RIM (NASDAQ:RIMM - News) is finally set to launch its BlackBerry Innovation Center at the Bandung Institute of Technology (aka Institut Teknologi Bandung, or ITB) this Friday, October 4th. The news is much anticipated, especially after RIM announced in the previous month that it would give scholarships to 30 ITB students. The agreement between RIM and ITB itself was signed on March 3rd, 2012.
On its official website, RIM states that Indonesia is one of its most promising markets. And given that Indonesia is one of the few places where RIM is still pretty popular, it's not surprising that its first innovation center in Asia would be built in Indonesia.
The innovation center will mainly serve as a training center for students who wish to develop and market mobile apps. In addition, the center will also occasionally hold events to stimulate innovations in app development and entrepreneurship such as seminars and conferences. RIM also hopes this program will be able to bridge to other universities in Indonesia as part of its BlackBerry Academic Program.
You can watch the video below for a sneak preview of what the BlackBerry Innovation Center will look like: