Kochi: Research In Motion (RIM) and Kochi based Startup Village today announced plans to launch the first BlackBerry Innovation Zone in India. Located at Rubus Labs in Startup Village, the Innovation Zone will be the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, and will showcase the latest in BlackBerry technologies to inspire future entrepreneurs.
Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman – Board of Governors, Startup Village said, “Our partnership with RIM marks a historic moment for Startup Village as RIM, which has revolutionised the mobile industry globally, will create an Innovation Zone in India to share experiences with young technology entrepreneurs in the country. The overall objective of the partnership is to motivate young minds by giving access to RIM’s mobile technology, as well as imparting valuable experiences and training from BlackBerry experts.”
Alec Saunders, VP – Developer Relations & Ecosystems Development, RIM said, “We are excited to partner with Startup Village to set up our first Innovation Zone in India. Rubus Labs is designed to foster the spirit of innovation in the minds of young entrepreneurs and students in India, and we’re pleased to provide them with access to the latest BlackBerry products and technical know-how.”
“Our future platform BlackBerry10 has capabilities that have not been seen previously in mobiles. By investing in start-ups, especially in incubators like the Startup Village, we hope to see innovation flourish on this new platform as in the others”, he added. RIM is hoping to launch two such centres supporting innovation zones in India this year.
Rubus Labs will be host to regular developer activities such as BlackBerry Hackathons and Bar Camps. Training sessions will be conducted across the 126 engineering colleges in Kerala under the BlackBerry BASE (BlackBerry Apps by Student Entrepreneurs) programme by leveraging the campus outreach network of Startup Village.
Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO, Startup Village said, “Rubus Labs will also serve as an experiential zone for school children to introduce them to the world of smartphones and experience the limitless possibilities of mobile technology.”
Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
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