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MTN rewards app developers

17 December 2013, 11:30

Abuja - MTN Nigeria, the leading information and communications technology firm, has rewarded winners of its Application Developer Challenge with cars and cash prizes.

In an elaborate ceremony at its headquarters in Lagos, winners in various categories of the competition which ended last month were awarded cash prizes ranging from N1mn to N500 000 while the overall winners went home with a Hyundai IX35 car and a six month promotion in the Nextapp Store.

Speaking at the occasion, Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, said that the App Developer Challenge was part of the company’s efforts to develop local content on its platform.

“The MTN App Developer Challenge is a demonstration of our commitment to delivering a bold new digital world to our esteemed customers. This initiative represents a tangible and credible platform to make our brand promise a reality as well as promote the growth and use of locally relevant content, which would help develop the Nigerian app ecosystem,” he said.

The first phase of the challenge which kicked off in July witnessed hundreds of mobile app entries, from which the top downloaded apps were short listed.

In the second phase, which began in October and ended last month, members of the public had to visit the MTN Nextappstore to download their favourite apps from the entries.

Based on the highest number of downloads, four apps were selected per category. Judges then selected one wild card app per category.

Categories for entries in the MTN App Developer Challenge included Entertainment and Lifestyle, Productivity, Games, Education, Health and a special category for student entries.

Okada Books, developed by Okechukwu Ofili, won the Best Overall App.

The app provides a fast, simple and fun way to read books without ever leaving the couch.

It provides access to past JAMB and WAEC questions and thus turns the phone into a powerful educational resource tool.

For his winning entry, Ofili got a  Hyundai IX35 car and N1 million in addition to a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone, as well as, six months promotion on the MTN NextApps store.

The Best Education App was Onpoint, a GPA calculator and timetable, developed by Henri Good Nnochiri.

The Best Entertainment & Lifestyle App, Afro Talez, developed by Elizabeth Kperrun, presents traditional African Folktales in a fun, entertaining and interactive way for kids.

The Best Gaming App, Danfo Reloaded II by Bayo Puddicombe is a representation of the thrills of driving on the average Nigerian road.

The Best Health & Wellness App, Certified Drugs by Ilyas Muyiwa provides an up to date database of pharmaceuticals and allied products approved for use in Nigeria.

The Best Productivity App, Track My Cash by Sunday Akinsete is a personal cash manager that helps to track how your money is being expended.

The Special Category, which is the Best Student App (Undergraduate), was won by Kayode Sowole, who developed the Wazobia Bible that allows people to read the bible in Pidgin and other translations.

The six other winners that emerged from each category received N1 million and a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone as well as six months promotion on the MTN NextApps store.

– CAJ News


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