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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.

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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.

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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.

Eco-Innovation Hub Set To Power Nigerian Technology From Akure

The Imagine cup finals sometimes back in Lagos saw some of student from  Federal University of Technology Akure  pitch iMedic, a maternal and childcare software that helps provide first aid information and medical location. It was an impressive presentation; one which gives insight on their ways of building immediate solution for local problems and the local community they are in.

It also came to my attention that a community of developers was springing up in Akure, so it was wonderful visiting the Eco-innovation center and speaking to some developers about their projects. With most of them bootstrapped and funded  by developers and well-wishers, this did not take away from the desire to focus on solving community problems using technology.

Most projects are centered around the rural community like iMedic which has been adopted by the Ondo state Government to supply to the solution to the women in the rural area of Ondo state and get the government doctors to sign up for the testing. Another interesting app from Eco-innovation is Findr, a local business directory that list nearby services like Barber, Tailor, Carpenter, etc and their operating hours for easy access of the users.

Joel Ogunsola, a key member of the community explained the primary intention of the founders which is to create a community of developers and Techpreneurs to build solutions for societal problems and to provide access to funding and training. The hub is currently working on a number of interesting local solution apps with some as submitted entry for MTN app competition.

Did anyone see anything tech coming out of Akure?

NigeriaCom 2013 Bows Out On a High: Day 2 Recap

The second day of NigeriaCom 2013 lived up to the expectations. With some really interesting sessions,  it built on the excitement of day 1 event.  While day 1 focused on quality of service, telcos and regulators, the focus of day 2 was contents consumption (and possible ways the network operators and content providers could collaborate to drive contents consumption).

The day 2 started with a panel session on “digital entertainment: mobile devices and changing consumer habits”. Members of the panel included representative of Iroking, Spinlet, and BBC. Both Steve Martin (Business Development Manager, BBC) and Michael Ogwu (Iroking) pointed out how mobile trends have greatly influenced consumer habits and especially how the adoption of mobile devices has hugely increased content consumption over time.

The panel session was followed by the presentation by Teju Ajani of Focus Nigeria on the future of traditional content media such as television and radio. In her presentation, she tried to examine the roles of the traditional media as compared to the new digital media such as YouTube. She pointed out that the new media complements the traditional media rather than compete with it. She then used an example of how YouTube can be used to increase the popularity of a TV show and also serve as an archive for TV show’s contents.

One of the highlights of day two’s event was the launch of BBC Hausa platform app by Mansur Liman, BBC Hausa Service Editor. The app is highly interactive and responsive. It is also adapted for the different mobile phones platforms. There was also the AppGig panel session with Emeka Afigbo (Google Nigeria), Ola Farinde (Browsedotcom), Bayo Puddicombe (Pledge51) and Jibola Aiyedogbon (TexSoftware) as members of the panel. The panel tried to provide answers to the question of how Africa could become the leader in app development.

The extremely interesting gig session signaled the end of a very successful event. Kudos to the Comworld series team and the headline sponsor Etisalat for hosting a successful event. You can search the hashtag #nigeriacom on twitter for conversational excerpts from the event. NigeriaCom will make a return in 2014 with tentative date of 16 and 17 September, 2014. With each additional year, the event seems to take on a more dynamic face.

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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.

Nokia Introduces “Nokia Create: An App Development Competition for Windows Phone”

Starting from yesterday, 12 September 2013, Windows Phone app developers worldwide have the opportunity to take part in the Nokia Create competition. Nokia Create gives Windows Phone developers a chance to win a host of prizes that will help them and their apps stand out. Prize packages include trips to events, devices, promotions, credit for ad campaigns, and more.

What Is Nokia Create?

Nokia Create involves eight “Master Missions” and six “Mini Missions”. There are 14 missions built around 8 categories. So, whether your skills lie in imaging, gaming or something entirely different, there is an opportunity for you to develop something. You can also take this as a challenge to learn something new and improve your skills.

RELATED: MTN App Challenge For Nigerian Developers

Interesting Prizes

There will be one winner and nine runners-up in each mission, for a total of 140 prize winners. There will be one Grand Prize winner selected from among the 14 Mission winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive an expenses-paid trip for two people to attend the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.

Additionally, the winning app will be eligible for extensive marketing and promotion, including a 10,000 EURO credit on Microsoft’s pubCenter to run a marketing campaign promoting the winning app and four weeks of app promotion on Windows Phone Store and App Social in 2014.

How do I get started?

The 14 contest “Missions” are built around eight distinct categories for app submissions:

  1. Image & Photo
  2. NFC
  3. Maps & Places
  4. Music
  5. Fun & Games
  6. Work Life
  7. Freestyle (for apps that don’t fit in elsewhere), and
  8. Cross-8 which seeks Windows Phone 8 / Windows 8 companion apps that provide a “seamless experience across screens.”

The eight “Master Missions” seek new apps that have not previously been published to the Windows Phone Store while the focus of the six “Mini Missions” are to allow developers to add various Nokia APIs and new features to their existing Windows Phone apps.

Deadline?

The deadline for the Master Missions is 15 December 2013. Please note that the app must be published to Windows Phone Store by then to be eligible for the competition. Submissions for the first two Mini Missions (one using the Nokia Imaging SDK and one using NFC) are due 30 September 2013.

Details and deadlines for the other Mini Missions, based on the other contest categories, will be announced later this fall. Developers can submit apps in more than one category, if they choose to do so.

