Year on year, mobile is booming across Africa and redefining the continent. This mobile revolution is being led by young, student developers, fresh out of college. One developer who is taking rapid strides and becoming a name to be reckoned with is Uganda based Denis Pichan.
An Electrical Engineering graduate from Kyambogo University, Denis always had a passion for mobile technology. In 2011, he enrolled for a Nokia sponsored 3 month Java Mobile technology training at the College of Computing & Information Science at Makerere University. The program was a turning point for Denis and there was no looking back as he realized that mobile app development was his future. In April 2012, Denis was selected as a Nokia Developer Champion, making him the first from the East African region. His apps have garnered a tremendous response with ChatZone being the most popular one.
We are excited to partner with a Nokia Developer Champion like Denis in his app monetization journey. Denis states, “I initially used to sell my apps as paid downloads, but switched my monetization model to in-app advertising after seeing the success a fellow developer from Uganda, who was working with Vserv. The AppWrapper technology is the best monetization tool out there, because it is very simple, saves time and yet has helped increase revenues tremendously.”
His advice to fellow developers looking to get into the space, is to get the right training early and set the foundation of their app journey while they are still in college.
His future plans include becoming a trainer and helping create employment opportunities for other developers in the space. Denis has no regrets changing his career path from Electrical Engineering to Mobile App development, and with his unbridled passion for mobile serves as an inspiration to upcoming app developers in the region. Here’s wishing him and his apps a prosperous future.
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