Engaging Nairobi: Evernote’s quest to discover the best East African apps
In collaboration with the African Technology Foundation, starting on July 4th 2014 the Evernote International Partnership and Developer teams will expand to Nairobi their search to find and showcase the top African applications that integrate with the Evernote platform and open API. The journey continues from similar events in Lagos, Nigeria where Evernote will have completed the West African selection process on July 1st-2nd, 2014. The African Technology Foundation, based in Silicon Valley, CA, is Evernote’s premier partner for its engagement strategies in Africa. Consequently, and through the support of the iHub management, there will be a series of events in Nairobi that will culminate in the selection of the East African “app representative”.
The events will begin with a structured series of meetings on July 4th with the leaders of technology incubators across Kenya. Kenya currently boasts more than eight of the top technology incubators in the Horn of Africa, and the Evernote team is quite thrilled to embrace the developer ecosystem in Kenya as a key resource for discovering leading app companies in the region, as well as selecting Platform ambassadors that will light up the internationalization trail for African apps in the Evernote App Center. These meetings will run from 10am to 5pm. There will also be intimate press opportunities to dialogue with leading tech bloggers, journalists and enthusiasts in Nairobi. The press events will include an informal networking session to highlight and discuss the Evernote Platform Awards in Silicon Valley and Evernote’s Africa Roadshow.
On July 5th, Evernote and ATF will present the Developer Engagement Event, to be held at iHub. The event will include presentations from the Evernote team on the Evernote API and popular use cases from Evernote, as well as a mini-workshop by ATF on business development/internationalization strategies for East African developers. ATF will also inaugurate Evernote Meetups in Nairobi, and commit to the rollout of regional Evernote developer events. Further, the Evernote team will judge product pitches and demos from leading Kenyan app companies that satisfy the criteria for the Evernote Platform Awards. Entry is free but you need to RSVP here in advance
•10-day sponsored trip to Silicon Valley to represent Africa at the Evernote Conference (EC4)
•12 months’ worth of mentoring and advisory services from the ATF
What is Evernote looking for? Design - Is the application polished, visually appealing, and easy to use? Development - Does the application incorporate the Evernote API? Utility - Is the application compelling and/or indispensable? Originality - Is the application unique and/or innovative among the competition?
Please get more details on the criteria here
If you would like to pitch and feel that your app fits this criteria, or has potential for integration with Evernote in the future, please send an email expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your company presentation and website url.
Key Dates July 31: Platform Award nominations close, Evernote judges select final nominees August 4: Top African finalists are revealed and community votes for their favorites September 4: African Platform Award winner announced by Evernote October: Two members of the winning African team will be flown, all expenses paid, to San Francisco to present their app live on stage during the Evernote Conference in San Francisco.
Award Categories I. News II. Productivity III. Food IV. Education V. Business VI. Lifestyle
Interested app companies may visit:
Quick Start Guide - https://dev.evernote.com/doc/ Getting started with the Evernote API - http://dev.evernote.com/ API Community and Support Services - https://dev.evernote.com/support/
About Evernote Evernote builds apps and products that help people remember everything, work effectively and achieve personal and professional success. Evernote is a privately held, global company headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices throughout theworld. For more information about Evernote and its products, visitwww.evernote.com.
The Evernote App is available for free. To download, visit http://evernote.com/products/. About the African Technology Foundation The African Technology Foundation exists to globalize African technologies and introduce global technologies to the African ecosystem. To achieve this, we support a broad range of initiatives around key economic sectors, and we are committed to providing African technology startups and enterprises with the necessary knowledge and resources that empower them to raise the economic profiles of their communities, municipalities and countries.
For more information visit: www.theafricantechnologyfoundation.com