Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry® smartphones and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets today provided more than 50 Kenyan mobile developers with an opportunity to learn more about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry® 10.
The forum dubbed BlackBerry® 10 Mini Jam provided insights into the BlackBerry 10 experience, architecture and tools which enabled Kenyan developers to be among the growing list of partners around the world creating apps for the new platform.
Waldi Wepener, Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa at RIM said: "The BlackBerry platform already provides significant opportunities for the developer community in Kenya. There is high demand for more tools and knowledge to create local services and apps, but also, a strong desire to reach a global audience of millions of BlackBerry customers."
He also added that it was a fantastic experience to see the level of excitement among Kenyan mobile developers for the BlackBerry® 10 platform and re-affirmed the company's commitment towards providing an enabling environment for local developers to use their best skills to quickly create apps with great user experience.
To date, RIM has brought BlackBerry 10 developer events to cities across North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific and now in Africa, bringing developers around the world the latest information about BlackBerry 10 and the opportunities the new platform offers for creating powerful apps.
RIM has transformed the developer experience with BlackBerry 10, creating an open platform to enable developers to leverage their range of existing skills, while at the same time providing them with powerful new tools to simplify the development process.
George Murage, Business Developer and Blogger for Juuchini, said: "The one-on-one expert guidance on creating BlackBerry 10 apps from the RIM team will enable local developers to build better mobile apps in various languages, and more importantly, help build an ecosystem to support Kenyan consumers when BlackBerry 10."
Currently in beta, the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit includes the BlackBerry® 10 Native SDK with Cascades, which allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications in C/C++. The Native SDK for BlackBerry 10 has a rich set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that give developers access to core device features and a range of BlackBerry application services, such as Push and Payment services.
The toolkits are available in beta as free downloads from http://developer.blackberry.com