Google has announced its Google Android Developer Challenge, inviting talented and creative developers in sub-Saharan Africa to design and build original Android applications for mobile phones that will delight users.
Categories for entries include entertainment, media and games; social networking and communications; and productivity, tools and lifestyle. Winners will each receive an Android phone and $25,000 (USD).
“In the past year alone, we have met with over 10,000 developer and techies across Sub Saharan Africa. We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and enthusiasm of this community to solve real problems with technology,” says Bridgette Sexton,Program Manager at Google. “At every Google event in Africa, Android is the most popular topic – as Android users multiply, so does the appeal for developers to build apps on this free open source platform.”
For more details about the competition visit http://code.google.com/android/adcafrica/
In a related development, preparations are in top gear for the second edition of ‘G-Nigeria’ event, which will take place on May 3rd and 4th in Lagos.
The theme of the conference, which will be held at the Civic Centre, Lagos, is ‘Local Growth and Global Impact’.
It will feature some of Google’s best engineers, product managers, business managers
and leadership speaking about Google’s open web and mobile technologies. Attendees will have the chance to explore Google’s latest internet and mobile tools through a combination of tech talks and breakout sessions. Key among the speakers will be
Juliet Ehimuan, Country Lead, Google Nigeria, Joe Mucheru, Lead for Google Sub Saharan Africa, and Marcus Foster, Mobile Product Manager, Google UK.
Ehimuan commented, “Forums such as these bring our Google specialists together with a diverse group of Nigerians, to share their knowledge and help make the internet part of everyday life in Nigeria. It is an excellent opportunity for both developers and entrepreneurs to learn more about the enormous potential of the web.”