Nokia hosts mobile app competition ‘Ignite Hackathon’

Mobile technology company, Nokia in partnership with CapitalFM and eMobilis will host a two day mobile application development competition on 24th and 25th of March 2012.

The competition, dubbed ‘Ignite Hackathon’, will challenge participants to develop mobile apps for the masses using efficient code, well thought architecture, user experience and engagement.

The main aim of the hackathon is to release into the market applications that have mass market appeal and can adapt to the challenges that accompany rapid growth in user numbers.

“Many young developers do not have access to global publishing platforms and this is a great opportunity for them to get published on the Nokia Store and using the most popular platform, the Series 40,” said Ken Mwenda, Managing Director, eMobilis.

Ignite Hackathon is open to students and tech-prenuers who have an app that is near completion or an app idea that can be completed and published within the 36 hours of the event.

Nokia and CapitalFM will be rewarding top mobile apps developed during the hackathon. The winner will get a cash prize of $5,000 while the runners up and the second runners up will win $3,000 and $500 respectively.

CapitalFM has sponsored the media category where the winner of a media mobile app wins a lucrative contract to build the CapitalFM app.

There will also be consolation prizes for the 4th, 5th and 6th positions.

James Mwai, creator of the award winning ‘AroundMe’ app, will be one of the judges along with Waithera Kabiru, Head of Digital & IT at CapitalFM.

A resident mobile application specialist will guide the teams from start to finish. Winning applications will be published in the Nokia store.

The Hackathon will be held at the Piedmont Plaza, Ngong rd, 4th floor. Application deadline is 22nd, Thursday, March.

Interested developers can register here:

CapitalFM will be live streaming the event on Follow @capitalfm_kenya for updates

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