African tech startups to showcase apps at Mobile World Congress

African tech startups to showcase apps at Mobile World Congress

African tech startups Momentum Core and Leti Arts will showcase their apps optimised for Intel Architecture at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain

Momentum Core’s Simiyu the Chicken gaming app and Leti Arts’ Leti Centre were developed with support from Intel’s Software Services Group in Africa, which has been training developers for the last six months, enabling them to create and port Android apps for Intel Android devices.

Simiyu the Chicken is a game recently showcased at Intel’s CodeFest, while the Leti Centre app consists of a superhero series influenced by folklore and historic legends from across Africa.

 “Our goal of merging the past with the present in an exciting and compelling format is to encourage younger generations to be genuinely excited about African history and culture. The more relevant we make history and culture in education, the better the long term prospects for preserving culture and heritage. We are proud to deliver this on cutting edge technology, both hardware and software, from Intel,” said Wesley Kirinya, corporate technology Officer, Leti Arts.

 “We had earlier designed Simiyu the Chicken as a pure Dalvik Java game but when we started working with Intel , we discovered various features of the Intel NDK that enabled us to re-use the logic and improve overall performance-critical parts of our game,” says Dennis Riungu, chief operations officer at Momentum Core.

Momentum Core and Leti Arts are a testament to Intel’s commitment to invest in African developers. We are still looking for more tech startups to support,” said Agatha Gikunda, software services lead for East Africa.

Urging developers across Africa to take advantage of the free resources and training support offered by Intel in Africa, Gikunda called upon developers to register on the Intel Developer  Zone a collaborative online platform and software development community designed to support and respond to challenges faced by software developers.

 “By registering on the Intel Developer Zone, developers are able to get firsthand information on the trainings, programmes or resources that the company is offering as well as engage with more than 20,000 independent software vendors (ISV) worldwide that are registered on the platform,” she said.

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