More than 40 developers attended a BlackBerry Jam Session for universities in Kenya on Wednesday at the Mocca Hotel in Nairobi, illustrating the high level of interest amongst university students for creating apps for the BlackBerry platform in this market.
The event follows the successful series of BlackBerry Jam Sessions and Hackathons held last year in Africa. Since the BlackBerry 10 Jam Developer sessions commenced in May 2012, BlackBerry has hosted 44 Jam Sessions in 37 countries, with more than 9,300 attendees. In Africa, over 300 developers attended the BlackBerry 10 Jam events in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya in 2012.
The BlackBerry Jam Session was an intense 10 hour programming session where developers in groups of two to four worked together to transform an idea for a social app or business app into a working app. At the end of the session, developers presented their apps to a panel of judges for a chance to win a BlackBerry® PlayBook.
The University Jam Session attracted developers from five universities: Inoorero University, Strathmore University, Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenyatta University and Mount Kenya University who will use the knowledge from the event to continue to develop applications for the BlackBerry® 10 platform.
Developers came up with creative and innovative apps for the BlackBerry platform. The winners included:
Best Social app
Salud (Spanish for “eat healthy”) by : Inoorero University
Best Business app
My Police by: University of Nairobi