Earlier today Huawei kicked off its second South African developer day, and the first to be held in Cape Town. It is a larger event than the one it held in Johannesburg a few months ago, with the Chinese company pushing harder to get its local developer ecosystem up and running.

The initiative forms part of a greater ambition for the growth of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), with an estimated 15 million users of the platform being noted for the African continent.

So the big question, and the reason you likely clicked on this story, is how to register as a member of the Huawei Developer programme.

Here’s the steps you’ll need to follow: 

  1. First you’ll need to head to the local Huawei Developer site here.
  2. Next you’ll need to fill in your details on the registration, with it featuring standard information such as your email address and phone number in order to create a Huawei ID.
  3. From there it gets a tad more complicated, with an identity verification page popping up and requiring users to register as company developers by supplying a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) ID.
  4. There are two methods to apply for the DUNS number. The first takes 10 to 15 minutes to apply for and costs roughly $80 to facilitate, as well as five to 15 days to complete and receive your number. The other free, but takes far longer at between 30 to 45 working days to complete.
  5. Once the registration process has been completed, you’ll be given a Business Registry License by Huawei.
  6. This is when the exciting stuff can start happening, as now you’ll be able to begin uploading your apps to the Huawei App Gallery.

All in all it is a relatively simple process, but can take a few days depending on how the DUNS process takes. The wait appears to be worth it though, as Huawei has confirmed its commitment to the local developer community.

To that end it wants to get 1 000 developers through its local Shining Star programme within the first year, and has also incentivised the programme for both individuals/SMMEs and corporates/commercial partners respectively. These include both cash prizes and devices for members who perform well and sign up quickly.

With Huawei aiming to create a thriving developer community, it should be interesting to see how the Shining Star and Developer programmes look in the next few years.