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Pivot East regional mobile apps. developer competition which will culminate in a pitching conference on 5th and 6th June 2012. The competition has five categories with each having 5 finalists pitching to a rich audience of investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and across the globe. The registration process for developers and mobile entrepreneurs to take part as contestants is now open.
The competition also gives companies the opportunity to showcase their applications to Operators, Venture Capital Community, Angel Investors and the ICT community at large, and at the same time the chance win prize money for their companies and applications.
The eligibility criteria for this year’s competition are laid out here and we have answered some of the questions that have cropped in this section in an effort to make it more interactive.
The Categories are;
Eligible applications and services may use one or a combination of the following mobile applications technologies:-
Some Important Dates:
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Android developers in Kenya, here’s your chance to take some high quality code courtesy of Amazon and hack up some interesting apps for the local market. Amazon have just announced that the Kindle Fire source code is available for download. Go here http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200203720
FYI it’s 809MB so patience is a virtue with a lot of wait
Vision Mobile- Developer Economic 2011
Developer Economics 2011 is the quintessential mobile developer research report. In this second annual report, we explore both what drives developer mindshare, and how brands are fast-forwarding into the world of mobile.
Developer Economics 2011 takes the reader across the entire developer journey, from the shift of mindshare and why “users can buy you love,” to how money is made in mobile. It covers the hottest issues, from app design and promotion to monetisation and user support.
Pictures from the Mobile Monday meet up on the 18th of April with Nokia and a bunch of local developers doing some impressive work with the Ovi store.
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In line with exposing the best and most creative mobile tech ideas, we have decided to make this month’s mobile monday solely focused on startups and innovative ideas. We want to focus on the upcoming ideas that are pushing the boundaries of the mobile industry.
As part of our presenter line up we have:
UX Matters ! – Delightful design creates passionate users. Whatever you’re creating, good planning and well executed design means people will instantly know how to use what you’re making to make their lives easier and more connected. Understand how to cost-efficiently build exactly the kinds of services people didn’t even know they needed- reducing rebuild and support costs while earning fiercely loyal users. - By Marko Myllyluoma of Nokia Research Center
Globally Successful Local App – AroundMe– Hear first hand from a local developer whose application has taken India by storm – By James Mwai, Local Developer
Motogari, an app on the Ovi Store with over 17,000 downloadswho will be talking about
Idd Salim- Who will talking about Xema.mobi
If you have an app/service that leverages mobile technology or mobile web give us a shout and we will try and slot you in.
Every week in Kenya these days there are remarkable events or news in the tech front and it interesting if you are observer or real participant. Last week was not any difference. The big news came with Nokia Siemens Network, the global telecommunications enabler , inaugurating its head office for its Africa Operations in Nairobi.
As part of the renewed focus on the African continent, NSN has recently restructured and separated its Africa operations. “The African market is growing at a strong pace and we felt the need to provide additional focus to support this growth. We already have a strong base of operations in Morocco and South Africa to support the region. Our head office in Kenya will strengthen our operations in the continent to deliver superior services to our customers,” says Dimitri, the recently appointed head of African operations for Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).
This might look little in the face value but for a long time i have always been mad at companies which lump Africa together with Middle East. If you look at it critically Sub Saharan Africa was never in the picture for these companies. You see when they say Africa and middle East, they are basically saying North Africa (Arab populations) and Middle East. During KenyaFeb28 debate in Kenya after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, i said it clearly that Kenya is noway like North African countries. Nobody should ever expect what happens in Tunisia or Egypt to be automatically translated in Kenya due to many many many factors. The same applies to almost all the Sub Saharan African countries. So when you take Africa and put it together with Middle East, i wonder what exactly you are trying to say. Kudos to Nokia Siemens Network for seeing the lights in good time.
One of the reason why NSN chose Kenya is coz of the great pool of the human talents. I can testify to that but also i have many questions to Kenyans. Yesterday I attended a meeting for the newly launched #aminaseries under the banner Intervangelist. I met a number of guys behind the series and i was very impressed. we have very smart young people in Kenya, and i repeat very smart. But always wonder why as a country we lag behind in so many aspect. Why are these smart young people not showing the direction to the general population. Yeah yeah the politicians and the old guards! I think that excuse is very convenient for many but never the real reason. Since when do smart men and women just sit back and leave the people without clear direction to spoil their country? I think it is high time we translate being smart and talking smart to something tangible!
Anyway on the selection of Kenya for its head office, Alain Van Hemelen, Kenya Country Director for NSN, says, “We have chosen to set up our new headquarters in Kenya as the country provides a central location for travel, has a well-educated pool of local talent and a sturdy telecommunications infrastructure. Nokia Siemens Networks has expanded their Kenyan staff compliment from 109 employees in 2009 to 220 employees in 2010. We have chosen to draw on the local pool of talent to increase our headcount, rather than bring in experts from other countries. We are also in the process of recruiting a further 30 employees to the operation by mid-2011. With these additional staff members and our projected business growth in the region, we expect to employ 300 people by 2012.”
Sometime back I had a heated debate with my friend Alex of Intervangelist fame about the future of local digital search on phones and awareness. Alex had the views that Google is working on something on the android phones where the search of the things around you is instant and they are much ahead of the pack. I did vigorously disagree with that view but I have to confess that my point of argument then was based on emotion and not real alternative. You know the feelings that someone from Kenya should be able to crack something better. Yes, I know, I talk a lot about local these days but you have to understand my feelings with state of affairs. You just have to believe that we can do way much better
A few days later, I came to learn about AroundMe done by James Mwai (@jmwai). Well, I have known James Mwai for some time and always knew one of these fine days he will come up with something cool. True to that he has. AroundMe allows you to easily and quickly find important businesses and services in your surrounding or any other location with your Nokia phone. For example, you can find restaurants, banks, gas stations, and other local services with ease. Users are able to view maps, directions, routes, street view, read reviews or call the business if contacts are available. Very cool.
James revealed to me on a phone chat that the interest on the app around the world is just phenomenon. In the last three weeks the app has been downloaded more than 17,000 times.
He listed to me the top ten countries leading in downloading the app as follows
#6 United Kingdom
#9 Russian Federation
Yeah, the app was done with Kenya in mind but as you can see, Kenya is not even in the picture.
Currently it runs on Symbian^3 and S60 devices. More devices are in the road map including s40 which will give more people access to the app. Good stuff