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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.

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!

Gidilounge Launches Mobile Apps To Compete With Spinlet And iROKING

Gidilounge is not new in the music industry but the company is going a step further with its commitment to make available to users the easiest ways to listen to their favorite music. The company also seeks to help music lovers find that new music that they will love. Other players like Spinlet, Deezer and Iroking are not sleeping. So, the competition in this space is becoming interesting and the users are definitely the main benefactors of this.

Gidilounge is trying to reinvent the way Africans discover, listen and enjoy African music. And with this in mind, the company has just released its music streaming app for iOS and Android devices available on the iTunes App store and Google Play respectively. Gidilounge also has Mobile radio which currently attracts about 6 million listeners globally per month.

SEE ALSO: Nigeria’s Biggest Social Network, 2Go Brings Afrobeats From iROKING To Its Users

The Gidilounge Mobile App

The Gidilounge app comes with amazing features that give users a rich music experience:

  • Music discovery: Explore music lounges, new releases, Independent music, hard-to-find classics, and much more.
  • Instant access to your playlists, favorite songs and your history of recent plays. Create and update your playlists and sync them across the web and phone.
  • Easy and fast way to search for your favorite songs, artists, albums, and playlists. Tons of tracks at your fingertips with gorgeous album art.
  • Social integration: Fully integrated with Facebook and Twitter to ensure that your social experience is absolutely smooth. Connect with Facebook to experience, discover and share your favorite music on the go.
  • Push notification: Get notified of new music releases from your favorite artists.

According to the Gidilounge representative, the App design was made keeping some core underlying principles in mind. The app focuses  creating an experience that puts the users first was one of the key goals of our design and development, hence, making music discovery more interesting.

Are you a lover of music and own an Android or iOS device? Then, you should try this out. Get the app today to experience Gidilounge on your mobile device! All iOS users can get the apps by clicking here while Android users can get it here.

Do you like the app? Let’s have your feedback using the comment box below. Do expect a full review of the service from us soon.

Happening Now: 48-Hour Hackathon for Financial Literacy Challenge

Yesterday evening, six teams gathered at the Co-creation Hub Nigeria to hack for the financial literacy challenge. After several weeks of ideation sessions, 6 ideas were shortlisted for the hackathon and 6 different teams were formed comprising developers and UX designers. The hackathon started proper yesterday at the cchub and while we were all asleep, members of the six teams were awake coding all night. If this area matches your interest, you can check out what the teams are doing at the cchub from now till Monday.

In case you can’t make it to cchub today, we have you covered. You can read about the six teams and the solutions they are working on below. And remember to let us know what you think about his idea :)

    1. Team Financial IQ lead by Detan Oyedele, iQube: This team of eight members will be working on a mobile learning platform with content on financial management and financial products from different service providers. The platform will be able to serve content to users based on their interest and also links them to related financial products from different service providers. To test their knowledge, the platform will include quizzes and exercise to test how much users have learnt with a globally accessible leader-board.
    2. Team NairaSaver led by Francis Onwumere, Prowork: This team is building an app on money-saving and management for Nigeria where people share and vote on money-saving tips. The app builds on ‘101 money saving tips peculiar to Nigeria’ compiled by Financial Literacy For All. The tips are categorized based on expense type as well as user demographics. Top tips as picked by users are profiled as “Tip of the Day”. The app can be an outlet for financial service providers to share products with users that may relate to specific tips.
    3. Team MoneyTalks lead by Peter Ihesie, iPolice: Their solution is a platform where users can get audio tutorials in multiple languages on specific financial issues that Nigerians face. This will be realistic answers that address common questions that consumers have from as basic as how to open an account. The question bank will be constantly expanded and users will be updated as new questions are added. Users can also share answers through social media.
    4. Team Market Trader led by Bayo Puddicombe, Pledge 51: This is a game targeted at the literate children of illiterate and semi-literate artisans, traders and other micro-entrepreneurs. The game educates them on financial issues and products but rewards them for promoting and educating their parents on these issues. The rewards are based on how their parents adopt these good practices and if they take up any of these products.
    5. Team Business and Community Game led by Ajibola Aiyedogbon: The team name is a perfect fit for the solution they are working on. The team is building a business and community game to educate young people on different finance issues. Their idea is to localize the content of the game to be Nigeria-centric and to digitize the game so that students can play them wherever they are. The games teach children to understand money and key financial concepts like earning, saving, investing and starting a business.
    6. Team Money Life led by Lanre Oyedotun: Money Life is a simulation game that involves kids budgeting, earning, saving, spending accumulated funds around real-life scenarios. Based on their performance, they get awarded points and can vie for top spot on a leaderboard. The players can also assume avatars of specific characters and play out a scenario in the character’s life.

Interested in knowing how the hackathon is going? You can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #FinLitChallenge.

See below some pictures from the event.

MTN Nigeria and CcHub hold Information Session For The Developer Challenge

As reported earlier, MTN Nigeria has launched an App developer challenge in partnership with with Co-creation Hub.  The categories are Health & Wellness, Education, Entertainment & Lifestyle, Gaming, Productivity and a special category for Student submissions. Apps are expected to be free for the duration of the competition to boost chances of downloads by consumers. The competition will run from now until October 24, 2013 and winners will be announced by December 13, 2013.

To ensure that all apps meet the needs of the millions of customers on the MTN Nigeria network, there will be ideation sessions with experienced practitioners in each category to help developers/tech entrepreneurs deepen their knowledge especially the markets and areas which will cater for the hunger of the consumers to improve their lives.

SEE ALSO: Mobile Agriculture Challenge For Africa

The first of these sessions will take place on Wednesday, 31 July at CcHub. Developers will have the opportunities to hear first hand from the MTN team and ask questions related to the challenge in a relaxed and fun environment. The details of the event are as follows:

  • Date: Wednesday July 31, 2013
  • Time: 5pm
  • Venue: Co-creation Hub, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba

If this interests you, why not click here to sign up now.

Are You Ready For The Challenge? Enter the Nokia’s Asha Developer Competition

Are you a developer and ready for a quick challenge? Then read on. Nokia is at it again with the launch of its “Asha Developer Competition“. Your mission will be to build what can be called the year’s best apps for Asha Full-Touch smartphones. And for your effort, you stand a chance to win free promotion, gain invaluable experience, and possibly get a share of € 230,000. Your app is meant to cater for any of the following categories: Music & Entertainment, News & Info, Games or Utilities & Productivity.

The top three entries in each of the above categories will be awarded cash prizes worth:

  1. € 25,000 for 1st place,
  2. € 15,000 for 2nd place, &
  3. € 10,000 for 3rd place.
Why You Need To Accept The Challenge?
  1. The Experience:  While you are developing your app, you get access to online tech support, webinars and trainings. You will also be exposed to guides on how to port your apps from other platforms. What else are you waiting for? The experience you stand to acquire is worth the motivation.
  2. The Glory: There will be 15 winners in 4 categories and then 3 special prizes. Who says you can’t be one of the winners :).
  3. And of course, the fame: Your code will be certified and your app promoted by Nokia. Your name could also be known world-wide :). Another motivation to accept the challenge.

How To Enter The Competition?

  1. Sign up: Register yourself for the Asha Developer Competition
  2. Develop: Build your app for Asha Full Touch using the Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java apps or the Nokia Web Tools 2.3 for WebApps.
  3. Get Support & Publish your app(s).

For more information about the competition, click here.

 
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ProWork: Task Management App from Nigeria ready to Storm the Enterprise market

A few events have been held in the Nigerian tech space to promote innovation and ideas around mobile and web technology business. There has also been concern about the success of the folks that participated and the ideas that were launched.

People have been concerned about the merging of teams who may not really be cool together to work on an idea. This may have been responsible for some of the failures. Francis, Ope and Earnest are three friends that have been together for a while and they have often interacted on different level. I met Namzo during Garage 48 when it was held in May 2011. That was the same time that I met Francis. The third person in the team, Ope, wasn’t at Garage 48.

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Is RIM, Makers of Blackberry, Going To Split Up Into Two?

Things are not looking too smooth for RIM and they have been looking into how they will save the company. They have changed management a few times and some top manangement officials have had to go themselves.

There have been dwindling sales of Blackberry phones and many folks in the global north, some part of Europe and Asia are moving en mass to iPhone and Android phones.

Despite the growth in Sales in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia and some other emerging markets, RIM makers of Blackberry are still bleeding.

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RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 9320 – A Stylish, New Smartphone for the Socially-Connected

Blackberry has continuously retained its position as the no 1 smartphone in Nigeria. They have recently changed their Cheif Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. In a conversation I had with Russell Southwood of Balancing Act last week, he told me he’s more confident that Microsoft Windows Phone will do better that RIM. He spotted RIMs problem as that of organisational set up.

Be that as it may, RIM is not giving up and they are reloading their gun to aim higher. Recently they’ve been looking at a revamp of their operating system and they are looking forward to the BB10, which is a total departure from the current operating system. Zubair Abubakar, the Nigerian Blackberry developer that developed the Nigerian Constitution application for Blackberry said he’s excited about the BB10.

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