Google today announced its Google Android Developer Challenge, an opportunity for African developers to take advantage of the growing Android market on the continent. Every day more than 300,000 Android devices are activated globally. A growing number of these mobile device activations are in markets across Africa, making local African mobile content more relevant and important than ever before. The Google Android Developer Challenge invites talented and creative developers in sub-Saharan Africa to design and build original Android applications for mobile phone 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, Programme 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.”
Participants can submit applications via the challenge website by 1st July 2011. The winning application will be announced on 12thSeptember 2011.
Google will be hosting two exciting Android events in Cape Town (3rd May) and Johannesburg (4th May) in collaboration with Google Technology User Groups (GTUGs). New Android developments and insights will be discussed along with the opportunities Android holds for application developers and consumers in South Africa. Go here to register.
A number of other Android Developer Challenge events will also be held across the region. Go to the website for more information.
By Angela Meadon