Nokia goes talent hunting in tech hubs

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Scandinavian cellphone seller Nokia took a hit this morning when it was revealed that it’s no longer Finland’s favourite mobile manufacturer, but despite its current woes the Windows and Asha expert isn’t rolling over yet. It’s just announced a new partnership with Windows phone app incubator AppCampus and the World Bank’s infoDev program to seek out and explore new frontiers of app development in Africa, South America and Asia.

The company is planning to recruit local talent and app ideas to the Windows Phone and Asha platforms, and offering bounties of up to $90,000 (R885 000) for people and projects accepted into its programs. It’s planning to start by scouring the tech hubs which already receive funding from infoDev, which include CC Hub in Nigeria, TIEC in Cairo and mLab South Africa. The latter is home of the awesome AftaRobot app, Nokia is going to be scouting for new talent and app ideas to bring to its phones.

It means signing up for a life of Windows Phone hell, obviously, but there’s good money on the table for aspiring devs. The total value of the initiative is 18 million Euros (R228m), which is being part fronted by Microsoft.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.