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RIM opens the doors to new BlackBerry Innovation Center in Indonesia

By DJ Reyes on 4 Oct 2012 06:21 pm EDT
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As well as working hard on BlackBery 10, RIM is has been busy in other places too. Just today, RIM opened up a Tech Center Porting Lab in the UK to help BlackBerry 10 developers and across the globe they also opened up an Innovation Center in Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Indonesia. The Innovation Center is to provide a host of educational and research programs that focus mainly on mobile computing. An area that RIM is pushing very much and they hope that this will help towards increasing skills within the mobile computing industry.

Along with this partnership with ITB, RIM is introducing research scholarships in Mobile Computing to 30 students, each year for the next five years. Those who are successful in gaining a scholarship will have their tuition fees paid and will also receive a research bursary for the duration of their study at ITB.

It is good to see RIM supporting developers and students alike. Read on for the full Press Release. Check out the video above of a 3D rendering of the Innovation Center made back in August.

BlackBerry Innovation Center Opens at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) 

Bandung, Indonesia - Today Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) together with Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) officially opened the BlackBerry® Innovation Center at the university's central campus in Bandung, Indonesia. The BlackBerry Innovation Center will deliver ITB students a host of educational and research programs focused on mobile app development. The ultimate goal of the BlackBerry Innovation Center is to accelerate the mobile computing industry in Indonesia by providing students with the skills, education and experience they need to get jobs and build businesses in the sector.

Hastings Singh, Vice President and Managing Director, South Asia at RIM commented, "RIM is committed to Indonesia, and underlying the substantial investment we are making to establish the BlackBerry Innovation Center, it is our goal to nurture and accelerate mobile application development from the talent within Indonesia. Today's ceremony will officially mark the beginning of our successful collaborative effort with the Government of Indonesia and ITB - our thanks goes to all those involved in supporting this pioneering initiative."

RIM has been working with over 50 universities, colleges and schools across Indonesia through similar initiatives under the BlackBerry Academic Program, which provides materials and content to educate students on BlackBerry mobile app development.The program has laid the foundations for the BlackBerry Innovation Center, which will add additional resources, support, technical expertise, and practical experience to enable students to advance their skills and pursue a career in the mobile computing sector.

Professor Suhono Supangkat, Chairman of the ITB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development said, "We are delighted to see that this initiative has been brought to life. ITB students have certainly shown their excitement towards the programs, which is evident in the high number of applications we have received from prospective students. We hope the BlackBerry Innovation Center will produce future entrepreneurs and leaders for the Indonesian mobile computing industry."

As part of RIM's collaboration with ITB, each year for the next five years, 30 students will be awarded with research scholarships in Mobile Computing. This year, 16 scholarships have already been granted by the university to Masters and Postgraduate students, with the remaining 14 awards soon to be awarded to talented undergraduate students that are currently completing their final year.

The scholarship recipients for the Masters Program are Firman Azhari, Muhammad Najib, Gradytama Elkana, Atmaji Rangga Adinugroho, Adi Bhasyudewo Kawi, Mirza Adipradhana, Yohanssen Pratama, Gitarja Sandi, Ardhian Ekawijan, Dicky Arinal, Puspoko Ponco Ratno, and Rizky Ario Nugroho. The recipients for the Postgraduate Program are Iqbal Rahmadian Pamungkas, Oktariani Nurul Pratiwi, Susetyo Bagas Bhaskoro, and Iksan Nur.

Scholarship awardees will have their tuition fees paid and also benefit from a research bursary for their period of study at the BlackBerry Innovation Center. Many of the students will also be equipped with a laptop computer and a BlackBerry smartphone to promote mobile learning. During their time at the BlackBerry Innovation Center, each scholarship recipient will receive in-depth training on the BlackBerry development environment, helping prepare them for undertaking a research project spanning one to three years in length.

Referring to the scholarship process, Professor Suhono Supangkat from ITB commented, "The students are selected through a process of interview and evaluation. We are proud to acknowledge the potential of each one of them today, and we welcome them to the BlackBerry Innovation Center."

For more information about the BlackBerry Innovation Center, please visit: http://id.blackberry.com/ITB/.

Information about scholarships can be found on ITB's website: http://www.itb.ac.id/en/

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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RIM opens the doors to new BlackBerry Innovation Center in Indonesia

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Great work RIM! Nigeria, Russia,Poland, Indonesia, India, South Africa all rocking and rolling with many Universities and Colleges adopting the BlackBerry Mobile computing University curriculum /program! This is an amazing stealth, grassroots way of helping young folks in these countries build skills and a livelihood while also helping embed the BlackBerry way of mobile computing deeper, by having great devs produce great local and maybe even global apps. I love it!

Glad to hear that, I know ITB is one of the best Institute/university in South East Asia, hopefully in the future they can make qualified Blackberry's innovators and developers from Asia which is RIM's big market.

So far this year we have had two outages on Windows Azure, one caused by a Feb. 29th bug.

It seems to me to prove the opposite: if an outage on BB services is a major issue, then RIM is a major player in the market.

Yes they need to get the best possible uptime, but realistically all single point vendors have occasional problems.

I'm proud to support a company that's so socially conscious. I'm very proud of RIM, especially their commitment to countries outside of North America!

unfortunately that's not what the government want. what indonesian government want is not the research center, but for RIM to open data center in indonesia, as shown by the ministry of communication's staff very fast response to RIM's latest outage at asia pacific-pointing to RIM's fault not to open data center here, but no comments for the innovation center. the celular provider is not helping so much too, with their own network outage that happened more and more often now, because of the battle for the remaining unused 3G canals. just so you know, it's not entirely one side's fault for what happened here. shame on us. correction, shame on that staff.

you can google it yourself, i'm too lazy to point to what that staff said about RIM/blackberry.
but i'm not lazy to link blackberryID's facebook :p

https://www.facebook.com/BlackBerryID (^^)v