Google today announced the winners for its Android Developer Challenge, after several months the company invited talented and creative developers in sub-Saharan Africa to design and build original Android applications for mobile phones.
After two rounds of scoring by an official panel of judges, one Nigerian app and two Kenyan apps emerged winners of the competition.
Nigeria’s Afrinolly app (reviewed here) emerged winner in the Entertainment/Media/Games category, while Kenya’s Olalashe and Shoppers’ Delight emerged winners in the Social/Communication and Productivity categories respectively.
“Each winner will be awarded $25,000 to help them build and grow their business, and will receive additional mentoring from Google employees to help them make their app even better”, said Bridgette Sexton, Program Manager of Google Africa.
We’re not sure how many submissions Google received, but only 28 apps from across Africa made it to the final stage, with 3 apps emerging winners and 2 other finalist apps Rainbow Racer and Wedding Plandroid getting honorable mentions and receiving $5,000 each.
Android Developer Challenge is a competition designed to encourage the development of exciting, high quality applications that can delight mobile users in Africa and around the world.