Safaricom has released the second edition of the Appwiz challenge, the contest. The challenge will target new app developers working in the mobile technology firms.
It aims at identifying and developing successful early stage mobile technology companies and come up with developing solutions to problems affecting the current Kenyan market.
As reported by a local daily “this edition will harmonize government’s efforts in achieving a middle-income economy by 2030 and boost ICT start-ups that will develop into profitable enterprises.”
Safaricom has invested Sh 7 million in the competition and the participants with the most successful mobile technology based solution will get the chance to expand their start-ups through financial support from the prize money and partnerships from government and private sector.
Applicants will be required to form teams of three and develop solutions from five categories such as Mobile for Good and Community Development, Smart Business and Cloud Innovation, Financial Inclusion, Youth, Entertainment, Games and Media and Infrastructure and Utilities.
The statement added that the developers will be taught on how to attract investments through their solutions, how to manage and marketing techniques of their businesses in addition to training and mentorship.
Submission of applications can be made on the Safaricom website https://developer.safaricom.co.ke/