Samsung is having a developers’ challenge as a way of showcasing Kenya’s talent and developing applications into the market place. This will involve inviting talented developers to develop and submit applications.
1st StageThere will be a first round selection stage, to identify applications built to specifications and standards suitable for mobile device rendition and functionality. In this round, the top 2 applications per category will be selected by a team at Samsung. There will also be a second round of selection by judges made up of professions in the fields of mobile software development and marketing. In this round the top application in each category will be selected. These applications will then move to the second and final stage of the contest. Each of the developers picked after Stage 1 will receive handsets from Samsung.
2nd StageAt this stage, the top five (5) applications across all categories will be developed and deployed on Samsung Servers. There will be an app launch session at the iHub and winning developers applications will be launched and will win KShs 200,000 (approx $USD 2500).
The Winners of Stage 1 and their winning apps
Mikul Shah – Eat Out Mobile
Eat Out Mobile is Kenya's first mobile restaurant guide, allowing users to search for restaurants using location, cuisine and budget. The application also benefits from having a popular website www.eatout.co.ke and facebook.com/eatoutkenya presence.
Paul Mungai– Tweet Drill Down
Using the phone's current geographic location as a reference point, the application will retrieve geo-located tweets within a given geographic radius and provide the capability to filter the data based on certain criteria e.g. crime, food, sports, politics & people.
Sam Kariu – Geuza
Geuza is a Swahili-English translator game app that test's your knowledge in Swahili vocabulary and helps you improve your fluency.
Nelly Ndonye – Nelly Data
Mobile application for providing real time data from the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)
Bernard Owuor – Zynde Money Manager
This application plugs into Zynde.com – A Kenyan money management (budget, expenses, income, tax etc) web site. The Bada application allows individuals, employees and SMEs to Track their finances through their Bada phones on the move.