Developer Zone (IDZ) program in Nigeria, as well as the Intel Student Partnership in 3 Nigerian Universities. The unveiling of both programs was done at the Intel Developers Day Nigeria, held at the Civic Centre in Lagos, last week.
The well attended event provided a platform for software 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. The programme 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.
The event also saw the launch of the Intel Student Partnership Program which confers the status of on-campus ambassadors on the student partners and also help the budding developers acquire knowledge about Intel technologies. The student partnership will kick-off in 3 Nigerian universities – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt and the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
The event which also had Director of Innovation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Intel Corporation Hitendra Naik 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 in my idea with $5, 000, which is a good beginning that will help me scale my business.”
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