Participants at the maiden meetup of Muslim Software Developers (MUSDEV) have been urged to be entrepreneurial and innovative with their Information Technology skill.

The participants, who were taken through innovation-inspiring sessions, were also encouraged to upgrade their knowledge.

Among areas in which the participants were enlightened were ‘How developers think’; and ‘Collaboration as requirement of entrepreneurship’. A presentation was also made by the founder of popular Post-UTME app, ‘faceyourbook’, Mr. Abdul-Azeez.

One of the organisers of the event, Mr. Saheed Balogun, explained that the meetup was organised to give room for networking and inspire new ideas.

He said, “This is to the close knowledge gap in the Nigeria software development ecosystem. So, we want people to get more aware of new things and how they can do old things better from those that are gurus in the industry. 

“They are also encouraged to share ideas and even collaborate towards developing a future application that can have impact on our society. We expect participants to network and identify areas of opportunities, where they can learn better. 

“They could also see how they can develop products that will solve problems in our society with people they meet here.”

Speaking on ‘How designers think’, Usman Abiola urged the participants not to be discouraged by challlenges.

While saying that they could improve on any skills they possess, he said, “The fact that you cannot draw does not mean that you cannot be a designer. Be good observers and be intentional about your process. Consider usability first in your design before beauty. Don’t just change a design that works, work on others that have challenges.”

On his part, co-founder of Tolet.ng, Sulaimon Balogun encouraged the participants to consider business collaboration, adding that would make them to grow faster.

Speaking on ‘Collaboration as a requirement of entrepreneurship’, he warned against the fear of failure.

He said, “Collaboration has always played a central role in entrepreneurship. Co-owners provide resources and it gives opportunity to access wider and skills. It is important that you ensure proper documentation before going into partnership. Get a good lawyer that knows his worth to do that.”

Participants commended the organisers of the event, saying they gained more than expected.

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