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Nokia works with learning institutions in Kenya to enhance mobile application development.

Press Release.

Nairobi, Monday, November 8, 2010

Nokia has announced plans to increase its engagement with learning institutions in a bit to equip instructors from various Institutions in Kenya with technical knowledge regarding mobile application development techniques. These engagements will involve trainers, established and upcoming mobile application developers who will then be expected to rollout the same training at their own institutions and colleges enabling knowledge sharing to a wide audience.

“We have just concluded our very first Nokia bootcamp in Kenya, where we trained over 30 participants on Java and QT app development techniques. With the training, mobile application developers have the powers to be more creative, by using state of the art devices, platforms, services and cross platform technologies,” said Teemu Kiijarvi, Forum Nokia trainer, adding that Nokia is betting big on Qt and Web as cross platform enablers. Using Qt, one can write web-enabled applications once and deploy them across desktop, mobile and embedded operating systems without rewriting the source code.

Ovi Store, the distribution channel for Nokia device users is also gaining momentum. Since July 1, 2010, Nokia handset users downloaded around one million applications in East and Southern Africa and a 51 percent increase in revenue for African developers, which is a great leap for the region. Notably Kenya accounted for 60 percent of these downloads once again indicating steady growth in the number people downloading content on the Ovi Store.

“Nokia understands that mobile phone penetration in Africa surpasses the availability of the PC and therefore mobile devices and relevant software will play a crucial role in entrenching ICT development in sub-Saharan Africa. We want to see more University and college students taking advantage of our latest devices and platforms to design and develop mobile applications.” said Agatha Gikunda, Head of Solutions, Nokia, East & Southern Africa.

About Forum Nokia

Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical business development to support developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com

About Nokia

At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to what matters to them. Every day, 1.3 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia device – from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi (www.ovi.com), including music, maps, apps, email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally

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6 Comments

  1. […] Nokia works with learning institutions in Kenya to enhance mobile … […]

  2. kiprono
    November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Nice to hear about the advancement in our country and our region of kenya.If possible why can’t youn organise to come to our universty for the show your prosperity in moi universty main campus.
    Am doing Informaics and want to know more from you and if possible lend me your phone number for communications because you are my role model in this country

  3. muigai
    January 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    its great how nokia is really going out to
    Help grow software devpmnt in kenya an d also popularise qt ,which i believe is the best api out there .they have done wonders since they bought trolltech.kudos to nokia

  4. March 9, 2011 at 10:45 am — Reply

    Wonderful work from Nokia indeed, I have heard today that Nokia has published a Mobile Application that has details of colleges that are Registered by the Ministry of Higher Education as a way to help the Kenyan government in fighting against bogus colleges.The Kenyan Colleges app which has been developed by Kenyaweb.com to boost a fight by Commission of Higher Education (CHE) against unscrupulous Colleges is loaded with several features like search facility to enable prospecting students to easily find credible colleges, the application has a calling feature capability whereby a user can call the college by simply pressing call button plus SMS capability. This mobile application is providing a platform which colleges and Universities in Kenya can use to relay information to public on the courses they are offering hence becoming one of the best, reliable and cost effective medium of advertising . The application is absolutely free and be downloaded from Nokia ovistore http://store.ovi.com/content/105484 or store.ovi.mobi/content/105484

  5. July 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    This quite an advancement in IT.These are the sorts of boot camps our Kenyan school going kids want as opposed to the football ones.

    It also goes along way in making them know there is more that can be achieved through IT

  6. July 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm — Reply

    i would like to join nokia academy for Aps

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