Monday, November 2, 2009

Nokia institutes software competition for local African content

Nokia has instituted a competition called Call for all Innovators Africa for African innovators and developers for the provision of local Nigerian content as a way to offering new opportunities for growth of the local developers’ business.

The competition challenges mobile and web application developers to submit entries for content in any category within Ovi Store (Applications and Widgets, Video, Personalization, Games, Audio, Flash & Active idle widgets) with a focus on Internet Innovation, Flash, Mobile Games and Social location.
General Manager for Nokia Nigeria, Phillip De La Vega, said that priority would be given to submissions that recognized the relevance of the African user. He therefore encouraged developers interested in partaking in the competition to submit their entries before the closing date in a few weeks time.

“The designers of the best ideas for applications will be entered into a second stage of the contest where finalists will gain access to the beta environment and the tools to develop their ideas in practice. This category of the competition really allows developers to be creative and to use their personal experience from using navigation tools to develop applications that will really add value to the user,” De La Vega said.

He said that a substantial prize was attached to the competition in order to boost business opportunities in software development for local African developers. “Due to the volume of enquiries and interest shown in the competition, we are inviting African developers to submit entries,” he said.

Nokia will also be accepting direct submissions from those developers whose applications cannot currently be uploaded to Ovi Store.
Nokia’s Call for all Innovators Africa competition was launched in July 2009 for developers to create locally relevant, best-of-breed mobile applications. The closing date for submissions was later extended to the 15th of November 2009. Winners will be announced on the 10th of December 2009.