This Day (Lagos)

28 February 2013

Nigeria: Intel Global to Partner Local Software Developers

Intel Corporation, a semiconductor chip maker has indicated interest to partner the Nigerian software developers in content development suitable for the Nigerian people.

Intel officials, that visited Nigeria recently, disclosed the fresh partnership plan, while interacting with Nigerian software developers at the Co-creation Hub in Lagos.

The Intel officials include: Director, Developer Relations Division, Wolfgang Petersen and Head, Software Alliances, Kumar Balasubramanian.

Intel Nigeria Country Manager, Olubunmi Ekundare, while speaking at a press conference held at the Hub, said the purpose of their visit is to partner operators to enhance software development in the country.

" Africa is an emerging economy, and in Nigeria especially, there is an abundance of natural talents. The technology sector is not lacking in these talents. It is based on these hot and natural talents that Intel visited to seek ways of partnering with them, to enhance software development in the country," Ekundare said.

He explained that at a time Nigeria used to be a consumer nation, saying the country is moving from that to a creator status when it comes to software development.

"The country is drastically advancing in content development, which is why we invited the global company to Nigeria to witness first-hand what our local developers are doing and how the company can assist," he said.

An excited Petersen said the microchip giant, which is also the sixth largest software company in the world, was in Nigeria "to support local developers and innovations by providing the needed platform to be used in building software's that will meet the needs of Nigerians."

Fielding questions on Intel's overall plan for the Nigerian market, Petersen said: "To understand where Nigeria is in Intel's overall plan, you need to understand our vision. Intel's vision is help the technology industry deliver solutions that will positively impact every human on earth."

According to him, since the firm's vision is to highly enrich the lives of every human on earth, noting that is exactly what they intend for Nigeria.

"We do not see one country better than another. We at Intel realise that every country is unique, having its own culture and operating system. We understand that the content has to come from the people," he said.

Speaking on the Nigerian software developers, Petersen said, "For the two days we have been in the country, we have seen phenomenal ideas from software developers here at the Co-creation Hub. We have seen that there is the need to engage them and other developers around the country further, with the necessary tools that will make creating better software's easier.

"We are impressed with their energy level, and how passionate they are willing to work in developing software to solve social challenges. It becomes more phenomenal that almost 60 per cent of the population of these developers is less than 35years."

He said that Intel, at this level, is not thinking of profit but how to assist these young people grow and be better at what they do.

"Worldwide we try to help young people to be much aware of the technologies around them. Their growth would eventually help Intel but that it is not the initial driver for us," he said.

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