“The second highest number of entries overall, after those received from South African developers, came from Kenya.”
Nokia, last night, 7 December 2009, announced the overall winner of its Calling All Innovators competition. 20FourLabs, developers of winning application Afridoctor, won over R600,000 following the announcement that took place in Melrose, Johannesburg.The competition, launched in July this year, called for developers to generate applications and solutions relevant to South African and African consumers.
Category winners were recognized at the Calling All Innovators Awards reception and the total cash and prize value of over R1 million was awarded to the top ten application developers. In addition, winning application, Afridoctor, is currently available on Nokia’s Ovi Store.
Over 125 submissions were received during the competition period, mainly from Africa. Although the competition called for applications relevant to the South African environment a large number of entries were received from developers in other countries including Pakistan, Germany, US, India and Bahrain. The second highest number of entries overall, after those received from South African developers, came from Kenya.
“We received a number of top quality entries and the winners have invested a significant amount of time and thought into their applications,” says Helen Jarvis, services marketing manager at Nokia South Africa. “We look forward to working with the South African and African developer community going forward to continue providing the best mobile applications to consumers on the continent and worldwide.”
Over and above the prize money, the owners of the top 10 submissions each received the Judge’s Choice Award, which provides a one-year membership to Forum Nokia Launchpad, valued at 300 Euros. Each of the winners will receive access to resources and support designed to accelerate mobile application development and elevate developer’s business visibility in the mobile world.
“The developers are the future of technology advancement and Nokia understands this,” says Jarvis. “It is for this reason that we recently hosted the Nokia Developer Days where over 62 companies were represented by 100 delegates, from eight African countries, US, United Arab Emirates and Finland to talk about the future of mobile technology.”
Sharoda Rapeti, MTN general manager for products and services says that the Calling All Innovators competition has highlighted the importance of developing local applications for both manufacturers and for operators. “MTN is committed to working with Nokia to make it easier for developers to drive and build applications,” she says. “Great applications need to be developed not only for manufacturers but for the operators too.”
The competition, has also generated interest from various news organisations including MoneyWeb and News24, which have both created widgets specifically for use on Nokia devices. These widgets are currently hosted on Nokia’s application outlet, Ovi Store at http://store.ovi.com.
2009 Calling All Innovators winners:
First place and winner of USD85,000: Afridoctor by 20fourlabs
Second place and winner of USD 10,000: That Roach Game – South Africa by Breakdesign
Third place and winner for USD 10,000: Sasol e.Birds by Coolideas
Fourth place and winner of USD 10,000: MrSNAKE by Simon Botes
Fifth place and winner of USD 10,000: Thumbtribe widget by Thumtribe
Top ten winners and recipients of the Judge’s Choice Award:
(12 months membership to Forum Nokia Launchpad):
1st – Afridoctor by 20fourlabs
2nd – That Roach Game by Breakdesign
3rd – Sasol e.Birds by Coolideas
4th – MrSNAKE by Simon Botes
5th – Thumbtribe widget by Thumbtribe
6th – LiveMobile by LiveMobile
7th – Countdown 2010 by Christian Reeve
8th – Surfing Safari by Aqua Online
9th – Turn Left at the Barrel by Turn Left at the Giraffe
10th – Mall-Buddy by Paul Hinrichsen
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