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BlackBerry offers boost to SA app innovation

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With an aim of stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa, Smartphone maker BlackBerry has launched its third mobile applications (apps) lab in the country.

The new lab is based in Johannesburg at JoziHub, will provide a platform for aspiring students and developers.

The BlackBerry apps lab is aimed at helping to accelerate mobile application development in South Africa and create opportunities in the mobile space, the company says.

BlackBerry’s other labs located at the University of Pretoria, and in Cape Town were launched last year. They provide local developers (including students), start-ups and entrepreneurs with access to development, marketing, sales and training resources to help them expand their ideas and businesses.

To date, 100 people have registered with the BlackBerry apps labs.

BlackBerry says it is working with all stakeholders to “bolster the South African mobile innovation ecosystem”.

“This aligns with the objectives of the South African Department of Communications’ e-Skills Institute to stimulate research, development and innovation,” the company says.

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