Remember the euphoria you exhibited when you played your first super Mario computer game, when you made the little dude jump from level to another accomplishing tasks, it felt genius!!..Most definitely on that old donated desktop computer in the school computer laboratory.
How about when you first touched a cell phone?
Wake Up!! We are living in a smart generation where freedom rules with smart learning, smart phones (devices). Reminiscent thoughts aforementioned usually occur to me in my past time, I sit as if I were curved of stone, blood seems to have congealed because of some of the recent trending technologies that have been fast paced in breaking the barriers set in the recent past by ‘dumb’ technologies.
Besides super hardware capabilities, mobile apps are the face of smart phones. Wikipedia defines Mobile applications as application software developed for low-power handheld devices, such as personal digital assistants, enterprise digital assistants or mobile phones. These applications can be pre-installed on phones during manufacture, downloaded by customers from various mobile software distribution platforms, or delivered as web applications. Multitudes of apps ranging from social media such as Facebook and twitter, health, games, leisure etc. are the daily ordeal of the users as they are addictive. Majority of the urban population falls in this category because of an influx of cheap low end smart devices in the local market.
In Makerere University Kampala, a wave of mobile developers have been sporadically sired by the Abdu Sekalala game changing story. ”Abdu Ssekalala only 22 and already a billionaire – at least in Uganda where he lives. IT student Abdu Sekalala has made a fortune designing mobile phone Apps. His applications have rivalled some of the world’s most popular platforms in downloads………Wordbook is among the most successful. It earns him 1.25 dollars everytime it’s downloaded. So far that’s over 300,000 times – making him some 375,000 U.S. dollars.$375,000 in Uganda is serious money in fact: you’d normally have to go into politics to have a hope of beating that.”[sic]
The purpose of retelling this story from Reuters is not just to marvel at the story itself but to show the entrepreneurial and passionate young lads that, they can earn a dime from software/mobile development. You don’t need to be green to go green, the mobile ecosystem favours us all. Amazing tools for development on platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows are free/cheap as well as accessible. All you need is your mind driven by passion.
Remember it’s not a one man show, nobody plays superman except Chuck Norris,team work actually works.
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Mwesigwa Daniel Bsc Land Economics II is a self-taught developer and designer, a tech enthusiast, blogger, amateur writer, valuation surveyor in the making. He is in an odyssey with an ambiance to die for. Follow him on twitter and facebook.