Safaricom, Vodafone excite apps developers with competition
APP DEVELOPMENT| Sept. 7, 2012, 10:45 a.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Leading integrated communications service provider Safaricom Limited and the global telecoms giant Vodafone Group PLC have launched a mobile apps challenge targeting developers in Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Qatar
Dubbed AppStar, the competition runs from September 6, 2012 to November 21, 2012 and will see the top Kenyan developers take home Kshs 1 Million.
”We recognise that the next phase of real innovation in the mobility space will come from local app developers. We therefore see the Appstar challenge as the logical next step in deepening local talent giving them a chance to compete against the best in Africa but also reap from their innovation,” said Safaricom’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Nzioka Waita.
The competition will feature entries in six categories: Games/Entertainment, Health, Education, Agriculture, Financial Inclusion and Productivity. All applications developed during the challenge must run on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian or Java operating systems.
Safaricom will spend over Kshs 2 million on this award scheme and also give the overall winners and runners up the opportunity to compete with finalists from the other six countries for the grand prize from Vodafone in Johannesburg in December.
Applications from the competition will be hosted on the Safaricom and Vodafone app stores for use by customers within these networks. This will increase exposure of a developers’ application across the multiple networks which make up the Vodafone Group.
The Deputy General Manager - Applications Store and Developer Program within the Vodafone Group, Karthik Srinivasan, said huge app development talent exists in the emerging markets and “only such developers can provide applications suitable for their respective markets.”
“This competition is an effort to showcase the depth of that talent and give those developers a chance to benchmark themselves against regional peers,” said Srinivasan.
With annual revenues in excess of Kshs 100 billion, Safaricom is Kenya’s widest 3G network with a growing fibre optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence.
The firm pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world. Launched in March 2007 as a money transfer service, it now has over 15 million customers and over 37,000 agent outlets countrywide.
MORE APP DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyYouths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie. Read More
Vodafone Uganda seeks health solutions with 2016Health App ChallengeHealth app developers in Uganda received a boost with a two day hackathon completion organised Vodafone Uganda in partnership with Marie Stopes Uganda and Hostalite Limited, an e-commerce solutions provider. Read More
Kotivu launches workplace e-learning platformAn educational software firm, Kotivu, said it launched an e-learning platform in order to democratise and make quality workplace learning available and affordable to Nigerians. Read More
New York listed tech company partners with AlphaCode to boost financial innovation in AfricaAfrican incubator AlphaCode will provide Envestnet | Yodlee APIs to support financial innovation in Africa, enabling safe, secure, and reliable financial management solutions. Read More
African developers take the world stage at Facebook's annual F8 conferenceFacebook announced at its annual F8 developer conference, held in San Francisco on 12 and 13 April, that the company partnered with many African developers to launch products for the global market. Read More
Wheelo adjudged overall winners of MTN Apps Challenge Version 3.0Wheelo, a new Ghanaian App developed by three innovative students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), was adjudged the overall winner of the MTN Ghana App Challenge Version 3.0 at a well-attended event held at MTN House in Accra. Read More
Orange announces winners of 2015 AMEA Developers ChallengeFarmConnecta, a Botswana-based start-up, has won the first prize in the 2015 Orange AMEA Developers Challenge, valued at 10,000 euros. Read More
Ukulima application wins Orange Developer challengeAn agricultural solution, Ukulima, has emerged the top project out of 300 submitted to the Orange Developer Challenge. Read More
AppsAfrica.com Innovation Award Winners 2015 announcedTen winners of the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2015 supported by Uber, Mobile Monday South Africa, Appsworld and Picup, were honoured at a celebration of African mobile and tech ecosystem innovation this week. Read More
FastNet announces Africa’s first dedicated M2M network and IoT developer academyFastNet, a subsidiary of Telkom SA SOC Limited, has announced the launch of the FastNet IoT Academy. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
COMPANY NEWSEnhancing your security posture to fight new ransomware threats
Petya ransomware is proving to be one of the top cybersecurity stories of 2016.Arbor stops malware in its tracks
There is always a substantial amount of banking trojan activity taking place, however, recent developments have intensified the threat landscape.