BlackBerry has received a lot of coverage and publicity in the media recently with its Q2 2015 earnings report, as well as the launch of the Passport, its latest flagship device and its sales exceeding expectations. It has really been a busy time for the company, but at the same time, it is good to see them giving back. While BlackBerry has certainly done its part in contributing to local communities, it is also doing so in other countries as well.
In India, BlackBerry is extending its support to developers at the Vizag Startup Village. Vizag is one of several incubation centers that encourages and facilitates development of software and mobile applications. It is a public/private partnership between the government and private sector companies that will provide the infrastructure and technical expertise to enable aspiring developers to collaborate in developing a range of applications, including enterprise applications for business as well as the government. As a part of the arrangement, BlackBerry will offer this start-up its expertise, device and technical support specifically for the development of mobile applications for its BlackBerry 10 platform.
Source: The Siasat Daily (India)
Canadian handset maker BlackBerry, today said it will extend support to developers at the upcoming Startup Village in Visakhapatnam by replicating its Rubus Labs model in Kochi.
“Last month, the Andhra Pradesh government has signed a MoU with Startup Village to set up an incubation centre in Visakhapatnam. At present, the government is in the process of creating infrastructure. Once that gets set up, we may support the developers in the enterprise support space,” Blackberry India Director (alliances and business development) Annie Mathew told reporters at a press conference here.
Startup Village, a not-for-profit business incubator started in April 2012 at Kochi in Kerala, is India’s first incubator that is funded jointly by the public and private sector.
Last month the Andhra Pradesh Government has inked an MoU with Startup Village to create 1,000 startups over the next five years in the state.
BlackBerry has its Asia-Pacific’s first innovation zone, Rubus Labs, at the Kochi Startup Village, promoting development of applications in the BlackBerry platform among the developer community.
She said more and more state governments were showing interest in collaborating with Startups to develop government and public apps.
BlackBerry is willing to offer device and technical support in a virtual environment to the incubation centres being planned by the Telangana government in association with Indian School of Business (ISB) and International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)-Hyderabad, she said.
Mapmygenome, a Hyderabad-based molecular diagnostics startup, has designed an app for BlackBerry’s Passport handset.
The Mapmygenome BlackBerry app will allow users to buy personal genomics services, track their orders and view their reports and recommendations on their phones, Subash Lingareddy, founder of Mapmygenome, said, adding, the app should be ready for consumer use in a month or so.
I do see this announcement as a positive development, as well as, one that is a win-win proposition for BlackBerry, the government in India and the developers. It is one which has the potential and provides the perfect opportunity to be mutually beneficial to all three parties. The intention of the government is to expand these incubation centers to create 1,000 new start-ups in the next 5 years.
For those BlackBerry fans, especially those in India I would like to get your perspective so please share your thoughts in the comments.