Kenyan mobile phone application developers have received a boost after Nokia announced that it will train more than 200 students and support over a dozen start-ups every year.
In the two-day trade fair in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi last week, there were about 30 young exhibitors,each of whom had less than five minutes to convince the audience. The firm announced that it would support the government of Kenya in developing new applications that were going to solve local problems and introduce mobile-enabled value-added services to improve agricultural output and health of the rural population.
Talking to the media in Nairobi on Thursday, Nokia’s regional vice-president for corporate relations, Jussi Hinkkanen, announced that his firm would support the government in developing new apps which hoped to solve local problems.
The programme is slated to run through the Kenya ICT Board initially run for two years with the hope of being renewed. Bitange Ndemo, the Information and Communication permanent secretary, said that the building of an efficient information society is a joint endeavour between the government,civil society and the private sector.