The Technology Leadership Forum (TLF) has 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 and former TLF interns and IT professionals from the business community will receive specialized instruction to enable them to develop mobile applications for devices such as BlackBerry smartphones or 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 is being facilitated by the New Toronto Group, an organization works closely with RIM and specializes 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 are 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 representative, CellOne.
The TLF thank the App•ti•tude sponsors for helping to bring this dimension of application development to their internshipparticipants and IT professionals in the community. “We have 15 participants in this two-day workshop, which includes the 2012 TLF interns, former TLF interns from previous years and IT professionals from the business community,” said name, title of the TLF. “We know that Developers Boot Camp was well received last year and know that the content of this year’s training will be well used by the participants.”
The workshop takes place on July 26 and 27 at the Bermuda College and is fully subscribed.
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