The Technology Leadership Forum [TLF] this year partnered with CellOne, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion [RIM] and the Department of E-Commerce to offer a free two-day workshop.
Current TLF interns and IT professionals from the business community received specialized instruction to enable them to develop mobile applications for devices such as BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Business Development and Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert said, “Last year CellOne, RIM and the Department of E-Commerce sponsored App•ti•tude, the Blackberry Application Development Competition. I was happy to see the level of development of mobile applications taking place in Bermuda.
“The BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook applications submitted in the competition showed that innovative ideas can become reality. As Bermuda has such high penetration rates for mobile devices, we are happy to work with the TLF to enable an avenue for this year’s workshop participants to enhance their skills.”
The workshop was facilitated by the New Toronto Group, an organization working closely with RIM and a specialist in mobile application development. They provided the instruction at the April 2011 BlackBerry Developers Boot Camp that was held in advance of the App•ti•tude competition.
As there will not be a competition in 2012, the App•ti•tude partners agreed that the mobile application development workshop should still be offered to the local community. They were also excited to partner with the TLF to offer this training opportunity to the TLF internship participants.
“As market trends and demands for smartphones and tablets increase in wireless telecommunications, it is important to exhibit the talents of Bermudians who are innovators with an entrepreneurial spirit within the industry. This year’s workshops will hopefully result in more locally developed applications,” says Frank Amaral, COO, CellOne.
The TLF thanked the App•ti•tude sponsors who made this mobile application development workshop possible. “We had 15 participants in the two-day workshop, which included the 2012 TLF interns and IT professionals from the business community,” said Vicki Coelho, General Manager of North Rock Communication and Treasurer of the TLF.
“We know that Developers Boot Camp was well received last year and believe that the content of this year’s training will be well used by the participants.”
The workshop took place on July 26 and 27 at the Bermuda College and was fully subscribed.