Facebook’s F8 Conference Showcases African Developers

By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

Abuja  –   African developers shared the stage with developers from Facebook and other parts of the world at the F8 developers’ conference held in San Jose, California, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The developers showcased their innovative products and services created for their local communities and the global market.

Mr Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa, said that the organisation’s partnership with developers was for global benefit.

“We’re partnering with many African developers to launch products that not only meet the needs of their local markets, but which are also ready for the world stage.

“Events like F8 are a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how we will work with partners to do more with our platforms.

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“This is a forum for us to get feedback from our ecosystem and to showcase our partners’ work to the world,” Afigbo said.

F8 hosts more than 4,000 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 Meet-ups hosted with tech hubs around the world.

In Africa, it hosted F8 Meet-ups in Nairobi, Lagos, and Cape Town, where participants watched live streams of the sessions in San Francisco.

NAN reports that the Facebook’s F8 is a mostly-annual conference it hosts for developers and entrepreneurs who build products and services around the website.

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Facebook had often introduced new features and made new announcements at the conference.

The “F8” name came from Facebook’s tradition of 8 hour hackathons

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on software projects.

The programmers and other developers include interface designers project managers and others, often including subject matter experts.

Hackathons typically last between a day and a week; some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software.

The scheduling of F8 has been somewhat erratic; no conference was held in 2009, 2012 or 2013, and the date for the 2011 conference was announced late.

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