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The Safaricom AppStar challenge, are you the ONE?

Are you a talented developer? Do you have ideas that you believe could change the mobile apps industry forever? Then this is your chance to show the world what you have. Take part in the Safaricom AppStar challenge and stand a chance to win a grand prize of 1 million Kshs!

Safaricom together with Vodafone launched the AppStar challenge, a mobile application developer competition where the best developer will take home a top prize of Kshs 1 million.

The objective of the AppStar challenge is to promote and foster local content development by providing developers with an opportunity to showcase and publicize their apps.

Besides offering a monetary reward, the Appstar competition will provide developers with an opportunity to showcase their skills at a regional level.  The applications will also be hosted on the Safaricom and Vodafone apps stores for use by customers within these networks.

Participating coutries include  Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Qatar.

Who can participate in the challenge?
The challenge is open to all developers and students wishing to participate in the competition, provided that they are resident in Kenya. Participants younger than 18 years must have a legal guardian to represent them and accept the prize on their behalf should they win the competition. 

The Challenge commences on 6th September 2012.  The registration of applicants will close on 26th October and all application entries must be received by 23.59hr 2nd November 2012.

Competitors may submit more than one entry/application to the Competition, and each entry/application that is submitted to the Competition may be eligible to win one or more of the prizes. Judging of such submissions will be done independently for each application.

The prizes (local) include:

  1. Grand Prize Ksh 1,000,000
  2. Runners Up Ksh 500,000
  3. Category Winner Ksh 100,000

The Process:

Developers/Applicants will go through the following process to submit their applications. A portal has been provided for this purpose. This can be accessed through SafaricomAppstar.com

  • Registration
    Developers will be required to fill in the registration form
  • Build
    Process where developers will develop their apps
  • Publish
    Process of publishing the app to Vodafone app stores
  • Submission
    The process of submitting applications for participation in the competition

The following platforms are supported:

The following platforms are supported

  • Symbian
  • Java
  • Android
  • Blackberry

How will the winers be selected?

Selection of the competition winners shall take place in a two stage process: Local and International Competition

  1. All qualifying entries will be evaluated from 3rd November to 16th November, 2012 by a jury, consisting of representatives selected by Safaricom.
  2. The Jury will select 6 winning entries one from each category
  3. From the selected 6 category winning entries, the Jury will then select the top 3 entries for the local grand prizes and the first 2 entries will qualify to compete in the International Round of this competition.

The international round takes place in December in South Africa with the Winner and Runner up eligible to compete for the international prizes.

Safaricom expects to have its appstore running in the next few months.

  1. bonface indwale
    September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    yes i am the one.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Safaricom should Add “Take loan” to there mpesa application with soo many restriction for you to withdraw.

    • mehboobah
      October 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Keep it here for more info on that coming soon

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