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Samsung App Contest

iHub By Jessica Colaço / December 21, 2010

Samsung Apps Contest – Stage I Winners


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 Stage

There 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 Stage

At 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

From left to right: Mikul, Nelly, Robert Ngeru from Samsung, Paul and Bernard

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 and 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 – 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.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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