By Joy Obomase
Tapping from the economic impact of software development in advanced counties, some local software developers have teamed up to set up an Information Technology Developer Entrepreneurship Accelerator, IDEA, to help boost the skills of young talented Nigerians in software development.
Speaking during the launching of the IDEA programme in Lagos, the Vice Chairman, institute of software Practitioners of Nigeria, Mr. Pius Okigbo, said that software as far as information technology is concerned will soon drive the Nigerian economy. He regretted that while America and china have developed policies in software, Nigeria was still foot- dragging in developing a local policy.
He said that “IDEA will help Nigerian ICT entrepreneurs create a successful business idea. What will make this attractive is that 50 years ago, we were not talking of ATM, smart phones or portable mobile phones. But in the last five years, there have been an explosion in the use of smart phones, IPAD, APPLES, etc. Apples paid $6 billion in the last quarter to software developers.
“As such, IDEA as a programme is focus on enterprise software development, linguistic software, mobile software and business software. The programme was directed to entrepreneur of any stage, student, software developer and companies etc. And it is meant to subsidize business and technical training, access to software developer tools at no cost and the use of facilities and computing resources for developer’s purpose” .He said
Speaking further the programme manager, Helen Anatogu said “when we look at software, we are not just looking at it as a company that deliver software, but other area of the economy that are made better because of the application of software technology delivery services and information that help improve the lives of the people. IDEA is a programme that will accelerate the Nigerian in developing idea and the Nigeria economy”.