The Civic Innovation Lab, Abuja on Saturday launched its developer community called the Civic Developers Circle. The official launch was the first on-ground meeting of the group of over 270 developers who had been having engagements online erstwhile.

Civic Innovation Lab founder, Mosope Olaosebikan briefed the attendees on the core purpose of the group. According to him, tons of developer groups currently exist in the country, however, CDC is coming to drive a different agenda: solving social problems with technology.

“The aim of the group is to connect developers to developmental agencies. This will enable programmers in Nigeria to use their software development skills to create products for these developmental agencies and the government. We want to solve the most pressing social issues with technology. We want to solve these issues with codes. In other countries, these issues are being solved by the likes of Ellon Musk, Conrad Lewis and Mark Zuckerburg. We also can do this without waiting for anyone.

The event which took place at the Civic Innovation Lab Civic hall saw over 100 developers in attendance. Partnering organizations like NITDA (Start-Up Friday), Oracle Africa, Reallife Host, GladePay and Hello Tractor were duly represented. Mr. Seun from Hello Tractor, an IoT based company that connects farmers to tractors, briefly taught the developers on “Load Balancing for Scaling our Apps and Websites for Numerous Users”. There was also an interactive session where the community communicated their challenges to some of their service providers like Reallife Host, an indigenous web hosting company, GladePay, a payment processor that developers integrate into websites and applications, and NITDA, the Federal Government arm of Information and Technology.

We as an organization will do everything in our power to get the resources, partnerships, and opportunities you need to positively impact our society with your codes.”

There were numerous freebies for the developers in the house. GladePay offered zero charges on first three million naira transacted on websites and apps developed by members of the Civic Developers Circle. Also, Reallife Host offered developers in the community free domain name on all hosting plans.

The Civic Developers Circle will launch in Enugu later this month, followed by 4 other key states. To join the CDC Telegram group, click this link: bit.ly/CDCTelegram.