Originally posted at bjrlivefm.com
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.
“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,” says Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa. “Events like F8 are a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how we will work with partners to do more with our platforms. As importantly, they are a forum for us to get feedback from our ecosystem and to showcase our partners’ work to the world.”
African developers who featured in F8 sessions include the following:
- Asoriba: 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, a mobile solutions company based in Ghana. Its Rendezvous , social recommendation system was featured in two sessions at F8.
- Pass.NG is a social fitness start-up from Nigeria.
- Afrinolly 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, an online quiz platform based out of Nigeria.
- 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.