South Africa’s giant mobile network operator Vodacom will officially launch the country’s first multi-platform mobile application development workshop project, aimed at improving the mobile app ecosystem.
The project has attracted leading ICT firms in South Africa including Samsung, BlackBerry, Microsoft, Google, mLab, CSIR, Nokia, Innovation Hub, Qualcomm and Technology Innovation Agency to work with Vodacom to facilitate the process.
This is part of Vodacom’s programme to encourage local developers to come up with apps that are appropriate to the South African and global markets.
Vodacom digital media’s executive officer Prins Mhlanga said: “Vodacom is pleased to partner with well established ICT industry stakeholders to stir mobile application innovation in South Africa.”
He added that the firms would offer their best practice software engineering techniques and give insights on the latest mobile app development tools.
Vodacom said in a statement that the developers would also get funding as the programme encourages local developers to take a leading role in designing the ecosystem for local apps.
Vodacom providesmobile telecommunications services network across African countries such as South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Tanzania and Mozambique.
The mobile application forum is scheduled for October 3 to 5 at Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa.