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MTN Announces App Developer Challenge Winners

MTN Nigeria recently announced the winners of the App Developer Challenge that ran for 5 months. The Judges last week selected winners from all 6 categories and here they are:

Best Entertainment and Lifestyle app – Afro Talez

Best Productivity app – Track My Cash

Best Gaming app - Danfo

Best Education app: On point - GPA calculator and timetable

Best Health and wellness app: Certified Drugs

Best Student entry (Special Categories): Wazobia Bible.

And Okadabook won the overall prize of Hyundai LX 35 and 1 Million naira. All the categories winners went home with 1 Million naira and a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone each.

Full details on the winners will be updated soon.

MTN Set To Announce App Challenge Winning Developers

The MTN app challenge is almost coming to an end. The competition has been running for 5 months and it’s about time to unveil the winners. Having gone through a good number of entries, MTN Nigeria has chosen Friday 13th of December to award the winning developers.

The winners were selected at a judging session last week as seen in the pictures shared by Co-Creation hub.

The venue for the award presentation is yet to be announced yet, but we’d keep you informed with any other updates.

Developing…

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5 More Co-Creation Hub Based Start-ups Pitch At The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Last Wednesday, 5 startups from the Co-Creation Hub gathered at the Tony Elumelu Foundation at Ikoyi to pitch their solutions  in other to get feedback and funding.

The startups include:

Church+

ChurchPlus is a comprehensive, simple and easy to use church management application that makes church data administration a breeze from relationship management and building to Church performance analysis.

Nearest Locator

Is a location based mobile app that helps you easily and accurately find nearest places to you; places like: ATMs, Banks, Eateries, Hospitals, Pharmacies, Police Stations, Events and Promos/deals etc., closest to you, with their detailed information like contact info and location on map.

500 shops

An platforms that gives retailers the ability to sell online with ease while managing inventory and other hassle like hosting, logistics, and other fulfilment services at different pricing packages. This can be compared to Shopify.

Truppr

Truppr helps you organise and find team mates to enjoy your favourite sport with, in cities around the world. It is currently a web app, but to release its mobile version soon.

SportDEY

SportsDEY is a brand new Sports website that gives you the juiciest sports lifestyle news, in depth match analysis and opinion, latest scores and results, and a platform to share your views.

Here are some of the moments from the event with the photographs below:

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About Tony Elemelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an African-based, African-funded philanthropic organisation. Founded in 2010, our mission is to support entrepreneurship in Africa by enhancing the competitiveness of the African private sector.

The iDEA Hub Shuts Down For Technical Reasons

The iDEA innovation hub has been shut to members for usage for more than a week now. While many of its members claim not to have a clue on what was happening, a few have attributed the shut down to insufficient diesel to fuel the power generator.

We however, confirmed from Helen Anatogu, who happens to be the  iDEA hub programme Manager today and she said the building is undergoing technical maintenance and even though it’s not closed to anyone, there can’t be business as usual as the lights are now turned off during the course of the maintenance. She promised that everything will return to normal afterwards.

With the iDEA hub closed, most members have been accommodated by the next door Co-creation hub.

It’s Graduation Day At The CcHub Botclub

Co-creation hub has been training some public Secondary School Students in the neighbourhood on robotics in the BotClub. The Botclub was launched in July 2013 is an initiative to introduce kids to software programming and technology innovation using robotics and they are ready to graduate the first set.

The club ran a three-month, after-school robotics programme where kids picked up creativity, programming skills and the ability to work in teams, amongst other skills.

SEE ALSO: [VIDEO] Robotics At The CcHub – Meet Bob The Bot

18 students (12 boys and 6 girls), drawn from 3 public secondary schools in Lagos, have been exposed to the use of Lego Mindstorms and NXT TETRIX kits which contain software and hardware sufficient to create small, customizable and programmable robots.

This rather late from us, but the Cc-hub is inviting everyone to the graduation of the first set of students from the club on Wednesday, the 27th of November 2013 .

At the event, the students will showcase their graduation projects aimed at demonstrating the use of robotics in addressing real world problems and will also show some of the skills acquired by performing a live demo in teams.

Event Details

Venue: Co-creation Hub Rooftop, 294 Herbert Macaulay way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

Date: Wednesday, 27th November 2013

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Do see if you can still reserve a ticket here.

BudgIT Set To Pivot With Tracka As It Releases Mobile Apps

Having kicked off from the Co-Creation Hub, an innovation pool that boasts of developers, interface designers, programmers and entrepreneurs, BudgIT seem to be making the post of its location. Just a few months ago, its website with a messy back-end and mobile platforms were grossly under-performing. In fact the only real asset it had was a Twitter page which sees a restless stream of tweets on public finance and other related data.

However, working with a group of amazing geeks at the Co-Creation Hub, BudgIT has been able to fix it platforms with every state of the federation having its own personalized page which carries infographics, interactive applications and relevant data.

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Going Mobile

The mobile web experience is different from the desktop web and BudgIT have gone a mile further in releasing mobile apps for Android and Blackberry – two of the popular platforms. This is a way increasing the reach to young and urban Nigerians who have access to smartphones and can lead the national discussion on budgets and public data.

The mobile phone screen is quite restrictive but this issue has been circumvented with redefined narratives on the mobile platforms, quick access to the budget, projects and monthly allocations.

Follow The Money

It is currently difficult to follow the paper trial but that is about to change as BudgIT is pivoting from a ‘budget access‘ to ‘budget tracking‘ platform. This new offering is known as Tracka.

Tracka is a social platform of active citizens who are interested in tracking budgets and public projects in their community. Layered on open data and also integrated with existing social media tools, this platform will bring people of common interests together to share photos, videos, documents and also post comments on existing projects.

This has the power extend the use of open data to the larger society who earnestly yearn for improved government services. Tracka is also to be integrated with OpenSpending, a visualization platform of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The Tracka Way

The goal with with Tracka or better yet a ‘budget tracking’ platform is to amplify the voices by shining light in corners less understood. Most people are not aware of projects in the neighbourhood and do not ask the right questions or connect to institutions you are suppose to implement the projects. BudgIT wants to lead that conversation based on facts that the budget is a promise to the citizens. Performance can only be ensured when the citizens and government are on the same page.

Matching the right communication tool to every citizen and ensuring that they become active citizens by demanding what is right for them is the vision and the next push will be spiked by some kind of viral marketing, the kind the Nigerian e-commerce platforms put forward in their early days. As we go on the path of democracy, every voice must count.

Crossed post from: Seun Onigbinde (Founder, BudgIT)

IBM And CcHub Hold Education Sessions At ‘Lasgidi’ Hackathon

The enterprise giants IBM made a concrete statement of intent by signalling their presence in Nigeria’s applications development ecosystem – one of Africa’s fastest growing tech markets, with a four day hacking event, that ends today. The IBM Lasgidi Hackathon event which started off with a 2-day session dedicated to training, was followed subsequently by a further 2-day hackathon phase, themed “Mobile payments and Smarter Governments”.

With various experts flown in from around Africa and the world over, IBM introduced several of their product offerings and how to make the most use of them. Some of them include leading IBM development platforms for mobile, cloud, and data such as DB2, BlueMix, Worklight studios, and Guardium – a cyber-security tool. At the core of their target spectrum were students from various universities around Nigeria, and the lot were sprinkled with a few working professionals who had also registered to be part of the program.

In partnership with Airtel, CcHub and some other strategic partners from the region, IBM organized a laudable two days of educational sessions lasting as long as eight hours minimum each day, with an assessment conducted at the end of the two-day event, and certificates awarded. Top-ranking participants, who made the cut in the assessment results, were to move on to the hackathon stage which would last another two days. The format would be individual teams comprising six members each, with the goal of developing solutions in languages they are most comfortable coding with, which could then be integrated into the IBM WorkLight developer environment as provided.

The Hackathon does encourage participants to build mobile applications that run on mobile devices, compete for innovation grants, and develop team skills. Also the coding competition introduces participants to IBM’s latest leading technology tools and frameworks to help build smarter and faster.

Beyond making it to the hackathon phase, ultimately everyone is a winner as IBM has provided a developer community which is interactive, making sure that everyone who took part has the opportunity of becoming a member. This helps to take the relationship further, instead of the usual one-off offers that programs such as this often come along with. IBM is also in the process of putting up Innovation centers, where students and professionals alike would be able to come around and interact freely with their various product offerings, with necessary support made available.

We understand this IBM Innovation Agenda event is designed to help promote and foster the growing innovation culture in Nigeria, and is a first of its kind for IBM in the Africa region.

As seen as CcHub.com // Photo Credit: .:AR:. via Compfight cc

 

9japps Microsoft App Challenge Winners Announced

Microsoft Nigeria has announced winners in the Windows Phone category of the inaugural 9japps Competition, a local app development contest for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications.  The competition aims to empower the next generation of Nigerian developers (students, entrepreneurs and independent developers) by helping them drive innovation and grow the local software ecosystem.

At an event held at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria in Lagos, winners were announced for the best locally-relevant apps in the Windows Phone category.  Akinsete Sunday and Adedoyin Kazeem who both developed ‘CINEMAZ’,  an app that enables you buy movie tickets online thereby removing the stress of queuing for such, and also allows you view any paid for movie without going to sit in the cinema hall was named the overall winner and were awarded the sum of NGN 750, 000 for their app.  The second place winner, Bukola Akinfaderin also went home with the sum of NGN 500, 000 while the 3rd place winners all received Windows Phone devices.

“I’m excited to see Nigeria’s talented developers showcase their great work and focus on developing locally-relevant apps”, says Dele Akinsade, Director Developer Platforms for Microsoft Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. “We strongly believe in the potential of Nigerians to not only solve the challenges facing their country, but in doing so, to solve challenges that affect people across the globe”.

Over 120 developers from across Nigeria entered the competition, which is one of Microsoft’s initiatives to support the local developer community.

Adedoyin Kazeem, one of the first place winners said, “It feels exciting and nice at last that we can get people to share the excitement and entertainment we derived while conceiving and developing the Cinemaz app.  Today, we hope, would be the beginning of great feelings for all users of the app”.

According to Bukola Akinfaderin, 2nd place winner who designed Jandus Radio, a conglomerate of radio stations on the Windows phone platform which gives users wider choice of radio stations to choose from, “I am honoured to be a winner in the competition.  I have a determination to improve the features for Jandus Radio and also work on a version for Windows 8.   I appreciate Microsoft’s support for the developer community”.

Following on the heels of this awards ceremony, on a date to be announced soon, winner of the grand prize of a Kia Rio car in the Windows 8 category would be selected at a keenly contested event which will be witnessed and deliberated by technology experts, developers and the media.

As part of the 4Afrika Initiative, launched in February 2013, Microsoft is investing in Africa’s youth and developer community, both of which it believes will be key to driving local innovation and economic development on the continent. The 4Afrika Initiative is built on the belief that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world.

Tunji Elesho Pre-Incubation and Research Lead for Co-Creation Hub added that “The Microsoft 4Afrika initiative is a laudable one which seeks to empower Africans. The entire plethora of what Microsoft is bringing is massive”.

Microsoft also hosts a global student developer competition every year, known as Imagine Cup, and locally hosts regular Microsoft Dev Camps, which provide an opportunity for developers to learn from experts, network with each other and practically apply what they have learnt to an IT problem.  Developers can also access a variety of online training and support resources, including DreamSparkMicrosoft Virtual AcademyMicrosoft Learning andBizSpark. To keep up-to-date with local developer events, developers can follow the Microsoft Africa and Microsoft Nigeria Facebook page.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Two Nigerian Startups As Finalists For VentureOut Mobile App Competition

Following an intensive process, two Nigerian startups, Nearest Locator and Prowork, are among 13 finalists selected for the VentureOut Challenge—an initiative of infoDev and CRDF Global with support from Co-creation Hub Nigeria—to compete for $10,000 in seed funding before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau, Moldova on November 1, 2013.

The VentureOut initiative was launched to help mobile app entrepreneurs to expand internationally. The finalists include ventures from Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia and represent mobile applications ranging from mobile health focusing on patient-centric health applications to location-based services and different sorts of entertainment including music, gaming and television. The full list of finalists can be found here.

Nearest Locator, one of the Nigerian startups selected, is a location based app that helps you easily find the nearest ATMs, eateries, hospitals, and more. According to Ayoola Ajebeku, Lead Developer at Nearest Locator, “VentureOut Challenge has greatly helped us to re-engineer and re-organize our priorities by improving our business plan and also focusing more on sustainability and growth.” The second Nigerian finalist startup, Prowork, is an app that empowers businesses by bringing project management and collaboration together in one platform. Prowork CEO, Francis Onwumere says, “We are excited to be named as finalists for the VentureOut Challenge. VentureOut is an opportunity to position Prowork to take better care of emerging markets and expand our reach.

To get to the finals, Co-creation Hub, assisted contestants with their applications and provided experienced local mentors to support the semi-finalists ventures. These mentors guided Nearest Locator and Prowork to refine their product offerings and internationalization strategies via a strong pitch deck.

All 13 finalists will receive ongoing mentoring from exceptional entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe who have experience building companies and taking them global. Beyond mentoring the finalists, infoDev and CRDF Global will offer resources for any growing mobile startup to learn necessary skills, make connections, and find inspiration to go global. The conference in Moldova titled “Supporting Access to International Markets for Startups & SMEs” will include hands-on training sessions to help entrepreneurs identify and develop their customer base and learn other critical aspects of business modelling.

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria - One idea at a time

CcHub Holds Startups Showcase As It Turns 2

Let the drum roll and the celebration begin…Co-creation Hub Nigeria is two. As Bankole mentioned, it feels as if they have been around for ever. I still remember the first day the hub was opened to the public. And yes, it still looks like yesterday.

While people might have different opinions, I believe cchub has had positive impact on the ecosystem. Most people have been given platform to excel. Others have been introduced to the art of coding all thanks to cchub and its partners. So, join us in wishing the cchub team a happy birthday and more success in the ecosystem :).

As part of its 2 years celebration, cchub will be holding startups showcase event today. Time is 3pm and the venue remains 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. If this interests you or you would be around Yaba area later today, why not click here to reserve a seat and join in the celebration.