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Saturday, April 16, 2016

African developers, partners top 2,600 participants @Facebook's annual F8 confab

Facebook played host to over 2,600 participants at its annual F8 conference in San Francisco, United States of America, with African developers topping the chat, reports ITRealms.

This, ITRealms gathered that African partners of Facebook were part of the participants in the two days of new products, tools, interactive demos and speakers to help developers build, grow and monetize their apps.

ITRealms reports that Facebook, with its global reach and scale included African developers in its beta testing programme for the launch of new global products and features as it increases presence and deepening partnerships on the continent.

Also, ITRealms reports that over 70 per cent of Facebook’s developer partners are located outside the United States and about a third of the attendees at F8 joined us from abroad.

“We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” says Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Product Partnerships Manager at Facebook.

At Facebook, he said, they listen to developer partners in Africa, and has strong showing for F8 is a reflection of this commitment to doing more with partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.

African developers who partnered with Facebook to launch products at F8 include Afrinolly (Entertainment, Nigeria), GumTree South Africa (Classifieds, South Africa),vZikoko (Entertainment, Nigeria), Jobberman (Jobs, Nigeria/Ghana), The Net (Entertainment, Nigeria) and My Music (Media, Nigeria).

In addition, this year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, we hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Morocco where participants watched the sessions in San Francisco.

Two developer teams from Malawi won a developer challenge supported by mobile operator TNM Malawi and Facebook, and were featured on F8's international stage. Maternitech, founded by three 22-year olds – Walter Moyo, Thandie Magasa, and Daniel Mvalo, provides educational information aimed at combating Malawi's high under-18 pregnancy rate. The team was featured in an international livestream interview.


Talk To Me, an app created by 10-year old Panashe Jere, who learned to code at a Coding for Kids session at Malawi Hub. This app converts input text into voice so children always have someone to talk to. Both teams were congratulated by Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg personally for their achievements.

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