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Nokia: Win $125,000 For Uniquely African Apps

By Wayan Vota on October 17, 2009

Here’s a great opportunity from Nokia for for African mobile and web application developers to create best-in-class applications. Nokia is offering $125,000 and Ovi Store membership for applications relevant to Africa that will run on Nokia devices:

We’re looking for applications that are as uniquely African as bunny chow and biltong are and ones which will add value to the lives of the Africans who use it.

And while this contest runs through November 15th, you can already celebrate African developers on the Apple iPhone.

iWarrior on iPhone

The cross-Afrian team of Kenyan Wesley Kirinya and Ghanaian Eyram Tawia of Leti Games have developed iWarrior (iTunes link, game review) for the iPhone. Here’s what Erik Hersman has to say about it:

It’s a great first-effort from the team, and I believe it’s the first game created by a team in Africa. This itself is a much more difficult task than what many might expect. Just to get an iTunes account and a way to be be paid for your application is a challenge due to Apple’s inbuilt prejudice against Africa.

Let’s hope that Nokia’s contest shows an openness towards African developers that is seemingly lacking in Cupertino.


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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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2 Comments to “Nokia: Win $125,000 For Uniquely African Apps”

  1. Amber says:

    Well this is great stuff….

    These applications will add more value and more finance to the company…

    Thanks for the info !!

  2. Wayan Vota says:

    Afridoctor by 20fourlabs was the first place and winner of USD $85,000 in the Uniquely African Apps contest.

    Afridoctor helps make healthcare affordable and accessible to the people in Africa. It includes for instance a “snap diagnosis” system which allows people to submit photos of ailments and remotely receive advice from a panel of professionals. The app also helps in locating doctors, clinics, and other health-related services.

    Get this app in Ovi Store