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Ericsson Application Awards

Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / March 9, 2012

Ericsson Application Awards 2012 Winners Announced


The regional “Apps for Africa 2012” competition, sponsored by Ericsson in partnership with former joint venture Sony Ericsson (now Sony) and Google, has given top honors to an app combining social elements, mobile money, and an event scheduler.

The winning idea from AfroSilicone, ‘Funkies’, allows users to stay up to date with what’s happening, where it’s happening and why it’s happening. Technically speaking, ‘Funkies’ is an app that notifies the user of upcoming events while allowing him/her to reserve a ticket for the said event via mobile money partners, and even share details of the event via social networks like Facebook

John Nduli, from the AfroSilicone team, says: “We are thrilled to have won. This gives us exposure to the world and proves that Africa too is taking a share in taking technology to the next level.”

Lars Lindén, head of Ericsson Region Sub-Saharan Africa, says: “With such innovative and wonderful solutions coming from the continent, we have confirmed that there is much talent and thereby potential for the growth of society, life and business. The fact that almost 50 per cent of global submissions came from sub-Saharan Africa aligns with our vision of a Networked Society. We have been engaging with various industry stakeholders to drive this development, where people, knowledge, devices, and information are networked.”

This is the 3rd year for the Ericsson Application Awards global app competition, but the first year for a regional variant. The competition focuses on the Android platform for application developers in sub-Saharan Africa, considering the popularity Android mobile apps has gained over the past couple of years. In the United Kingdom Android has taken over as the #1 smartphone operating system in terms of market share.

The competition titled ‘Apps for Africa’ invited the development of innovative ideas and mobile applications in support of resolving challenges which individuals and communities on the continent are faced with in their daily lives.

Winners: Afrosilicon

Second Place: KommunityBora

Third Place: MedAfrica

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:

  • sseninde joseph at 17:18:47PM Friday, March 9, 2012

    hello,i want to develop an app. but i ve no clue on how to do or develop it.but i need patent rights rights for it.

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