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Barclays unveils product lab for local developers

By Graham Kajilwa | September 26th 2015

Barclays bank has partnered with local developers in a programme aimed at creating innovations to improve delivery of its financial services across the globe.

The programme, Barclays Kenya Product Lab will give developers access to the institution’s resources to accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies in the finance sector. “The launch of this programme attests to our commitment as a company to invest in youth-focused initiatives that accelerate access to new innovations in the industry,” Barclays Kenya Marketing and Corporate Relations Director Caroline Ndung’u said.

Ms Ndung’u said through the entire programme, each developer will conduct market and user research. “This will help come up with prototypes of workable solutions to challenges facing financial institutions as well as customers today.”

The Barclays Kenya Product Lab is in partnership with Moringa School, East Africa’s top coding school, and global start-up investment firm, Nest. Moringa School will be offering training on design thinking and user research while Nest will manage the programme and provide mentorship.

Founder and CEO of Moringa School Audrey Cheng said the programme will provide a great environment for developers to grow their skills among other well experienced lot.

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