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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nokia dangles N208.7m on developers contest

Mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, has doled out the sum of 1 million Euros, about N208.7m for its application developers competition tagged create4millions contest.

Communications Manager for Nokia West Africa, Mr. Osagie Ogunbor informed ITRealms Online that it’s in living up to Nokia promise to connect the next billion to the internet using its platform.

One of the moves, he said, is to push for the development of quality applications for their S40 mobile platform, “And Nokia is doing just that.”

Ogunbor quoted the Head, Nokia’s Ecosystem Developer Experience (EDX) for West Africa Mr. Teemu Kiijarvi as saying that developers across the world stand a chance of winning a total of one million Euros, just by building applications and entering them for the competition tagged create4millions contest.

Kiijarvi said the deadline for the submission of applications for the contest is now November 1, adding that on the choice of the S40 mobile platform, he noted that it is the world’s largest mobile operating system and this aligns with Nokia’s strategy of connecting the next one billion people to the internet via mobile.

Nokia is challenging developers to submit apps on social networking, games and entertainment, life improvement as well as news and locally relevant information apps. The winners in the global competition will share one million euros in price money.

Also Kiijarvi disclosed that Nokia is running a local version of this competition and the best application from West Africa will receive a prize of $5000 and all the best three applications from West Africa will get an all-expense paid trip to Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona Spain to represent West African developers.

“There are also special prizes that will be awarded to apps showcasing the best touch feature in an app; the best location-aware app; and the best overall Series 40 web applications,” he said.

Remmy Nweke

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