Nigerian tech-startups celebrated at Facebook’s annual F8 conference

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Nigerian, Ghanaian and Kenyen  developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 21, 2017/ —  Several of Nigerian tech start-ups were recognized and celebrated at Facebook’s annual F8 conference held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April.

Among the celebrated developers includes Pass.NG (http://Pass.ng) is an education start-up from Nigeria that helps students practice for their university entrance exams. Truppr (http://Truppr.com) is a social fitness start-up from Nigeria.

Afrinolly (http://Afrinolly.com) is an app that allows users to catch up with Nollywood content on their mobile phones. It is one of the first Nigerian companies to build the Facebook Surround 360 camera. Quiz.ng (http://Quiz.ng), an online quiz platform based out of Nigeria.

Kudi.ai (https://Kudi.ai): Messenger Bot to send money for free to any bank, buy airtime and pay bills; first African bot to be featured on Messenger Blog http://APO.af/C3GyWz. Kangpe (http://Kangpe.com): A health service from Nigeria that lets users ask real doctors their health questions. Eneza Education: An educational app from Kenya.

Refunite (https://Refunite.org): A service from Kenya that helps refugees to reunite with their families and loved ones. Asoriba (http://Asoriba.com): A Ghanaian start-up that has built software that enables churches to better manage member engagement, donations, and attendance. The company was featured in the Keynote for its work using Facebook Analytics.

Rancard (www.Rancard.com), a mobile solutions company based in Ghana. Its Rendezvous (http://APO.af/J4GoJg), social recommendation system was featured in two sessions at F8.

F8 hosts more than 4000 people in person and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live for two days of new products, tools, interactive demos and speakers to help developers build, grow and monetise their apps.

This year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, it hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi, Lagos, and Cape Town, where participants watched live streams of the sessions in San Francisco.

Launch of Developer Circles

At F8, Facebook also announced a new program for developers all over the world to connect, learn, and collaborate with other local developers. Developer Circles is a community-driven program that’s free to join and open to any developer.

Each Developer Circle is led by members of the local community who act as leads for the circle, organising events offline and managing a local online Facebook community. Developer Circles are forums to share knowledge, collaborate, build new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders. Lagos, Nigeria was the first place that Facebook piloted this global program and Innocent Amadi, one of the community leads for the Lagos Circle was featured at the Keynote.

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