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Nokia to host mobile app development contest

Nokia East Africa will be hosting a two day mobile application development competition on June 23 and 24 this year. Dubbed “Nokia Hack” the competition will challenge participants to develop the best Qt apps. Qt offers a UI framework for the development of rich, compelling apps for Nokia smartphones such as those based on Nokia Belle.

“Through Nokia Hack, we want to recognize and reward local app developers by giving them a platform to create their best apps with Qt. We will also work closely with them to refine the apps for publishing on Nokia Store and have already seen great traction in East Africa and globally for downloads of these smartphone apps,” said Peter Karimi, Business Development Manager EDX, Nokia East Africa.

100 developers will gather for 48 hours to compete against each other in app development. They will be treated to a number of fun leisure activities to keep the energy high, as well as chill out zones for some downtime.

This competition comes after the recently concluded Series 40 Hackathon, dubbed “Ignite” which challenged participants to develop mobile apps for the broad base of Series 40 users, a segment that is showing tremendous growth in downloads from the Nokia Store.

“The first hackathon was very successful and saw over 80 developers participate. We hope to get well over 100 registrations for this one, and encourage developers to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Peter.

The overall winner will receive Sh1 million, while the second and third runners up will receive Sh300,000 and Sh100,000 respectively. In addition, there will be special mention prizes where 10 apps will receive Sh10,000 each. Judges for the competition will be trainers selected from Emobilis training school.

The event will be held at the 88MPH, Human IPO start up garage, Piedmont Plaza, 4th floor.

Interested developers must be able to code in Qt and can register at http://www.cvent.com/events/nokia-developer-hackathon-kenya/event-summary-1f032313c5fd40dab27839b434589148.aspx

Registrations close on 19thJune and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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