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Africa, a Mobile-First Continent

Africa is seeing a huge rate of mobile technology adoption. By developing applications using Intel mobile technology, you can be part of Africa’s mobile communications wave.



Why Develop for Intel® Architecture?

Intel® Atom™ Processor
Intel is investing in the mobile market in a big way with the new Intel® Atom™ processor for mobile phones. This processor is the first 22 nm quad-core Intel Atom System on Chip (SoC) for tablets, and the low-power Intel® Core™ processor lineup for thinner, lighter Ultrabook™ devices.

Intel Go-To-Market Developer Program
Shimba Technologies, an African ISV, discusses their partnership with Intel and the benefits their business has received in the past year.

Intel is partnering with iHub to foster growth of the software development community in Africa. 

Intel’s University Program
We equip computer science professors with curriculum to teach software development using Intel architecture.



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The first computing device that 80 to 90 percent of Africans will own is a smartphone. New software and apps are needed to improve the mobile experience for all uses. To support app development in Africa, Intel is focused on three things:

1. The Intel Development Platform

  • Leverage the power of Intel® Atom™ and Intel® Core™ processors
  • Develop for the world’s largest installed base of computing devices.

2. Training for Edutainment and Infotainment Applications

  • Provide technical, business, and marketing training
  • Engage with, meet, and exchange information with thousands of developers

3. End-to-End Communications Solution for Africa

  • Promote Intel-based mobile platforms
  • Expand Internet and Wi-Fi* service for software downloads
  • Enhance uploads to a cloud infrastructure

Two of the fastest-growing software markets are edutainment and infotainment applications and Intel has the tools and resources to help you create them.

Edutainment in action
Edutainment is software that's designed to educate and entertain. Instead of focusing on the curriculum, consider using a game format and make it entertaining. The goal is for users to learn concepts while enjoying the process. A good example of this is Skool football.

Intel Education Initiative
The Education Software Initiative has a wide array of resources for developing education applications. For sample applications, see the education showcase.

App developers and companies can join the Intel Education Alliance and get access to resources and insights needed to bring great software to students.

More than just text, infotainment is similar to gaming software and combines graphics, video, and audio to enhance information. Read in-depth articles, case studies, and videos found on the Game Developer Community. Also, download free tools, SDKs, and code samples to help you produce optimized code for the best performance.

Intel is partnering with *iHub_, Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community. The idea is “open innovation,” which combines ideas to advance the development of new technologies. It's innovation space welcomes developers to learn and get the resources they need for success.

iHub has over 10,000 members, mostly software engineers. Different levels of membership are available, with a green level giving you access to the building and free use of iHub's services.

What is iHub?


*iHub_ has launched several initiatives including Research, Supercomputer cluster, and the User experience lab to help mobile application developers learn about new technologies. A fourth initiative, m:lab, is an incubator that connects start-ups with investors and venture capital firms that have access to the markets and capital to grow new businesses.


Intel and iHub will be sponsoring events and trainings, so keep checking back for new updates.

Intel, iHub Partner to Grow Africa’s Mobile Community
Intel Cultivates Mobile App Development Across Africa



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Intel AppThwack Testing Day

When: August 26th 2014
Description: Intel will be holding an AppThwack testing day at the iHub. Testing on Intel-based Android devices at AppThwack is open to all developers and is free of charge. Developers of the most improved app and developers with the most tested apps stand a chance to win devices and marketing incentives.

Intel Student Partner-Led Hackathons

When: 13th September 2014 Where: Strathmore University
When: 19th September 2014 Where: Kenyatta University
Description: The Intel Student Partners will be hosting NDK hackathons in their universities. The top 5 teams from each university receive automatic qualification into the Intel Inter-University Challenge, to be held on 26th September at the C4D Lab at the University of Nairobi.

Intel Inter-University App Challenge

When: 26th September 2014
Description: App Your Game Inter University Challenge is an exciting opportunity for a university student who is an app developer! This Hackathon will bring together different university students with native development skills to compete to port and optimize their apps to native x86.

Demo Africa

When: 24th and 25th October 2013
Where: Nairobi Kenya
Description: Meet the Intel Team, the Silver Sponsors of the event. Produced by IDG, the DEMO conferences in the United States, China, Africa, Brazil and Singapore focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Salesforce, Webex, Tivo, VMware and Fusion-io and thousands of others, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. The DEMO Scholarship Partner Program, subsidized by corporate sponsorships, offers multiple scholarship opportunities to ensure that deserving entrepreneurs have the chance to introduce cutting edge technology products at DEMO that might have otherwise gone undiscovered.

Africa COM

When: 12th to 14th November 2013
Where: Cape town South Africa
Description: Meet the Intel team in 3-day programme bringing together over 300 top speakers, discussing key issues in Africa’s digital market: How can all players in the digital ecosystem re-think their business models to ensure profitability? How to be innovative and deliver the most attractive digital services? What can be done to ensure all Africans are connected to affordable and reliable broadband? How to capitalise on the most promising services for African consumers:mobile money, digital music, cloud, TV content, and more How to run operations cost-efficiently without compromising the customer experience?

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