JoziHub gets an Apps Lab

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Joburg-based BlackBerry devs and wannabe coders got good news today, when the smartphoine maker snipped the ribbon on its latest Apps Lab. It’s setting up shop in super-cool tech centre JoziHub, and installing a full time member of staff and multiple handsets at the back of the shared workspace to help train a generation of software designers on BB hardware.

African MD Alexandra Z was on hand to announce the set-up, which will be cared for by Venture Solutions. She reckons that around 100 developers have benefited from coding advice and business training doled out at existing Cape Town and Pretoria Apps Labs, creating “African apps that can compete globally”.

Apparently the chief users of the other labs so far are students, and sure enough a few were on hand to talk about their experiences. Including this smartly turned out group of schoolboys who apparently have a successful app business called ‘Many Apps’ before they’ve hit matric. Their repertoire includes a bible reading app and one that features dating tips for boys so they can be more confident around girls. Sex and religion – what else does a 15-year-old boy need?

There’s not much in the Apps Lab at the moment mind, for the first month or so BlackBerry plans to focus on events and hackathons, with actual staff and day-to-day stuff following later on. 

The kids from Many Apps on making apps.
The kids from Many Apps on making apps.
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.