Complete details about app submissions, the full list of prizes, and contest rules can be found on the Nokia Create contest page.

What are you waiting for? It is time to create the app you have always wanted to create. Click here to learn more about the competition and enter now.

Windows Phone says “Hello To Afrika” #WestAfricaOnTheMove

Nokia has been known for its strong relationship with the Nigerian developer community especially with its various hands-on training on the different Nokia developer platforms.  So, if you are a mobile app developer, there is another opportunity for you to equip yourself with what is required to develop for the Windows Phone platform and this is powered by Nokia. The project is termed “Build Windows Africa”.

Join the West African Developer Train as the Windows Phone takes a joyride going across Africa and bringing out the best in developers and potential developers (and non-developers) by engaging them in contests and trainings regarding development of Apps for the windows platform. The train aims to go round West African countries and states until more than a thousand apps are created and published. Brilliant developers found in each location the train stops will join a section of the train where mentoring is given to these developers. Also, these developers stand a chance to win a $1500 worth of token from Nokia to facilitate their development skills.

NOKIA is giving African, including Nigerian developers, the opportunity to develop and sell apps for their LUMIA WINDOWS Phones series.

This unique opportunity is a

“1000 + windows app challenge with great publishing opportunities worth $1500”.

You may join this event physically or be part virtually (but you need to be physically present to redeem any prize).

The train is on the move and was in Elizade University, Ondo state Nigeria on 24 August 2013.

AND arriving now in  Lagos at The IDEA Hub, Herbert Macaulay way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos on the 9th to 11th of September 2013, and will proceeds to Ghana at GIMPA, Accra from the 11th to 13th September 2013. See below for details:

  • Lagos, Nigeria Session

    • Date: 9th to 11th of September
    • Venue: The iDEA Hub, 296 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo Yaba. Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Accra, Ghana Session

    • Date: 11th to 13th of September
    • Venue: GIMPA, Accra Ghana.

The event is an open event. So, you don’t need to register to take part in the sessions.

For more information about this event, click here and for contact details, click here. You can also contact Adeyinka via his email address.

Please note that all apps must be presented for testing at the iDEA hub on Wednesday (9am) to redeem your prize.

It is time to publish your cool apps that you were able to create during different contests but unable to publish. It is time to complete cool ideas that are hidden inside your mind. Yes, it is time to develop and deploy either a new app or a previously developed app with the windows app studio. Don’t be left out.

If you are not in Lagos or Accra at the moment, watch out. The train might just be at your location soon.

Be a part of something great, make history, have fun, and most importantly meet new people!

Machine Learning Course, Narrated by a Nigerian Developer

This is another from our developers corner’s series. If you have missed previous posts, you can click here. Today, we will be bringing you a narrative of a developer who has just completed a machine learning course on Coursera.

So I completed the Machine learning course on Coursera recently. It’s my umpteenth MOOC Course and I actually do not know how many I have taken or want to take. Despite this,  I have only gotten three certificates so far; all my attempts at integrating Coursera courses into my schedule have not been successful. I have had to settle for auditing courses at my pace. At least, I get to fulfill my goal – learning and understanding.

I took a couple of data mining courses during my master’s degree and have some experience with a variety of tools and programming languages (Octave,Weka). As grad students, we had to write our own classifiers and performance evaluators (kNN, Naive Bayes, ROC curves). Sound familiar? Using Weka or similar tools/libraries would have saved us much trouble however our lecturer did not agree, I believe his approach was great as we were ‘forced’ to learn and got to really understand what the mathematics was all about.

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Back to the Machine learning course, I think Professor Andrew Ng (Stanford) is simply awesome at what he does – everything is explained in really simple terms. He is also the guy behind the awesome autonomous helicopter video. If you haven’t seen it, you can click here.

It was refreshing to use Octave again. Its elegant approach to numerical computation is mind-blowing. Moreover, it makes it possible to get a lot done in a few lines. It also seems to handle the floating-point issue well (0.1 + 0.2 = 0.3). These features are impressive when compared to other languages; however, every language has its strengths, weaknesses and application domains.

I learned a great deal and refreshed my background in a variety of machine learning techniques and applications. It was nice to re-learn the concepts of gradient and stochastic descent, clustering, overfitting and underfitting (bias and variance). There were a couple of new topics such as principal component analysis (beautifully explained), logistic regression, anomaly detection, recommender systems and support vector machines.

I struggled with the neural networks section and at times found the programming exercises quite challenging. It was a surprise (albeit a humbling one) to realize that I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew. The suggestions and advice on data mining are invaluable, he gave suggestions on setting up a processing pipeline, ceiling analysis, learning curves, error analysis and regularization and creating artificial data and dealing with massive datasets.

Overall I think it is a great course and I am glad to have taken it. The next challenge is to find some way to use these techniques – there is no better way to fully understand than to practice, not so?

Interested? Head over to Coursera. The course is currently not available but you can view the archives at your own pace or wait for the next class session.

About the Narrator

Abdulfatai is passionate about software development and computer science. He is extremely curious and loves learning. You can follow him at @abdulapopoola.

About Machine Learning on Coursera

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself. More importantly, you’ll learn about not only the theoretical underpinnings of learning, but also gain the practical know-how needed to quickly and powerfully apply these techniques to new problems. Finally, you’ll learn about some of Silicon Valley’s best practices in innovation as it pertains to machine learning and AI.

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