ADMPAwards: hello! Can you introduce yourself?
Hello ! I’m christian Kamdem 24 years old ,a cameroonian, autodidact programmer and CEO of SOFTBAY. Whilst being involved as an entrepreneur, i’m also in my third year of computer science at university of Yaoundé I. I used to spend at least 10 hours per days in front of my computer not playing videos games or any other things made for mass-distraction but …really and truly ….
….to turn ideas into useful Apps. By the same occasion, I wanted to learn by myself and improve my programming skills.
For my mates, let’s just say that they look at me, as a kind of a …Computer addict/Nerd/Geek!
ADMPAwards: What motivated you to create softbay in Cameroon?
The fact is that, most of generic software used in cameroon were bought without including our social and cultural context; They felt alien to us. Most of the time, it was always about video games related to events that happened in other part of the world, abroad and far, far away…
…Or it could just be a software using foreign languages and colloquial that we cannot translate into our day-to-day life.
…Our government for example, used to spend millions to buy software packages from Chinese companies and hire expensive talents to look after its maintenance. As soon as the contract ran out, softwares and talents would vanish and leave us with useless tools to deal with. As a matter of fact, contextualisation was a must. It was time to bring about our culture and knowledge to these software’s.
Furthermore, we launched our own apps to enlighten the youth of Cameroon and later, Africa.
Low and behold In May 2016, Softbay was born with a clear aim towards developing web and mobile apps for the masses.
ADMPAwards: What methodology do you follow at SOFTBAY?
At SOFTBAY we create customised Web and Mobile Apps but most of the time, we are working on our owns projects which are 90 % on a freemium basis. Driving high quality outcomes to our products is an obsession at Softbay.
We are perfectionists: To improve the quality of our production output, we have adopted a new concept @ work called «Peer production», which is slightly different from the classic model:
The classic or ‘old school’ model is not really optimised for our type of businesses, which want to be able to monitor its production output, in real time and in line with the money we are spending per month and per staff.
So, when it comes to delivering a project, we do work to a sprint with experts pulled from different sectors until the deadline. This particular method makes our work and its outcomes, much more efficient and agile.
ADMPAwards: How did you get to know Afrik Digital Marketplace?
I am a member of many entrepreneur’s groups where my facebook friend Mireille Kooh use to share posts from ADMP web sites about young cameroonians startupers that i actually know in real life! ADMP was so trendy, panafrican and relevant that i decided one day, to join the ADMP facebook group in order to get to know more about it.
Fast forward a few weeks, and we are now working together! ADMP is fast, quick and 21st century-orientated!
ADMPAwards: How do you collaborate with #ADMP?
Broadly speaking, developers used to learn code, depending on the platform on which the App they are building, should be run, in the future.
To insure the delivery of good ACADEMIC AND UPSKILLING results, we expect a maximum of 20 participants.
Each learner should pay 50 000 FCFA per month (or 100 000 FCFA for the whole training program).
ADMPAwards: Excellent! Is your program TRANSFERABLE TO a university or an incubator?
Many thanks, you are far too kind.
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