Safaricom has finally decided to listen to Kenyan developers (including myself) who have been shouting ourselves hoarse about the need for them to begin moving towards coordinating or collecting Kenya’s vast developer talent into one central location or platform.
They have done this by partnering with Strathmore University which is by far the leading institution in terms of training software and web developers. I know this because I was lucky enough to go there and get good training in this domain.
I am also one of the few who has been calling for this exact move (see here and here) not because I am the seer of Kariamandu but also because I have about 3 Apps if given the right environment and access to Safaricom’s data can make me move one step further from the poverty line.
In addition Safaricom cannot afford to hedge its future on voice it needs to move aggressively and decisively into the App cloud space where it can perpetually make the billions it so cleverly makes going forward.
Those of you who are now bubbling with excitement about this move can develop your ideas with us at http://www.spacekenya.com … We sign NDA’s to protect your ideas from the ever present hawks…
Safaricom has also partnered with Equity to create a new Banking Cloud App called Mkesho. If only Safaricom was as regional as Zain Kenyan applications would have a access to a larger market.