Safaricom, Vodafone excite apps developers with competition

APP DEVELOPMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Safaricom, Vodafone excite apps developers with competition

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.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE APP DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Ampion Venture Bus extends deadline

The Ampion Venture Bus has extended its deadline to capture brilliant West African Tech Developers. Read More

MTN Ghana launches MTN App Challenge Version 2.0

MTN Ghana has launched the second edition of its app challenge, dubbed MTN App Challenge Version 2.0.  Read More

5th Tech4Africa in Johannesburg next week

The fifth annual Tech4Africa event will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 8-9, providing a space for developers and entrepreneurs to showcase their products. Read More

Microsoft 4Afrika announces AfriLabs ‘Collaboration Challenge’

Microsoft 4Afrika has announced a new Collaboration Challenge with AfriLabs to increase knowledge sharing across the hub network in Africa and spur innovation.  Read More

Ghanaian launches Africa’s first mobile/web application for freebies

A Ghanaian enterprise has launched Zalaa.mobi, described as the first free giveaway website in the Sub-Saharan Region.   Read More

K-Free app wins Uganda Community Innovation award

K-Free, a health solution app aimed at curbing and combating breast cancer through early detection, has won the prestigious 2014 Uganda Community Innovation awards organised by Orange Uganda in conjunction with Huawei Technology.  Read More

AccessKenya Group launches mobile service application

Corporate Internet and Information Technology Solutions provider AccessKenya Group has launched a mobile service solution for smart phones and tablets. Read More

m:lab East Africa, SoftLayer partner on Mobile Impact Ventures Programme

m:lab East Africa has entered into a partnership with SoftLayer, an IBM Company, to offer the Catalyst programme to startups in m:lab East Africa’s accelerator program “Mobile Impact Ventures Program” and the community at large.  Read More

Safaricom launches 2nd Appwiz challenge

Safaricom has launched the 2nd edition of the Appwiz Challenge, a developer competition designed to help identify and develop successful early stage mobile technology companies. Read More

Ampion Venture Bus to stop in Accra, Ghana

The Ampion Venture Bus, an initiative to boost entrepreneurship in Africa will make a stop in Ghana’s capital Accra during the month of September. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Growing African focus on data securityGrowing African focus on data security

Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.  

COMPANY NEWS

VMware reports third quarter 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced Year-over-Year Revenue Growth of 18% to $1.52 Billion in its financial results for the third quarter ...

CNN, MultiChoice name top African Journalist 2014

Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Awards Ceremony.