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The Safaricom AppStar challenge, are you the ONE?

September 10, 2012 3 comments

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.

BlackBerry 9790 and 9320 now available at Safaricom shops

August 8, 2012 2 comments

Safaricom shops are now selling new BlackBerry phones, in particular the Bold 9790 and the Curve 9320.

The Curve 9320 is new (luanched May 2012) and is retailing at Kshs 21,999/-.

The Curve 9320 packs a 2.44 non-touch QVGA display, a four-row QWERTY keyboard, a 3 megapixel snapper with LED flash (in contrast to the 2MP in the Curve 9220), 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM, FM radio and microSD card slot.

The new Curve 9320 offers better connectivity options, you get GPS with A-GPS and 3G with HSPA support in addition to the quad-band GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The phone runs the latest BlackBerry OS 7.1, comes preloaded with some social clients such as Twitter for BlackBerry and facebook. It also has a dedicated BBm hardware key.

Also in store at Safaricom shops country wide is the Bold 9790, which is retailing at Kshs 39,999/-.

The QWERTY-packing Bold 9790 comes with a 2.45″ touchscreen display, a 1GHz Marvel Tavor MG1 processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5 megapixel camera with VGA video capturing and a microSD card slot. The Bold 9790 is well geared connectivity-wise too – Wi-Fi, 3G with HSPA, GPS and even NFC.

The compact new Bold comes with a full four-row portrait QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad. The phone runs on the RIM’s latest BlackBerry OS 7.

*pictures courtesy of gsmarena*

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