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iHub By Jessica Colaço / February 21, 2012

Kipokezi Apps Challenge Launch


ForgetMeNot Africa’s First Apps Challenge is aiming to create sustainable employment through technology in Kenya.

ForgetMeNot Africa in partnership with iHub and Safaricom Kipokezi wish to empower Kenyan developers to conceptualize new SMS applications or games utilizing the ForgetMeNot Africa Optimiser Platform.

The winning developers will receive seed capital to develop their ideas and if successful, your applications will be launched in Kenya on Safaricom earning you an on-going revenue share, hence creating sustainable employment.

Why You Should Enter.

  • An amazing opportunity to create your own apps business in Kenya
  • Successful developers will earn revenue for apps successfully launched in Kenya on the Safaricom Kipokezi platform
  • $2000 prize and up to 3 iPads for winning team or individual
  • Apps may also be launched in other African countries earning you revenue
  • Your apps will also hopefully make a difference for others….good in itself
  • Runners up prizes and cool stuff for finalists
  • Mentoring from iHUB, ForgetMeNot Africa and Safaricom experts
  • Even if you don’t win this Apps Challenge, apps can still be submitted for approval on an on-going basis

Launch Event: Friday 24th of February 2012, 6 pm at the iHub

If you are in Nairobi why not attend the Apps Challenge launch event which will be held in iHUB Nairobi on Friday the 24th of February where you can hear more about it and meet everyone involved.

API Talk: Monday 27th of February 2012, 6 pm at the iHub

There will also be a dedicated ForgetMeNot Africa Optimiser API talk on Monday the 27th of February at 6pm also at iHUB Kenya where you can meet our team and work on ideas.

Ideas Deadline: 23rd March 2012

The deadline to submit your ideas and code online to be considered for the Hackathon Final is Friday the 23rd of April. After this date ideas can still be submitted but you will not be eligible for the prizes.

However any apps submitted after the deadline may still be launched earning revenue for developers on an on-going basis.

For more information

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:

  • George Wayne at 18:05:58PM Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    I would like to join tha competition and ama student from eMobilis

  • maina collins at 18:55:28PM Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    i am a student in moi university, i am developing a mobile app that will enable users manage their messages remotely, by saving their text and contacts in a cloud and access them any time, any where, with or without internet connection

  • Kipokezi Apps Challenge Submission Deadline Extended *iHub_ at 19:26:17PM Friday, March 23, 2012

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