Mobile West Africa to feature app developer competition

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The Mobile West Africa event, which takes place in Lagos, Nigeria on April 21-23, will feature an app developer competition, in which five developers will compete for a selection of prizes.

Mobile West Africa is back for its fifth year, and features a host of offerings for startups. Etisalat is providing 10 free tickets for leading startups and developers, while all startups and independent developers are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on tickets using code 1MWADSU.

Meanwhile, the event will also feature an app developer competition, with five of the region’s best developers competing for prizes including an iPad, NGN10,000 (US$50) in vouchers from SureGifts, and handsets from InnJoo.

Those interested in applying should email [email protected], providing personal information and details and screenshots of the app in question. Five chosen developers will have  three minutes to present their app during the competition, after which the delegation will vote on the winner.

The Mobile West Africa agenda also includes a panel discussion with representatives from Eskimi, Saya, Jovago, Supermart.ng and Kaymu discussing what can be done to ensure a higher rate of success for West African startups.

Conferences organiser All Amber has announced it has secured a selection of international and local partners for the event, including MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, VConnect, Gidi Mobile, Opera Software, MoboFree, Uber, MyMusic, Basebone, Mozilla, Wiko Mobile and MTech Communications.

“The amount of industry support we’ve receive is unprecedented and it’s an illustration of how far the event has developed since it started in 2011. To secure MTN, Airtel and Etisalat – as well as international players like Mozilla, Opera and Basebone – and then have the support of key local stakeholders such as Eskimi, Gidi Mobile, MTech and MoboFree reflects the will within the industry to keep it moving forwards,” All Amber founder Matthew Dawes said.

“The conference has come a long way in the last five years, more so than I could have hoped for, and I want it to continue to facilitate progress. That’s what we’re here for. I’d like to encourage anyone with a stake in the industry to come and contribute to the discussions.”

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